Holy Days

Religious Symbols

The students of the University of Colorado celebrate diversity and spiritual expression and we at RCO want to help students, faculty and staff deepen and enrich those spiritual expressions at CU.  This page is meant to act as a resource for the faculty and staff of CU so that they can be properly equipped to handle the fine balance between the spiritual/religious observances of students and their academic commitments.

What you will find below is a list of common religious/spiritual Holy Days according to the academic calendar along with short explanations, religious/spiritual general practices of the participator, possible anticipated requests from students, and suggestions (when prudent) on how to handle the Holy Day in the classroom.

Please email rco@colorado.edu for any corrections.

Holy Day Calendar

Holy Day: Ramadan Dates: June 17th-July 17th, 2015

Practitioners: Muslim

Description: Considered one of the five pillars of Islam, the origin of Ramadan stems from the belief that the prophet Mohammad received his first revelation during the month of Ramadan.

Celebrations: Month of prayer and total fasting during daylight hours, even including water. Family meals go late into the evening.

Recommended Accommodations: Please avoid major academic activities if possible and expect low energy from practicing students.
Holy Day: Laylat al-Qadr Dates: July 13, 2015

Practitioners: Muslim

Description: In english, "Night of Destiny" is the anniversary of the night the first verses of the Quran were believed to be written down by the prophet Muhammad.

Celebrations: Pray extra prayers this day, particularly the night prayer.

Recommended Accommodations: None
Holy Day: Eid al Fitr Dates: July 17th, 2015

Practitioners: Muslim

Description: In English, "Feast of Breaking the Fast," marks the end of Ramadan.

Celebrations: It is marked by a day of feasting and celebration.

Recommended Accommodations: Pleaes avoid major academic activities if possible and please excuse absences.