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: Assumption of Mary Dates: August 15th, 2015

Practitioners: Catholic/Christian

Description: Celebration of Mary's victory over sin and death when she was bodily assumed into heaven.

Celebrations: All Catholics are asked to attend Mass on this day.

Recommended Accommodations: Please remind Catholic students to plan ahead on Mass attendance so as not to miss academic expectations.
Holy Day: Raksha Bandhan Dates: August 29th, 2015

Practitioners: Hindu

Description: A festival celebrating siblings.

Celebrations: Marked by tying a "holy thread" (a rakhi) by the sister on her brother's wrist. The brother in return offers a gift to the sister and vows to look after her.

Recommended Accommodations: None