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: Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Dates: October 5th-6th, 2015

Practitioners: Jewish

Description: Celebrates the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings.

Celebrations: Celebrations at the synagogue which may include dancing as the Torah scrolls are carried around in seven circuits. It is also a time to pray for rain.

Recommended Accommodations: Please limit major academic obligations and excuse possible absences.
Holy Day: Sharad Navratri Dates: October 13th-22nd, 2015

Practitioners: Hindu

Description: Being the most important of all Navratris, it is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga.

Celebrations: Can consist of fasting during most if not all days, prayer, and feasting accompanied with family visits.

Recommended Accommodations: Please excuse absences 
Holy Day: Birth of the Bab Dates: October 19th-20th, 2015

Practitioners: Baha'i

Description: Commemorates the birth of the herald of the new faith.

Celebrations: Refrain from work.

Recommended Accommodations: Please avoid major academic activities and please excuse absences.
Holy Day: Samhain Dates: October 31st-November 1st, 2015

Practitioners: Wiccan/Pagan

Description: A festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter.

Celebrations: Various

Recommended Accommodations: None