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: All Saints Day Dates: November 1st, 2014

Practitioners: Catholic/Christian

Description: A day where many Christians around the world celebrate all those who have died marked with faith and now live with God in heaven (i.e. the beatific vision).

Celebrations: Many Christians participate in a worship service and Catholics consider this day a holy day of obligation which means expected Mass attendance with their community.

Recommended Accommodations: Please excuse absences or remind them to attend a service that does not conflict with class time.

Holy Day: Islamic New Year

Dates: October 24th, 2014

Practitioners: Muslim

Description: The day that marks the new Islamic calendar year incrementing the year by one.

Celebrations: Many types of celebrations.

Recommended Accommodations: None 
Holy Day: Birth of Bahu'u'llah Dates: November 12th, 2014

Practitioners: Baha'i

Description: Celebrates the birth of the Bab who is considered to be a "manifestatin of God."

Celebrations: It is considered a "no work" day.

Recommended Accommodations: Please excuse absences.
Holy Day: Diwali Dates: October 23rd, 2014

Practitioners: Hindu

Description: An official holiday in India, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year as it marks the attainment of Nirvana by Mahavira in 527 BC.

Celebrations: Many festivities occure during the night with family.

Recommended Accommodations: Please excuse absences from night classes.
Holy Day: Day of Covenant Dates: November 26th, 2014

Practitioners: Baha'i

Description: Commemorates the day Baha'u'llah passed his mission to son, 'Abdu'l-Baha.

Celebrations: N/A

Recommended Accommodations: None
Holy Day: Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha Dates: November 28th, 2014

Practitioners: Baha'i

Description: Commemorates the death and ascension of the heir of the prophet.

Celebrations: N/A

Recommended Accommodations: None
Holy Day: Hanukkah Dates: December 16th-24th, 2014 

Practitioners: Jewish

Description: A jewish holiday commemorationg the reddedication of the Temple in Jerusalem during the time of Maccabean Revolt (2nd century BCE).

Celebrations: Additions to daily prayer and evening festivities generally occure during each of the 8 days/evenings.

Recommended Accommodations: Please be sensitive to accomodation requests.