Holy Days & Observances

The Holy Days Calendar is an educational and accommodation resource for learning and planning classroom, academic and co-curricular events

Towson University accommodates students, faculty and staff who observe religious holy days. Please check dates before scheduling critical deadlines, events or activities and accommodate observant individuals with reasonable support. The calendars are not exhaustive of all holy days in every religious tradition and some variances of dates will exist due to regional differences. Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of religious belief. Questions about this calendar may be directed to Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity at  or 410-704-0203.

Note: Bahá’í, Judaic and Islamic observances begin at sundown the previous day and end at sundown on the dates listed.

2019-2020 Academic Year

DATE Observance
Aug. 10 - 11 Eidul Adha (Islam)
Sept. 2 - Oct. 8 Navratri (Hindu)
Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 Rosh Hashana (Jewish)
Oct. 8 - 9  Yom Kippur (Jewish)
Oct. 14 - 15 Sukkot / Succot (Jewish)
Oct. 21 - 22 Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah (Jewish)
Oct. 25 - 29 Diwali / Deepavali (Hindu)
Dec. 23 - 30 Hanukah / Chanukah (Jewish)
Dec. 25 Christmas Day (Christian)
Jan. 5 Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib (Sikh)
Feb. 19 Vaikunta Ekadasi (Hindu)
Feb. 22 Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)
Feb. 25 Ramakrishna (Hindu)
Feb. 26 Ash Wednesday (Christian)
Mar. 9 - 10 Purim (Jewish)
Mar. 21 Norouz / Norooz / Naw-Ruz (Bahá’í)
Apr. 9 - 16 Passover / Pesach (Jewish)
Apr. 10 Good Friday (Christian)
Apr. 12 Easter (Christian)
Apr. 13 Vaisakhi / Baisakhi / Birthday of the Khalsa (Sikh)
Apr. 20 - 21 Yom HaShoah (Jewish)
Apr. 21 - May 2 Ridvan (Bahá’í)
Apr. 23 - May 24 Ramadan / Ramazan (Islam)
May 18 - 19 Laylat Al Qadr (Islam)
May 23 - 24 Eid Al-Fitr (Islam)
May 28 - 30 Shavuot (Jewish)
Jun. 16 Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib (Sikh)

2020-2021 Academic Year

DATE OBSERVANCE
Jul. 30 - 31 Eidul Adha (Islam)
Oct. 17 - 25 Navratri (Hindu)
Sept. 19 - 20 Rosh Hashana (Jewish)
Sept. 27 - 28 Yom Kippur (Jewish)
Oct. 3 - 4 Sukkot / Succot (Jewish)
Oct. 10 - 11 Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah (Jewish)
Nov. 12 - 16 Diwali / Deepavali (Hindu)
Dec. 11 - 18 Hanukah / Chanukah (Jewish)
Dec. 25 Christmas Day (Christian)
Jan. 5 Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib (Sikh)
Mar. 9 Vaikunta Ekadasi (Hindu)
Mar. 11 Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)
Feb. 26 Ramakrishna (Hindu)
Feb. 17 Ash Wednesday (Christian)
Feb. 26 - 27 Purim (Jewish)
Mar. 21 Norouz / Norooz / Naw-Ruz (Bahá’í)
Mar. 28 - Apr. 4 Passover / Pesach (Jewish)
Apr. 2 Good Friday (Christian)
Apr. 4 Easter (Christian)
Apr. 14 Vaisakhi / Baisakhi / Birthday of the Khalsa (Sikh)
Apr. 8 - 9 Yom HaShoah (Jewish)
Apr. 13 - May 12 Ridvan (Bahá’í)
Apr. 20 - May 1 Ramadan / Ramazan (Islam)
May 8 Laylat Al Qadr (Islam)
May 12 - 13 Eid Al-Fitr (Islam)
May 17 - 18 Shavuot (Jewish)
Jun. 16 Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib (Sikh)

2021-2022 Academic Year

DATE Observance
Jul. 19 - 20 Eidul Adha (Islam)
Oct. 7 - 14 Navratri (Hindu)
Sept. 7 - 8 Rosh Hashana (Jewish)
Sept. 15 - 16 Yom Kippur (Jewish)
Sept. 21 - 22 Sukkot / Succot (Jewish)
Sept. 28 - 29 Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah (Jewish)
Nov. 2 - 6 Diwali / Deepavali (Hindu)
Nov. 29 - Dec. 6 Hanukah / Chanukah (Jewish)
Dec. 25 Christmas Day (Christian)
Jan. 5 Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib (Sikh)
Mar. 4 Vaikunta Ekadasi (Hindu)
Mar. 17 Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)
Mar. 1 Ramakrishna (Hindu)
Feb. 26 Ash Wednesday (Christian)
Mar. 17 - 18 Purim (Jewish)
Mar. 21 Norouz / Norooz / Naw-Ruz (Bahá’í)
Apr. 15 - 23 Passover / Pesach (Jewish)
Apr. 14 Good Friday (Christian)
Apr. 15 Easter (Christian)
Apr. 17 Vaisakhi / Baisakhi / Birthday of the Khalsa (Sikh)
Apr. 27 - 28 Yom HaShoah (Jewish)
Apr. 21 - May 2 Ridvan (Bahá’í)
Apr. 27 - 28 Ramadan / Ramazan (Islam)
Apr. 27 Laylat Al Qadr (Islam)
Jul. 9 - 10 Eid Al-Fitr (Islam)
Jun. 5 - 6 Shavuot (Jewish)
Jun. 16 Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib (Sikh)