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Major Religious Holidays
Monday, July 8, 2013 First Day of Ramadan Muslim
Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 Eid-al-Fitr Muslim
Wednesday, September 4-6th, 2013 Rosh Hashanah Jewish
Fri, Sept. 13- Sat, Sept. 14, 2013 Yom Kippur Jewish
Wed., Sept.18 - Fri. Sept. 20, 2013 Sukkot, first two days Jewish
Wed., Sept. 25 – Thurs., Sept. 26, 2013 Simchat Azteret Jewish
Thurs., Sept. 26 – Fri., Sept. 27, 2013 Simchat Torah Jewish
Sat., Oct. 5 – Sun., Oct. 13, 2013 Navaratri Hindu
Sunday, October 20, 2013 Birth of the Bab Baha'i
Monday, October 14, 2013 Dussehra Hindu
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 Eid-al-Adha Muslim
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Birth of Bahá'u'lláh Baha'i
Sunday, November 3, 2013 Diwali Hindu
Wed., Nov. 27 - Thur., Dec. 5, 2013 Hanukkah Jewish
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 Christmas Christian
Wednesday, January 7, 2014 Christmas Orthodox Christian
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Ash Wednesday Christian
Sat., Mar. 15 – Sun. Mar. 16, 2014 Purim Jewish
Monday, March 3, 2014 Great Lent Begins Orthodox Christian
Mon. Apr. 14 – Wed., Apr. 16, 2014 Passover, first two days Jewish
Friday, April, 18, 2014 Good Friday Christian
Sunday, April 20, 2014 Easter Christian
Mon., Apr. 21 – Tues. Apr. 22, 2014 Passover, last two days Jewish
Monday, April 21, 2014 Ridvan Baha'i
Sunday, April 20, 2014 Pascha (Easter) Orthodox Christian
Tues., Jun. 3 – Thurs. Jun. 5, 2014 Shavuot Jewish
Mon., Aug. 4 - Aug 5, 2014 Tish'a B'Av Jewish
Religious Holidays
As The University of Mississippi becomes increasingly more diverse, it is important to remember the tenets of The University of Mississippi Creed regarding respect and fairness. Please remain mindful of religious holidays that may involve our students, as we accommodate them in the practice of their faith.
University Policy addresses class absence due to religious purposes in Policy Number: 10000834 Policy Code: ACA.AR.200.004
Better class attendance policies allow students to request an accommodation associated with observation of a recognized religious day. A list of recognized religious days is maintained by the Dean of Students Office.
For your information, these are the dates of major Christian, Jewish and Muslim holidays which will occur while the University is in session during the academic year of 2013 - 2014. These are provided in order that you may know of potential schedule conflicts involving large numbers of students. All students are responsible for negotiating their needs around religious practices with the professor.
Muslim holidays begin at sunset on the evening before the date given. Muslim holidays are based on a lunar calendar, and the actual dates are determined by direct observation of the moon and announced by the mosque. (The most observant Muslims will observe all days; others may observe the first two days of Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Ahda.)
Jewish holidays begin at sunset on the evening before the date given.
Orthodox Christian holidays begin at sunset on the evening before the date given.
*Students who practice faiths other than those listed here might contact an instructor about an absence from class. Faculty are encouraged to contact the Office of the Dean of Students in this instance.