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Major Religious Holidays

Saturday, June 28, 2014 First Day of Ramadan Muslim
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Eid-al-Fitr Muslim
Thurs., Sept. 25- Fri., Sept. 26, 2014 Rosh Hashanah Jewish
Saturday, October 4, 2014 Yom Kippur Jewish
Thur., Oct. 9 - Fri. Oct. 10, 2014 Sukkot, first two days Jewish
Thursday, October 16, 2014 Simchat Azteret Jewish
Friday, October 17, 2014 Simchat Torah Jewish
Thurs., Sept. 25 – Fri., Oct. 3, 2014 Navaratri Hindu
Saturday, October 4, 2014 Dussehra Hindu
Sunday, October 5, 2014 Eid-al-Adha Muslim
Monday, October 20, 2014 Birth of the Bab Baha'i
Thursday, October 23, 2014 Diwali Hindu
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Birth of Bahá'u'lláh Baha'i
Wed., Dec. 17 - Wed., Dec. 24, 2014 Hanukkah Jewish
Thursday, December 25, 2014 Christmas Christian
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 Christmas Orthodox Christian
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Ash Wednesday Christian
Monday, February 23, 2015 Great Lent Begins Orthodox Christian
Thursday, March 5, 2015 Purim Jewish
Friday, April, 3, 2015 Good Friday Christian
Sat. Apr. 4 – Sun., Apr. 5, 2015 Passover, first two days Jewish
Sunday, April 5, 2015 Easter Christian
Fri., Apr. 10 – Sat. Apr. 11, 2015 Passover, last two days Jewish
Sunday, April 12, 2015 Pascha (Easter) Orthodox Christian
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Ridvan Baha'i
Religious Holidays
As the University of Mississippi becomes increasingly more diverse, it is important to remember the tenets of The Creed regarding respect and fairness.  Accordingly, faculty and staff are encouraged to become aware of religious holidays that might involve our students and to 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.
Following are the dates of major Christian, Jewish and Muslim holidays that will occur while the University is in session during the academic year of 2014 - 2015. 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 instructor.
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.