Latest about COVID-19 and W&M's Path Forward.

Info for... William & Mary
William & Mary W&M menu close William & Mary

Observance of Religious Holidays

Listed below are some religious holidays and the dates on which they fall during the academic year. This is not intended to be an inclusive list. 

 
2020-21
2021-22
2022-23
2023-24
Description:

Rosh Hashanah*

(First Two Days)

September 19-20, 2020

September 7-8, 2021

 

September 26-27, 2022

September 16-17, 2023

Jewish New Year. It is the beginning of a ten-day period of introspection and reflection.

Yom Kippur*

September 28, 2020

September 16, 2021

October 5, 2022

September 25, 2023

Day of Atonement. It is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar marked with fasting, worship, and repentance.

Sukkot*

October 3, 2020

September 21, 2021

October 10, 2022

September 30, 2023

Festival of Booths. Commemorates the wandering in the desert of the Israelites as well as the fall harvest. While the festival of Sukkot lasts for 8 days, the first day is considered a day of rest.

Diwali

November 14, 2020

November 4, 2021

October 24, 2022

November 12, 2023

Festival of Lights. This holiday is typically celebrated by families sharing various traditional rituals in their homes.

Ash Wednesday

February 17, 2021

March 2, 2022

February 22, 2023

February 14, 2024

This day marks the beginning of Lent, a six-week period of prayer and fasting in anticipation of Easter.

Good Friday

April 2, 2021

April 15, 2022

April 7, 2023

March 29, 2024

The day Jesus was crucified.

Passover*

March 28, 2021

April 16, 2022

April 6, 2023

April 23, 2024

Festival of Passover. It commemorates the Exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt. While the Passover lasts for 8 days, the first night is the most significant and the first day is considered a day of rest.

Ramadan

April 13- May 11, 2021

April 3- May 1, 2022

March 23-April 20, 2023

March 10-April 8, 2024

The ninth month of the Islamic lunar year and is the time in which Muslims observe fast from sunrise to sunset.

Vesak

May 26, 2021

May 15, 2022

May 5, 2023

May 22, 2024

Commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death (parinirvana) of Guatama Buddha.

Eid al-Fitr

May 24, 2020

May 13, 2021

May 3, 2022

April 10, 2024

Marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, and the holiest month in Islamic tradition. It literally means "breaking the fast."

Eid al-Adha

July 31, 2020

July 20, 2021

July 10, 2022

June 29, 2023

Festival of Sacrifice. Commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael. God provided a sheep to sacrifice in Ishmael's place

*These holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the published date of the holiday.

 

 Find out more about W&M's Religious Accommodations