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Interfaith Calendar for the 2017-18 Academic Year

Guidance to Students, Faculty, and Staff Regarding Conflicts between Academic and Religious Calendars

As an institution, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, does not observe religious holidays. We do, however, acknowledge the potential conflict between our academic calendar and the interfaith calendar and want to make every reasonable effort to help students, faculty, and staff avoid negative academic consequences when their religious obligations conflict with academic requirements.

Absence for religious reasons does not excuse students, faculty, or staff from responsibility for any part of academic or professional work required during the period of absence. Students will have a reasonable alternative opportunity to complete missed academic responsibilities. Faculty and staff will be responsible for work or hours missed during the period of absence.

Should disagreement arise over any aspect of this guidance statement, the parties involved should contact the department chair or dean of the college.

For more information about policies and procedures at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, please click on the following links:

This is not a complete list. Please visit the Interfaith Calendar for a complete list of religious holidays.




Paryushan ** Jain August 18
Id al-Adha ** Islam September 1
Rosh Hashanah * Jewish September 20 – 22
10th of Muharram ** Islam September 22
Yom Kippur * Jewish September 29 – 30
Sukkot * Jewish October 4 – 6
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah * Jewish October 11 – 13
Diwali ** Hindu October 19 – 23
Birthday of the Bab Baha’I October 20
Birthday of Bahá’u’lláh Baha’I November 12
Birth of the Prophet Muhammad ** Islam December 1
Hanukkah Jewish December 12 – 20
Christmas Christian December 25
Kwanzaa Interfaith / African-American December 26 – January 1
Feast of the Epiphany Christian January 6
Eastern Orthodox Christmas (Julian Calendar) Orthodox Christian January 7
Sankranti Hindu January 14
Eastern Orthodox Beginning of Lent Orthodox Christian February 12
Ash Wednesday Christian February 14
Chinese New Year & Tet Confucianism / Taoism / Buddhism February 16
Purim * Jewish February 28 – March 1
Nowruz Baha’I / Zoroastrianism March 21
Passover (Pesach) * Jewish March 30 – April 7
Good Friday Christian March 30
Easter Christian April 1
Eastern Orthodox Good Friday Orthodox Christian April 6
Eastern Orthodox Easter Orthodox Christian April 8
Baisakhi Sikh April 14
Ridvan Baha’I April 21
9th Day of Ridvan Baha’I April 29
12th Day of Ridvan Baha’I May 2
Ascension Day Christian May 10
Ramadan ** Islam May 15 – June 14
Eastern Orthodox Ascension Day Orthodox Christian May 17
Shavuot * Jewish May 19 – 21
Declaration of the Bab Baha’I May 23
Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh Baha’I May 29
23rd of Ramadan ** Islam June 7
Id al-Fitr ** Islam June 15
Martyrdom of the Bab Baha’I July 9
Holy Day of ‘Arafah ** Islam August 21
*Jewish holy days begin and end at sundown on the first and last days listed.
**These holidays are calculated on a lunar calendar and are approximate.