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Statement of Religious Observance

Grinnell College acknowledges and embraces the religious diversity of its faculty, students, and staff.  Faculty and students share responsibility to support members of our community who observe religious holidays.  Students will provide faculty members with reasonable notice of the dates of religious holidays on which they will be absent, and this notice would be expected to occur no later than the third week of the semester.  Faculty members will make reasonable efforts to accommodate students who need to be absent from examinations or class due to religious observance.  Students are responsible for completing any part of the course work, including examinations, they have missed due to religious observance, and faculty members are responsible for giving them the opportunity to do so.  (Oct 9, 2009)

CRSSJ Quick Reference to High Holy Days (pdf)

CRSSJ Printable 2012-2013 Religious Holiday Calendar (pdf)


CRSSJ Printable Jewish Activity Calendar (pdf)

Ten Year Calendar of Jewish Holy Days for School Years (pdf)

BBC's Holy Days and Festivals Calendar

2012-2013 Religious Holiday Calendar

January 2013  
1 Kwanzaa (ends) Pan-African
6 Epiphany Christian
15 World Religion Day Bahá'í
18 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (begins) Christian
26 Tu B'Shevat Jewish
25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (ends) Christian
27 Mahayana New Year(begins) Buddhist
30 Mahayana New Year(ends) Buddhist
February 2013  
10 Chinese New Year Buddhist
12 Shrove Tuesday Christian
13 Ash Wednesday (Lent begins) Christian
24 Purim Jewish
March 2013
10 Mahashivratri Hindu
24 Palm Sunday Christian
25 Erev Pesach Jewish
26 Passover* (begins) Jewish
27 Holi Hindu
27 Holy Saturday Christian
28 Maundy Thursday Christian
29 Good Friday* Christian
31 Easter* Christian
April 2013
2 Passover* (ends) Jewish
7 Yom Hashoah* Jewish
25 Theravada Buddhist
May 2013
1 Beltane* Pagan
2 National Day of Prayer Interfaith USA
5 Easter/Pascha* (Orthodox) Christian
29 Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh* Bahá'í
July 2013
9 Ramadan* (Begins) Muslim
August 2013
8 Eid ul Fitr* (End of Ramadan) Muslim
21 Raksha Bandhan Hindu
September 2013
4 Erev Rosh Hashanah* Jewish
5 Rosh Hashanah*~ Jewish
6 Rosh Hashanah* Jewish
9 Ganesha Chaturthi Hindu
10 Paryushana* (Begins) Jain
13 Kol Nidre (Eve of Day of Atonement) Jewish
14 Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)*~ Jewish
17 Paryushana* (Ends) Jain
19 Sukkot* (begins) Jewish
22 Mabon~ Pagan
25 Sukkot* (ends) Jewish
27 Simchat Torah~ Jewish
October 2013
5 Navratri* (begins) Hindu
13 Navratri (ends) Hindu
14 Dussera Hindu
15 Eid ul-Adha* Muslim
20 Birth of Báb~ Bahá'í
November 2013
1 Samhain*~ Pagan
3 Diwali* Hindu
3 Divali* Jain
3 Diwali* Sikh
4 Al-Hijra Muslim
12 Birth of Baha'u'llah Bahá'í
15 Christmas Fast (begins) Christian
28 Ascension of Abdu'l-Bahá Bahá'í
28 Chanukah (begins)~ Jewish
December 2013
1 Advent (begins) Christian
5 Chanukah (ends)~ Jewish
8 Bodhi Day Buddhist
12 Our Lady of Guadalupe (Feast Day) Christian
16 Las Posadas (begins) Christian
21 Yule~ Pagan
24 Christmas Fast (ends) Christian
25 Christmas*~ Christian
25 Las Posadas (ends) Christian
26 Kwanzaa (begins) Pan-African


~ = Jewish and Baha'i Holy Days begin at sunset the previous day.

o = Certain Hindu and Muslim Holy Days are calculated on a lunar calendar and are approximate.

* = High Holy Day.


  • Rev. Deanna Shorb, Dean of Religious Life and Chaplain [shorb]
  • Rob Cabelli, Associate Chaplain and Rabbi [cabellir]
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