Religious and Multicultural Holidays

UMB celebrates diversity and inclusion! This list contains holidays, traditional observances, and major days of religious significance.

Although many of these days are not official University holidays, faculty, and staff are asked to use this information and their discretion when responding to student requests for time off for religious and/or cultural purposes. Consider using these dates to aid in developing class syllabi, planning for examinations, and organizing large-scale events.

Additional Notes:

  • Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in bold and italic.
  • All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the first date shown.
  • * These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
  • # Some of these dates are not fixed to a calendar but based on the actual sighting of the moon and therefore there may be some variance by a day.

Help us enrich and educate our University community - if you see a holiday missing from our list, please send us a comment! Include the name of the holiday, the date, a brief description, and any related events. This calendar is maintained by the Diversity Advisory Council. 

*Please use this calendar as a tool when planning events on campus. These events are for reference and not necessarily endorsed by the University.

Summer 2020


Holiday or ObservanceReligious GroupDatesAdditional Notes
Juneteenth   Jun. 19, 2020 Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of slavery of those of African descent in the United States
Independence Day   Jul. 4, 2020 Class not in session
Eid al-Adha Islamic Jul. 30, 2020

Date not fixed. See note above.
Jul. 30 evening - 31, 2020

Janmashtami Hindu Aug. 11, 2020  

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Fall 2020


Holiday or ObservanceReligious GroupDatesAdditional Notes
Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year) Islamic Aug. 19 - 20, 2020  
Labor Day   Sept. 7, 2020 Class not in session
Hispanic Heritage Month   Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2020  
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 18 - 20, 2020 Designated non-work day for observers
Sept. 18 evening - Sept. 20, 2020 
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Sept. 27 - 28, 2020 Designated non-work day for observers
Sept. 27 evening - Sept. 28, 2020
LGBT History Month   Oct. 1- 31, 2020  
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Oct. 2 - 9, 2020 Designated non-work day for observers
Oct. 2 evening - Oct. 9, 2020
*Shmini Atzeret Jewish Oct. 10, 2020 Designated non-work day for observers
*Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 11, 2020 Designated non-work day for observers
Indigenous Peoples' Day   Oct. 12, 2020  
Navaratri/Dassehra Hindu Oct. 17 - 25, 2020  
Diwali Hindu Nov. 14, 2020  
American Indian Heritage Month   Nov. 1 - 30, 2020  
Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad) Islamic Oct. 29, 2020 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Veteran’s Day   Nov. 11, 2020  
Thanksgiving   Nov. 26 - 27, 2020 Class not in session 
World AIDS Day   Dec. 1, 2020  
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 11 - 18, 2020 Dec. 11 evening - Dec. 18, 2020 
Christmas Day Christian Dec. 25, 2020 Class not in session

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Summer 2021


Holiday or ObservanceReligious GroupDatesAdditional Notes
Juneteenth   June 19, 2021 Juneteenth commemorates the emanicipation of slavery of those of African descent in the United States.
Independence Day   Jul. 4, 2021 Class not in session
Eid al-Adha Islamic Jul. 20, 2021#

Date not fixed. See note above.
Jul 19 evening - Jul. 20, 2020

Janmashtami Hindu Aug. 24, 2021  

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Winter and Spring 2021


Holiday or ObservanceReligious GroupDatesAdditional Notes
New Year’s Day   Jan. 1, 2021 Class not in session
Orthodox Christmas  Christian Orthodox  Jan. 7, 2021  
Martin Luther King Jr. Day    Jan. 18, 2021  Class not in session 
Black History Month    Feb. 1 - 28, 2021  
World Hijab Day   Feb. 1, 2021  
Lunar New Year   Feb. 12, 2021  
President’s Day   Feb. 15, 2020  
Ash Wednesday Christian Feb. 17, 2021 Lent: Feb 17 - Mar. 29, 2021
Purim  Jewish  Feb. 25 - 26, 2021  
Women’s History Month    Mar. 1- 31, 2021  
Maha Shivaratri  Hindu  Mar. 11, 2021  
Beginning of Lent  Christian Orthodox Mar. 15, 2021  Great Lent: Mar. 15 - May 2, 2021
*Passover (Pesach)  Jewish  Mar. 27 - Apr. 4, 2021 Designated non-work day for observers 
Holi Hindu Mar. 29, 2021  
Arab American Heritage Month   Apr. 1 - 30, 2021  
Good Friday Christian Apr. 2, 2021  
Easter Christian  Apr. 4, 2021  
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic Apr. 12, 2021#

Ramadan: Apr. 12 - May 11, 2021
Dates not fixed. See note above.

Ramanavami Hindu April 21, 2021  
Orthodox Good Friday Christian Orthodox Apr. 30, 2021  
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month   May 1 - 31, 2021

 

Orthodox Easter (Pascha) Christian Orthodox May 2, 2021  
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic May 8, 2021 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Edi al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) Islamic May 13, 2021# Dates not fixed. See note above.
Memorial Day    May 31, 2021 Class not in session
*Shavuot Jewish May 16 - 18, 2021

Designated non-work day for observers
May 16 evening - May 18, 2021

Pride Month    Jun. 1 - 30, 2021  

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