Religious Holidays

The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to building an exemplary educational community that offers an inclusive and equitable intellectual climate. This section of our Monday Memo is designed to increase awareness, understanding, and respect for the range of human diversity throughout the college.

In accordance with the university’s policy on work-restricted religious holidays, we would like to reiterate the importance of allowing students who observe work-restricted religious holidays to do so without jeopardizing their academic standing in any course. Staff and faculty who observe work-restricted religious holidays should be accommodated as well. Individuals who follow and/or observe work-restricted holidays are not permitted to engage in daily work or attend school, which includes taking exams or performing routine duties.

You are invited and encouraged to display artifacts and observe holy days as you are most comfortable doing so. For additional information on this policy, please view UofL's work restricted holy day policies and calendar (PDF).

March Observances

March 21 Naw-Ruz (Baha’i)
The first day of the Baha’I calendar and also one of the nine Baha’I holy days where work is suspended.  Also known as the Day of  God.  
For additional information, please visit: 
http://www.worldreligionnews.com/religion-news/bahai-faith/bahais-celebrate-the-new-year-with-naw-ruz

March 23 Holi (Hindu)
Known as The Festival of Colors, Holi commemorates the victory of good over evil.       
For additional information, please visit: 
http://www.holifestival.org/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4atKTpZ1aA

March 23 Magha Puja Day (Buddhist)
One of the most important festivals celebrated by the Buddhist community.  Offers a chance to recommit to the Buddhist faith.
For additional information, please visit:
http://www.buddhist-tourism.com/buddhist-festivals/magha-puja-day.html

March 24 Purim (Jewish)
One of the most fun and joyous holidays, Purim commemorates the defeat of a Jewish extermination plot.
For additional information, please visit: http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday9.htm

March 25 Good Friday (Christian)
Good Friday commemorates the passion and death on the cross of Jesus Christ.  For additional information, please visit: http://christianity.about.com/od/holidaytips/qt/whatisgoodfrida.htm

Did you know this about Easter?

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/history-of-easter

What have we missed?

In an effort to be inclusive, we encourage you to share additional information/suggestions about your religious community by contacting Marian R. Vasser in the A&S Dean’s Office for International, Diversity, and Engagement Programs at mrvass01@louisville.edu.