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Holidays and Religious Observances

This calendar lists University of South Carolina holidays, traditional observances and major days of religious significance. Consider the dates when developing class syllabi, and planning meetings and examinations.

Faculty and staff are asked to use this information and their discretion when considering student requests for time off for religious purposes. Please note holidays that are designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.

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.
  • Any observance designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them are indicated in the Notes column.
  • Dates marked with an asterisk (*) are not fixed to a calendar but based on the actual sighting of the moon. There may be some variance by a day.

2019 Spring Semester

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Notes
 New Year's Day   Jan. 1, 2019  No classes
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox  Jan. 7, 2019   
Martin Luther King Day    Jan. 21, 2019  No classes
Lunar New Year   Feb. 5, 2019  
Maha Shivaratri Hindu  Mar. 4, 2019   
Ash Wednesday  Christian  Mar. 6, 2019   
Beginning of Lent  Christian  Mar. 6, 2019   
Holi Hindu  Mar. 21-22, 2019   
Purim  Jewish  Mar. 21, 2019    
Good Friday  Christian  Apr. 19, 2019   
Easter  Christian  Apr. 21, 2019   
Ramanavami Hindu Apr. 14, 2019  
Passover (Pesach) Jewish Apr. 20-27, 2019 Apr. 20-21, 26-27 are primary obligation days
Designated non-work day for observers
Orthodox Good Friday Christian Orthodox Apr. 26, 2019  
Orthodox Easter Christian Orthodox Apr. 28, 2019  
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic May 6, 2019* Ramadan: May 6-Jun. 5, 2019


2019 Summer Semester

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Notes
Memorial Day   May 27, 2019 No classes
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic  May 31, 2019*   
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)  Islamic  June 5, 2019*  Ramadan: May 6-Jun. 5, 2019 
Shavuot  Jewish  June 9-10, 2019  Designated non-work day for observers 
Independence Day   July 4, 2019  No classes
Eid al-Adha Islamic  Aug. 12, 2019*   
Janmashtami Hindu  Aug. 23, 2019   


2019 Fall Semester

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Notes
Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year) Islamic   Sept. 1, 2019   
Labor Day    Sept. 2, 2019 No classes
Navaratri/Dassehra Hindu  Sept. 29-Oct. 7, 2019   
Rosh Hashanah (New Year)  Jewish  Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2019  Designated non-work day for observers 
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)  Jewish  Oct. 9, 2019  Designated non-work day for observers 
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)  Jewish  Oct. 14-20, 2019  Oct. 14-15: Primary Obligation Days
Designated non-work day for observers 
Shmini Atzeret  Jewish  Oct. 21, 2019  Designated non-work day for observers 
Simchat Torah Jewish  Oct. 22, 2019  Designated non-work day for observers 
Diwali  Hindu  Oct. 27, 2019   
Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad)  Islamic  Nov. 10, 2019*   
Thanksgiving Day    Nov. 28-29, 2019 No classes
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 23-30, 2019  
Christmas Day Christian Dec. 25, 2019 No classes

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