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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.


  • 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.

2021 Spring Semester

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Notes
 New Year's Day   January 1 No classes
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox  January 7  
Martin Luther King Day    January 15 No classes
Lunar New Year   February 12  
Ash Wednesday  Christian February 17  
Beginning of Lent  Christian February 17  
Purim  Jewish  February 26  
Maha Shivaratri Hindu  March 11   
Holi Hindu  March 28-29   
Passover (Pesach) Jewish March 28-April 4    
Good Friday  Christian  April 2  
Easter  Christian  April 4  
Beginning of Ramadan* Islamic April 13 Ramadan: April 13-May 11
Ramanavami Hindu April 21  
Orthodox Good Friday Christian Orthodox April 30  
Orthodox Easter Christian Orthodox May 2  

2021 Summer Semester

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Notes
Lailat Ul Qadr* Islamic  May 8   
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)*  Islamic  May 11  
Shavuot  Jewish  May 17-18  
Memorial Day   May 31 No classes
Juneteenth   June 19   
Independence Day   July 4 No classes
Eid al-Adha* Islamic  July 20  
Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year) Islamic   Aug. 10  

2021 Fall Semester

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Notes
Janmashtami Hindu  August 29  
Labor Day    September 6 No classes
Rosh Hashanah (New Year)  Jewish  September 7-8  
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)  Jewish  September 16  
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)  Jewish  September 21-27  
Shmini Atzeret  Jewish  September 28  
Simchat Torah Jewish September 29  
Navaratri/Dassehra Hindu  October 14-16  
Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad)*  Islamic  October 19  
Diwali Hindu  November 4-8  
Thanksgiving Day    November 25 No classes
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish November 29-December 6  
Christmas Day Christian December 25 No classes

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