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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.

2020 Spring Semester

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Notes
 New Year's Day   Jan. 1, 2020 No classes
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox  Jan. 7, 2020  
Martin Luther King Day    Jan. 20, 2020  No classes
Lunar New Year   Jan. 25, 2020  
Maha Shivaratri Hindu  Feb. 21, 2020   
Ash Wednesday  Christian  Feb. 26, 2020   
Beginning of Lent  Christian  Feb. 26, 2020   
Holi Hindu  March 9-10, 2020   
Purim  Jewish  March 9, 2020    
Ramanavami Hindu April 2, 2020  
Passover (Pesach) Jewish April 8-16, 2020  
Good Friday  Christian  April 10, 2020   
Easter  Christian  April 12, 2020   
Orthodox Good Friday Christian Orthodox April 17, 2020  
Orthodox Easter Christian Orthodox April 19, 2020  
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic April 23, 2020 Ramadan: April 23-May 23, 2020

2020 Summer Semester

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Notes
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic  May 19, 2020   
Memorial Day   May 25, 2020 No classes
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)  Islamic  May 23, 2020  Ramadan: April 23-May 23, 2020 
Shavuot  Jewish  May 28-30, 2020  
Independence Day   July 4, 2020  No classes
Eid al-Adha Islamic  July 30, 2020  
Janmashtami Hindu  Aug. 11, 2020  

2020 Fall Semester

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Notes
Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year) Islamic   Aug. 23, 2020  
Labor Day    Sept. 7, 2020 No classes
Navaratri/Dassehra Hindu  Oct. 17-26, 2020  
Rosh Hashanah (New Year)  Jewish  Sept. 18-20, 2020  
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)  Jewish  Sept. 27-28, 2020  
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)  Jewish  Oct. 2-9, 2020  
Shmini Atzeret  Jewish  Oct. 9-11, 2020  
Simchat Torah Jewish  Oct. 10-11, 2020  
Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad)  Islamic  Oct. 29, 2020  
Diwali  Hindu  Nov. 14, 2020  
Thanksgiving Day    Nov. 26, 2020  
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 10-18, 2020  
Christmas Day Christian Dec. 25, 2020 No classes

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