Observances & Holy Days

Davidson encourages students, faculty, and staff to respect and be aware of the diverse religious observances of college community members when scheduling college-wide events as well as reviews and other major academic assignments.

The calendar below is not a comprehensive list of holy days, but it includes holidays of particular significance to traditions represented on campus that fall during the academic semesters. If you have suggestions for additions to this list, please contact Chaplain Rob Spach.

Spring 2014

Jan. 31 Friday Lunar New Year Many traditions in most Asian nations
March 5 Wednesday Ash Wednesday Christianity
March 17 Monday Holi (Festival of Colors) Hinduism
April 14 - April 16 Monday (sunset) - Wednesday (sunset) Pesach (Passover) begins; Seder (first two evenings) Judaism
April 18 Friday Good (Holy) Friday Christianity
April 20 Sunday Easter Christianity

Fall 2014

Sept. 24 - Sept. 26 Wednesday (sunset) - Friday (sunset) Rosh Hashanah (New Year's Celebration) Judaism
Oct. 3 - Oct. 4 Friday (sunset) - Saturday (sunset) Yom Kippur Judaism
Oct. 4 - Oct. 5 Saturday (sunset) - Sunday (sunset) Eid al-Adha Islam
Oct. 23 Thursday Diwali (Deepawali) begins (5 days) Hinduism
Dec. 16 Tuesday (sunset) Hanukkah begins (7 days) Judaism

Spring 2015

Feb. 19 Thursday Lunar New Year Many traditions in most Asian nations
March 6 Friday Holi (Festival of Colors) Hinduism
April 3 - April 5 Friday (sunset) - Sunday (sunset) Pesach (Passover) begins; Seder (first two evenings) Judaism
April 3 Friday Good Friday Western Christianity
April 5 Sunday Easter Western Christianity
April 10 Friday Holy Friday Orthodox Christianity
April 12 Sunday Pascha Orthodox Christianity