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Religious Holidays and Observances

We are committed to continually learning and educating our community about the holidays and traditions of all of the communities we serve so that we may be more inclusive of all students, faculty, and staff at Virginia Tech. We have compiled this calendar of holidays and observances to serve as a reference for program planning throughout the year. This list is not exhaustive of all holidays or observances. The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life encourages our organizations to be mindful of these holidays and observances when planning programs, meetings and events.


Some holidays may begin at sundown the night before the stated date, and others may be dependent on the phases of the moon. We encourage you to further research and learn about these observances.


2021-2022 Academic Calendar

Holiday or Observance

Religious or Cultural Group


Rosh Hoshanah

Judaism September 6 (sundown) - September 8 (sundown)
Yom Kippur Judaism September 15 (sundown)- September 16 (sundown)
Sukkot Judaism

September 20 (sundown)- September 27 (sundown)     

We recommend avoiding scheduling events on the first 2 days.

Shemini Atzeret

Simchat Torah

Judaism September 27 (sundown)- September 29 (sundown)
Diwali Jainism, Sikhism, Hinduism November 3
Chanukah Judaism

November 28 (sundown)- December 6 (sundown)

Events may be scheduled during this time, but be mindful of students' commitments.

Christmas Eve Christianity December 24
Christmas Day Christianity December 25
Kwanzaa African American December 26-January 1
Chinese New Year Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism February 1
Ash Wednesday Christianity March 2
Purim Judiasm March 15 (sundown)- March 16 (sundown)
Holi- Festival of Colors Hinduism March 18 (sundown)- March 19 (sundown)
Passover Judiasm

April 15 (sundown)-April 23 (sundown)

We recommend avoiding scheduling events on the first 2 days and last 2 days.

Good Friday Christianity April 15
Easter Christianity April 17
Ramadan Islam April 1 (sundown)-May 1 (sundown)
Eid al-Fitr Islam May 2 (sundown)-May 3 (sundown)