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Selected Religious Holidays and Celebrations

View the 2016/17 Selected Religious Holidays and Celebrations

About the Holiday Calendar

Knowledge of the holidays of the world's religions is part of the "art of living cooperatively in a diverse community" that we aspire for all students to have at Vassar. We hope the Holiday Calendar will increase the Vassar community’s familiarity with religious traditions and facilitate thoughtful planning of our schedules and activities.

The calendar, compiled by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, attempts to list some of the holidays that may be observed by members of our community during the academic year, based on our records of the religious traditions represented in our student body. It is not an exhaustive list either of religious traditions or of the holidays observed in those traditions. And, while every effort has been made to provide clear and accurate information, some inaccuracies may remain. You may also want to check the many other websites on religious holidays, including the site maintained by PBS's "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly."

For additional information about these holidays, to offer suggestions about the calendar listings, or to ask questions about any activities and programs you are planning that may conflict with religious holidays, please contact Sam Speers, Director, RSL Office, through our contact form or 845-437-5550.