2012-2013 Pitzer Catalog 
    Apr 20, 2021  
2012-2013 Pitzer Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Religious Holidays

Pitzer College respects its members’ observances of their major religious holidays. Officers of administration and of instruction responsible for the scheduling of required academic activities or essential services try to avoid conflict with such holidays as much as possible. Such activities include examinations, registration and various deadlines that are a part of the Academic Calendar.

When scheduling conflicts prove unavoidable, students will not be penalized for absence because of religious reasons and alternative means will be sought for satisfying the academic requirements involved. If a suitable arrangement cannot be worked out between the students and instructors involved, students and instructors should consult the Dean of Faculty.

Some of the major holidays are listed below for 2012-13. The Jewish and Islamic holy days begin at sundown of the preceding day. The exact dates for the Islamic holy days may vary by one or two days from the estimated dates given below.

Major Religious Holidays for 2012-13

Ramadan begins* (Islamic holiday) July 20-21*
Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown (Jewish holiday) Sept. 16-18#
Eid-al-Fitr begins at sundown (Islamic holiday) Aug.18-19*
Yom Kippur begins at sundown (Jewish holiday) Sept. 25-26*
Sukkot begins at sundown (Jewish holiday) Sept 30-Oct 8*
Diwali (Hindu holiday) Nov. 13
All Saints Day Nov. 1
Hanukkah begins at sundown (Jewish holiday) Dec. 8-16*
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu–Buddhist) Dec. 8
Our Lady of Guadalupe (Roman Catholic holiday) Dec. 12
Christmas Dec. 25
Kwanzaa Dec. 26-Jan. 1
Asian Lunar New Year Feb. 10
Ash Wednesday Feb. 13
Purim begins at sundown (Jewish holiday) Feb. 23-25#
Holi (Hindu) Mar. 27
Passover begins at sundown (Jewish holiday) Mar. 25-27#
Passover concluding days Mar. 31-Apr. 2#
Good Friday Mar. 29
Easter Sunday Mar. 31
Vaisakhi (Hindu) Apr. 14
Rivdan (Baha’i) Apr. 21
Pascha (Eastern Orthodox) May 5
Wesak (Buddhist) May 25
Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i) May 22-23#

*The Islamic dates are tentative based on estimates of the visibility of the lunar crescent. As such, these observances may start slightly earlier or later than predicted.
#Holy days start at sundown of beginning date and end at sundown or nightfall of concluding date.

(provided by Office of the Chaplains)