The University of North Texas is required to accommodate student and employees’ sincerely held religious observances or practices, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the work or business of the University. Federal law protects religious beliefs and non-beliefs, and this includes beliefs that are not associated with an organized religion. A reasonable religious accommodation is any adjustment to the work or educational environment that will allow the employee or student to practice their religion. This includes flexible scheduling, flexible deadlines, voluntary substitutions, modification of grooming requirements and other practices, policies or procedures.

Employees, please contact Human Resources to request religious accommodations. Supervisors, please email if you have questions about implementing a religious accommodation or responding to a request for a religious accommodation. Faculty members and supervisors may not request proof from a student or employee that they observe the tenets of a religion.

A list of major religious observances is provided below. Please note that it is not an exhaustive list, and students or employees may request accommodations to observe religious holidays that are not on this list. If you would like to request for a religious or cultural observance to be added or edited, please submit an email with your inquiry to

2024 Religious Obvservances

Note: This list is organized by the first date for each holiday.
Name of Holiday Religion Dates Days of the Week
* Holidays listed below with an asterisk begin at sundown on the previous day.
Gantan-sai Shinto 01-01-24 Monday
Epiphany/Twelfth Night/Three Kings Day Christian 01-06-24 Saturday
Christmas (Orthodox) Orthodox Christian 01-07-24 Sunday
Imbolc/Candlemas * Pagan, Wiccan 02-02-24 Friday
Setsubun-sai Shinto 02-03-24 Saturday
Chinese New Year Confucian/Taoist/Buddhist 02-10-24 Saturday
Ash Wednesday/Beginning of Lent Christian 02-14-24 Wednesday
Magha Puja Day Buddhism 02-24-24 Saturday
Maha Shivaratri Hindu 03-08-24 Friday
Ramadan * Muslim 03-10-24 thru 04-09-24 2nd Sunday of March - 2nd Tuesday of April
Rama Navami Hindu 03-17-24 Sunday
Beginning of Lent (Clean Monday) Orthodox Christian 03-18-24 Monday
Naw Rúz * Bahá’í 03-20-24 Wednesday
Palm Sunday Christian 03-24-24 Sunday
Purim * Jewish 03-24-24 Sunday
Holi Hindu 03-25-24 Monday
Maundy (or Holy) Thursday Christian 03-28-24 Thursday
Good Friday Christian 03-29-24 Friday
Ostara/Spring Equinox Pagan, Wiccan 03-29-24 Friday
Easter Christian 03-31-24 Sunday
Laylat al-Qadr * Muslim 04-06-24 Saturday
Eid al-Fitr * Muslim 04-10-24 Wednesday
Vaisakhi Sikh 04-13-24 Saturday
First Day of the Ridván Festival * Bahá’í 04-21-24 Sunday
Passover/Pesach * Jewish 04-22-24 thru 04-30-24 Monday - Tuesday of following week
Ninth Day of the Ridván Festival * Bahá’í 04-29-24 Monday
Beltane Pagan, Wiccan 05-01-24 Wednesday
Twelfth Day of the Ridván Festival * Bahá’í 05-02-24 Thursday
Holy Friday/Good Friday (Orthodox) Orthodox Christian 05-03-24 Friday
Easter (Pascha) Orthodox Christian 05-05-24 Sunday
Yom HaShoah * Jewish 05-06-24 Monday
Buddha Day / Visakha Puja Buddhist 05-23-24 Thursday
Declaration of the Báb Bahá’í 05-23-24 Thursday
Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh Bahá’í 05-28-24 Tuesday
Shavuot * Jewish 06-11-24 thru 06-13-24 Tuesday - Thursday
Martyrdom of the Báb Bahá’í 07-09-24 Tuesday
Asalha Puja Buddist 07-20-24 Saturday
Feast of the Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic 08-15-24 Thursday
Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Roman Catholic 09-14-24 Saturday
Mawlid al-Nabi (Birthday of Muhammad) * Muslim 09-15-24 thru 09-16-24 Sunday - Monday
Mabon/Autumnal Equinox Pagan, Wiccan 09-21-24 Saturday
Feast of Saint Michael the Archangel (Michaelmas) Roman Catholic 09-29-24 Sunday
Rosh Hashanah * Jewish 10/02/24 thru 10/04/24 Wednesday - Friday
Navaratri/Dussehra Hindu 10-03-24 thru 10-12-24 Thursday - Saturday of following week
Yom Kippur * Jewish 10-11-24 thru 10-12-24 Friday - Saturday
Sukkot * Jewish 10-16-24 thru 10-23-24 Wednesday - Wednesday of following week
Shemini Atzeret * Jewish 10-23-24 thru 10-25-24 Wednesday - Friday
Simchat Torah * Jewish 10-24-24 thru 10-25-24 Thursday - Friday
Diwali Hindu 10-31-24 Thursday
Samhain Pagan, Wiccan 10-31-24 thru 11-01-24 Thursday - Friday
Día de los Muertos cultural / secular 10-31-24 thru 11-02-24 Thursday - Saturday
All Saints' Day Roman Catholic 11-01-24 Friday
All Souls' Day Roman Catholic 11-02-24 Saturday
Birth of Báb * Bahá’í 11-02-24 Saturday
Birth of Bahá’u’lláh * Bahá’í 11-03-24 Sunday
Yule/Midwinter/Winter Solstice Pagan, Wiccan 12-21-24 Saturday
Christmas Christian 12-25-24 Wednesday
Hanukkah/Chanukah * Jewish 12-25-24 thru 01-02-25 Wednesday -  Thursday of following week
Kwanzaa cultural / secular 12-26-24 thru 01-01-25 Thursday - Wednesday of following week