Religious Holidays & Observances

Students may request an excused absence to participate in any of the listed events. If any observances are not listed, please contact Lorena Blanco-Silva, Diversity Programs Director, at lblanco@unm.edu

Click here for list of Religious Holidays and Observances.

The reasonable requests of students, faculty and staff related their observance of holidays must be accommodated.  Please take these holidays and observances into consideration when planning meetings and events.  It is important to understand that reasonable requests can also include observances that are not listed on calendar on this web page.  For example, some Tribal observances are dependent on natural occurrences which cannot be predicted far in advance. In those cases, accommodations would have to be requested by the individual when religious or holiday observances are arranged.  Some of these ceremonies can last for several days.

 

Religious Holidays and Observances 2021-2022*
(updated 8/16/2021)

*Please note this is not an exhaustive list and information is subject to change

Please let us know of any errors or updates at diverse@unm.edu

Date

Holiday/Observance

Association

 

 

 

 

Heritage or Awareness Month

 

Sept 15 – Oct 15

National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month

 

October 2021

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

 

October 2021

National Bullying Prevention Month

 

November 2021

Native American Heritage Month

 

February 2022

Black History Month

 

March 2022

Women’s History Month

 

March 2022

Irish American Heritage Month

 

April 2022

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

 

April 2022

National Poetry Month

 

April 2022

National Month of Hope

 

May 2022

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

 

May 2022

Jewish American Heritage Month

 

June 2022

LGBTQ Pride Month

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pueblo Feast Days

 

August 4, 2021

Santo Domingo Pueblo

First Nation

August 12, 2021

Santa Clara Pueblo

First Nation

August 15, 2021

Zia Pueblo

First Nation

August 28, 2021

Isleta Pueblo

First Nation

August 2021 (last two weeks)

Taos Pueblo

 

September 2, 2021

Acoma Pueblo

First Nation

September 19, 2021

Laguna Pueblo

First Nation

October 4, 2021

Nambe Pueblo

First Nation

November 12, 2021

Jemez Pueblo

First Nation

November 12, 2021

Tesuque Pueblo

First Nation

December 1, 2021

Zuni Pueblo

First Nation

December 12, 2021

Pojoaque Pueblo

First Nation

January 23, 2022

San Ildefonso Pueblo

First Nation

May 1, 2022

San Felipe Pueblo

First Nation

June 13, 2022

Sandia Pueblo

First Nation

June 24, 2022

Ohkay Owingeh

First Nation

July 14, 2022

Cochiti Pueblo

First Nation

July 26, 2022

Santa Ana Pueblo

First Nation

August 4, 2022

Santo Domingo

First Nation

August 10, 2022

Picuris Pueblo

First Nation

August 12, 2022

Santa Clara Pueblo

First Nation

August 15, 2022

Zia Pueblo

First Nation

August 28, 2022

Isleta Pueblo

First Nation

Date

Holiday/Observance

Association

 

Observance

 

August 26

Women’s Equality Day

 

September 6

Labor Day

 

October 11

Indigenous People’s Day

 

September 22

Autumnal Equinox

 

September 23

Bi Visibility Day

 

November 11

Veteran’s Day

 

November 16

International Day of Tolerance

 

November 20

Transgender Day of Remembrance

 

November 25

Thanksgiving Day

 

December 1

World Aids Day

 

December 3

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

 

December 10

Human Rights Day

 

December 15

Bill of Rights Day

 

December 21

Winter Solstice

 

December 26 - January 1

Kwanzaa

 

December 29

Wounded Knee Day

 

December 31

New Year’s Eve

 

2022

 

 

January 1

New Year’s Day

 

January 17

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday

 

February 21

President’s Day

 

May 30

Memorial Day

 

 

 

 

2021

Religious Observances

 

August 30

Krishna Janmashtami (Jayanti)

Hindu

September 1

Gur-Gaddi Guru Granth Sahib

Sikh

September 1

Ecclesiastical Year

Orthodox Christian

September 3

Paryushana Parva

Jain

September 6-8

Rosh Hashanah

Jewish

September 10

Ganesh Chaturthi

Hindu

September 14

Holy Cross Day

Christian

September 16

Yom Kippur

Jewish

September 20-27

Sukkot

Jewish

September 22

Mabon (Autumn Equinox)

Pagan

September 27

Meskel

Ethiopian Orthodox Christian

September 28

Shemini Atzeret

Jewish

September 29

Simchat Torah

Jewish

October 6-14

Navaratri

Hindu

October 15

Dussehra/Dasara

Hindu

October 19

Mawlid Al-Nabi (Milad Al-Nabi)

Islam (Sunni)

2021

Religious Observances

 

October 20

Birth of the Báb

Bahá’í

October 23

Mawlid Al-Nabi (Milad Al-Nabi)

Islam (Shi’a)

October 31

All Hallow’s Eve

Christian

November 1

All Saints’ Day

 Christian

November 1

Samhain – Beltane

Pagan

November 2

Día de los Muertos

Mexican Tradition

November 2

All Souls Day

Catholic

November 4

Bardiche Diwas

Sikh

November 4

Diwali

Hindu – Jain - Sikh

November 12

Birth of Bahá’u’lláh

Bahá’í

November 19

Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Birthday

Sikh

November 24

Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom

Sikh

November 26

Day of the Covenant

Baha’i

November 28

Ascension of Abdul Baha

Baha’i

Nov 28 – Dec 24

Advent

Christian

Nov 28 – Dec 6

Chanukah

Judaism

December 8

Rohatsu (Bodhi Day)

Buddhist

December 8

Immaculate

Catholic Christian

December 12

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Catholic Christian

December 21

Yule – Winter Solstice

Pagan

December 24

Christmas Eve

Christian

December 25

Christmas

Christian

 

 

 

2022

 

 

January 6

Epiphany

Christian

January 18

Mahayana (Buddhist New Year)

Buddhist

February 1

Chinese New Year

Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist

February 15

Nirvana Day

Buddhist

February 16

Sangha Day

Buddhist

March 1

Mardi Gras

Christian

March 1

Mahashivaratri

Hindu

March 2

Ash Wednesday – Lent begins

Christian

March 7

Clean Monday - Lent begins

Orthodox Christian

March 10

Palm Sunday

Christian

March 16

Purim

Jewish

March 17

St. Patrick’s Day

Christian

March 21

Naw- Rúz

Baha’i

April 2

Ramadan

Islam

April 10

Palm Sunday

Christian

April 15

Good Friday

Christian

April 15 - 23

Passover

Jewish

April 17

Easter

Christian

April 24

Easter

Orthodox Christian

2021

Religious Observances

 

May 2

Eid al-Fitr

Islamic

May 16

Buddha Day – Visakaha Puja, Wesak

Buddhist

May 26

Ascension Day

Christian

June 5

Shavuot (Pentecost)

Jewish

July 20

Eid al Adha

Islam

August 10

Hijra (New Year)

Islam

August 18

Ashura

Islam

September 25-27

Rosh Hashanah

Jewish

October 24

Diwali

Hindu Jain

October 25

Reformation Day

Protestant Christian

October 26

Birth of the Báb

Baha’i

December 18-26

Hanukkah

Jewish

 

UNM policy 2720: Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Affirmative Action, prohibits religious discrimination and requires reasonable accommodation of employees and students sincerely held religious beliefs, observances, and practices when requested, unless accommodation would impose an undue hardship on business operations.

Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at http://oeo.unm.edu or 277-5251 to receive guidance regarding requests for, or responses to, religious accommodation requests. Failure to provide reasonable accommodations for religious holidays, observances and practices may be regarded as a policy violation.