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Religious Holidays 2015 - 2016

Student Absence for Religious Observances

Massachusetts state law regarding student absence due to religious beliefs has been adopted by the Institute as follows:

"Any student who is unable to attend classes or participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day because of his or her religious beliefs is excused from any such activity. The student will be given the opportunity to make up the work that was missed, provided that the makeup work does not create an unreasonable burden upon MIT.

The Institute will not level fees or charges of any kind when allowing the student to make up missed work. In addition, no adverse or prejudicial effects will result because students have made use of these provisions."

The following partial listing prepared in conjunction with the MIT Board of Chaplains is provided for your information:


September 13-15 Sun(sundown)-Tues Rosh Hashanah
  22-23 Tue(sundown)-Weds Yom Kippur
  23-24 Weds(evening)-Thurs Eid-Al-Adha
  27-4 (Oct) Sun(sundown)-Sun Sukkot
October 4-6 Sun(sundown)-Tues Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
  19-20 Mon(sundown)-Tues Birth of the Bab
November 11-12 Wed(sundown)-Thurs Birth of Baha'u'llah


March 20-21 Sun(sundown)-Mon Naw Ruz
  25/27 Friday/Sunday Good Friday/Easter (Western)
April 20-21 Wed(sundown)-Thur First Day of Ridvan
  22-30 Fri(sundown)-Sat Passover
  28-29 Thurs(sundown)-Fri Ninth Day of Ridvan
  29/1 (May) Friday/Sunday Good Friday/Easter (Orthodox)
May 1-2 Sun(sundown)-Mon 12th Day of Ridvan
  22-23 Sun(sundown)-Mon Declaration of the Bab
June 11-13 Sat(sundown)-Mon Shavuot
July 8-9 Fri(sundown)-Sat Martyrdom of the Bab