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Religious Holidays 2016 - 2017

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 12-13 Mon(evening)-Tues Eid-Al-Adha
October 2-4 Sun(sundown)-Tues Rosh Hashanah
  11-12 Tue(sundown)-Weds Yom Kippur
  16-23 Sun(sundown)-Sun Sukkot
  23-25 Sun(sundown)-Tues Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
November 1 Tuesday Birth of the Bab
  2 Wednesday Birth of Baha'u'llah
December 8 Thursday Bodhi Day


March 20 Monday Naw Ruz
April 10-18 Mon(sundown)-Tues Passover
  14/16 Friday/Sunday Good Friday/Easter (Western & Orthodox)
  20 Thursday First Day of Ridvan
  28 Friday Ninth Day of Ridvan
May 1 Monday 12th Day of Ridvan
  10 Wednesday Vesak
  23 Tuesday Declaration of the Bab
  30-June 1 Tues(sundown)-Thurs Shavuot