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Religious Holidays 2013 - 2014

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 4-6 Weds(sundown)-Fri Rosh Hashanah
  13-14 Fri(sundown)-Sat Yom Kippur
  18-25 Weds(sundown)-Weds Sukkot
  25-27 Weds(sundown)-Fri Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
October 14-15 Mon(evening)-Tue Eid-Al-Adha
  19-20 Sat(sundown)-Sun Birth of the Bab
November 11-12 Mon(sundown)-Tues Birth of Baha'u'llah


March 20-21 Thurs(sundown)-Fri Naw Rúz
April 14-22 Mon(sundown)-Tue Passover
  18/20 Friday/Sunday Good Friday/Easter (Western and Orthodox)
  20-21 Sun(sundown)-Mon First Day of Ridvan
  28-29 Mon(sundown)-Tues Ninth Day of Ridvan
May 1-2 Thurs(sundown)-Fri 12th Day of Ridvan
June 3-5 Tue(sundown)-Thurs Shavuot
July 8-9 Tues(sundown)-Wed    Martyrdom of the Bab