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Religious Holidays 2017 - 2018

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 1-5 Fri(sundown)-Tues Eid-Al-Adha
  20-22 Weds(sundown)-Fri Rosh Hashanah
  29-30 Fri(sundown)-Sat Yom Kippur
October 4-11 Weds(sundown)-Weds Sukkot
  11-13 Weds(sundown)-Fri Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
  19 Thursday Birth of the Bab
  21 Saturday Birth of Baha'u'llah
November 1 Wednesday All Saints' Day
December 8 Friday Immaculate Conception


January 24 Wednesday Bodhi Day
March 20 Tuesday Naw Ruz
  30-April 7 Fri(sundown)-Sat Passover
  30/April 1 Friday/Sunday Good Friday/Easter (Western)
April 6/8 Friday/Sunday Good Friday/Easter (Orthodox)
  20 Friday(sundown) First Day of Ridvan
  29 Sunday Ninth Day of Ridvan
May 2 Wednesday 12th Day of Ridvan
  10 Thursday Ascension Thursday
  23 Wednesday Declaration of the Bab
  29 Tuesday Vesak
  19-21 Sat(sundown)-Mon