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Religious Holidays 2018 - 2019

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 9-11 Sun(sundown)-Tues Rosh Hashanah
  18-19 Tue(sundown)-Wed Yom Kippur
  23-25 Sun(sundown)-Tue Sukkot
  30 Sunday(sundown) Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
October 1-2 Mon-Tues Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
  31 Wednesday Lhabab Duchen
November 1 Thursday All Saints' Day
  8-9 Thurs(sundown)-Fri Birth of the Bab
  9-10 Fri(sundown)-Sat Birth of Baha'u'llah
December 8 Saturday Immaculate Conception
  8 Saturday Bodhi Day


March 21 Thursday Naw Ruz
April 8 Monday Vesak
  19/21 Friday/Sunday Good Friday/Easter (Western)
  19-21 Fri(sundown)-Sun Passover Begins
  20-21 Sat(sundown)-Sun First Day of Ridvan
  25-27 Thurs(sundown)-Sat Passover Ends
  26/28 Friday/Sunday Good Friday/Easter (Orthodox)
  28-29 Sun(sundown)-Mon Ninth Day of Ridvan
May 1-2 Wed(sundown)-Thurs 12th Day of Ridvan
  23-24 Thurs(sundown)-Fri Declaration of the Bab
  28-29 Tues(sundown)-Wed Ascension of Baha'u'llah
  30 Thursday Ascension Thursday
June 4 Tuesday

Eid- al-Fitr(expected)

  8-10 Sat(sundown)-Mon Shavuot