Religious Holidays and Other Important Events (for details click on holiday)


Tue, Jan 31, 2012

Chinese New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)

Thu, Mar 8, 2012

Sat, Apr 7, 2012

Mon, Apr 9, 2012

Fri, Apr 13, 2012

Sat, Apr 14, 2012

Sat, Apr 21, 2012

Sun, Apr 29, 2012

Tue, May 1, 2012

Wed, May 2, 2012

Sun, May 6, 2012

Wed, May 23, 2012

Sun, May 27, 2012

Tue, May 29, 2012

Fri, Jul 20, 2012

Sat, Aug 18, 2012

Mon, Sep 17, 2012

Wed, Sep 26, 2012

Fri, Oct 26, 2012

Mon, Nov 12, 2012

Sun, Dec 2, 2012

Sun, Dec 9, 2012

Immaculate Conception (Christian)

Sun, Dec 16, 2012

Sun, Dec 23, 2012

Tue, Dec 25, 2012

Wed, Dec 26, 2012

Kwanza (African-American/Pan-African)

Sun, Dec 30, 2012

Letter to the College Community

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Administrators,

The College’s commitment to establishing a diverse community with people “from all backgrounds” includes religious differences. The Student Handbook includes a “Policy on Observance of Religious Holidays” that says the following: "Amherst College respects the rights of all members of the community to observe religious holidays.  It is expected that everyone will cooperate in making this right a real one.  Students and faculty, in particular, should seek ways of achieving this goal, while at the same time minimizing interruptions of the academic work of the College" (p. 98). Major religious holidays for various traditions during the 2015/2016 academic year are indicated for each month. 

Our hope is that having these dates will help you to anticipate when some students may have special needs with regard to examination, presentations, and assignments. 

If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate advisor.  The entire religious and spiritual life staff can be found at the Religious & Spiritual Life staff web site. For the sake of brevity, the holidays listed are those that we know represent our community.

We wish you the best as the new semester begins.


The Rev. Dr. Paul Sorrentino, Director of Religious & Spiritual Life


For a more exhaustive listing and explanation go to The Interfaith Observer.