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Interfaith Calendar

Please Note

Please note the Rockwood School District does not support or endorse any religious group or sect. This calendar is for informational purposes only and is not intended as an all-inclusive document identifying religious holidays. The district recognizes there may be other religious holidays observed by students and staff. Therefore, scheduling and student absences related to religious holidays and observances are to be addressed in Rockwood Policy and Regulation 2310.

Date Observance Tradition
June 29–June 30, 2023
(begins at sunset of the first day)
Eid al-Adha Islam
September 15–17, 2023
(begins at sunset of the first day)
Rosh Hashanah Jewish
September 24–25, 2023
(begins at sunset of the first day)
Yom Kippur Jewish
September 29–October 6, 2023 Sukkot Jewish
November 12, 2023 Diwali Hindu
December 7–December 15, 2023
(begins at sunset of the first day)
Hanukkah Jewish
December 25, 2023 Christmas Christian
December 26, 2023–January 1, 2024 Kwanzaa African-American
and Pan-African
February 10, 2024 Chinese New Year's Day Chinese
February 14, 2024 Ash Wednesday Christian
March 10, 2024 Ramadan Islam
March 23–24, 2024
(begins at sunset of the first day)
Purim Jewish
March 29, 2024 Good Friday Christian
March 31, 2024 Easter Christian
April 9–10, 2024 Eid-al-Fitr Islam
April 22–April 30, 2024
(begins at sunset of the first day)
Passover Jewish
May 15, 2024 Buddha Day Buddhist

Understanding These Observances

Ash Wednesday
The Christian observance begins the 40-day season of Lent, which is a period of prayer, alms-giving, and fasting. Some students may not attend school for part of the day to attend worship services.
Buddha Day
Buddhists celebrate the birthday of Buddha.
Chinese New Year's Day
The Chinese New Year marks the Chinese calendar's first day of the new year. It is also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year.
Christmas
The Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ is observed by prayers, exchanging of gifts, and family gatherings.
Diwali
The Hindu Festival of Lights symbolizes the human urge to move toward the light with gift exchanges, fireworks, and festive meals.
Easter
The Christian sacred day commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from his death by crucifixion. Observances include worship services beginning at sunrise, special music, feasting, and parades.
Eid al-Adha
The Islamic Feast of Sacrifice is a three-day festival recalling Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah. Some students may not attend school.
Eid-al-Fitr
This Islamic event marks the close of Ramadan. It is a festival of thanksgiving to Allah and involves wearing the finest clothing, saying prayers, and fostering understanding with other religions.
Good Friday
This day is a Christian remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus and related events. Some students may not attend school due to daily services and prayer vigils.
Hanukkah
Jewish Festival of Lights commemorates the Maccabean recapture and rededication of the Jerusalem Temple in 165-164 b.c.e. One candle on the nine-candle Menorah is lit each night.
Kwanzaa
This festival is observed by many African Americans as a celebration of their cultural heritage and traditional values.
Passover
The Jewish celebration of the deliverance of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. Students may fast from dawn to sunset starting the day of the evening Passover begins.
Purim
Jewish Purim commemorates the rescue of the Jews in ancient Persia and celebrates religious freedom. Students may fast during the day.
Ramadan
The Islamic month of devotion commemorates the Prophet Muhammad's reception of the divine revelation recorded in the Qur'an. There is strict fasting from dawn to sunset each day for the entire month, and students perform extra nightly congregational prayers.
Rosh Hashanah
The beginning of the new Jewish year starts a 10-day period of prayer and repentance. Students might attend services from before sunset through the end of the holiday. Some students may not attend school.
Sukkot
The Jewish Festival of Thanksgiving commemorates the 40-year wandering of the Israelites in the desert on the way to the Promised Land.
Yom Kippur
The Jewish Day of Atonement is observed with strict fasting and repentance. Many students may not attend school or maybe attending late evening services.