Calendar of Holidays and Religious Observances

SPRING 2021

HOLIDAY OR OBSERVANCEDATESRELIGION/ROLENOTES/CAMPUS CLOSURES
New Year's Day January 1 National Holiday (U.S., Canada) All campuses closed
Epiphany (Three King's Day) January 6 Christian
Orthodox Christmas January 7 Christian Orthodox
Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 18 National Holiday (U.S.) New York, Arkansas campuses closed
Lunar New Year (China) February 12 Chinese Holiday
Losar (Tibetan New Year) February 12 Buddhist
Family Day February 15 National Holiday (Canada) Vancouver campus closed
President's Day (Washington's Birthday) February 15 National Holiday (U.S.) New York campuses closed
Maha Shivaratri March 11 Hindu
Ash Wednesday/Beginning of Lent February 17 Christian
Holi March 23 – 24 Hindu
Purim February 25 – 26 Jewish
Spring Break March 27 – April 4 Campus Break (Students) Student break: New York, Arkansas (campuses open)
Spring Weekend April 1 – 2 Campus Break (Staff) New York campuses closed
Navrati-Chaitra (Vasanta) Navratri April 13 – April 22 Hindu
Spring Break Abu Dhabi Mar. 28 – Apr. 10 Campus Break Abu Dhabi campus open
Israa wal Miraj night March 11 Islamic Abu Dhabi campus closed
Qingming Festival April 4 National Holiday (China) Campuses in China closed
Easter April 4 Christian
Passover (Pesach) March 27 – April 4 Jewish *The first two and last two days of Passover are observed as full holy days, with restrictions on work and travel.
Good Friday April 2 Christian Vancouver campus closed
Holy Friday April 2 Christian Orthodox
Easter Monday April 5 Christian Vancouver campus closed
Songkran Festival (Thai New Year) April 12 – 15 Buddhist
Orthodox Easter May 2 Christian Orthodox
May Day (Labor Day) May 1 National Holiday (China) China campuses closed
Ramadan April 12 – May 12 Islamic Abu Dhabi campus open

SUMMER 2021

HOLIDAY OR OBSERVANCEDATESRELIGION/ROLENOTES/CAMPUS CLOSURES
Victoria Day May 24 National Holiday (Canada) Vancouver campus closed
Eid al-Fitr (Feast of breaking the Fast) May 12 – 13 Islamic Abu Dhabi campus closed
Memorial Day May 31 National Holiday (U.S.) New York, Arkansas campuses closed
Shavuot May 16 – 18 Jewish
Dragon Boat Festival June 14 Holiday (China) Campuses in China closed
Canada Day July 1 National Holiday (Canada) Vancouver campus closed
Independence Day July 4 National Holiday (U.S.) New York, Arkansas campuses are closed
Tzom Tammuz June 27 Jewish
Tish'a B'Av July 17 – 18 Jewish
Arafat Day July 18 – 19 Islamic Abu Dhabi campus closed
Eid al-Adha July 19 – 23 Islamic Abu Dhabi campus closed
British Columbia Day August 2 Holiday (British Columbia) Vancouver campus closed
Raksha Bandhan August 3 Hindu
Krishna Janmashtami August 30 Hindu
Al Hijri New Year's Day August 9 – 10 Islamic Abu Dhabi campus closed

FALL 2021

HOLIDAY OR OBSERVANCEDATESRELIGION/ROLENOTES/CAMPUS CLOSURES
Labor Day September 6 National Holiday (U.S., Canada) New York, Arkansas, Vancouver campuses closed
Rosh Hashanah (New Year) September 6 – September 8 Jewish
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) September 15 – 16 Jewish
Chinese Mid–Autumn Festival September 21 National Holiday (China) Campuses in China closed
China National Day October 1 National Holiday (China) Campuses in China closed
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) September 20 – 27 Jewish
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah September 27 – 29 Jewish
Columbus (Indigenous Peoples) Day October 11 National Holiday (U.S.) New York campuses closed
Thanksgiving (Canada) October 11 National Holiday (Canada) Vancouver campus closed
Diwali November 4 Hindu
Navaratri-Ashwin (Shardiya) MahaNavratri October 7 – 15 Hindu
Dussehra October 15 Hindu
Mawlid-al-Nabi (Birthday of Mohammad) October 19 Islamic
Halloween October 31 Observance
All Soul's Day November 2 Christian
Karwachauth October 23 – 24 Hindu
Veterans Day November 11 National Holiday (U.S.)
Remembrance Day November 11 National Holiday (Canada) Vancouver campus closed
Thanksgiving Day (U.S.) November 25 National Holiday (U.S.) New York campuses closed Nov. 27 – 29; Arkansas campus closed Nov. 28 – 29
Commemoration Day November 30 Islamic Abu Dhabi campus closed
UAE National Day December 2 – 3 National Holiday (UAE) Abu Dhabi campus closed
Hanukkah (Chanukah) November 28 – December 6 Jewish
Winter Break December 24 – January 1 Campus Break Vancouver campus closed
Winter Break December 24 – January 1 Campus Break New York and Arkansas campuses closed
Christmas Day December 25 National Holiday (U.S., Canada) New York and Vancouver campuses closed
New Year's Eve December 31 Observance All campuses closed