2013-2014 List of Religious Holidays Permitting Pupil Absence From School

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Adoption Resolution
July 10, 2013


The List of Religious Holidays Permitting Pupil Absence from School-Revised

WHEREAS, according to N.J.S.A. 18A:36-14 through 16 and N.J.A.C. 6A:32-8.3(j), regarding student absence from school because of religious holidays, the Commissioner of Education, with the approval of the State Board of Education, is charged with the responsibility of prescribing such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the purpose of the law; and

WHEREAS, the law provides that:

  1. Any student absent from school because of a religious holiday may not be deprived of any   award    or of eligibility or opportunity to compete for any award because of such absence;
  2. Students who miss a test or examination because of absence on a religious holiday must be given the right to take an alternate test or examination;
  3. To be entitled to the privileges set forth above, the student must present a written excuse signed by a parent or person standing in place of a parent;
  4. Any absence because of a religious holiday must be recorded in the school register or in any group or class attendance record as an excused absence;
  5. Such absence must not be recorded on any transcript or application or employment form or on any similar form; and
  6. The Commissioner, with the approval of the State Board of Education, is required to:

(a) prescribe such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this act; and
(b) prepare a list of religious holidays on which it shall be mandatory to excuse a pupil.  The list, however, is to be a minimum list.  Boards of education, at their discretion, may add other days to the list for the schools of their districts; and

WHEREAS, the district board of education has the right to add any bona fide religious holiday to the list for its own schools; now therefore be it,

RESOLVED that the State Board of Education adopts the following list of religious holidays for the 2013-2014 school year:

2013-2014 School-Year


July 2013

 July 4

Lailat al Bara'ah (Islam)

 July 9

Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha'i)

 July 9

Ramadan begins (Islam)

July 13-15

Ulambana/Oban (Buddhist)

 July 16

Tisha B'Av (Jewish)

 July 22

Asalha Puja Day (Buddhist)

August 2013

 August 1

Fast in Honor of the Holy Mother of Lord Jesus (Eastern Orthodox Christian)

 August 1

Lammas (Christian and Wicca)

 August 3

Laylat as-Qadr (Islam)

 August 6

Transfiguration of the Lord (Eastern Orthodox Christian)

August 8-11

Eid al Fitr (Islam)

 August 15

Dormition of the Theotokos (Eastern Orthodox Christian)

 August 15

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Christian)

 August 21

Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)

 August 28

Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)

September 2013

 September 1

Ecclesiastical Year begins (Orthodox Christian)

 September 5

Feast of Trumpets (Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God)

September 5-6

Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)

 September 7

His Holiness Sakya Trizin's Birthday (Buddhist)

 September 8

Nativity of Mary (Christian)

 September 9

Ganesha Chaturthi (Hindu)

 September 14

The Elevation of the Holy Cross (Eastern Orthodox Christian)

 September 14

Day of Atonement (Christian, Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God)

 September 14

Yom Kippur (Jewish)

September 19-25

Sukkot (Jewish); Feast of Tabernacles (Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God)

 September 21

Nativity of the Theotokos (Eastern Orthodox Christian)

 September 22

Mabon (Wicca)

 September 26

Last Great Day (Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God)

 September 26 and 27

Shemini Atzeret/Simcat Torah (Jewish)

October 2013

October 5-13

Navaratri (Hindu)

October 14 *

Hajj Day (Islam)

October 14 **

Duserra (Hindu)

October 15-18

Eid al Adha (Islam)

 October 20

Birth of B'ab (Baha'i)

 October 20

Installation of the Scriptures as Guru Granth (Sikh)

November 2013

 November 1

All Saints' Day (Christian)

 November 1

Samhain-Beltane (Wicca)

 November 2

All Souls' Day (Christian)

 November 3

Diwali [Deepavali] (Hindu, Jain and Sikh)

 November 4

Al Hijra – 1st Muharram (Islam)

 November 12

Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)

 November 15

Advent/Nativity Fast begins (Eastern Orthodox Christian)

 November 17

Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Birthday (Sikh)

 November 21

The Presentation of the Theotokos to the Temple (Eastern Orthodox Christian)

 November 24

Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom (Sikh)

 November 26

Day of Covenant (Baha'i)

 November 28

Ascension of 'Abdu'l Baha (Baha'i)

November 28-December 5

Hanukkah (Jewish)

December 2013

 December 1

First Sunday of Advent (Christian)

 December 8

Bodhi Day (Buddhist)

 December 8

Immaculate Conception (Christian)

 December 21

Yule (Wicca and Christian)

 December 25

Christmas (Christian)

 December 25

The Nativity of Christ (Eastern Orthodox Christian)

 December 26

Zarathosht Diso (Zoroastrian)

January 2014

 January 1

Gantan-sai (Shinto)

 January 5

Birthday of Guru  Gobind Singh Sahib (Sikh)

 January 6

Epiphany (Christian)

 January 6

Feast of Theophany (Eastern Orthodox Christian)

 January 6

Nativity of Christ (Armenian Orthodox)

 January 6

Feast of Epiphany (Eastern Orthodox Christian)

 January 7

Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christian)

January 13*

Mawlid an Nabi (Islam)

 January 13

Maghi (Sikh)

 January 14

Makar Sankranti (Hindu)

January 16

Tu B'shvat (Jewish)

 January 19

World Religion Day (Baha'i)

 January 31

Chinese New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)

February 2014

 February 2

The Presentation of Our Lord to the Temple (Eastern Orthodox Christian)

 February 2

Imbolic-Candlemas (Wicca and Christian)

 February 4

Vasant Panchami (Hindu)

 February 15

Nirvana Day (Buddhist)

February 26 through March 1

Intercalary Days (Baha'i)

 February 28

Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)

March 2014

 March 4

Shrove Tuesday (Christian)

 March 5

Ash Wednesday (Christian)

 March 10

Clean Monday (Eastern Orthodox Christian)

 March 13

L. Ron Hubbard's Birthday (Church of Scientology)

March 16

Purim (Jewish)

March 17*

Hola Mohalla (Sikh)

 March 17

Holi (Hindu)

 March 20

Ostara (Wicca)

 March 21

Narouz (Zoroastrian)

 March 21

Naw Ruz (Baha'i)

 March 25

The Annunciation/The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary (Eastern Orthodox Christian; Christian)

 March 28

Khordad Sal (Zoroastrian)

April 2014

April 8

Rami Navami (Hindu)

April 11

Chandramana Yugadi (Hindu)

April 12

Lazarus Saturday (Eastern Orthodox Christian)

April 13

Palm Sunday (Christian/Eastern Orthodox Christian)

April 13

Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)

April 14

Baisakhi (Sikh)

April 14

Passover (Philadelphia Church of God)

April 14 *

Souramana Yugadi (Hindu)

April 15

First Day of Unleavened Bread (Church of God)

April 15

Lord's Evening Meal (Christian, Jehovah's Witness)

April 15

Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)

April 15-21

Days of Unleavened Bread (Philadelphia Church of God)

April 15-22

Pesach (Jewish)

April 17

Holy Thursday (Christian, Eastern Orthodox Christian)

April 18

Holy Friday (Eastern Orthodox Christian)

April 18

Good Friday (Christian)

April 20

Easter (Christian)

April 20

Pascha (Eastern Orthodox Christian)

April 21

Last Day of Unleavened Bread (Church of God)

 April 21

Easter Monday (Christian)

 April 21

First Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)

 April 25

The 11th Panchen Lama's Birthday (Buddhist)

 April 29

Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)

May 2014

 May 1

Beltane (Wicca)

 May 2

Twelfth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)

 May 6

Yom Ha'Azmaut (Jewish)

 May 14

Buddha Day – Visakha Puja (Buddhist)

May 15-18

Theravadin New Year (Buddhist)

 May 17

Buddha's Birthday (Buddhist)

 May 18

Lag B'Omer (Jewish)

 May 23

Declaration of the Bab (Baha'i)

May 27

Lailat al Miraj (Islam)

 May 29

Ascension of Our Lord (Eastern Orthodox Christian)

 May 29

Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)

June 2014

June 4-5

Shavuot (Jewish)

 June 8

Pentecost (Christian, Eastern Orthodox Christian, Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God)

 June 8

Pentecost (Eastern Orthodox Christian)

 June 16

Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib (Sikh)

 June 21

Litha (Wicca)

June 28

Ramadan (Islam)



Susana Guerrero, Acting Commissioner
Secretary, NJ State Board of Education

Arcelio Aponte, President
NJ State Board of Education