2014-2015 List of Religious Holidays Permitting Pupil Absence From School

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Adoption Resolution
April 2, 2014

The List of Religious Holidays Permitting Student Absence from School

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 student.  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 2014-2015 school year:

2014-2015 School-Year Observance
July 2014
July 9 Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha'i)
July 13 Asalha Puja Day (Buddhist)
July 13-15 Ulambana/Obon (Buddhist)
July 24 Laylat as-Qadr (Islam)
July 29-31 Eid al Fitr (Islam)
August 2014
August 1 Fast in Honor of the Holy Mother of Lord Jesus (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
August 1 Lammas (Christian and Wicca)
August 5 Tisha B'Av (Jewish)
August 6 Transfiguration of the Lord (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
August 10 Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)
August 15 Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Christian)
Dormition of the Theotokos (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
August 17 Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)
August 29 Ganesha Chaturthi (Hindu)
September 2014
September 1 Ecclesiastical Year begins (Orthodox Christian)
September 7 His Holiness Sakya Trizin's Birthday (Buddhist)
September 8 Nativity of Mary (Christian)
Nativity of the Theotokos (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
September 14 The Elevation of the Holy Cross (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
September 22 Mabon (Wicca)
September 24-26 Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
September 25-26 Feast of Trumpets (Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God)
September 26 and 27 Simcat Torah (Jewish)
October 2014
October 3-4 Yom Kippur (Jewish)
October 4 Day of Atonement (Christian, Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God)
October 5-13 Navaratri (Hindu)
October 9-15 Sukkot (Jewish); Feast of Tabernacles (Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God)
October 14 * Hajj Day (Islam)
October 14 ** Duserra (Hindu)
October 15-18 Eid al Adha (Islam)
October 16 Last Great Day (Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God)
October 16 Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)
October 17 Simcat Torah (Jewish)
October 20 Birth of B'ab (Baha'i)
October 20 Installation of the Scriptures as Guru Granth (Sikh)
October 23 Diwali (Deepavali, Hindu, Jain and Sikh)
October 25 Al Hijra – 1st Muharram (Islam)
November 2014
November 1 All Saints' Day (Christian)
November 1 Samhain-Beltane (Wicca)
November 2 All Souls' Day (Christian)
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)
December 2014
December 1 First Sunday of Advent (Christian)
December 8 Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
December 8 Immaculate Conception (Christian)
December 17-24 Hanukkah (Jewish)
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 2015
January 1 Gantan-sai (Shinto)
January 3* Mawlid an Nabi (Islam)
January 5 Birthday of Guru  Gobind Singh Sahib (Sikh)
January 6 Feast of Epiphany (Christian and Eastern Orthodox Christian)
January 6 Feast of Theophany (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
January 6 Nativity of Christ (Armenian Orthodox)
January 7 Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christian)
January 13 Maghi (Sikh)
January 14 Makar Sankranti (Hindu)
February 2015
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 4 Tu B'shvat (Jewish)
February 15 Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
February 17 Shrove Tuesday (Christian)
February 17 Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)
February 18 Ash Wednesday (Christian)
February 19 Chinese New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)
February 19 World Religion Day (Baha'i)
February 23 Clean Monday (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
February 26 through March 1 Intercalary Days (Baha'i)
March 2015
March 5 Purim (Jewish)
March 6* Hola Mohalla (Sikh)
March 6 Holi (Hindu)
March 18 L. Ron Hubbard's Birthday (Church of Scientology)
March 20 Ostara (Wicca)
March 21 Narouz (Zoroastrian)
March 21 Naw Ruz (Baha'i)
March 21 Chandramana Yugadi (Hindu)
March 25 The Annunciation/The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary (Eastern Orthodox Christian; Christian)
March 26 Khordad Sal (Zoroastrian)
March 28 Rami Navami (Hindu)
March 29 Palm Sunday (Christian)
April 2015
April 2 Holy Thursday (Christian)
April 3 Holy Friday (Christian)
April 3 Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)
April 4 Lazarus Saturday (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
April 4 Theravadin New Year (Buddhist)
April 4 Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)
April 4-11 Pesach (Jewish)
April 5 Easter (Christian)
April 5 Palm Sunday (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
April 6 Easter Monday (Christian)
April 8 Buddha's Birthday (Buddhist)
April 9 Holy Thursday (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
April 10 Holy Friday (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
April 12 Pascha (Easter) (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
April 13 Bright Monday (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
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 15-21 Days of Unleavened Bread (Philadelphia Church of God)
April 21 Last Day of Unleavened Bread (Church of God)
April 21 First Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
April 24 Yom Ha'Azmaut (Jewish)
April 25 The 11th Panchen Lama's Birthday (Buddhist)
April 29 Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
May 2015
May 1 Beltane (Wicca)
May 2 Ascension of Our Lord (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
May 2 Twelfth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
May 4 Buddha Day – Visakha Puja (Buddhist)
May 7 Lag B'Omer (Jewish)
May 13 Lailat al Miraj (Islam)
May 21 Declaration of the Bab (Baha'i)
May 24 Pentecost (Christian)
May 24-25 Shavuot (Jewish)
May 29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
May 31 Pentecost (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
June 2015
June 1 Lailat al Bara'ah (Islam)
June 8 Holy Apostles Fast Apostles (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
June 16 Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib (Sikh)
June 18 Ramadan (Islam)
June 21 Litha (Wicca)
June 30 Synaxis of the 12 Apostles (Eastern Orthodox Christian)



David C. Hespe, Acting Comissioner
Acting Secretary, NJ State Board of Education

Arcelio Aponte, President
NJ State Board of Education