Massachusetts state law regarding student absence due to religious beliefs has been adopted by the Institute as follows:

Any student who is unable to attend classes or participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day because of his or her religious beliefs is excused from any such activity. The student will be given the opportunity to make up the work that was missed, provided that the makeup work does not create an unreasonable burden upon MIT. The Institute will not level fees or charges of any kind when allowing the student to make up missed work. In addition, no adverse or prejudicial effects will result because students have made use of these provisions.

The following partial listing — prepared in conjunction with the MIT Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life — is provided for your information.

Academic Year 2022-2023


September 25-27 Sun (sundown)-Tue (sundown) Rosh Hashanah
October  1-5 Saturday-Wednesday Durgapuja
  4-5 Tue (sundown)-Wed (sundown) Yom Kippur
  9-11 Sun (sundown)-Tue (sundown) Sukkot begins
  15 Saturday Lhabab Duchen
  16-17 Sun (sundown)-Mon (sundown) Shemini Atzeret/Sukkot ends
  17-18 Mon (sundown)-Tue (sundown) Simchat Torah
  24 Monday Diwali
  25-26 Tue (sundown)-Wed (sundown) Birth of the Bab
  26-27 Wed (sundown)-Thur (sundown) Birth of Baha'u'llah
November  1 Tuesday All Saints' Day
  24 Thursday  National Day of Mourning 
December 8 Thursday Bodhi Day
  8 Thursday Immaculate Conception


March 20-21 Mon (sundown)-Tue (sundown) Naw Ruz
  22 Wednesday (sundown) Ramadan begins
April 5-7 Wed (sundown)-Fri (sundown) Passover begins
  7/9 Friday/Sunday Good Friday/Easter (Western)
  8 Saturday Vesak
  11-13 Tue (sundown)-Thur (sundown) Passover ends
  14/16 Friday/Sunday Good Friday/Easter (Orthodox)
  20-21 Thu (sundown)- Fri (sundown) First day of Ridvan
  21 Friday (sundown) Ramadan ends
  21-22 Fri (sundown)-Sat (sundown) Eid-al-Fitr
  28-29 Fri (sundown)-Sat (sundown) Ninth day of Ridvan
May 1-2 Mon (sundown)-Tue (sundown) Twelfth day of Ridvan
  18 Thursday Ascension Thursday 
  23-24 Tue (sundown)-Wed (sundown) Declaration of the Bab
  25-27 Thu (sundown)-Sat (sundown) Shavuot
  28-29 Sun (sundown)-Mon (sundown)

Ascension of Baha'u'llah