The purpose of including these is to give departments and individuals advance notice of the festivals for which staff might reasonably request leave. The University of Oxford is a diverse community, with people from many religious and cultural backgrounds. While this calendar is intended as a starting point, we recognise that there may be other dates that are significant to individuals. We encourage you to make any requests for annual leave in plenty of time.
If we have missed an important date or got something wrong please let us know.
The Nineteen Day Fast
Christians remember the Last Supper which took place on the evening before Jesus's crucifixion.
Vesak / Buddha Day
An important festival for Buddhist's, celebrating the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha.
8 - 14
Mental Health Awareness Week
Laylatul Qadr (Night of Power)
Muslims in the United Kingdom commemorate the night when Allah revealed the Quran, or Koran, to the prophet Muhammad. It is considered the holiest day of the year.
Christians celebrate the day when Jesus Christ is said to have ascended bodily into heaven. The Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Ascension on the Sunday after.
Marking the end of the month-long fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan.
A harvest festival when Jews give thanks for the first fruits of the year. It also marks the time when Moses received the Torah on Mount Sinai.
Christian observance commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus Christ’s disciples
Christians celebrate the belief in three aspects of the one God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Christians celebrate the Eucharist (Holy Communion).
A Hindu festival traditionally celebrated in Orissa State on the east coast of India
Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev
Guru Arjan Dev was the fifth of the ten Sikh Gurus and the first Sikh martyr.
Pagans celebrate Midsummer or Litha, which means 'standing still of the sun'.
The UK celebrates Windrush Day to honor the British Caribbean community.
Martyrdom of the Báb
Bahá'ís mark the anniversary of the execution in 1850 of the Báb, the herald of the Bahá’í faith.
Eid ul Adha
A major muslim festival commemorating Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail.
Buddhists from the Theravada tradition celebrate the teachings of the Buddha.
Lughnasadh or Lammas
A Harvest Festival when Pagans celebrate the gifts of Nature.
Muharram/Islamic New Year
marks the beginning of the holiest month of the year and a period of remembrance or mourning that culminates on Ashura nine days later.
Feast of the Assumption
Christians commemorate the death of Mary, and her bodily assumption into Heaven.
This day is observed by all Muslims, for Shia Muslims it’s an extremely solemn day and a commemoration of the martyrdom at Karbala of Hussein.
A Hindu festival.
A Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of Ganesha to earth from 'Kailash Parvat' with his mother goddess Parvati/Gauri.