May 2, 2023

Religious observances for month of May listed here

From the Vanderbilt University’s Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, this month’s list of religious observances.

Days Holiday Religion Significance Suggested accommodation

May 8 May 9

sundown Monday sundown Tuesday

Lag B’Omer


Celebrates the end of a divine-sent plague and Roman occupation during Rabbi Akiva’s lifetime

May 24


Declaration of the Báb


Commemorates the day in 1844 when the Báb, the prophet-herald of the Bahá’í faith, announced that he was the herald for the new messenger of God

Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. Bahá’í students and employees suspend work on this day and will likely request to have this day off.

May 25 May 27

sundown Thursday sundown Saturday



The “Feast of Weeks,” celebrating the covenant established at Sinai between God and Israel, and the revelation of the Ten Commandments

Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. These are non-work days and Jewish students and employees may request these days off. Jewish students and employees may have had little sleep.

May 26


Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Christianity (C)

Celebrated 40 days after Easter, commemorates the ascension of Jesus into heaven

May 28



Christianity (C, P)

The seventh Sunday after Easter, commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit on followers of Jesus; marks the birth of the Christian church; also known as Whitsunday

May 29


Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh


Observance of the death in exile of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet-founder of the Bahá’í faith