Appendix B
June 23, 2000

TO: Manual Recipients
FROM: Robert W. DuBois, Director - Employee Benefits Division
SUBJECT: Attendance and Leave Manual Appendix B

This memorandum transmits the material listed below for insertion in your copy of the Attendance and Leave Manual.

    Section Pages Date
(1) Introduction Appendix B 1-2 6/23/00
(2) 2001 Calendar of Legal Holidays and Days of Religious Significance Appendix B 3-6 6/23/00


The following material should be retained until April 1, 2002, and then removed from your copy of the Manual and destroyed.

    Section Pages Date
(1) Introduction Appendix B 1-2 6/15/99
(2) 2000 Calendar of Legal Holidays and Days of Religious Significance Appendix B 3-6 6/15/99


Information concerning the days of religious significance was obtained from official religious sources. Since it is not possible to include in this calendar the days of religious significance of every faith, agencies with questions about other religious observances should call the Attendance and Leave Unit of this Department at (518) 457-2295.

The calendar is intended as a guide, since special and local conditions may cause variation from official practice. It is impossible here to note every observance, such as an individual saint's day, which ordinarily would not require absence from work.

This calendar does not modify negotiated agreements or Attendance Rules items on the subject of holidays.

The following further explains days of religious significance and the calendar notations:

  1. An asterisk (*) indicates a day of required religious observance. The letters after an asterisk indicate the faiths for which the day is a day of required religious observance. The abbreviations used correspond to the following denominations or subdenominations:

    EO - Eastern Orthodox
    P - Protestant
    RC - Roman Catholic
    OJ - Orthodox Jew
    CJ - Conservative Jew
    RJ - Reform Jew
    M - Muslim

  2. All days of religious significance for the Jewish faith begin at sundown on the evening before the date given.
  3. The Orthodox Jewish faith requires its members to observe each Saturday as the Sabbath. Its members are not permitted to travel by car or common carrier after sundown on Friday evening.
  4. Reform Jews observe one day of required religious observance at the beginning and end of holy days rather than the two Conservative and Orthodox Jews observe.
  5. The Roman Catholic Church requires its members to attend Mass every Sunday and on days of required religious observance. In some areas, this obligation may be fulfilled by attending Mass after 4 p.m. on the preceding day. In some communities, the Solemnity of the Mother of God (January 1), The Assumption (August 15), and All Saints Day (November 1) are not considered to be days of required religious observance if they fall on a Saturday or a Monday.
  6. The Eastern Orthodox Church requires its members to attend Divine Liturgy on Sundays and on days of required religious observance.
  7. Some Eastern Orthodox churches, including many Russian Orthodox parishes, follow the Julian rather than the Gregorian calendar. For this reason, they celebrate certain days of religious significance 13 days later than the dates listed by the Eastern Orthodox Church.
  8. Members of the Islamic faith observe Fridays as their major day of worship. The fast of Ramadan begins at sundown on the evening before the date given; there is no prohibition on working during Ramadan. The two days of required religious observance are Eid-ul-Fitr (Festival of Fastbreaking) and Eid-ul-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice). Believers are prohibited from working on those two days. Three of the four major Islamic days of religious observance that might be expected to occur in 2001 actually occur in 2000 and, therefore, are not listed on the 2001 calendar. The first day of Ramadan is anticipated to begin on Saturday, November 17, 2000. The last day of Ramadan is scheduled to occur on Saturday, December 15, 2000. Eid-ul-Fitr, Festival of Fastbreaking, is a day of required religious observance and is scheduled to be celebrated on Sunday, December 16, 2000. All of the dates of Islamic observance are tentative because they are based on sightings of the moon. Those wishing to confirm the exact dates should call the Attendance and Leave Unit no more than 30 days before the date listed on the calendar.


1 Monday New Year's Day Feast of the Circumcision (*EO)
Solemnity of the Mother of God (RC)(a)
Last Day of Kwanzaa
6 Saturday   Feast of the Epiphany (P), (RC), (*EO)
15 Monday Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  
  Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (P), (RC)
2 Friday   The Presentation of Christ (*EO)
8 Thursday   Tu Bishevat (OJ, CJ, RJ)
12 Monday Lincoln's Birthday  
17 Saturday   Saturday of Souls (EO)
19 Monday Washington's Birthday (Observed)  
24 Saturday   Saturday of Souls (EO)
28 Wednesday   Ash Wednesday (P), (RC)
2 Friday   World Day of Prayer (P)
3 Saturday   Saturday of Souls (EO)
4 Sunday   First Sunday of Lent (P)
Sunday of Orthodoxy (EO)
6 Tuesday   Eid-ul-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) (*M)
8 Thursday   Fast of Esther (OJ, CJ, RJ)
9 Friday   Purim (OJ, CJ, RJ)
25 Sunday   The Annunciation (*EO)
7 Saturday   First Passover Seder (*OJ, *CJ, *RJ)
8 Sunday   Palm Sunday (*EO), (P)
Passion Sunday (RC)
Passover (*OJ, *CJ, *RJ)
9 Monday   Passover (*OJ *CJ)
12 Thursday   Maundy Thursday (P)
Holy Thursday (*EO), (RC)
13 Friday   Good Friday (*EO), (P), (RC)
14 Saturday   Holy Saturday (*EO)
Passover (*OJ, *CJ, *RJ)
15 Sunday   Easter Sunday (*EO), (P), (RC)
Passover (*OJ, *CJ)
19 Thursday   Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day)
23 Monday   Feast of St. George (EO)
25 Wednesday   Yom Hazikaron (Day of Remembrance)
26 Thursday   Yom Haatzmaut (Israel Independence Day)
27 Friday   The Feast of the Life Giving Fountain (EO)
3 Thursday   National Day of Prayer (P)
4 Friday   May Friendship Day (P)
The Feast of the Lifegiving Fountain (EO)
Lag Ba Omer (OJ, CJ, RJ)
21 Monday   Feast of Sts. Constantine and Helen (EO)
Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)
24 Thursday   Ascension Thursday (*EO), (*RC)
Ascension Day (P)
28 Monday Memorial Day Shavuot (*OJ, *CJ, *RJ)
29 Tuesday   Shavuot (*OJ, *CJ)
2 Saturday   Saturday of Souls (EO)
3 Sunday   Pentecost (*EO), (P), (RC)
4 Monday   The Feast of the Holy Spirit (EO)
10 Sunday Flag Day(b) All Saints Day (EO)
17 Sunday   Corpus Christi (RC)
29 Friday   Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul (EO)
4 Wednesday Independence Day  
8 Sunday   Fast of the 17th of Tammuz (OJ, CJ, RJ)
29 Sunday   Fast of the 9th of AV (OJ, CJ, RJ)
6 Monday   The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ (*EO)
15 Wednesday   The Repose of the Blessed Mother (*EO)
The Assumption (*RC)
3 Monday Labor Day  
8 Saturday   Nativity of the Theotokos (EO)
14 Friday   The Elevation of the Holy Cross (*EO)
18 Tuesday   Rosh Hashanah (*OJ, *CJ. *RJ)
19 Wednesday   Rosh Hashanah (*OJ, *CJ)
27 Thursday   Yom Kippur (*OJ, *CJ, *RJ)
2 Tuesday   Sukkot (*OJ, *CJ, *RJ)
3 Wednesday   Sukkot (*OJ, *CJ)
Sunday   World Communion Sunday (P)
8 Monday Columbus Day  
9 Tuesday   Shemini Atzeret (*OJ, *CJ. *RJ)
10 Sunday   Simchat Torah (*OJ, *CJ)
26 Friday   Feast of St. Demetrios (EO)
1 Thursday   All Saints Day (P), (*RC)
2 Friday   World Community Day (P)
All Souls Day (RC)
6 Tuesday Election Day  
12 Monday Veterans' Day (Observed)  
21 Wednesday   Presentation of the Virgin Mary (*EO)
22 Thursday Thanksgiving Day Thanksgiving Day (P)
25 Sunday   Reformation Sunday (P)
2 Sunday   First Sunday of Advent (P)
6 Wednesday   Feast of St. Nicholas (EO)
8 Saturday   The Immaculate Conception (*RC)
  Chanukah (OJ, CJ, RJ)
25 Tuesday Christmas Day Christmas Day (P)
Feast of the Nativity (*RC), (*EO)
27 Thursday   Feast of St. Stephen (EO)

(a) The Solemnity of the Mother of God is not a day of required religious observance in 2001 because it falls on a Monday. See Introduction, Note 5.
(b) Flag Day, the second Sunday in June, is not observed on the following Monday, and is not a paid holiday for State employees.
(c) Kwanzaa, an African American and Pan-African holiday celebrating family, community and culture, actually ends on January 1, 2002.