Appendix B
June 29, 2001

TO: Manual Recipients
FROM: William Doyle, Director of Staffing Services
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 6/29/01
(2) 2002 Calendar of Legal Holidays and Days of Religious Significance Appendix B 3-5 6/29/01


The following material should be retained until April 1, 2003, and then removed from your copy of the Manual and destroyed.

    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


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

(1) The State has designated Lincoln's Birthday as a floating holiday in 2002 for State employees in certain bargaining units.
(2) Flag Day, the second Sunday in June, is not observed on the following Monday, and is not a paid holiday for State employees.
(3) The Immaculate Conception is not a day of required religious observance in 2002 because it falls on a Sunday. See Introduction, Note 5.
(4) Kwanzaa, an African-American and Pan-African holiday celebrating family, community and culture, actually ends on January 1, 2002.