ATTENDANCE AND LEAVE MANUAL
TRANSMITTAL MEMORANDUM NO. 24
Appendix B
June 24, 2002

TO:Manual Recipients
FROM: William Doyle, Director Staffing Services 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 6/24/02
(2) 2003 Calendar of Legal Holidays and Days of Religious Significance Appendix B 3-6 6/24/02

The following material should be retained until April 1, 2004, and then removed from your copy of the Manual and destroyed.

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

Introduction

The New York State General Construction Law establishes the days or dates on which legal holidays are observed in New York State. Under this law, holidays other than Flag Day which fall on a Sunday are observed on the following Monday. The Attendance Rules and negotiated agreements identify which of these legal holidays are observed as paid holidays by New York State as an employer. This calendar does not modify negotiated agreements or Attendance Rules items on the subject of holidays. (See Section 21.1, Holidays, in this Manual.)

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.

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

  1. An asterisk (*) indicates a day of required religious observance. The letters before 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-al-Fitr (Festival of Fastbreaking) and Eid-al-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.
MONTH DATE DAY LEGAL HOLIDAYS DAYS OF RELIGIOUS
SIGNIFICANCE
JANUARY
1 Wednesday New Year's Day Solemnity of the Mother of God (RC*)
Feast of the Circumcision (EO*)
Last Day of Kwanzaa
5 Sunday   Feast of Epiphany (RC)
6 Monday   Feast of Epiphany (EO*) (P)
18 to 25 Saturday to Saturday   Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (P) (RC)
18 Saturday   Tu Bi Shevat (OJ, CJ, RJ)
20 Monday Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  
FEBRUARY
2 Sunday   The Presentation of Christ (EO*)
12 Wednesday Lincoln's Birthday(1) Eid-al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) (M*)
17 Monday Washington's Birthday (Observed)  
MARCH
1 Saturday   Saturday of Souls (EO)
5 Wednesday   Ash Wednesday (P) (RC)
7 Friday   World of Prayer (P)
9 Sunday   First Sunday of Lent (P)
16 Sunday   Sunday of Orthodoxy (EO)
17 Monday   Fast of Esther (OJ, CJ, RJ)
18 Tuesday   Purim (OJ, CJ, RJ)
25 Tuesday   The Annunciation (EO*)
APRIL
13 Sunday   Palm Sunday (P) (RC)
16 Wednesday   First Passover Seder (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)
17 Thursday   Maundy Thursday (P)
Holy Thursday (RC)
Passover (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)
18 Friday   Good Friday (P) (RC)
Passover (OJ*, CJ*)
20 Sunday   Easter Sunday (P) (RC)
Palm Sunday (EO*)
23 Wednesday   Passover (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)
24 Thursday   Holy Thursday (EO*)
Passover (OJ*, CJ*)
25 Friday   Good Friday (EO*)
26 Saturday   Holy Saturday (EO*)
27 Sunday   Easter Sunday (EO*)
28 Monday   Feast of St. George (EO)
29 Tuesday   Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day)
MAY
2 Friday   May Friendship Day (P)
The Feast of the Lifegiving Fountain (EO)
6 Tuesday   Yom Hazikaron (Day of Remembrance)
7 Wednesday   Yom Haatzmaut (Isreal Independence Day)
20 Tuesday   Lag Ba Omer (OJ, CJ, RJ)
21 Wednesday   Feast of Sts. Constantine and Helen (EO)
26 Monday Memorial Day  
29 Thursday   Ascension Thursday (RC*)
30 Friday   Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)
JUNE
5 Thursday   Ascension Thursday (EO*)
6 Friday   Shavuot (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)
7 Saturday   Shavuot (OJ*, CJ*)
8 Sunday Flag Day (2) Pentecost (P)
15 Sunday   Pentecost (EO*)
16 Monday   The Feast of the Holy Spirit (EO)
22 Sunday   All Saints Day (EO)
Corpus Christi (RC)
29 Sunday   Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul (EO)
JULY
4 Friday Independence Day  
17 Thursday   Fast of the 17th of Tammuz (OJ, CJ, RJ)
AUGUST
6 Wednesday   The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ (EO*)
7 Thursday   Fast of the 9th of AV (OJ, CJ, RJ)
15 Friday   The Assumption (RC*)
The Repose of the Blessed Mother (EO*)
SEPTEMBER
1 Monday Labor Day  
8 Monday   Nativity of the Theotokos (EO)
14 Sunday   The Elevation of the Holy Cross (EO*)
27 Saturday   Rosh Hashanah (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)
28 Sunday   Rosh Hashanah (OJ*, CJ*)
OCTOBER
5 Sunday   World Communion Sunday
6 Monday   Yom Kippur (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)
11 Saturday   Sukkot (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)
12 Sunday   Sukkot (OJ*, CJ*)
13 Monday Columbus Day  
18 Saturday   Shemini Atzeret (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)
19 Sunday   Simchat Torah (OJ*, CJ*)
26 Sunday   Feast of St. Demetrios (EO)
27 Monday   First Day of Ramadan (M)(3)
31 Friday   Reformation Day (P)
NOVEMBER
1 Saturday   All Saints Day (P) (RC)(4)
2 Sunday   All Souls Day (RC)
4 Tuesday Election Day  
7 Friday   World Community Day (P)
11 Tuesday Veterans' Day  
21 Friday   Presentation of the Virgin Mary (EO*)
25 Tuesday   Eid-al-Fitr (Festival of Fastbreaking) (M*)
27 Thursday Thanksgiving Day Thanksgiving (P)
DECEMBER
6 Saturday   Feast of St. Nicholas (EO)
8 Monday   The Immaculate Conception (RC*)
19 Friday   First Candle of Chanukah
20 to 27 Saturday to Saturday   Chanukah (OJ, CJ, RJ)
25 Thursday Christmas Day Christmas (P)
Feast of the Nativity (RC*) (EO*)
26 Friday   First Day of Kwanzaa(5)
27 Saturday   Feast of St. Stephen (EO)

(1) The State has designated Lincoln’s Birthday as a floating holiday in 2003 for State employees in certain bargaining units. (While many office calendars include a reference to Presidents’ Day during the month of February, Presidents’ Day is not a legal holiday under the New York State General Construction Law and is not observed as a paid holiday by New York State as an employer.)

(2) The General Construction Law sets the observance of Flag Day on the second Sunday in June rather than on the calendar day of June 14th. Unlike other holidays which fall on Sunday, under this law, Flag Day is not observed on the following Monday. Under the Attendance Rules and negotiated agreements, Flag Day is not observed as a paid holiday by New York State as an employer.

(3) The observance of Ramadan is anticipated to begin on October 27, 2003. See Introduction, Note 8.

(4) All Saints Day is not a day of required religious observance in 2003 because it falls on a Saturday. See Introduction, Note 5.
(5) Kwanzaa, an African-American and Pan-African holiday celebrating family, community and culture, actually ends on January 1, 2004.