ATTENDANCE AND LEAVE MANUAL
TRANSMITTAL MEMORANDUM NO. 25
Appendix B
June 2003

TO: All State Agencies
FROM: Terry Jordan, Director Staffing Services Division
SUBJECT:Attendance and Leave Manual Appendix B

  Section Pages Date

(1) Introduction

Appendix B

1-2

June 2003

(2) 2004 Calendar of
Legal Holidays and
Days of Religious
Significance

Appendix B

 

3-5

 

June 2003

 

 

The following material should be retained until April 1, 2005, and then removed from your copy of the Manual and destroyed.

  Section Pages Date
(1) Introduction Appendix B 1-2 June 24, 2002
(2) 2003 Calendar of
Legal Holidays and
Days of Religious
Significance
Appendix B 3-6 June 24, 2002

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-ul-Fitr (Festival of Fastbreaking) and Eid-ul-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice). Members of the Islamic faith 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 OF
WEEK
LEGAL HOLIDAY DAYS OF RELIGIOUS
SIGNIFICANCE
JANUARY
1
Thursday New Year’s Day Solemnity of the Mother of God (RC*)
Feast of the Circumcision (EO*)
Last Day of Kwanzaa
4
Sunday   Feast of Epiphany (RC)
6
Tuesday   Feast of Epiphany (EO*) (P)
18
to
25
Sunday
to
Sunday
  Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (P)
(RC)
19
Monday Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  
FEBRUARY
1
Sunday   Eid-ul-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) (M*)
2
Monday   The Presentation of Christ (EO*)
7
Saturday   Tu Bi Shevat (OJ, CJ, RJ)
12
Thursday Lincoln's Birthday (1)  
14
Saturday   Saturday of Souls (EO)
16
Monday Washington's Birthday (Observed)  
25
Wednesday   Ash Wednesday (P) (RC)
29
Sunday   First Sunday of Lent (P)
Sunday of Orthodoxy (EO)
MARCH
4
Thursday   Fast of Esther (OJ, CJ, RJ)
5
Friday   World Day of Prayer (P)
7
Sunday   Purim (OJ, CJ, RJ)
25
Thursday   The Annunciation (EO*)
APRIL
4
Sunday   Palm Sunday (P) (RC) (EO*)
5
Monday   First Passover Seder (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)
6
Tuesday   Passover (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)
7
Wednesday   Passover (OJ*, CJ*)
8
Thursday   Holy Thursday (RC) (EO*)
Maundy Thursday (P)
9
Friday   Good Friday (RC) (EO*) (P)
10
Saturday   Holy Saturday (EO*)
11
Sunday   Easter Sunday (RC) (EO*) (P)
12
Monday   Passover (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)
Feast of St. George (EO)
13
Tuesday   Passover (OJ*, CJ*)
16
Friday   Feast of the Lifegiving Fountain (EO)
19
Monday   Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day)
25
Sunday   Yom Hazikaron (Day of Remembrance)
26
Monday   Yom Haatzmaut (Israel Independence Day)
MAY
7
Friday   May Friendship Day (P)
9
Sunday   Lag Ba Omer (OJ, CJ, RJ)
19
Wednesday   Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)
20
Thursday   Ascension Thursday (EO*) (P) (RC)
21
Friday   Feast of Sts. Constantine and Helen
26
Wednesday   Shavuot (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)
27
Thursday   Shavuot (OJ*, CJ*)
29
Saturday   Saturday of Souls (EO)
30
Sunday   Pentecost (EO*) (P) (RC)
31
Monday Memorial Day Feast of the Holy Spirit (EO)
JUNE
7
Monday   All Saints Day (EO)
10
Thursday   Corpus Christi (RC)
13
Sunday Flay Day (2)  
29
Tuesday   Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul (EO)
JULY
4
Sunday Independence Day  
5
Monday Independence Day (Observed)  
6
Tuesday   Fast of the 17th of Tammuz (OJ, CJ, RJ)
27
Tuesday   Fast of the 9th of AV (OJ, CJ, RJ)
AUGUST
6
Friday   The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ (EO*)
15
Sunday   The Assumption (RC)
The Repose of the Blessed Mother (EO*)
SEPTEMBER
6
Monday Labor Day  
8
Wednesday   Nativity of the Theotokos (EO)
14
Tuesday   The Elevation of the Holy Cross (EO*)
16
Thursday   Rosh Hashanah (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)
17
Friday   Rosh Hashanah (OJ*, CJ*)
25
Saturday   Yom Kippur (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)
30
Thursday   Sukkot (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)
OCTOBER 1 Friday   Sukkot (OJ*, CJ*)
3 Sunday   World Communion Sunday (P)
7 Thursday   Shemini Atzeret (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)
8 Friday   Simchat Torah (OJ*, CJ*)
11 Monday Columbus Day  
16 Saturday   First day of Ramadan (M) (3)
26 Tuesday   Feast of St. Demetrios (EO)
27 Wednesday   Reformation Day (P)
NOVEMBER 1 Monday   All Saints Day (P) (RC)
2 Tuesday Election Day All Souls Day (RC)
5 Friday   World Community Day (P)
11 Thursday Veterans Day  
14 Sunday   Eid-ul-Fitr (Festival of Fastbreaking)(M*)
21 Sunday   Presentation of the Virgin Mary (EO*)
25 Thursday Thanksgiving Day Thanksgiving (P)
28 Sunday   First Sunday of Advent (P)
DECEMBER 6 Monday   Feast of St. Nicholas (EO)
8 Wednesday   The Immaculate Conception (RC*)
8
to
15
Wednesday
to
Wednesday
  Chanukah (OJ, CJ, RJ)
25 Saturday Christmas Day Christmas (P)
Feast of the Nativity (EO*) (RC*)
26 Sunday   First Day of Kwanzaa (4)
27 Monday   Feast of St. Stephen (EO)

(1) The State has designated Lincoln’s Birthday as a floating holiday in 2004 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 observance of Ramadam is anticipated to begin on October 16, 2004. See introduction, Note 8.
(4) Kwanzaa, an African-American and Pan-African holiday celebrating family, community and culture, actually ends on January 1, 2005.