Appendix B
June 2004

TO: Manual Recipients
FROM: Terry Jordan, 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 June 2004
(2) 2005 Calendar of Legal Holidays and Days of Religious Significance Appendix B 3-6 June 2004

The following material should be retained until April 1, 2006, and then removed from your copy of the Manual and destroyed.

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

(1) The State has designated Lincoln's Birthday as a floating holiday in 2005 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 Ramadan is anticipated to begin on October 5, 2005. See introduction, Note 8.
(4) Kwanzaa actually ends on January 1, 2006.
(5) Chanukah actually ends on January 2, 2006.