Religious Holidays

Major Holy Days 2014-2015

Stanford has long supported faculty, students and staff in observing religious holiday of significance to them. In the complex process of creating the academic calendar, religious holy days are but one of many considerations. The university administration has always been helpful in facilitating communication and encouraging respect and understanding when there are academic calendar conflicts with religious holy days. Most instructors will be cooperative and flexible regarding students’ religious observance when they receive appropriate and early communication. If a student is planning NOT to attend class or take an exam because of a religious holiday, he or she should convey this information to instructors in advance so that the student will not be disadvantaged as a result of religious practice. The Office for Religious Life makes available to faculty, staff and students this list of significant religious holidays at the beginning of each academic year. For any questions or concerns, please contact the Dean Scotty McLennan, Senior Associate Dean Patricia Karlin-Neumann or Associate Dean Joanne Sanders.

September 2014

25-26 Rosh Hashanah Jewish

October 2014

4 Yom Kippur Jewish

4  Eid al-Adha Islam

9 Sukkot Jewish

16 Shemini Atzeret Jewish

17 Simchat Torah Jewish

20 Birth of Báb Bahá’í

23 Diwali Hindu, Jain, Sikh

November 2014

1 Samhain Pagan

1 All Saints Day Christian

12 Birth of Baha’u’llah Bahá’í

30 Advent (begins) Christian

December 2014

8 Bodhi Day Buddhist

12 Our Lady of Guadalupe (Feast Day) Christian

17-24 Hanukkah Jewish

24 Christmas Eve Christian

25 Christmas Christian

26 Kwanzaa (begins) Pan-African

January 2015

1 Kwanzaa (ends) Pan-African

6 Epiphany Christian

February 2015

4 Tu BiSvat  Jewish

18 Ash Wednesday Christian

19 Chinese New Year Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist

March 2015

5 Purim Jewish

6 Holi Hindu

29 Palm Sunday Christian

April 2015

2 Maundy Thursday Christian

3 Good Friday Christian

4-11 Passover  Jewish

5 Easter Christian

23-24 Yom Ha’atzmaut Jewish

May 2015

14 Ascension Day Christian

23-25 Shavuot Jewish

June 2015

18 Ramadan begins Islam

July 2015

26 Tish’a B’av Jewish

August 2015

September 2015

14-15 Rosh Hashanah Jewish

23 Yom Kippur Jewish

23-26 Eid al Adha Islam

28 – Oct 4 Sukkot Jewish

October 2015

5 Shemini Atzeret Jewish

6 Simchat Torah Jewish

20 Birth of Bab – Baha’i