Religious Holidays

Major Holy Days 2015-2016

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.

July 2015

26 Tish’a B’av Jewish

September 2015

13-15 Rosh Hashanah Jewish

23 Yom Kippur Jewish

24 Eid al-Adha Islam

27- Oct 4  Sukkot Jewish

October 2015

5 Shemini Atzeret Jewish

6  Simchat Torah Jewish

20 Birth of Bab  Baha’i

November 2015

1 Samhain Pagan

1 All Saints Day Christian

11-15 Diwali Hindu, Jain, Sikh

12 Birth of Baha’u’llah Bahá’í

29 Advent (begins) Christian

December 2015

8 Bodhi Day Buddhist

12 Our Lady of Guadalupe (Feast Day) Christian

16-24 Hanukkah Jewish

24 Christmas Eve Christian

25 Christmas Christian

26 Kwanzaa (begins) Pan-African

January 2016

1 Kwanzaa (ends) Pan-African

6 Epiphany Christian

24 Tu BiSvat Jewish

February 2016

8  Chinese New Year Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist

10 Ash Wednesday Christian

March 2016

20 Palm Sunday Christian

23 Holi Hindu

24 Purim Jewish

24 Maundy Thursday Christian

25 Good Friday Christian

27 Easter Christian

April 2016

22-30 Passover  Jewish

May 2016

5 Ascension Day Christian

11-12 Yom Ha’atzmaut Jewish

June 2016

6 Ramadan begins Islam

11-13 Shavuot Jewish

July 2016

5 Ramadan enDJS/Eid al-Fitr Islam

26 Tish’a B’av Jewish