Religious Holidays

Major Holy Days 2013-2014

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.

August 2013

8-11 Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan) Islam

September 2013

4 Erev Rosh Hashanah Jewish

5 Rosh Hashanah Jewish

6 Rosh Hashanah Jewish

13 Kol Nidre (Eve of Day of Atonement) Jewish

14 Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish

18 Sukkot (begins) Jewish

25 Shemini Atzeret Jewish

26 Simchat Torah Jewish

October 2013

15-18 Eid al-Adha Islam

20 Birth of Báb Bahá’í

November 2013

1 Samhain Pagan

1 All Saints Day Christian

3 Diwali Hindu, Jain and Sikh

12 Birth of Baha’u’llah Bahá’í

27 Chanukah (begins) Jewish

December 2013

1 Advent (begins) Christian

5 Chanukah (ends) Jewish

8 Bodhi Day Buddhist

12 Our Lady of Guadalupe (Feast Day) Christian

25 Christmas Christian

26 Kwanzaa (begins) Pan-African

January 2014

1 Kwanzaa (ends) Pan-African

6 Epiphany Christian

15 Tu B’Shevat (begins) Jewish

16 Tu B’Shevat (ends) Jewish

31 Chinese New Year Buddhist, Confucian, Daoist

February 2014


March 2014

5 Ash Wednesday (Lent begins) Christian

16 Purim Jewish

17 Holi Hindu

April 2014

13 Palm Sunday Christian

14 Erev Pesach Jewish

15 Passover (begins) Jewish

17 Maundy Thursday Christian

18 Good Friday Christian

20 Easter Christian

22 Passover (ends) Jewish

May 2014

29 Ascension Day Christian

June 2014

3 Erev Shavuot Jewish

4 Shavuot (begins) Jewish

5 Shavuot (ends) Jewish