Religious Holidays

Major Holy Days 2016-2017

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 Office for Religious Life.

September 2016

11 – 14 Eid al-Adha Islam

October 2016

2 – 4 Rosh Hashanah Jewish

12 Yom Kippur Jewish

17 – 23 Oct 4  Sukkot Jewish

20 Birth of Bab  Baha’i

24 Shemini Atzeret Jewish

25  Simchat Torah Jewish

30 Diwali Hindu, Jain, Sikh

November 2016

1 Samhain Pagan

1 All Saints Day Christian

1, 2 Birth of Baha’u’llah Bahá’í

29 Advent (begins) Christian

December 2016

8 Bodhi Day Buddhist

12 Our Lady of Guadalupe (Feast Day) Christian

24 Hanukkah Jewish

24 Christmas Eve Christian

25 Christmas Christian

26 Kwanzaa (begins) Pan-African

January 2017

1 Hanukkah ends Jewish

1 Kwanzaa (ends) Pan-African

6 Epiphany Christian

28  Chinese New Year Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist

February 2017

11 Tu BiSvat Jewish

March 2017

1 Ash Wednesday Christian

13 Holi Hindu

11 Purim Jewish

April 2017

9 Palm Sunday Christian

10 – 18 Passover  Jewish

13 Maundy Thursday Christian

14 Good Friday Christian

16 Easter Christian

May 2017

1 – 2 Yom Ha’atzmaut Jewish

25 Ascension Day Christian

27 Ramadan begins Islam

June 2017

1 Shavuot Jewish

26 Ramadan ends Islam

July 2017

31 Tish’a B’av Jewish