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Religious Holidays

Major Holy Days 2018-2019

Stanford has long supported faculty, students and staff in observing religious holidays 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.


August 2018

20 - 21 Eid al-Adha Islam


September 2018

10 - 11 Rosh Hashanah Jewish

19 Yom Kippur Jewish

20 - 21 Ashura Islam

24 - 30 Sukkot Jewish

29 Michaelmas (Feast of St. Michael and all Angels) Christian


October 2018

1 Shemini Atzeret Jewish

2 Simchat Torah Jewish

20 Birth of Báb Bahá’í

31 - 1 Samhain Pagan


November 2018

1 Samhain Pagan; All Souls Day Christian

2 All Saints Day Christian

Diwali Hindu, Jain, Sikh

9 Birth of Baha’u’llah Bahá’í

10 Birth of The Báb Bahá’í

20 - 21 Mawlid al Nabi Islam

23 Birthday of Guru Nanak Sikh


December 2018

2 Advent (begins) Christian

2 - 10 Hanukkah Jewish

12 Our Lady of Guadalupe (Feast Day) Christian

24 Christmas Eve Christian (Western)

25 Christmas Christian (Western)

26 Kwanzaa (begins) Pan-African


January 2019

5 Guru Gobind Singh's Birthday Sikh

6 Epiphany Christian

6 Easter in Eastern Orthodoxy Christian

13 Maghi Sikh

13 Bodhi Day Buddhist


February 2019

2 Candlemas (Presentation of Jesus in the Temple) Christian

5 Chinese New Year Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist


March 2019

6 Ash Wednesday, beginning of Lent Christian

21 Purim Jewish

21 Holi Hindu

21 Nowruz Bahá’í,Persian/ Zoroastrian


April 2019

2-3 Isra wal Miraj Islam

14 Palm Sunday Christian

14 Vaisakhi Sikh

18 Maundy Thursday Christian

19 Good Friday Christian

21 1st Day of Ridvan Bahá’í

21 Easter Christian (Western)

29 9th Day of Ridván Bahá’í

20 - 27 Passover Jewish

28 Easter in Eastern Orthodoxy Christian


May 2019

2 12thDay of Ridvan Bahá’í

5 Ramadan Islam (begins)

24 Declaration of The Bab Bahá’í

29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah Bahá’í

30 Ascension Day Christian


June 2019

3 Ramadan ends Islam

4 Eid al-Fitr Islam 

9 - 10 Shavuot Jewish

9 Pentecost Christian

16 Trinity Sunday Christian


July 2019

10 Martyrdom of the Bab Bahá’í


*Please note that Jewish holidays begin at sundown on the day before the date listed