Skip to content Skip to navigation

Religious Observances

Major Religious Observances 2019-20

This is an abbreviated list of religious observances.

For a comprehensive calendar of observances, please click here.

If you'd like add the religious observances calendar to your Office365 WebCal, please scroll to the bottom of this webpage for instructions.

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 2019

10 Day of Hajj Islam

11 Eid al-Adha Islam


September 2019

1 The First of Muḥarram Islam

10 Ashura Islam

29 Erev Rosh Hashanah Jewish

30 Rosh Hashanah Jewish

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


October 2019

1 Rosh Hashanah Jewish

8 Kol Nidrei Jewish

9 Yom Kippur Jewish

13 Erev Sukkot Jewish

14-20 Sukkot Jewish

20 Erev Shemini Atzeret Jewish

21 Shemini Atzeret Jewish

22 Simchat Torah Jewish

27 Diwali Hindu, Jain, Sikh

29 Birth of Báb Bahá’í

30 Birth of Baha’u’llah Bahá’í

31 Samhain Pagan


November 2019

1 All Saints Day Christian

2 All Souls Day Christian

9 Mawlid al Nabi Islam

12 Birthday of Guru Nanak Sikh


December 2019

1 Advent (begins) Christian

12 Our Lady of Guadalupe (Feast Day) Christian

22 First Night Hanukkah Jewish

23-30 Hanukkah Jewish

24 Christmas Eve Christian (Western)

25 Christmas Christian (Western)

26-31 Kwanzaa Pan-African


January 2020

1 Kwanzaa Pan-African

5 Guru Gobind Singh's Birthday Sikh

6 Epiphany Christian

7 Christmas (Eastern Orthodoxy) Christian

13 Maghi Sikh

13 Bodhi Day Buddhist

25 Chinese New Year Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist


February 2020

2 Candlemas (Presentation of Jesus in the Temple) Christian

26 Ash Wednesday (beginning of Lent) Christian


March 2020

9 Erev Purim Jewish

10 Purim Jewish

10 Holi Hindu

20 Nowruz Bahá’í, Persian/Zoroastrian

22 Isra wal Miraj Islam


April 2020

5 Palm Sunday Christian

8 First Night Passover Jewish

9 - 16 Passover Jewish

9 Maundy Thursday Christian

10 Good Friday Christian

12 Easter (Western) Christian

14 Vaisakhi Sikh

19 Easter (Eastern Orthodoxy) Christian

20 1st Day of Ridvan Bahá’í

24 Ramadan begins Islam

28 9th Day of Ridván Bahá’í


May 2020

1 12th Day of Ridvan Bahá’í

18 Laylat al-Qadr Islam

23 Declaration of The Bab Bahá’í

24 Ramadan ends Islam

25 Eid al-Fitr Islam

28 Ascension of Baha'u'llah Bahá’í

28 Erev Shavuot Jewish

29 - 30 Shavuot Jewish

30 Ascension Day (Western) Christian

31 Pentecost (Western) Christian


June 2020

7 Trinity Sunday Christian


July 2020

10 Martyrdom of The Bab Bahá’í


Please note:

  • Jewish holidays begin at sundown on the day before the date listed.
  • Local or regional customs may use a variation of dates from the information posted above