Religious Observance Policy
Golden Gate University is a secular institution that values a diversity of religious expression. Planning for academic and extracurricular activities should be done with sensitivity to the diverse religious commitments of the community and an awareness of religious holidays. Scheduling large-scale, one-time academic or extra-curricular events on a religious holiday should be avoided whenever possible.
Faculty are expected to be mindful of potential conflicts with religious observances and should make reasonable accommodations when students’ religious practices conflict with their academic responsibilities.
The religious observance calendar is meant to serve as a scheduling guide. It lists significant holidays from the five largest global faith traditions. However, it is not comprehensive and students may choose to observe a holiday from any tradition not included on the calendar. For information about additional holidays from these and other faith traditions, see interfaith-calendar.org.
This is as an educational resource about the many religious holy days celebrated at GGU. Students should contact the Dean of Students and employees should contact Human Resources with questions about reasonable accommodations for religious holy days.
Religious Observance Calendar – 2023-2026
|Vesak Day||Friday, June 2, 2023||Thursday, May 23, 2024||Monday, May 12, 2025||Sunday, May 31, 2026|
|Buddha’s Enlightenment Day||Friday, December 8, 2023||Sunday, December 8, 2024||Monday, December 8, 2025||Tuesday, December 8, 2026|
|Ash Wednesday||Wednesday, February 22, 2023||Wednesday, February 14, 2024||Wednesday, March 5, 2025||Wednesday, February 18, 2026|
|Good Friday||Friday, April 7, 2023||Friday, March 29, 2024||Friday, April 18, 2025||Friday, April 3, 2026|
|Easter||Sunday, April 9, 2023||Sunday, March 31, 2024||Sunday, April 20, 2025||Sunday, April 5, 2026|
Christian – Eastern Orthodox
|Christmas (Julian Calendar)||Saturday, January 7, 2023||Sunday, January 7, 2024||Tuesday, January 7, 2025||Wednesday, January 7, 2026|
|Good Friday||Friday, April 14, 2023||Friday, May 3, 2024||Friday, April 18, 2025||Friday, April 10, 2026|
|Easter||Sunday, April 16, 2023||Sunday, May 5, 2024||Sunday, April 20, 2025||Sunday, April 12, 2026|
|Holi||Wednesday, March 8, 2023||Monday, March 25, 2024||Friday, March 15, 2025||Tuesday, March 3, 2026|
|Ganesh Chaturthi||Tuesday, September 19, 2023||Saturday, September 7, 2024||Wednesday, August 27, 2025||Monday September 14, 2026|
|Diwali||Sunday, November 12, 2023||Friday, November 1, 2024||Tuesday, October 21, 2025||Sunday, November 8, 2026|
Jewish holidays begin at sundown the previous day.
|Rosh Hashanah, first two days||Saturday – Sunday, September 16-17, 2023||Thurday – Friday, October 3-4, 2024||Tuesday – Wednesday, September 23-24, 2025||Saturday – Sunday, September 12-13, 2026|
|Yom Kippur||Monday, September 25, 2023||Saturday, October 12, 2024||Thursday, October 2, 2025||Monday, September 21, 2026|
|Sukkot||Saturday, September 30, 2023||Thursday, October 17, 2024||Tuesday, October 7, 2025||Saturday, September 26, 2026|
|Hanukkah||December 7-15, 2023||December 25 – January 2, 2024||December 14-22, 2025||December 4-12, 2026|
|Passover||Thursday, April 6, 2023||Tuesday, April 23, 2024||Sunday, April 13, 2025||Thursday, April 2, 2026|
|Shavuot||Thursday, May 25, 2023||Tuesday, June 11, 2024||Sunday, June 1, 2025||Friday, May 22, 2026|
Muslim Holidays begin at sundown the previous day. Dates may vary depending on interpretations of the lunar calendar.
|Ramadan||Thursday, March 23 – Friday, April 21, 2023||Monday, March 11 – Wednesday, April 10, 2024||Saturday, March 11 – Sunday, March 30, 2025||Wednesday, February 18 – Friday, March 20, 2026|
|Eid al-Fitr||Friday, April 21, 2023||Wednesday, April 10, 2024||Sunday, March 30, 2025||Friday, March 20, 2026|
|Eid al-Adha||Wednesday, June 28, 2023||Sunday, June 16, 2024||Friday, June 6, 2025||Tuesday, May 26, 2026|
- Dates are assembled from several calendars and begin with the academic year (August through July). Lunar calendars vary based on region and practice.
- “Kosher restrictions apply” refers to the dietary guidelines of Jewish law which apply daily throughout the year. Restrictions include pork, shellfish (fish is allowed) and mixing meat with dairy.
- “Halal dietary restrictions apply” refers to the foods prohibited according to Islamic dietary law throughout the year. Restrictions include alcohol and pork.
- Buddha’s Enlightenment Day — Also called Rohatsu or Bodhi Day. The day many Buddhist traditions celebrate the enlightenment of the Buddha.
- Vesak Day — There are a variety of cultural traditions celebrating Buddha’s Birthday. Many Buddhist cultures celebrate the birth, Awakening, and death of the Buddha on Vesak Day.
- Ash Wednesday — This day marks the beginning of Lent, a six week period of prayer and fasting in anticipation of Easter.
- Good Friday — The day Jesus was crucified.
- Easter Sunday — The celebration of Jesus being raised from the dead.
- Diwali — Festival of Lights. This holiday is typically celebrated by families sharing various traditional rituals in their homes.
Holi — Festival of Spring or Festival of Colors. This day is typically celebrated by families in India, Nepal, and other parts of Asia by partaking in various regional traditions.
- Ganesh Chaturthi — also called Vinayaka Chaturthi, in Hinduism, 10-day festival marking the birth of the elephant-headed deity Ganesha, the god of prosperity and wisdom. It begins on the fourth day (chaturthi) of the month of Bhadrapada (August–September), the sixth month of the Hindu calendar.
- Rosh Hashanah — Jewish New Year. It is the beginning of a ten-day period of introspection and reflection.
Yom Kippur — Day of Atonement. It is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar marked with fasting, worship, and repentance.
Sukkot — Festival of Booths. Commemorates the wandering in the desert of the Israelites as well as the fall harvest. While the festival of Sukkot lasts for 8 days, the first day is considered a day of rest.
- Hanukkah — Jewish festival commemorating the recovery of Jerusalem and subsequent rededication of the Second Temple at the beginning of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire.
Passover — Festival of Passover. It commemorates the Exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt. While the Passover lasts for 8 days, the first night is the most significant and the first day is considered a day of rest.
- Shavuot — The word Shavuot means “weeks”, and it marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer. Its date is directly linked to that of Passover; the Torah mandates the seven-week Counting of the Omer, beginning on the second day of Passover, to be immediately followed by Shavuot. This counting of days and weeks is understood to express anticipation and desire for the giving of the Torah.
- Eid al-Fitr — Marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, and the holiest month in Islamic tradition. It literally means “breaking the fast.”
- Ramadan — The ninth month of the Islamic lunar year and is the time in which Muslims observe fast from sunrise to sunset.
- Eid al-Adha — Festival of Sacrifice. Commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael. God provided a sheep to sacrifice in Ishmael’s place.