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

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
Christian Catholic/Protestant
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

Holiday Notes

General Notes

  • 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.