Holy Days and Holidays

Religious Observances Policy

Syracuse University recognizes the diverse faith traditions represented among its campus community and supports the rights of faculty, staff, and students to observe according to these traditions.

All University offices are asked to be sensitive to the needs of faculty, staff, and students who are observing a religious holiday when scheduling meetings and events.

Deans, department chairs, and program directors are asked to make every effort to avoid scheduling meetings or events at times that would exclude faculty who are observing a religious holiday from participation.

Supervisors are asked to be supportive of staff members who request vacation or personal time to observe a religious holiday and to make every effort to avoid scheduling meetings or events at times that would exclude such staff members from participation.

Students are asked to consider that it is more difficult to arrange appropriate accommodations in some kinds of courses - for example, those that have certain kinds of laboratories or a significant experiential learning component - so students should consider their need for accommodation for religious observances as they plan their schedule each semester. Students should recall that not every course is offered every academic year and that the catalog indicates how frequently each course is offered.

Faculty are asked to make appropriate accommodation for students' observance needs by providing an opportunity to make up any examination, study, or work requirement that is missed because of an absence due to a religious observance, provided the instructor has been notified no later than the end of the second week of classes for regular session classes and by the submission deadline for flexibly formatted classes. No fees will be charged to the student for the costs incurred by the University for such make-up work. If a faculty member is unwilling or unable to make an appropriate accommodation, the student should consult his or her academic dean.

Syracuse University recognizes that the faith traditions observed by our diverse community include more holidays than can be captured adequately in a list. In addition, some observances vary by tradition and by country and are defined by the lunar calendar. However, to assist in identifying religious observance days, Hendricks Chapel has compiled a list of religious holidays that reflect a large proportion of the University community and that may or may not fall on University work and class days.

The chapel also recommends consulting the more comprehensive Interfaith Calendar.

2014-2015 Holy Days and Holidays

Birth of the Bab October 20, 2014
Birth of Baha'u'llah November 12, 2014
Day of the Covenant November 26, 2014
Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha November 28, 2014
Naw ruz - Baha'i New Year March 21, 2015
Feast of Ridvan (first day) April 21, 2015
Declaration of the Báb May 23, 2015
Christmas December 25, 2014
Ash Wednesday February 18, 2015
Good Friday April 3, 2015
Easter April 5, 2015
Krishna Janmashthami August 17, 2014
Ganesh Chaturthi August 29, 2014
Vijayadashami (Dussera) October 4, 2014
Durga puja  October 9, 2014
Deepavali (Diwali) October 23, 2014
Vikram New Year October 24, 2014
Makar Sankranti January 14, 2015
Maha Sivaratri February 17, 2015
Vasant Panchami February 24, 2015
Holi March 6, 2015
Hanuman Jayanti April 4, 2015
Vaisakhi  April 13, 2015
Ramadan Begins June 28, 2014
Ramadan Ends July 27, 2014
Eid-Ul-Fitr July 28, 2014
Day of Arafah October 3, 2014
Eid of Sacrifice October 4, 2014
New Year, Muharram 1 October 25, 2014
Ashura, Muharram 10 November 3, 2014
Jewish* (see NOTE below)
Rosh Hashanah* September 25 - 26, 2014
Fast of Gedaliah September 28, 2014
Yom Kippur Eve - Kol Nidre** October 3, 2014
Yom Kippur* October 4, 2014
First 2 Days of Sukkot* October 9 - October 10, 2014
Chol HaMoed (Intermediate days of) Sukkot October 11 - 15, 2014
Sh'mini Atzeret/Simchat Torah* October 16 - 17, 2014
Chanukah December 17 - December 24, 2014
Fast of Tevet 10 January 1, 2015
^Erev Shabbat Sabbath begins 4:12 p.m. December 31, 2015
Tu B'Shvat February 4, 2015
Fast of Esther March 4, 2015
Purim March 5, 2015
Passover Eve - Seder** April 3, 2015
First 2 Days of Pesach (Passover)* April 4 - 5, 2015
Chol HaMoed (Intermediate days of) Pesach (Passover) April 6 - 9, 2015
Last 2 Days Pesach (Passover)* April 10 - 11, 2015
Yom Ha'Shoah April 16, 2015
Yom HaZikaron April 22, 2015
Yom Ha'atzmaut April 23, 2015
Lag B'Omer May 7. 2105
Shavuot* May 24 - 25, 2015
Fast of 17th of Tamuz July 5, 2015
Fast of Tish'a B'Av July 26, 2015
Mabon (Autumn Equinox) September 23, 2014
Samhain October 31, 2014
Yule (Winter Solstice) December 21, 2014
Imbolc/Candelmas February 1, 2015
Ostara (Vernal Equinox) March 20, 2015
Beltainne May 1, 2015
Zen Buddhist
Bodhidharma Day (first ancestor of Chan [Zen] in China) October 5, 2014
Soyen Shaku Day (first ancestor of Zen in America, 1893 speech at World Parliament of Religions in Chicago) November 1, 2014
Shakyamuni Buddha's Enlightenment Day December 8, 2014
Parinirvana Day (Shakyamuni Buddha's Final Passing) February 15, 2015
Shakyamuni Buddha's Birthday April 8, 2015
*Jewish NOTE:

All Jewish holidays begin at sunset the day before the first day given, and end one hour after sunset on the last day given. The Jewish Sabbath begins Friday 18 minutes before sundown. It is a Holy Day. Most activities necessary for classes and tests are not permitted. Please take this into consideration when planning tests and finals on Fridays, especially in the winter.

*Holy Day. Work is not permitted. Most activities necessary for classes and tests are not permitted.
**Preparations for Yom Kippur and Passover are intense and require preparation a few hours before the actual
Holiday begins at Sundown.