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. 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.

2013-2014 Holy Days and Holidays

Birth of the Bab October 20, 2013
Birth of Baha'u'llah November 12, 2013
Day of the Covenant November 26, 2013
Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha November 28, 2013
Naw ruz - Baha'i New Year March 21, 2014
Feast of Ridvan (first day) April 21, 2014
Declaration of the Báb May 23, 2014
Christmas December 25, 2013
Ash Wednesday March 5, 2014
Good Friday April 18, 2014
Easter April 20, 2014
Krishna Janmashthami August 28, 2013
Ganesh Chaturthi September 9, 2013
Durga puja October 11, 2013
Vijayadashami (Dussera) October 14, 2013
Deepavali (Diwali) November 3, 2013
Vikram New Year November 4, 2013
Makar Sankranti January 14, 2014
Vasant Panchami February 4, 2014
Maha Sivaratri February 28, 2014
Holi March 17, 2014
Vaisakhi April 13, 2014
Hanuman Jayanti April 15, 2014
Ramadan Begins July 9, 2013
Ramadan Ends August 7, 2013
Eid-Ul-Fitr August 8, 2013
Day of Arafah October 14, 2013
Eid of Sacrifice October 15, 2013
New Year, Muharram 1 November 4, 2013
Ashura, Muharram 10 November 13, 2013
**Rosh Hashanah September 5 - 6, 2013
***Fast of Gedaliah September 8, 2013
*****Erev Yom Kippur September 13, 2013
**Yom Kippur September 14, 2013
**First 2 Days of Sukkot September 19 - September 20, 2013
Chol HaMoed (Intermediate days of) Sukkot September 21 - 25, 2013
**Sh'mini Atzeret/Simchat Torah September 26 - 27, 2013
Chanukah November 28 - December 5, 2013
***Fast of Tevet 10 December 13, 2013
^Erev Shabbat Sabbath begins 4:12 p.m. December 13, 2013
Tu B'Shvat January 16, 2014
***Fast of Esther March 13, 2014
****Purim March 16, 2014
Passover Eve Seder Meals April 14 - 15, 2014
**First 2 Days of Pesach (Passover) April 15 - 16, 2014
Chol HaMoed (Intermediate days of) Pesach (Passover) April 17 - 20, 2014
**Last 2 Days Pesach (Passover) April 21 - 22, 2014
Yom Ha'Shoah April 28, 2014
Yom HaZikaron May 5, 2014
Yom Ha'atzmaut May 6, 2014
**Shavuot June 4 - 5, 2014
***Fast of 17th of Tamuz July 15, 2014*
****Fast of Tish'a B'Av August 5, 2014
Mabon (Autumn Equinox) September 21, 2013
Samhain October 31, 2013
Yule (Winter Solstice) December 21, 2013
Imbolc/Candelmas February 1, 2014
Ostara (Vernal Equinox) March 21, 2014
Beltainne May 1, 2014
Zen Buddhist
Bodhidharma Day (first ancestor of Chan [Zen] in China) October 5, 2013
Soyen Shaku Day (first ancestor of Zen in America, 1893 speech at World Parliament of Religions in Chicago) November 1, 2013
Shakyamuni Buddha's Enlightenment Day December 8, 2013
Parinirvana Day (Shakyamuni Buddha's Final Passing) February 15, 2014
Shakyamuni Buddha's Birthday April 8, 2014

^The finals schedule overlaps with the Jewish Sabbath.  Work and writing exams are prohibited on the Sabbath.
*All Jewish holidays begin 18 minutes before sunset the day before the first day given, and end one hour after sunset on the last day given. The Jewish Sabbath begins every 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.
***Begins at dawn.
****Work should be avoided. Consult a Rabbi if this is not possible. There are many religious obligations associated with these days that may conflict with classes or test.
*****Due to the sacred nature of Yom Kippur the day of Yom Kippur Eve has many religious obligations and rituals associated with it that may conflict with classes or tests.