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.

Any student may be excused from class or other assignments because of religious observance. A student who will miss an academic obligation because of religious observance is responsible for contacting his or her professor within the first two weeks of the semester. The student is responsible for completing missed work in a timely manner.

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.

Golden Gate University Religious Observance Calendar 2020-2024

  2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023 2023-2024


Buddha's Enlightenment Day Tuesday, December 8, 2020 Wednesday, December 8, 2021 Thursday, December 8, 2022 Friday, December 8, 2023
Vesak Day Wednesday, May 26, 2021 Sunday, May 15, 2022 Thursday, May 4, 2023 Wednesday, May 22, 2024


Ash Wednesday Wednesday, February 17, 2021 Wednesday, March 2, 2022 Wednesday, February 22, 2023 Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Good Friday Friday, April 2, 2021 Friday, April 15, 2022 Friday, April 7, 2023 Friday, March 29, 2024
Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 Sunday, April 17, 2022 Sunday, April 9, 2023 Sunday, March 31, 2024


Christmas (Julian Calendar) Thursday, January 7, 2021 Friday, January 7, 2022 Saturday, January 7, 2023 Sunday, January 7, 2024
Good Friday Friday, April 30, 2021 Friday, April 22, 2022 Friday, April 14, 2023 Friday, May 3, 2024
Easter Sunday, May 2, 2021 Sunday, April 24, 2022 Sunday, April 16, 2023 Sunday, May 5, 2024


Diwali Saturday, November 14, 2020 Thursday, November 4, 2021 Monday, October 24, 2022 Sunday, November 12, 2023
Holi Monday, March 29, 2021 Tuesday, March 8, 2022 Saturday, March 25, 2023 Monday, March 25, 2024

Jewish holidays begin at sundown the previous day.

Rosh Hashanah, first two days Saturday - Sunday, September 19-20, 2020 Tuesday - Wednesday, September 7-8, 2021 Monday – Tuesday, September 26-27, 2022 Saturday - Sunday, September 16-17, 2023
Yom Kippur Monday, September 28, 2020 Thursday, September 16, 2021 Wednesday, October 5, 2022 Monday, September 25, 2023
Sukkot Saturday, October 3, 2020 Tuesday, September 21, 2021 Monday, October 10, 2022 Saturday, September 30, 2023
Passover Sunday, March 28, 2021 Saturday, April 16, 2022 Thursday, April 6, 2023 Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Muslim Holidays begin at sundown the previous day. Dates may vary depending on interpretations of the lunar calendar.

Eid al-Fitr Sunday, May 24, 2020 Tuesday, May 13, 2021 Tuesday, May 3, 2022 Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Eid al-Adha Friday, July 31, 2020 Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Sunday, July 10, 2022 Thursday, June 29, 2023
Ashura Saturday, August 29, 2020 Thursday, August 19, 2021 Monday, August 8, 2022 Friday, July 28, 2023
Ramadan Tuesday, April 13 - Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Sunday, April 3 - Sunday, May 1, 2022 Thursday, March 23 - Thursday, April 20, 2023 Tuesday, April 23, 2024 - Monday, March 11, 2024

Holiday 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Ashura -- Shi'a Muslims commemorate the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, Muhammad's grandson. According to Sunni Muslims, Muhammad fasted and asked others to do so on this day as well.
  • Ramadan -- The ninth month of the Islamic lunar year and is the time in which Muslims observe fast from sunrise to sunset.