Calendar of Holidays and Religious Observances
CSUSM strives to create an inclusive campus environment where campus members understand, respect, and effectively navigate differences. In our increasingly diverse workplace and learning environment, it is important to be aware of major religious holidays that members of our campus community may observe. While it is hard to avoid all conflicting dates, please take into consideration the observance of religious holidays that have a significant impact on academic planning and other activities. Offices, departments, and student organizations are encouraged to refrain from scheduling college-wide or other major events on holy days, especially those dates on which people of a given tradition usually do not work or attend school. Students seeking accommodations for class attendance, academic assignments, or athletic practice/events to observe a religious observance should contact instructors or coaches by the end of the first week of classes. An instructor who believes that the anticipated absences would preclude the successful completion of the course or would seriously affect the student’s grade shall inform the student by the end of the second week of class: Student Absence from class for University Events and Religious Observances Policy.
Please note that the calendar below is not a comprehensive list. A description of each holy day may be found below the calendar. Suggestions for additions to this list may be directed to the Office of Inclusive Excellence. email@example.com or 760-750-4039
Religious observances may fall on different dates from year to year because many are calculated based on a lunar calendar. Dates of religious observances may also vary regionally.
Thank you for your part in creating an inclusive environment,
The Office of Inclusive Excellence
*Jewish and Islamic holy days begin at sundown on the first day indicated.
**Holy days on which absence from work or school is common.
|June 4 - June 6||Shavuot||Jewish|
|July 9 - July 10||Eid al-Adha||Islam|
|July 29*-30||Islamic New Year (Hijri)||Islam|
|August 7 - August 8||Ashura||Islam|
|August 11||Raksha Bandhan**||Hindu|
|August 18-19||Krishna Janmashtami**||Hindu|
|September 25*-27||**Rosh Hashanah||Jewish|
|September 26-Oct 5||**Navaratri||Hindu|
|October 4*-5||**Yom Kippur||Jewish|
|October 24||Diwali begins (5 days)||Hindu/Jain/Sikh|
|Dec 16-24||Posadas Navidenas/Las Posadas||LatinX/Christian|
|December 26-Jan 1||Kwanzaa||Celebrates African heritage, unity and culture/African American, parts of African Disapora|
|January 22||Lunar New Year||Many traditions in most Asian nations|
|February 22||Ash Wednesday-Lent Begins||Catholic/Protestant Christian|
|March 22*-April 21||Ramadan||Islam|
|April 7||**Good Friday||Catholic/Protestant Christian|
|April 16||**Pascha||Orthodox Christian|
|Various dates in April||Water Festival||Many traditions in most Asian nations|
|April 17*-18||Yom HaShoah||Jewish|
|April 21*-22||**Eid al-Fitr||Islam|
|May 4||National Day of Prayer||Interfaith|
- 2023/24 Calendar
2023/2024 Calendar Date Holiday Religious Observations June 28-29 **Eid al-Adha Islam August 30 Raksha Bandhan** Hindu September 6 Krishna Janmashtami** Hindu July 27-28 **Ashura Islam September 15*-17 **Rosh Hashanah Jewish September 24*-25 Yom Kippur Jewish September 29-October 6 Sukkot Jewish October 15 Navratri Hindu November 12 Diwali begins (5 days) Hindu/Jain/Sikh Dec 7-15 Hanukkah Jewish December 16-24 Posadas Navidenas/Las Posadas LatinX/Christian December 25 **Christmas Christian December 26-Jan 1 Kwanzaa Celebrates African heritage, unity and culture/African American, parts of African Disapora February 10 Lunar New Year Many traditions in most Asian nations February 14 Ash Wednesday-Lent Begins Catholic/Protestant Christian March 10*-April 8 Ramadan Islam March 24-25 Holi Hindu March 29 **Good Friday Catholic/Protestant Christian March 31 **Easter Catholic/ProtestantChristian April 22*-30 Pesach/Passover Jewish May 5 **Pascha Orthodox Christian Various dates in April Water Festival Many traditions in most Asian nations May 4*-5 Yom HaShoah Jewish May 2 National Day of Prayer Interfaith
- 2024/2025 Calendar
2024/2025 Calendar Date Holiday Religious Observations June 11-13 Shavuot Jewish June 16-17 **Eid al-Adha Islam July 7-8 New year-Hijra Islam July 16*-17 **Ashura Islam August 19 Raksha Bandhan** Hindu August 26 Krishna Janmashtami** Hindu October 2-4 Rosh HaShanah Jewish October 3-12 **Navaratri Hindu October 11-12 Yom Kippur Jewish October 16-23 Sukkot Jewish November 1 Diwali begins (5 days) Hindu/Jain/Sikh December 25-Jan 2 Hanukkah Jewish December 25 **Christmas Christian December 26-Jan 1 Kwanzaa Celebrates African heritage, unity and culture/African American, parts of African Disapora January 29 Lunar New Year Many traditions in most Asian nations February 28-March 30 Ramadan Islam March 5 Ash Wednesday (Lent begins) Catholic/Protestant Christian March 13*-14 Holi Hindu April 12-20 Pesach/Passover Jewish March 30-31 **Eid al-Fitr Islam April 18 **Good Friday Catholic/Protestant Christian April 20 **Pascha Orthodox Christian April 20 Easter Catholic/Protestant Christian April 24*-25 Yom HaShoah Jewish May 1 National Day of Prayer Interfaith June 1*-3 Shavuot Jewish
- 2025/2026 Calendar
2025/2026 Calendar Date Holiday Religious Observations June 6*-10 Eid al-Adha Jewish June 26 New year-Hijra Islam August 9 Raksha Bandhan** Hindu August 15 Krishna Janmashtami** Hindu July 5* - 6 **Ashura Islam September 22*-24 **Rosh Hashanah Jewish September 22*-October 1 **Navaratri Hindu October 1-2 **Yom Kippur Jewish October 6*-13 Sukkot Jewish October 20 Diwali begins (5 days) Hindu/Jain/Sikh December 16-24 Posadas Navidenas/Las Posadas LatinX/Christian December 25*-January 2 Hanukkah Jewish December 25 **Christmas Christian December 26-Jan 1 Kwanzaa Celebrates African heritage, unity and culture/African American, parts of African Disapora January 29 Lunar New Year Many traditions in most Asian nations February 18 Ash Wednesday-Lent Begins Catholic/Protestant February 18*-March 19 Ramadan Islam March 3*-4 Holi Hindu April 1*-9 Pesach/Passover Jewish April 3 **Good Friday Catholic/Protestant Christian April 5 **Easter Catholic/Protestant Christian April 12 **Pascha Orthodox Christian April 13*-14 Yom HaShoah Jewish April 13-15 (dates may vary) Water Festival Many traditions in most Asian natio May 7 National Day of Prayer Interfaith May 19*-20 (dates may vary) **Eid al-Fitr Islam May 21*-23 Shavuot Jewish
- 2026/27 Calendar
2026 - 2027 Holidays & Religious Observances Dates Holidays Religious Observances August 28 Raksha Bandhan** Hindu September 4 Krishna Janmashtami** Hindu September 11*-13 **Rosh Hashanah Jewish September 15*-16 **Yom Kippur Jewish September 25*-October 27 Sukkot Jewish October 11-20 **Navaratri Hindu November Diwali begins (5 days long) Hindu/Jain/Sikh December 4-12 Hanukkah Jewish December 16-24 Posadas Navidenas/Las Posadas LatinX/Christian December 25 **Christmas Christian December 26-January 1 Kwanzaa Celebrates African heritage, unity and culture/African American, parts of African Disapora February 7 Lunar New Year Many traditions in most Asian nations February 10 Ash Wednesday - Lent Begins Catholic/Protestant Christian February 7*- March 8 Ramadan Islam March 9*-10 Eid al-Fitr Islam March 22*- 23 Holi Hindu March 26 **Good Friday Catholic/Protestant Christian April 13-15 Water Festival Many traditions in most Asian nations April 15*-23 Pesach/Passover Jewish April 17 **Pascha Orthodox Christian May 3-*4 Yom HaShoah Jewish May 6 National Day of Prayer Interfaith May 16*- 17 Eid al-Adha Jewish June 10*- 12 Shavuot Jewish June 14*-June 15 Ashura Muslim June 6 New year-Hijri Islam
Shi’a Muslims commemorate the martyrdom of Husayn ibn ‘Ali, the third Shi’ite Imam and grandson of Muhammad, observing the day by mourning his death. Sunni Muslims commemorate God’s freeing of the Israelites from slavery to the Pharaoh of Egypt by observing a fast. Absence from work or school is common.
- Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day liturgical season in which many Catholic and Protestant Christians prepare through fasting, prayer, and penance for renewing baptismal promises at Easter.
A holy day celebrating of the birth of Jesus. Orthodox Christians often refer to it as the Feast of the Nativity and the Incarnation of Christ. Absence from work or school is common.
A fall festival of lights signifying the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Rituals of lighting candles and other forms of light extend over a five day period, with the primary celebrations on the first night.
A day celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Absence from work or school is common.
- Eid al-Adha
This day commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to God. Muslims celebrate with the customary sacrifice of animals, sharing of the sacrificed animals’ meat with family and the poor, a special Eid prayer, and social gatherings. Celebrations may last up to three days. Absence from work or school is common.
- Eid al-Fitr
This day marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the first day of the month of Shawwal. The day begins with a special Eid prayer and involves day-long festivities. Celebrations may last up to three days. Absence from work or school is common.
- Good/Holy Friday
A solemn holy day commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Many Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians observe it as a fast day. Christians of many denominations attend worship services. Absence from work or school is common.
Hanukkah (alternately spelled Chanukah) is the eight-day celebration commemorating the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian army in 165 B.C.E. Hanukkah is a minor holiday in terms of religious practice, but it is a special and joyous time of year.
A spring festival of colors celebrating life and signifying the victory of good over evil. Participants frolic in parks or other open areas, chasing and covering each other with dry colored powder and water.
- Lunar New Year
One of the most important festivals celebrated in Asian cultures. In the West, Lunar New Year is often referred to as Chinese New Year. Activities include making offerings to household deities, hosting banquets for family and friends, and festive parades.
- National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress when people are asked "to turn to God in prayer and meditation". The president is required by law to sign a proclamation each year, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.
A major Jewish festival lasting seven days, Pesach (Passover in English) commemorates the Exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt. The ritual observance of this holiday centers upon a home service called the seder (meaning "order") and a festive meal. Jews often attend ritual observances on the first, second, and final evenings. Many Jews refrain from leavened bread product and matzo is eaten instead.
The ninth lunar month of the Islamic calendar, which adult Muslims observe by fasting every day, abstaining from all food, drink, and sex from before dawn to sunset.
- Rosh Hashanah
The Jewish New Year, which marks the beginning of a 10-day period of prayer, self-examination, and repentance known as the High Holy Days. Many Jews observe it with prayer and reflection in a synagogue. Absence from work or school is common on the first day of Rosh HaShanah.
This festival marks the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. It is a celebration of Torah, education, and actively choosing to participate in Jewish life.
Sukkot, meaning "booths" or "huts," is the seven-day festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest.
- Yom HaShoah
This solemn day serves as a memorial to those who died in the Holocaust. Shoah, which means catastrophe or utter destruction in Hebrew, refers to the atrocities committed against the Jewish people during World War II. It is also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day.
- Yom Kippur
The holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur means "Day of Atonement" and refers to the annual observance of fasting, prayer, and repentance. Absence from work or school is common.
- Water Festival
The New Year’s celebration in several Southeast Asian countries. In some regions, dragon boat races are held and lanterns floated on rivers to bring blessings. People splash water at one another in a boisterous cleansing ritual of good will.
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