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Religious Holiday Calendar

Farmingdale State College is committed to ensuring that every student will have the right to pursue their education while practicing their faith. Likewise, faculty and staff have a responsibility to make appropriate provisions for their related activities when observing a religious holiday. The following is a list of major religious holidays. This list is not all-inclusive and does not reflect all religious holidays. We provide this as a guide to ensure that our students, faculty, and staff are aware of the major celebrations for the coming academic year.

Special arrangements must be made between a student and instructor for religious observances. Special arrangements must be made between a faculty or staff member and his/her department chair or supervisor for religious observances.

As stated in the College Catalog, under the State Education Law, please note:

"It shall be the responsibility of the faculty and of the administrative officials of each institution of higher education to make available to each student who is absent from school because of his/her religious beliefs, an equivalent opportunity to make up any examination, study or work requirements which he/she may have missed because of such absence on any particular day or days."


Fall 2018       
Name of Holiday Religion Dates Day(s) of the Week
Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sep. 10-11, 2018 Monday-Tuesday
Muharram (Al Hijrah - New Year) Islamic Sep. 12, 2018 Wednesday
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Sep. 19, 2018 Wednesday 
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Sep. 24-30, 2018 Monday-Sunday
Shemini Atzeret Jewish Oct. 1, 2018 Monday
Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 2, 2018 Tuesday
Navratri Hindu Oct. 9-18, 2018 Tuesday-Thursday
All Saints Day Christian Nov. 1, 2018 Thursday
Diwali-Deepavali Hindu/Jain/Sikh Nov. 7, 2018 Wednesday 
Mawlid-al-Nabi (Mohammad's Birthday) Islamic Nov. 20, 2018  Tuesday
Hanukkah Jewish Dec. 3-10, 2018 Monday-Monday
Feast of Immaculate Conception Christian Dec. 8, 2018 Saturday
Christmas (Birth of Jesus) Christian Dec. 25, 2018 Tuesday
Winter 2019      
Name of Holiday Religion Dates Day(s) of the Week
Orthodox Christmas Orthodox Christian Jan. 7, 2019 Monday
Spring 2019      
Name of the Holiday Religion Dates Day(s) of the Week
Lunar New Year Confucian/Daoist/Buddhist Feb. 5, 2019 Tuesday
Maha Shivaratri Hindu Mar. 4, 2019 Monday
Ash Wednesday Christian Mar. 6, 2019 Wednesday
The beginning of Lent  Christian Mar. 6, 2019 Wednesday 
Purim Jewish Mar. 21, 2019 Thursday
Holi Hindu Mar. 21-22, 2019 Thursday-Friday
Ramanavami Hindu Apr. 14, 2019 Sunday
Good Friday Christian Apr. 19, 2019 Thursday
Passover (Pesach) Jewish Apr. 20-27, 2019 Saturday-Saturday
Easter Christian Apr. 21, 2019 Sunday
Orthodox Good Friday Christian Orthodox Apr. 26, 2019 Friday
Orthodox Easter Christian Orthodox Apr. 28, 2019 Sunday
The beginning of Ramadan Islamic May 6, 2019 Monday
Ascension Thursday Christian May 30, 2019 Thursday
Summer 2019       
Name of the Holiday Religion Dates Day(s) of the Week
Lailat al-Qadr Islamic May 31, 2019 Friday
Eid al-Fitr (The end of Ramadan) Islamic Jun. 5-6, 2019 Wednesday-Thursday
Shavuot Jewish Jun. 9-10, 2019 Sunday-Monday
Eid al-Adha Islamic Aug. 11-12, 2019 Sunday-Monday


  • All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the first date shown.
  • Muslim holiday dates may vary based on interpretations of the lunar calendar.