Religious and Other Holidays for Faculty and Students

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."

Name of Holiday Religion Date End Date
Ashura Islamic Aug. 18 Aug. 19
Rosh Hashanah Jewish Sep. 6 Sep. 8
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Sep. 15 Sep. 16
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Sep. 20 Sep. 27
Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Jewish Sep. 27 Sep. 29
Navratri Hindu Oct. 7 Oct. 15
Mawlid-al-Nab Islamic Oct. 19  
Feast of All Saints Christian Nov. 1  
All Souls' Day Christian Nov. 2  
Diwali-Deepavali Hindu/Jain/Sikh Nov. 4  
Christ the King Christian Nov. 21  
Advent - first Sunday Christian Nov. 28  
Feast of Immaculate Conception Christian Dec. 8  
Hanukkah Jewish Nov. 28 Dec. 6
Christmas (Birth of Jesus) Christian Dec. 25  
Kwanzaa   Dec. 26  
Name of Holiday Religion Date End Date
Epiphany Christian Jan. 6  
Orthodox Christmas Orthodox Christian Jan. 7  
Name of Holiday Religion Date End Date
Lunar New Year Confucian/Daoist/Buddhist Feb. 1  

Laylat al-Miraj
Islamic Mar. 1  
Maha Shivaratri Hindu Mar. 1  
Ash Wednesday Christian Mar. 2  
Beginning of Lent Christian Mar. 2  
Purim Jewish Mar. 16 Mar. 17
Laylat al-Bara’at Islamic Mar. 17  
Holi Hindu Mar. 19  
Ramadan Islamic Apr. 2 May. 3
Palm Sunday Christian Apr. 10  
Ramanavami Hindu Apr. 10  
Passover Jewish Apr. 15 Apr. 23
Good Friday Christian Apr. 15  
Holy Saturday Christian Apr. 16  
Easter Christian Apr. 17  
Orthodox Good Friday Christian Orthodox Apr. 22  
Orthodox Easter Christian Orthodox Apr. 24  
Laylat al-Qadr Islamic Apr. 26  
Eid al-Fitr Islamic May. 3  
Ascension Thursday Christian May. 26  
Shavuot Jewish Jun. 4 Jun. 6
Pentecost Christian Jun. 5  
Name of Holiday Religion Date End Date
Eid al-Adha Islamic Jul. 10  
Ra's as-Sanah Islamic Jul. 30  
Ashura Islamic Aug. 8  
  • 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.

Office of the Provost

Horton Hall, Room 230


Dr. Laura Joseph
Senior Vice President and Provost


Holly Gordon
 Admin. Assistant to the Provost


Lauren Romer
Assistant to the Provost


Loretta Costello
 Admin. Assistant to the Assistant to the Provost


Dr. Jennifer Bryer
Interim Assistant Provost


Anice Dacosta
Admin. Assistant to the Associate & Assistant Provost


Justin Salvatore Dolce
Academic Project Coordinator

Last Modified 9/3/21