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
Rosh Hashanah Jewish Sep. 25 Sep. 27
Navratri Hindu Sep. 26 Oct. 5
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Oct. 4 Oct. 5
Mawlid-al-Nab Islamic Oct. 7 Oct. 8
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Oct. 9 Oct. 16
Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 16 Oct. 18
Diwali-Deepavali Hindu/Jain/Sikh Oct. 24  
Feast of All Saints Christian Nov. 1  
All Souls' Day Christian Nov. 2  
Christ the King Christian Nov. 27  
Advent - first Sunday Christian Nov. 27  
Feast of Immaculate Conception Christian Dec. 8  
Hanukkah Jewish Dec. 18 Dec. 26
Christmas (Birth of Jesus) Christian Dec. 25  
Kwanzaa   Dec. 26 Jan. 1
Name of Holiday Religion Date End Date
Epiphany Christian Jan. 6  
Orthodox Christmas Orthodox Christian Jan. 7 Jan. 9
Name of Holiday Religion Date End Date
Lunar New Year Confucian/Daoist/Buddhist Jan. 22  

Laylat al-Miraj
Islamic Feb. 17 Feb. 18
Maha Shivaratri Hindu Feb. 18  
Ash Wednesday Christian Feb. 22  
Beginning of Lent Christian Feb. 22 Apr. 6
Purim Jewish Mar. 6 Mar. 7
Laylat al-Bara’at Islamic Mar. 7 Mar. 8
Holi Hindu Mar. 8  
Ramadan Islamic Mar. 22 Apr. 21

Hindu Mar. 30  
Palm Sunday Christian Apr. 2  
Passover Jewish Apr. 5 Apr. 13
Good Friday Christian Apr. 7  
Holy Saturday Christian Apr. 8  
Easter Christian Apr. 9  
Orthodox Good Friday Christian Orthodox Apr. 14  
Orthodox Easter Christian Orthodox Apr. 16  
Laylat al-Qadr Islamic Apr. 18  
Eid al-Fitr Islamic Apr. 21 Apr. 22
Ascension Thursday Christian May. 18  
Shavuot Jewish May. 25 May. 27
Pentecost Christian May. 28  
Name of Holiday Religion Date End Date
Eid al-Adha Islamic Jun. 28 Jun. 29
Ra's as-Sanah Islamic Jul. 19  
Ashura Islamic Jul. 27 Jul. 28
  • 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


Dr. Christopher Malone
Associate Provost


Dr. Christopher LaBarbera
Assistant Provost


Christine Harrigan
Executive Assistant to the Provost


Holly Gordon
Admin. Assistant to the Provost


Loretta Costello
Admin. Assistant to the Executive Assistant to the Provost

Last Modified 8/11/22