Accommodated Religious Holidays and Festivals


BGSU students can request accommodations for exams or other academic requirements and excusal from classes for holidays and festivals. Some holidays may also be included in the list of University observed holidays, during which the campus is closed and classes are not held. University observed holidays can also be found in the academic calendar of the current semester. 

Students should contact their instructor to request accommodations and/or absence/s. 

  2023 dates
Judaism
Tu BiShvat in February February
Purim March 6 - 7
Yom HaShoah April
Lag B’Omer April
Pesach (Passover) April 5 - 13
Yom HaSho’ah April 17 - 18
Yom Ha’Azmaut May
Shavuot May 25 - 27
Tisha B’Av July 26 - 27
Rosh Hashanah September 15 - 17
Yom Kippur September 24 - 25
Sukkot September 29 – October 6
Shemini Atzerat October 6 - 8
Simchat Torah October 7 - 8
Hanukkah December 7 - 15
Christianity
Feast of Mary Mother of God January 01
Christmas – Eastern Orthodox January 07
Epiphany January 08
Ash Wednesday February 22
Lent February 22 - April 08
Orthodox Lent March 25
Feast of the Annunciation March 25
Palm Sunday April 02
Holy Thursday April 06
Good Friday April 07
Easter April 09
Good Friday (Orthodox) April 14
Pascha/Easter (Eastern Orthodox) April 16
Feast of the Ascension May 18
Pentecost May 28
Trinity Sunday June 04
Corpus Christi Sunday June 08
Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus June 16
Nativity of St. John the Baptist June 24
Feast of Saints Peter and Paul June 29
Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola July 31
Feast of the Assumption of Mary August 15
All Saints Day November 01
All Souls Day November 02
Dia de los Muertos November 1 - 2
Feast of Christ the King November 26
Advent Season December 03
Feast of St. Francis Xavier December 03
Feast of the Immaculate Conception December 08
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe December 12
Christmas December 25
Islam  
Sabe-Miraj or Lailatul Me’raj February 18
Sabe Barat March 07
Ramadan March 22 - April 21
Lailatul Qadr April 18
Eid al-Fitr April 21 - 22
Day of Arafa/Haj/Waqf of Arafa June 28
Eid-ul Adha June 28 - 29
Islamic New Year July 19 - 20
Ashura July 27 - 28
Mawlid-al-Nabi September 26 - 27
Hindu
Maha Shivaratri February 18
Shri Ramakrishna Jayanti February 21
Holi March 18
Rama Navami March 30
Mahavir-Jayanti April 04
Raksha Bandhan August 30
Krishna Janmashtami September 6 - 7
Navaratri October 15 - 23
Diwali November 12
Buddhism
Bodhi Day January 10
Lunar New Year January 22
Magha Puja Day March 30
Vesak April 08
Buddha Day/Visakha Puja May 05
Diwali November 12
Sikh
Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib January 05
Mahavir-Jayanti April 04
Vaisakhi April 14
Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib June 16
Diwali November 12
Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib November 24
Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib November 27
Baháʼí
‘Alá’ (Loftiness) March 2 - 20
Naw-Rúz March 21 - 22
Ridván April 21 - May 2
Declaration of the Bab May 23 - 24
Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh May 29 - 30
Martyrdom of the Bab July 09
Birth of the Bab October 26 - 27
Birth of Baháúllah October 27 - 28
Ascension of ’Abdu’l-Bahá November 28
Shinto
Gantan-sai January 01
Setsubum-sai February 03
Pagan/Wiccan/Druid  
Imbolc February 1 - 2
Ostara March 20
Beltane May 01
Litha/Summer Solstice June 24
Lammas/Lughnasadh/Imbolc August 01
Mabon September 21 - 29
Samhain October 31 - November 1
Yule/Winter Solstice December 21
Other
Kwanzaa December 26 - January 1, 2024
Lunar New Year January 22

Please note that this list is not exhaustive of all holidays. The policy pertains to course absences and examinations and other academic requirements and applies to all enrolled students of Bowling Green State University and all University faculty and staff. Read the approved policy on student religious accommodations.

View the faculty and staff holiday schedule

Updated: 08/07/2023 03:27PM