Religious Holidays, Holy Days and Observances

Religious Holidays, Holy Days and Observances

Ohio State has had a longstanding practice of making reasonable academic accommodations for students’ religious beliefs and practices in accordance with applicable law. In 2023, Ohio State updated its practice to align with new state legislation. Under this new provision, students must be in early communication with their instructors regarding any known accommodation requests for religious beliefs and practices, providing notice of specific dates for which they request alternative accommodations within 14 days after the first instructional day of the course. Instructors in turn shall not question the sincerity of a student’s religious or spiritual belief system in reviewing such requests and shall keep requests for accommodations confidential.

With sufficient notice, instructors will provide students with reasonable alternative accommodations with regard to examinations and other academic requirements with respect to students’ sincerely held religious beliefs and practices by allowing up to three absences each semester for the student to attend or participate in religious activities. Examples of religious accommodations can include, but are not limited to, rescheduling an exam, altering the time of a student’s presentation, allowing make-up assignments to substitute for missed class work, or flexibility in due dates or research responsibilities. If concerns arise about a requested accommodation, instructors are to consult their tenure initiating unit head for assistance.  

A student’s request for time off shall be provided if the student’s sincerely held religious belief or practice severely affects the student’s ability to take an exam or meet an academic requirement and the student has notified their instructor, in writing during the first 14 days after the course begins, of the date of each absence. Although students are required to provide notice within the first 14 days after a course begins, instructors are strongly encouraged to work with the student to provide a reasonable accommodation if a request is made outside the notice period. A student may not be penalized for an absence approved under this policy.

If students have questions or disputes related to academic accommodations, they should contact their course instructor, and then their department or college office. For questions or to report discrimination or harassment based on religion, individuals should contact the Office of Institutional Equity.

Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 3345.026, the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) developed the following non-exhaustive list of major religious holidays or festivals. The list of major religious holidays and festivals included below is non-exhaustive and is not intended to purposefully exclude any religious holidays or festivals.

Non-exhaustive List of Religious Holidays/Holy Days (January-December 2024)


  • Tu BiShvat 
  • Purim 
  • Yom HaShoah 
  • Lag B'Omer 
  • Pesach (Passover) 
  • Yom Ha'Azmaut 
  • Shavuot 
  • Tisha B'Av 
  • Rosh Hashanah 
  • Yom Kippur 
  • Sukkot 
  • Shemini 
  • Simchat Torah 
  • Hanukkah


  • Feast of Mary Mother of God
  • Christmas - Eastern Orthodox
  • Epiphany 
  • Ash Wednesday 
  • Lent 
  • Orthodox Lent 
  • Feast of the Annunciation 
  • Palm Sunday 
  • Holy Thursday 
  • Good Friday 
  • Easter 
  • Pascha/Easter (Eastern Orthodox)
  • Feast of the Ascension 
  • Pentecost 
  • Trinity Sunday 
  • Corpus Christi Sunday 
  • Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • Nativity of St. John the Baptist 
  • Feast of Saints Peter and Paul 
  • Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola 
  • Feast of the Assumption of Mary 
  • All Saints Day 
  • All Souls Day 
  • Dia de los Muertos 
  • Feast of Christ the King 
  • Advent Season 
  • Feast of St. Francis Xavier 
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Christmas


  • Sabe-Miraj or Lailatul Me'raj 
  • Sabe Barat 
  • Ramadan 
  • Lailatul Qadr 
  • Eid al-Fitr 
  • Day of Arafah/Day of Hajj/Waqf of Arafah 
  • Eid al-Adha 
  • Islamic New Year 
  • Ashura 
  • Mawlid al-Nabi


  • Maha Shivaratri 
  • Shri Ramakrishna Jayanti 
  • Holi 
  • Rama Navami 
  • Raksha Bandhan 
  • Krishna Janmashtami 
  • Navaratri 
  • Diwali


  • Bodhi Day 
  • Lunar New Year 
  • Magha Puja Day 
  • Vesak/Buddha Day/Visakha Puja 
  • Diwali


  • Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib
  • Vaisakhi 
  • Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib
  • Diwali 
  • Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib
  • Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib


  • 'Ala'
  • Naw-Ruz 
  • Ridvan 
  • Declaration of the Bab 
  • Ascension of Baha'u'llah 
  • Martyrdom of the Bab 
  • Birth of the Bab 
  • Birth of Baha'u'llah 
  • Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha


  • Gantan-sai 
  • Setsubun-sai


  • Kwanzaa 
  • Lunar New Year