Religious Observance Dates

  • Please review the table below of major observances for the larger faith communities in the Christina School District that may lead to significant numbers of absences for our students and staff during the school year. The list below is a "short list" of major observances and is not intended to provide an exhaustive list of the diverse array of religious beliefs and practices in existence. 

Holiday 2023 2024 2025
Magha Puja (Sangha Day) Mar 6 Feb 24 Feb 12
Maha Shivaratri Feb 18 Mar 8 Feb 26
Holi Mar 7 Mar 25 Mar 14
Naw Ruz Mar 21 Mar 20 Mar 20
Beginning of Ramadan Mar 23 Mar 11 Mar 1
Rama Navami Mar 30 Apr 16 Apr 5
Good Friday Apr 7 Mar 29 Apr 18
Theravada New Year Apr 6-8 Apr 24-26 Apr 13-15
Easter Apr 9 Mar 31 Apr 20
Laylat al-Qadr Apr 18 Apr 6 Mar 27
Holiday 2023 2024 2025
Eid al-Fitr Apr 21 Apr 10 Mar 30
Vesak May 5 May 23 May 12
Shavuot May 26 Jun 12 Jun 1-3
Rosh Hashanah Sep 16 Oct 2-4 Sep 22-24
Dussehra Oct 24 Oct 12 Oct 2
Yom Kippur Sep 25 Oct 12 Oct 2
Diwali Nov 12 Nov 1 Oct 21
Sukkot Sep 29-Oct 6 Oct 16-23 Oct 6-13
Birth of Baha'u'llah Oct 17 Nov 3 Nov 12
Christmas Dec 25 Dec 25 Dec 25
  • We have provided the information on this page to serve the following purposes:

    • To inform administrators, teachers, and staff about the diverse religious practices of our students and staff
    • To increase awareness of major religious observances within each religious tradition may cause significant numbers of absences from curricular, instructional, and extra-curricular activities
    • To advise administrators and teachers of 25 DE Reg. 360 (10/01/21), in which a student shall be excused for any of the religious holidays listed in the table when the school district or charter school receives a signed, written excuse from a student's parent, guardian, or relative caregiver. 

    Schools should avoid scheduling exams, athletic events/contests and other special events, such as assemblies, field trips, and back-to-school nights, on the days identified above.

    Student privacy and confidentiality are of the utmost importance. All requests for religious accommodation (falling under 25 DE Reg. 360 (10/01/21) or otherwise) presented to any District employee shall be treated as a confidential matter involving student records.