Bring Your Bible To School Day

Observed on the first Thursday in October, Bring Your Bible to School Day is a non-official holiday that encourages Christians to bring the instrument of their faith to school with them. While many Christians already believe that their Bible should accompany them every day, this day serves as a reminder that this book is meant to be carried with the faithful and not locked away in a drawer.

Although this holiday was designed to encourage Christians to bring their Bibles to school, people of all faiths can use this day to bring their sacred texts to school. After all, under U.S. law, if one religious group is allowed to bring their sacred texts to school, then all religious groups should be able to as well.

The History of Bring Your Bible to School Day

In the United States, the Bible was mainly used as a tool to support morality in the classroom during the 18th and 19th centuries. As time went by, its role as part of the curriculum began to diminish, but it would remain in many classrooms until the 1960s.

This is when the 1962 U.S. Supreme Court Case, Engel v. Vitale, decided that a prayer approved by the New York Board of Regents for use in schools violated the Constitution by constituting an establishment of religion. The following year, the case Abington School District v. Schempp disallowed Bible readings in public schools on the same grounds.

Bibles would remain out of the classroom until 2014. This is when an American Christian organization known as Focus on the Family founded this day to encourage students to bring their Bibles with them to school.

Although it’s unconstitutional for public prayers and Bible readings to be held in the classroom, students who bring their Bible to class are protected under their constitutional right to Freedom of Religion. Students are free to read their Bible during lunch hours or during other blocks of free time that are available to them.

Facts About the Bible

Below are some interesting facts about the Bible that people observing Bring Your Bible to School Day might want to learn about. Let’s take a quick look at them before moving to the next section of this article.

  • The Bible is the most stolen book in the world.
  • It’s also the bestselling book in the world.
  • The Bible was written over a span of 1,500 years.

Observing Bring Your Bible to School Day

This holiday is observed by some Christians and Christian groups by taking the time to spread the word about it. This can be done using T-shirts, posters, or other promotional materials.

People can also spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #BringYourBibleToSchoolDay on social media. Students can also exercise their freedom of religion by taking a Bible with them to school.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 3 Thursday
Next year (2025)
October 2 Thursday
Last year (2023)
October 5 Thursday
Education & Reading