2024 – 2025 Holiday & Observance Calendar

Washington’s public four-year college and universities support and recognize the holidays, traditional observances and major days of religious significance of the diverse students we serve.

We are supportive and engaged in the continual education of our faculty/staff/students around the traditions of the communities we serve and work to be inclusive of all students. The intent of this calendar is to assist faculty/staff in planning and developing their curriculum, class syllabus and examinations during the term.

Holiday or ObservanceReligious GroupDatesAdditional Notes
Labor DaySeptember 2Class not in session
# Mawlid al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad)IslamicSeptember 17Date not fixed. See note below.
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year)JewishOctober 2-4Designated non-work day for observers
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)JewishOctober 11-12Designated non-work day for observers
Navratri/DussehraHinduOctober 12
Indigenous Peoples DayOctober 14
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)JewishOctober 16-23*Oct. 16 & 17 primary observation days. Designated non-work days for observers
*Shemini AtzeretJewishOctober 23Designated non-work day for observers
*Simchat TorahJewishOctober 25Designated non-work day for observers
DiwaliHinduOctober 31
Veterans DayNovember 11Class not in session
Thanksgiving DayNovember 28Class not in session
Native American Heritage DayNovember 29Class not in session
Hanukkah (Chanukah)JewishDecember 25- January 2
Christmas DayChristianDecember 25Class not in session
New Years DayJanuary 1Class not in session
Orthodox ChristmasChristian OrthodoxJanuary 7
Martin Luther King Jr. DayJanuary 20Class not in session
Lunar New YearJanuary 29
Presidents DayFebruary 17Class not in session
Maha ShivaratriHinduFebruary 25
# Beginning of RamadanIslamicMarch 1Date not fixed. See note below.
Beginning of LentChristian OrthodoxMarch 5
Ash WednesdayChristianMarch 5
PurimJewishMarch 14
HoliHinduMarch 14
# Lailat al-QadrIslamicMarch 27Date not fixed. See note below.
# Eid al-Fitr IslamicMarch 30Date not fixed. See note below.
RamanavamiHinduApril 6
*Passover (Pesach)JewishApril 12-19*April 12-13 & 18-19 primary obligation days.
Good FridayChristianApril 18
Orthodox Good FridayChristian OrthodoxApril 18
EasterChristianApril 20
Orthodox EasterChristian OrthodoxApril 20
Memorial DayMay 26Class not in session
*ShavuotJewishJune 1-3Designated non-work day for observers
# Eid al-AdhaIslamicJune 16Date not fixed. See note below.
JuneteenthJune 19
Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year)IslamicJune 26-July 24
Independence DayJuly 4
JanmashtamiHinduAugust 16

* These holidays (or dates within holidays) are designated non-work (observance) days.
# Some of these dates are not fixed to a calendar but based on the actual sighting of the moon and therefore there may be some variance by day.
All Jewish, Islamic, and Bahá’í holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the first date shown.