2025 – 2026 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
JanmashtamiHinduSeptember 4
Labor DaySeptember 17Class not in session.
#Mawlid al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad)IslamicSeptember 5Date not fixed. See note below.
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year)JewishSeptember 22-24Designated non-work day for observers.
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)JewishOctober 1-2Designated non-work day for observers.
Navratri/DussehraHinduOctober 2
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)JewishOctober 6-13*October 7 & 8 primary observation days. Designated non-work days for observers.
Indigenous Peoples DayOctober 13
*Shemini AtzeretJewishOctober 15Designated non-work day for observers.
*Simchat TorahJewishOctober 15Designated non-work day for observers.
DiwaliHinduOctober 20
Veterans DayNovember 11Class not in session.
Thanksgiving DayNovember 27Class not in session.
Native American Heritage DayNovember 28Class not in session.
Christmas DayChristianDecember 25Class not in session.
Hanukkah (Chanukah)JewishDecember 14-22
New Years DayJanuary 1Class not in session.
Orthodox ChristmasChristian OrthodoxJanuary 7
Martin Luther King Jr. DayJanuary 19Class not in session.
Lunar New YearFebruary 6
Maha ShivaratriHinduFebruary 15Date not fixed. See note below.
Presidents' DayFebruary 16Class not in session.
Ash WednesdayChristianFebruary 18
#Beginning of RamadanIslamicFebruary 18Date not fixed. See note below.
Beginning of LentChristian OrthodoxFebruary 18
PurimJewishMarch 4
HoliHinduMarch 4Begins evening of March 3 and ends the evening of March 4.
#Lailat al-QadrIslamicMarch 16Date not fixed. See note below.
#Eid al-FitrIslamicMarch 20Date not fixed. See note below.
Rama NavamiHinduMarch 26
*Passover (Pesach)JewishApril 1-9*April 1-2 and 8-9 primary obligation days.
Good FridayChristianApril 3
EasterChristianApril 5
Orthodox Good FridayChristian OrthodoxApril 10
Orthodox EasterChristian OrthodoxApril 12
*ShavuotJewishMay 21-23Designated non-work day for observers.
Memorial DayMay 25Class not in session.
#Eid al-AdhaIslamicMay 27Date not fixed. See note below.
JuneteenthJune 19Class not in session.
Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year)IslamicJune 16-July 14
Independence DayJuly 4Class not in session.

* 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.