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.

2020 – 2021 Calendar

Holiday or ObservanceReligious GroupDatesAdditional Notes
Labor DaySeptember 7Class not in session
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year)JewishSeptember 19-20Designated non-work day for observers
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)JewishSeptember 28Designated non-work day for observers
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)JewishOctober 3-9*Oct. 3-4 are designated non-work days for observers
*Shmini AtzeretJewishOctober 10Designated non-work day for observers
*Simchat TorahJewishOctober 11Designated non-work day for observers
Indigenous Peoples' DayOctober 12
Navaratri/DassehraHinduOctober 17-25
Veteran's DayNovember 11Class not in session
DiwaliHinduNovember 14
Thanksgiving DayNovember 26Class not in session
Native American Heritage DayNovember 27Class not in session
# Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad)IslamicNovember 29Date not fixed. See note below.
Hanukkah (Chanukah)JewishDecember 11-18
Christmas DayChristianDecember 25Class not in session
New Years DayJanuary 1Class not in session
Orthodox ChristmasChristian OrthodoxJanuary 7
Martin Luther King DayJanuary 18Class not in session
Lunar New YearFebruary 12
President's DayFebruary 15Class not in session
Beginning of LentChristian OrthodoxFebruary 17
Ash WednesdayChristianFebruary 17
PurimJewishFebruary 26
Maha ShivaratriHinduMarch 11
HoliHinduMarch 29Begins evening of March 28 and ends the evening of March 29
*Passover (Pesach)JewishMarch 28-April 4*Mar. 28-29, and Apr. 3-4 Primary Obligation Days
Good FridayChristianApril 2
EasterChristianApril 4
# Beginning of RamadanIslamicApril 13Date not fixed. See note below. Evening of April 12- May 11.
RamanavamiHinduApril 21
Orthodox Good FridayChristian OrthodoxApril 30
Orthodox EasterChristian OrthodoxMay 2
# Lailat Ul QadrIslamicMay 8Date not fixed. See note below.
# Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)IslamicMay 11Date not fixed. See note below.
*ShavuotJewishMay 17-18Designated non-work day for observers
Memorial DayMay 31Class not in session
JuneteenthJune 19
Independence DayJuly 4Observed July 5
# Eid al-AdhaIslamicJuly 20 Date not fixed. See note below.
Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year)IslamicAugust 10
JanmashtamiHinduAugust 29

* 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.


Future Religious and U.S. Public Holiday Calendars

2021 – 2022 
2022 – 2023