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.

2021 – 2022 Calendar

Holiday or ObservanceReligious GroupDatesAdditional Notes
Labor DaySeptember 6Class not in session
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year)JewishSeptember 7-8Designated non-work day for observers
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)JewishSeptember 16Designated non-work day for observers
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)JewishSeptember 21-27*Sept. 21-22 primary observation days. Designated non-work days for observers
*Shemini AtzeretJewishSeptember 28-29Designated non-work day for observers
*Simchat TorahJewishSeptember 29Designated non-work day for observers
Navratri/DussehraHinduOctober 7-15
Indigenous Peoples DayOctober 11
# Mawlid al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad)IslamicOctober 18-19Date not fixed. See note below.
DiwaliHinduNovember 4-8
Veterans DayNovember 11Class not in session
Thanksgiving DayNovember 25Class not in session
Native American Heritage DayNovember 26Class not in session
Hanukkah (Chanukah)JewishNovember 28- December 6
Christmas DayChristianDecember 25Class not in session
New Years DayJanuary 1Class not in session
Orthodox ChristmasChristian OrthodoxJanuary 7
Martin Luther King DayJanuary 17Class not in session
Lunar New YearFebruary 1
Presidents' DayFebruary 21Class not in session
Maha ShivaratriHinduMarch 1
Beginning of LentChristian OrthodoxMarch 2
Ash WednesdayChristianMarch 2
PurimJewishMarch 17
HoliHinduMarch 18-19Begins evening of March 17 and ends the evening of March 18
# Beginning of RamadanIslamicApril 2 Date not fixed. See note below. Evening of April 2- May 1
RamanavamiHinduApril 10
Good FridayChristianApril 15
*Passover (Pesach)JewishApril 16-23*Apr.16-17 , 22-23 primary obligation days
EasterChristianApril 17
Orthodox Good FridayChristian OrthodoxApril 22
Orthodox EasterChristian OrthodoxApril 24
# Lailat al-QadrIslamicApril 28Date not fixed. See note below.
# Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)IslamicMay 3Date not fixed. See note below.
Memorial DayMay 30Class not in session
*ShavuotJewishJune 5-6Designated non-work day for observers
JuneteenthJune 19
Independence DayJuly 4
# Eid al-AdhaIslamicJuly 10Date not fixed. See note below.
Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year)IslamicJuly 30
JanmashtamiHinduAugust 18-19

* 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.


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