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Religious Holidays Calendar

WSU faculty are encouraged to work carefully with students in anticipating and resolving conflicts regarding religious holidays to their mutual satisfaction. University policy requires that faculty make reasonable accommodations for students who observe religious holidays.

The list that follows includes major festivals and holy days for many, though by no means all, religious traditions represented in the Washington State University community. (If it does not include an important date in the religious calendar of your particular tradition, please let us know). Note that some holidays in some traditions are tied to the lunar calendar or to particular cultural patterns that vary by region or by sect which make their location in the calendar somewhat more fluid. Dates marked with a double asterisk (**) denote occasions on which the precept of a particular tradition, and the practice of nearly all its adherents, includes significant restrictions on academic activity.

Islamic Holidays: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.

For holidays associated with Christianity, the following notations are used to denote observance by particular strands of the Christian traditionRC-Roman Catholic P-Protestant O-Orthodox.

Date
(2015-16)
DAYSHOLIDAYRELIGION
Aug. 25Thursday** Krishna JanmashtamiHinduism
Sep. 11-14Sundown-SundayEid al Adha (beginning date can vary by a day)Islam
Oct. 1-10Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Monday
NavaratriHinduism
Oct. 2Sundown-SundayMuharram/New YearIslam
Oct. 3-4Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Tuesday
**Rosh HashanahJudaism
Oct. 11TuesdayDussehraHinduism
Oct. 12Sundown-WednesdayAshuraIslam
Oct. 12Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday
**Yom KippurJudaism
Oct. 17-23Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Sunday
Sukkot (1st 2 days)Judaism
Oct. 24Sundown-MondayShemini AtzeretJudaism
Oct. 25Sundown-TuesdaySimchat TorahJudaism
Oct. 20ThursdayBirth of the BábBahá’í
Oct. 30FridayDiwaliHinduism -Jain – Sikh
Oct. 31MondayReformation DayChristianity (P)
Nov. 1TuesdayAll Saints DayChristianity (RC, P)
Nov. 2WednesdayAll Souls DayChristianity (RC, P)
Nov. 2Sundown-WednesdayBirth of Bahá’u’lláhBahá’í
Nov. 14MondayGuru Nanak Dev Sahib birthdaySikh
Nov. 27SundayAdvent BeginsChristianity (O, P, RC)
Dec. 24-Jan. 1Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday
ChanukahJudaism
Dec. 8TuesdayRohatsuBuddhism
Dec. 8TuesdayFeast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristianity (RC, P)
Dec. 12-14Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Wednesday
Mawlid an NabiIslam
Dec. 25SundayChristmasChristianity (O, RC, P)
Dec. 26MondayWinter SolsticeZoroastrian
Dec. 26-Jan. 1Monday-SundayKwanzaaAfrican American
Jan. 6FridayEpiphany of the LordChristianity (RC)
Jan. 6FridayEpiphanyChristianity (P)
Jan. 6FridayNativity of ChristArmenian Orthodox Christian
Jan. 6FridayOrthodox Christmas EveOrthodox Christian
Jan. 7SaturdayOrthodox Christmas DayOrthodox Christian
Jan. 7SaturdayFeast of the NativityChristianity (O)
Jan. 12-15Thursday-SundayMahayana New YearBuddhist
Jan. 13FridayMaghiSikh
Jan. 15SundayWorld Religion DayBaha'i
Jan. 19ThursdayTriodion beginsOrthodox Christian
Jan. 28SaturdayChinese New YearConfucian, Daoist, Buddhist
Feb. 1WednesdayVasant PanchamiHinduism
Feb. 11SaturdayTu BiShvatJudaism
Feb. 15WednesdayNirvana DayBuddhist
Feb. 25SaturdayMaha ShivaratriHinduism
Feb. 26SundayTransfiguration SundayChristianity
Feb. 28TuesdayShrove TuesdayChristianity
Mar. 1WednesdayAsh WednesdayChristianity
Mar. 2-20Sundown-Thursday
Sundown-Monday
Nineteen Day FeastBaha'i
Mar. 23WednesdayMagha PujaBuddhist
Mar. 12Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Monday
PurimJudaism
Mar. 12SundayMagha Puja DayhBuddhist
Mar. 27MondayFirst day of LentChristianity (O)
March 28TuesdayNew YearHinduism
March 28-April 5Tuesday-WednesdayRamayanaHinduism
April 2SundayPalm SundayChristianity (O)
April 5WednesdayRamanavamiHinduism
April 11TuesdayHanuman JayantiHinduism
April 11-14Tuesday-FridayTheravadin New YearBuddhist
Apr. 11-18Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Tuesday
PesachJudaism
April 14FridayGood FridayChristianity (RC, P)
April 16SundayEasterChristianity (RC, P)
April 16SundayPascha (Easter)Christianity (O)
Apr. 21Friday**Ridván (1st day)Bahá’í
April 23SundayYom HaShoahJudaism
April 24MondayLailat al Mi’rajIslam
Apr. 29Saturday**Ridván (9th day)Bahá’í
May 1MondayYom Ha’AtzmautJudaism
May 2TuesdayTwelfth Day of RidvanBaha'i
May 4ThursdayNational Day of PrayerInterfaith
May 10WednesdayWesak DayBuddhist
May 12FridayLailat al Bara'ahIslam
May 14SundayLag B/OmerJudaism
May 22-23Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Tuesday
Declaration of the BábBahá’í
May 27TuesdayRamadan beginsIslam
May 25ThursdayAscension of JesusChristianity (P)
May 25ThursdayAscension of the LordChristianity (RC)
May 29Monday**Ascension of Baha’u’lláhBahá’
May 31-June 1Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday
ShavuotJudaism
June 4SundayPentecostChristianity (RC, P)
June 22ThursdayLaylat at KadrIslam
June 26-28Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Wednesday
Eid al-Fitr (date can vary by a day)Islam

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