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Religious Holidays Calendar

The State of Washington enacted SB 5166 in 2019, providing religious accommodations for post-secondary students. WSU faculty are encouraged to work carefully with students in anticipating and resolving conflicts regarding religious holidays to their mutual satisfaction. University policy also 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 contact the Office of the Provost). 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.

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.

Jewish Holidays: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Jewish holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Jewish 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.


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.

2019-20

DateHolidayReligion
Aug. 12Eid al Adha (beginning date can vary by a day)Islam
Sept. 1Muharram/New YearIslam
Sept. 30-Oct. 1Rosh Hashanah**Judaism
Oct. 9Yom Kippur**Judaism
Oct. 14-20Sukkot (1st 2 days)Judaism
Oct. 21Shmini AtzeretJudaism
Oct. 22Simchat TorahJudaism
Oct. 27DiwaliHinduism -Jain – Sikh
Nov. 10Mawlid an NabiIslam
Dec. 23-Dec. 30ChanukahJudaism
Dec. 25ChristmasChristianity (O, RC, P)
Jan. 7Orthodox Christmas DayOrthodox Christian
Feb. 21Maha ShivaratriHinduism
Feb. 26Ash Wednesday
Beginning of Lent
Christianity
March 9-10HoliHinduism
Mar. 10PurimJudaism
Apr. 9-16PesachJudaism
April 10Good FridayChristianity (RC, P)
April 12EasterChristianity (RC, P)
April 24Ramadan beginsIslam
May 19Lailat Ul QadrIslam
May 24Eid al-Fitr (date can vary by a day)Islam
May 29-30ShavuotJudaism

 

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