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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 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.

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.



Aug. 22WednesdayEid al Adha (beginning date can vary by a day)Islam
Sept. 10-11Sundown-Sunday
Rosh Hashanah**Judaism
Sept. 12WednesdayMuharram/New YearIslam
Sept. 19Sundown-Tuesday
Yom Kippur**Judaism
Sept. 24-30Sundown-Monday
Sukkot (1st 2 days)Judaism
Oct. 1Sundown-Monday
Shemini AtzeretJudaism
Oct. 2Sundown-TuesdaySimchat TorahJudaism
Nov. 7WednesdayDiwaliHinduism -Jain – Sikh
Dec. 3-Dec. 10Sundown-Monday
Nov. 20Sundown-Tuesday
Mawlid an NabiIslam
Dec. 25TuesdayChristmasChristianity (O, RC, P)
Jan. 7MondayOrthodox Christmas DayOrthodox Christian
March 4MondayMaha ShivaratriHinduism
March 6WednesdayAsh Wednesday
Beginning of Lent
Mar. 21Sundown-Wednesday
March 28TuesdayNew YearHinduism
Apr. 20-27Sundown-Saturday
April 19FridayGood FridayChristianity (RC, P)
April 21SundayEasterChristianity (RC, P)
May 31FridayLailat al Mi’rajIslam
May 6MondayRamadan beginsIslam
June 5Sundown-Wednseday
Eid al-Fitr (date can vary by a day)Islam
June 9-10Sundown-Sunday


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