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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.

 

2017-2018

DateDaysHolidayReligion
Aug. 14MondayKrishna Janmashtami** Hinduism
Aug. 31-Sept. 1Thursday-SundayEid al Adha (beginning date can vary by a day)Islam
Sept. 20-22Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Friday
Rosh Hashanah**Judaism
Sept. 20-28Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday
NavaratriHinduism
Sept. 22FridayMuharram/New YearIslam
Sept. 29-30Sundown-Friday
Sunday-Saturday
AshuraIslam
Sept. 29-30Sundown-Friday
Sundown-Saturday
Yom Kippur**Judaism
Sept. 30SaturdayDussehraHinduism
Oct. 4-11Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Wednesday
Sukkot (1st 2 days)Judaism
Oct. 11-13Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Friday
Shemini AtzeretJudaism
Oct. 12-13Sundown-ThursdaySimchat TorahJudaism
Oct. 19ThursdayDiwaliHinduism -Jain – Sikh
Oct. 21SaturdayBirth of the BábBahá’í
Oct. 21Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday
Birth of Bahá’u’lláhBahá’í
Oct. 31TuesdayReformation DayChristianity (P)
Nov. 1WednesdayAll Saints DayChristianity (RC, P)
Nov. 2ThursdayAll Souls DayChristianity (RC, P)
Nov. 14TuesdayGuru Nanak Dev Sahib birthdaySikh
Dec. 3MondayAdvent BeginsChristianity (O, P, RC)
Dec. 12-Dec. 20Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday
ChanukahJudaism
Dec. 8FridayRohatsuBuddhism
Dec. 8FridayFeast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristianity (RC, P)
Nov. 30-Dec. 1Sundown-Thursday
Sundown-Friday
Mawlid an NabiIslam
Dec. 25MondayChristmasChristianity (O, RC, P)
Dec. 26TuesdayWinter SolsticeZoroastrian
Dec. 26-Jan. 1Tuesday-MondayKwanzaaAfrican American
Jan. 2TuesdayMahayana New YearBuddhist
Jan. 6SaturdayEpiphany of the LordChristianity (RC)
Jan. 6SaturdayEpiphanyChristianity (P)
Jan. 6SaturdayNativity of ChristArmenian Orthodox Christian
Jan. 6SaturdayOrthodox Christmas EveOrthodox Christian
Jan. 7SundayOrthodox Christmas DayOrthodox Christian
Jan. 14SundayMaghiSikh
Jan. 21SundayWorld Religion DayBaha'i
Jan. 21SundayTriodion beginsOrthodox Christian
Jan. 22MondayVasant PanchamiHinduism
Jan. 30-31Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown Wednesday
Tu BiShvatJudaism
Feb. 16FridayChinese New YearConfucian, Daoist, Buddhist
Feb. 8ThursdayNirvana DayBuddhist
Feb. 11SundayTransfiguration SundayChristianity
Feb. 13TuesdayShrove TuesdayChristianity
Feb. 13TuesdayMaha ShivaratriHinduism
Feb. 14WednesdayAsh WednesdayChristianity
Mar. 2-20Sundown-Friday
Sundown-Tuesday
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. 21FridayRidván (1st day)**Bahá’í
April 23SundayYom HaShoahJudaism
April 24MondayLailat al Mi’rajIslam
Apr. 29SaturdayRidván (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 29MondayAscension of Baha’u’lláh**Bahá’
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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