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Calendar of Religious Holidays and Observances

Contents

 
Early Fall Start 2007
Early Fall Start 2008
Early Fall Start 2009
Early Fall Start 2010
 
Autumn 2007
Autumn 2008
Autumn 2009
Autumn 2010
Winter 2007
Winter 2008
Winter 2009
Winter 2010
Winter 2011
Spring 2007
Spring 2008
Spring 2009
Spring 2010
Spring 2011
Summer 2007
Summer 2008
Summer 2009
Summer 2010
Summer 2011


This calendar lists University of Washington Holidays, traditional observances, and major days of religious significance. Use these dates to aid in developing class syllabus and planning for examinations during the quarter. Although many of these days are not University holidays, faculty are asked to use this information and their discretion when responding to student requests for time off for religious purposes.

Winter 2007

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
New Year's Day   Jan. 1  
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7  
Martin Luther King Day   Jan. 15  
Valentine's Day   Feb. 14  
President's Day (Washington's Birthday)   Feb. 19  
Daylight Saving Time Starts   Mar. 11  
St. Patrick's Day   Mar. 17  
Vernal Equinox   Mar. 21  
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the first date shown.
*These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
#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 a day.
Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED

Spring 2007

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Mawlid-al-Nabi (Mohammad's birthday) Islamic Mar. 31#  
Passover (Pesach) Jewish Apr. 3*-10 Apr. 2*-4*, 9*-10* Primary Obligation Days
Good Friday Christian/Christian Orthodox Apr. 6  
Easter Christian/Christian Orthodox Apr. 8  
Cinco de Mayo   May 5  
Mother's Day   May 13  
Shavuot Jewish May 23*-24  
Memorial Day   May 28  
Father's Day   June 15  
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the first date shown.
*These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
#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 a day.
Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED

Summer 2007

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Summer Solstice   June 21  
Independence Day   July 4  
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the first date shown.
*These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
#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 a day.
Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED

Early Fall Start 2007

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Labor Day   Sept. 3  
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic Sept. 13# Sept. 13-Oct. 13
Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 13*-14  
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Sept. 22*  
Autumn Equinox   Sept. 23  
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the first date shown.
*These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
#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 a day.
Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED

Autumn 2007

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Sept. 27*-Oct. 3 Sept. 26*-27* Primary Obligation Days
Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 4*-5  
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic Oct. 9#  
Columbus Day   Oct. 8  
Eid al-Fitr, (End of Ramadan) Islamic Oct 13# Sept. 13-Oct. 13
Halloween   Oct. 31  
Daylight Saving Time Ends   Nov. 4  
Veterans Day   Nov. 11 Observed Nov. 12
Thanksgiving Day   Nov. 22-23  
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec 5-12  
Eid al-Adha Islamic Dec 20#  
Winter Solstice   Dec. 22  
Christmas (Birth of Jesus) Christian Dec. 25  
Kwanzaa Interfaith / African-American Dec. 26-Jan. 1  
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the first date shown.
*These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
#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 a day.
Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED

Winter 2008

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
New Year's Day   Jan. 1  
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7  
Martin Luther King Day   Jan. 21  
Valentine's Day   Feb. 14  
President's Day (Washington's Birthday)   Feb. 18  
Daylight Saving Time Starts   Mar. 9  
St. Patrick's Day   Mar. 17  
Vernal Equinox   Mar. 20  
Mawlid-al-Nabi (Mohammad's birthday) Islamic Mar. 20#  
Good Friday Christian Mar. 21  
Easter Christian Mar. 23  
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the first date shown.
*These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
#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 a day.
Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED

Spring 2008

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Passover (Pesach) Jewish Apr. 20*-27 Apr. 19*-21*, 26*-27* Primary Obligation Days
Orthodox Good Friday Christian Orthodox Apr. 25  
Orthodox Easter Christian Orthodox Apr. 27  
Cinco de Mayo   May 5  
Mother's Day   May 11  
Memorial Day   May 26  
Shavuot Jewish Jun. 9*-10  
Father's Day   June 15  
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the first date shown.
*These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
#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 a day.
Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED

Summer 2008

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Summer Solstice   June 20  
Independence Day   July 4  
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the first date shown.
*These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
#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 a day.
Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED

Early Fall Start 2008

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Labor Day   Sept. 1  
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic Sept. 2# Sept. 2-Oct. 2
Autumn Equinox   Sept. 22  
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic Sept. 28#  
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the first date shown.
*These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
#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 a day.
Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED

Autumn 2008

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 30*  
Edi al-Fitr, (End of Ramadan) Islamic Oct. 2# Sept. 2-Oct. 2
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Oct. 9*  
Columbus Day   Oct. 13  
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Oct. 14*-19 13-15 Primary Obligation Days
Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 21*-22  
Halloween   Oct. 31  
Daylight Savings Time ends   Nov. 2  
Veteran's Day   Nov. 11  
Thanksgiving Day   Nov. 27-28  
Eid al-Adha Islamic Dec. 9#  
Winter Solstice   Dec. 21  
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 22-29  
Christmas (Birth of Jesus) Christian Dec. 25  
Kwanzaa Interfaith / African-American Dec. 26-Jan. 1  
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date shown.
*These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
#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 a day.
Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED

Winter 2009

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
New Year's Day   Jan. 1  
Orthodox Christmax Christian Orthodox Jan. 7  
Martin Luther King Day   Jan. 19  
Valentine's Day   Feb. 14  
President's Day (Washington's Birthday)   Feb. 16  
Daylight Saving Time starts   Mar. 8  
Mawlid-al-Nabi (Mohammad's birthday) Islamic Mar. 9#  
St. Patrick's Day   Mar. 17  
Vernal Equinox   Mar. 20  
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date shown.
*These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
#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 a day.
Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED

Spring 2009

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Passover (Pesach) Jewish Apr. 9*-16 Apr. 8*-10*, 15*-16* Primary Obligation Days
Good Friday Christian Apr. 10  
Easter Christian Apr. 12  
Orthodox Good Friday Christian Orthodox Apr. 17  
Orthodox Easter Christian Orthodox Apr. 19  
Cinco de Mayo   May 5  
Mother's Day   May 10  
Shavuot Jewish May 29-30  
Memorial Day   May 25  
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date shown.
*These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
#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 a day.
Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED

Summer 2009

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Summer Solstice   June 21  
Father's Day   June 21  
Independence Day   July 4 Observed July 3
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date shown.
*These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
#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 a day.
Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED

Early Fall Start 2009

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic Aug. 22# Aug. 22-Sept. 21
Labor Day   Sept. 7  
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic Sept. 16#  
Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 19*  
Eid al-Fitr, (End of Ramadan) Islamic Sept. 21# Aug. 22-Sept 21
Autumn Equinox   Sept. 22  
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date shown.
*These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
#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 a day.
Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED

Autumn 2009

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Sept. 28*  
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Oct. 3*-9 Oct. 2*-4* Primary Obligation Days
Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 10*-11  
Columbus Day   Oct. 12  
Halloween   Oct. 31  
Daylight Saving Time ends   Nov. 1  
Veteran's Day   Nov. 11  
Thanksgiving Day   Nov. 26-27  
Eid al-Adha Islamic Nov. 28#  
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 12-19  
Winter Solstice   Dec. 21  
Christmas (Birth of Jesus) Christian Dec 25  
Kwanzaa Interfaith / African-American Dec. 26-Jan. 1  
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date shown.
*These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
#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 a day.
Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED

Winter 2010

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
New Year's Day   Jan. 1  
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7  
Martin Luther King Day   Jan. 18  
Valentine's Day   Feb. 14  
President's Day (Washington's Birthday)   Feb 15  
Mawlid-al-Nabi (Mohammad's birthday) Islamic Feb 26#  
Daylight Saving Time starts   Mar. 14  
St. Patrick's Day   Mar. 17  
Vernal Equinox   Mar. 20  
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date shown.
*These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
#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 a day.
Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED

Spring 2010

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Passover (Pesach) Jewish Mar. 30*-Apr. 6 Mar. 29*-31*, 5*-6* Primary Obligation Days
Good Friday Christian/Christian Orthodox Apr. 2  
Easter Christian/Christian Orthodox Apr. 4  
Cinco de Mayo   May 5  
Mother's Day   May 9  
Shavuot Jewish May 19*-20  
Memorial Day   May 31  
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date shown.
*These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
#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 a day.
Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED

Summer 2010

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Father's Day   June 20  
Summer Solstice   June 21  
Independence Day   July 4 Observed July 5
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic Aug. 11# Aug. 11-Sept 10
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date shown.
*These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
#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 a day.
Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED

Early Fall Start 2010

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic Sept. 5#  
Labor Day   Sept. 6  
Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 9*  
Eid al-Fitr, (End of Ramadan) Islamic Sept. 10# Aug. 11-Sept 10
Autumn Equinox   Sept. 23  
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Sept. 18*  
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date shown.
*These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
#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 a day.
Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED

Autumn 2010

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Sept. 23*-29  
Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Jewish Sept. 30*-Oct. 1  
Columbus Day   Oct. 11  
Halloween   Oct. 31  
Daylight Savings Time Begins   Nov. 7  
Veterans Day   Nov. 11 Observed Nov. 12
Eid al-Adha Islamic Nov. 17#  
Thanksgiving Day   Nov. 25-26  
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 2-9  
Winter Solstice   Dec. 21  
Christmas (Birth of Jesus) Christian Dec. 25  
Kwanzaa Interfaith / African-American Dec. 26-Jan. 1  
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date shown.
*These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
#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 a day.
Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED

Winter 2011

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
New Year's Day   Jan. 1  
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7  
Martin Luther King Day   Jan. 17  
Valentine's Day   Feb. 14  
Mawlid-al-Nabi (Mohammad's Birthday) Islamic Feb. 16#  
President's Day   Jan. 21  
Daylight Savings Time begins   Mar. 13  
St. Patrick's Day   Mar. 17  
Vernal Equinox   Mar. 20  
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date shown.
*These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
#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 a day.
Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED

Spring 2011

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Passover (Pesach) Jewish Apr. 19-26* Apr. 18*-20*, 25*-26* Primary Obligation Days
Good Friday Christian/Christian Orthodox Apr. 22  
Easter Christian/Christian Orthodox Apr. 24  
Cinco de Mayo   May 5  
Mother's Day   May 8  
Memorial Day   May 30  
Shavuot Jewish Jun. 8-9  
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date shown.
*These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
#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 a day.
Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED

Summer 2011

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Father's Day   Jun. 19  
Summer Solstice   June 21  
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date shown.
*These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
#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 a day.
Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED