Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide 
 | Academic Calendar

Calendar of Religious Holidays and Observance

Contents

2011-2012
Academic Year
2012-2013
Academic Year
2013-2014
Academic Year
2014-2015
Academic Year
2015-2016
Academic Year
2016-2017
Academic Year
Early Fall Start 2011 Early Fall Start 2012 Early Fall Start 2013 Early Fall Start 2014 Early Fall Start 2015 Early Fall Start 2016
Autumn 2011 Autumn 2012 Autumn 2013 Autumn 2014 Autumn 2015 Autumn 2016
Winter 2012 Winter 2013 Winter 2014 Winter 2015 Winter 2016 Winter 2017
Spring 2012 Spring 2013 Spring 2014 Spring 2015 Spring 2016 Spring 2017
Summer 2012 Summer 2013 Summer 2014 Summer 2015 Summer 2016 Summer 2017


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. Please take special note of those holidays that have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.

NOTE:

Early Fall Start 2011

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic Aug. 26, 2011 #  
Eid al-Fitr, (End of Ramadan) Islamic Aug. 31, 2011 # Aug. 1-31, 2011
Labor Day   Sept. 5, 2011  
Autumn Equinox   Sept. 23, 2011  
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 29-30, 2011  

Autumn 2011

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Oct. 8, 2011  
Columbus Day   Oct. 10, 2011  
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Oct. 13-19, 2011 *Oct 13-14 primary observation days
*Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 20, 2011  
*Birth of the Báb Bahá'í Oct. 20, 2011  
Halloween   Oct. 31, 2011  
Daylight Saving Time Ends   Nov. 6, 2011  
Eid al-Adha Islamic Nov. 7, 2011 #  
Veterans Day   Nov. 11, 2011  
*Birth of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í Nov. 12, 2011  
Thanksgiving Day   Nov. 24-25, 2011  
Day of the Covnant Bahá'í Nov. 26, 2011  
Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Bahá Bahá'í Nov. 28, 2011  
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 21-28, 2011  
Winter Solstice   Dec. 22, 2011  
Christmas (Birth of Jesus) Christian Dec. 25, 2011 Observed Dec. 26
Kwanzaa Interfaith / African-American Dec. 26-Jan. 1, 2011  

Winter 2012

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
New Year's Day   Jan. 1, 2012 Observed Jan. 2
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7, 2012  
Martin Luther King Day   Jan. 16, 2012  
Mawlid-al-Nabi (Mohammad's birthday) Islamic Feb. 5, 2012 #  
Valentine's Day   Feb. 14, 2012  
President's Day (Washington's Birthday)   Feb. 20, 2012  
The Nineteen Day Fast Bahá'í Mar. 2-20, 2012  
Daylight Saving Time Starts   Mar. 11, 2012  
St. Patrick's Day   Mar. 17, 2012  
Vernal Equinox   Mar. 20, 2012  
*Naw Ruz (New Year) Bahá'í Mar. 21, 2012  

Spring 2012

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
Good Friday Christian Apr. 6, 2012  
*Passover (Pesach) Jewish Apr. 7-14, 2012 *Apr. 7-8, 13-14 Primary Obligation Days
Easter Christian Apr. 8, 2012  
Good Friday Christian Orthodox Apr. 13, 2012  
Easter Christian Orthodox Apr. 15, 2012  
*First Day of Ridvan Bahá'í Apr. 21, 2012  
*Ninth Day of Ridvan Bahá'í Apr. 29, 2012  
*Twelth Day of Ridvan Bahá'í May 2, 2012  
Cinco de Mayo   May 5, 2012  
Mother's Day   May 13, 2012  
*Declaration of the Báb Bahá'í May 23, 2012  
*Shavuot Jewish May 27-28, 2012  
Memorial Day   May 28, 2012  
*Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í May 29, 2012  
Father's Day   Jun. 17, 2012  

Summer 2012

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
Summer Solstice   Jun. 20, 2012  
Independence Day   Jul. 4, 2012  
*Martydom of the Báb Bahá'í Jul. 9, 2012  
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic Jul. 20, 2012 # Jul. 20-Aug. 19, 2012
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic Aug. 14, 2012 #  

Early Fall Start 2012

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
Eid al-Fitr, (End of Ramadan) Islamic Aug. 19, 2012 # Jul. 20-Aug. 19, 2012
Labor Day   Sept. 3, 2012  
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 17-18, 2012  
Autumn Equinox   Sept. 22, 2012  

Autumn 2012

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Sept. 26, 2012  
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Oct. 1-7, 2012 *Oct. 1-2 Primary Obligation Days
*Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 8, 2012  
Columbus Day   Oct. 8, 2012  
*Birth of the Báb Bahá'í Oct. 20, 2012  
Eid al-Adha Islamic Oct. 26, 2012 #  
Halloween   Oct. 31, 2012  
Daylight Saving Time Ends   Nov. 4, 2012  
Veterans Day   Nov. 11, 2012 Observed Nov. 12
*Birth of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í Nov. 12, 2012  
Thanksgiving Day   Nov. 22-23, 2012  
Day of the Covnant Bahá'í Nov. 26, 2012  
Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Bahá Bahá'í Nov. 28, 2012  
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 9-16, 2012  
Winter Solstice   Dec. 21, 2012  
Christmas (Birth of Jesus) Christian Dec. 25, 2012  
Kwanzaa Interfaith / African-American Dec. 26, 2012-Jan. 1, 2013  

Winter 2013

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
New Year's Day   Jan. 1, 2013  
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7, 2013  
Martin Luther King Day   Jan. 21, 2013  
Mawlid-al-Nabi (Mohammad's birthday) Islamic Jan. 24, 2013 #  
Valentine's Day   Feb. 14, 2013  
President's Day (Washington's Birthday)   Feb. 18, 2013  
The Nineteen Day Fast Bahá'í Mar. 2-20, 2013  
Daylight Saving Time Starts   Mar. 10, 2013  
St. Patrick's Day   Mar. 17, 2013  
Vernal Equinox   Mar. 20, 2013  
*Naw Ruz (New Year) Bahá'í Mar. 21, 2013  

Spring 2013

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
*Passover (Pesach) Jewish Mar. 26-Apr. 2, 2013 *Mar. 26-27, Apr. 1-2 Primary Obligation Days
Good Friday Christian Mar. 29, 2013  
Easter Christian Mar. 31, 2013  
*First Day of Ridvan Bahá'í Apr. 21, 2013  
*Ninth Day of Ridvan Bahá'í Apr. 29, 2013  
*Twelth Day of Ridvan Bahá'í May 2, 2013  
Good Friday
Christian Orthodox
May 3, 2013  
Easter Christian Orthodox May 5, 2013  
Cinco de Mayo   May 5, 2013  
Mother's Day   May 12, 2013  
*Shavuot Jewish May 15-16, 2013  
*Declaration of the Báb Bahá'í May 23, 2013  
Memorial Day   May 27, 2013  
*Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í May 29, 2013  
Father's Day   Jun. 16, 2013  

Summer 2013

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
Summer Solstice   Jun. 21, 2013  
Independence Day   Jul. 4, 2013  
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic Jul. 9, 2013 # Jul. 9-Aug. 8, 2013
*Martydom of the Báb Bahá'í Jul. 9, 2013  
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic Aug. 3, 2013 #  
Eid al-Fitr, (End of Ramadan) Islamic Aug. 8, 2013 # Jul. 9-Aug. 8, 2013

Early Fall Start 2013

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
Labor Day   Sept. 2, 2013  
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 5-6, 2013  
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Sept. 14, 2013  
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Sept. 19-25, 2013 *Sept. 19-20 Primary Obligation Days
Autumn Equinox   Sept. 22, 2013  

Autumn 2013

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
*Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Jewish Sept. 26, 2013  
Columbus Day   Oct. 14, 2013  
Eid al-Adha Islamic Oct. 15, 2013 #  
*Birth of the Báb Bahá'í Oct. 20, 2013  
Halloween   Oct. 31, 2013  
Daylight Saving Time Ends   Nov. 3, 2013  
Veterans Day   Nov. 11, 2013  
*Birth of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í Nov. 12, 2013  
Day of the Covnant Bahá'í Nov. 26, 2013  
Thanksgiving Day   Nov. 28-29, 2013  
Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Bahá Bahá'í Nov. 28, 2013  
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Nov. 28-Dec. 5, 2013  
Winter Solstice   Dec. 21, 2013  
Christmas (Birth of Jesus) Christian Dec. 25, 2013  
Kwanzaa Interfaith / African-American Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 1, 2014  

Winter 2014

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
New Year's Day   Jan. 1, 2014  
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7, 2014  
Mawlid-al-Nabi (Mohammad's birthday) Islamic Jan. 14, 2014 #  
Martin Luther King Day   Jan. 20, 2014  
Valentine's Day   Feb. 14, 2014  
President's Day (Washington's Birthday)   Feb. 17, 2014  
The Nineteen Day Fast Bahá'í Mar. 2-20, 2014  
Daylight Saving Time Starts   Mar. 9, 2014  
St. Patrick's Day   Mar. 17, 2014  
Vernal Equinox   Mar. 20, 2014  
*Naw Ruz (New Year) Bahá'í Mar. 21, 2014  

Spring 2014

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
*Passover (Pesach) Jewish Apr. 15-22, 2014 *Apr. 15-16, 21-22 Primary Obligation Days
Good Friday Christian/
Christian Orthodox
Apr. 18, 2014  
Easter Christian/
Christian Orthodox
Apr. 20, 2014  
*First Day of Ridvan Bahá'í Apr. 21, 2014  
*Ninth Day of Ridvan Bahá'í Apr. 29, 2014  
*Twelth Day of Ridvan Bahá'í May 2, 2014  
Cinco de Mayo   May 5, 2014  
Mother's Day   May 11, 2014  
*Declaration of the Báb Bahá'í May 23, 2014  
Memorial Day   May 26, 2014  
*Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í May 29, 2014  
*Shavuot Jewish Jun. 4-5, 2014  
Father's Day   Jun. 15, 2014  
Summer Solstice   Jun. 21, 2014  

Summer 2014

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic Jun. 29, 2014 # Jun. 29-Jul. 29, 2014
Independence Day   Jul. 4, 2014  
*Martydom of the Báb Bahá'í Jul. 9, 2014  
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic Jul. 24, 2014 #  
Edi al-Fitr, (End of Ramadan) Islamic Jul. 29, 2014 # Jun. 29-Jul. 29, 2014

Early Fall Start 2014

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
Labor Day   Sept. 1, 2014  
Autumn Equinox   Sept. 22, 2014  

Autumn 2014

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 25-26, 2014  
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Oct. 4, 2014  
Eid al-Adha Islamic Oct. 5, 2014 #  
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Oct. 9-15, 2014 *Oct. 9-10 primary observation days
Columbus Day   Oct. 13, 2014  
*Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 16, 2014  
*Birth of the Báb Bahá'í Oct. 20, 2014  
Halloween   Oct. 31, 2014  
Daylight Saving Time ends   Nov. 2, 2014  
Veteran's Day   Nov. 11, 2014  
*Birth of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í Nov. 12, 2014  
Day of the Covnant Bahá'í Nov. 26, 2014  
Thanksgiving Day   Nov. 27-28, 2014  
Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Bahá Bahá'í Nov. 28, 2014  
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 17-24, 2014  
Winter Solstice   Dec. 21, 2014  
Christmas (Birth of Jesus) Christian Dec. 25, 2014  
Kwanzaa Interfaith / African-American Dec. 26, 2014-Jan. 1, 2015  

Winter 2015

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
New Year's Day   Jan. 1, 2015  
Mawlid-al-Nabi (Mohammad's birthday) Islamic Jan. 3, 2015 #  
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7, 2015  
Martin Luther King Day   Jan. 19, 2015  
Valentine's Day   Feb. 14, 2015  
President's Day (Washington's Birthday)   Feb. 16, 2015  
The Nineteen Day Fast Bahá'í Mar. 2-20, 2015  
Daylight Saving Time Starts   Mar. 8, 2015  
St. Patrick's Day   Mar. 17, 2015  
Vernal Equinox   Mar. 20, 2015  
*Naw Ruz (New Year) Bahá'í Mar. 21, 2015  

Spring 2015

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
Good Friday Christian Apr. 3, 2015  
*Passover (Pesach) Jewish Apr. 4-11, 2015 *Apr. 4-5, 10-11 Primary Obligation Days
Easter Christian Apr. 5, 2015  
Good Friday Christian Orthodox Apr. 10, 2015  
Easter Christian Orthodox Apr. 12, 2015  
*First Day of Ridvan Bahá'í Apr. 21, 2015  
*Ninth Day of Ridvan Bahá'í Apr. 29, 2015  
*Twelth Day of Ridvan Bahá'í May 2, 2015  
Cinco de Mayo   May 5, 2015  
Mother's Day   May 10, 2015  
*Declaration of the Báb Bahá'í May 23, 2015  
*Shavuot Jewish May 24-25, 2015  
Memorial Day   May 25, 2015  
*Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í May 29, 2015  
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic Jun. 18, 2015 # Jun. 18-Jul. 18, 2015
Father's Day   Jun. 21, 2015  
Summer Solstice   Jun. 21, 2015  

Summer 2015

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
Independence Day   Jul. 4, 2015 Observed Jul. 3, 2015
*Martydom of the Báb Bahá'í Jul. 9, 2015  
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic Jul. 13, 2015 #  
Edi al-Fitr, (End of Ramadan) Islamic Jul. 18, 2015 # Jun. 18-Jul. 18, 2015

Early Fall Start 2015

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
Labor Day   Sept. 7, 2015  
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 14-15, 2015  
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Sept. 23, 2015  
Autumn Equinox   Sept. 23, 2015  
Eid al-Adha Islamic Sept. 24, 2015 #  

Autumn 2015

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2015 *Sept. 28-29 primary observation days
*Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 5, 2015  
Columbus Day   Oct. 12, 2015  
*Birth of the Báb Bahá'í Oct. 20, 2015  
Halloween   Oct. 31, 2015  
Daylight Saving Time ends   Nov. 1, 2015  
Veteran's Day   Nov. 11, 2015  
*Birth of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í Nov. 12, 2015  
Day of the Covnant Bahá'í Nov. 26, 2015  
Thanksgiving Day   Nov. 26-27, 2015  
Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Bahá Bahá'í Nov. 28, 2015  
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 7-14, 2015  
Winter Solstice   Dec. 21, 2015  
Mawlid-al-Nabi (Mohammad's birthday) Islamic Dec. 24, 2015 #  
Christmas (Birth of Jesus) Christian Dec. 25, 2015  
Kwanzaa Interfaith / African-American Dec. 26, 2015-Jan. 1, 2016  

Winter 2016

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
New Year's Day   Jan. 1, 2016  
Orthodox Christmax Christian Orthodox Jan. 7, 2016  
Martin Luther King Day   Jan. 18, 2016  
Valentine's Day   Feb. 14, 2016  
President's Day (Washington's Birthday)   Feb. 15, 2016  
The Nineteen Day Fast Bahá'í Mar. 2-20, 2016  
Daylight Saving Time starts   Mar. 13, 2016  
St. Patrick's Day   Mar. 17, 2016  
Vernal Equinox   Mar. 20, 2016  
*Naw Ruz (New Year) Bahá'í Mar. 21, 2016  

Spring 2016

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
Good Friday Christian Mar. 25, 2016  
Easter Christian Mar. 27, 2016  
*First Day of Ridvan Bahá'í Apr. 21, 2016  
*Passover (Pesach) Jewish Apr. 23-30, 2016 *Apr. 23-24, 29-30 Primary Obligation Days
*Ninth Day of Ridvan Bahá'í Apr. 29, 2016  
Orthodox Good Friday Christian Orthodox Apr. 29, 2016  
Orthodox Easter Christian Orthodox May 1, 2016  
*Twelth Day of Ridvan Bahá'í May 2, 2016  
Cinco de Mayo   May 5, 2016  
Mother's Day   May 8, 2016  
*Declaration of the Báb Bahá'í May 23, 2016  
*Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í May 29, 2016  
Memorial Day   May 30, 2016  
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic Jun. 7, 2016 # Jun. 7-Jul. 7, 2016
*Shavuot Jewish Jun. 12-13, 2016  
Father's Day   Jun. 19, 2016  

Summer 2016

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
Summer Solstice   Jun. 20, 2016  
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic Jul. 2, 2016 #  
Independence Day   Jul. 4, 2016  
Eid al-Fitr, (End of Ramadan) Islamic Jul. 7, 2016 # Jun. 7-Jul. 7, 2016
*Martydom of the Báb Bahá'í Jul. 9, 2016  

Early Fall Start 2016

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
Labor Day   Sept. 5, 2016  
Eid al-Adha Islamic Sept. 13, 2016 #  
Autumn Equinox   Sept. 22, 2016  

Autumn 2016

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Oct. 3-4, 2016  
Columbus Day   Oct. 10, 2016  
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Oct. 12, 2016  
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Oct. 17-23, 2016 *Oct. 17-18 Primary Obligation Days
*Birth of the Báb Bahá'í Oct. 20, 2016  
*Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 24, 2016  
Halloween   Oct. 31, 2016  
Daylight Saving Time ends   Nov. 6, 2016  
Veteran's Day   Nov. 11, 2016  
*Birth of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í Nov. 12, 2016  
Thanksgiving Day   Nov. 24-25, 2016  
Day of the Covnant Bahá'í Nov. 26, 2016  
Day of the Covenant Bahá'í Nov. 29, 2016  
Mawlid-al-Nabi (Mohammad's birthday) Islamic Dec. 12, 2016 #  
Winter Solstice   Dec. 21, 2016  
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 25, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017  
Christmas (Birth of Jesus) Christian Dec 25, 2016 Observed Dec. 26
Kwanzaa Interfaith / African-American Dec. 26, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017  

Winter 2017

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
New Year's Day   Jan. 1, 2017 Observed Jan. 2, 2017
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7, 2017  
Martin Luther King Day   Jan. 16, 2017  
Valentine's Day   Feb. 14, 2017  
President's Day (Washington's Birthday)   Feb. 20, 2017  
The Nineteen Day Fast Bahá'í Mar. 2-20, 2017  
Daylight Saving Time starts   Mar. 12, 2017  
St. Patrick's Day   Mar. 17, 2017  
Vernal Equinox   Mar. 20, 2017  
*Naw Ruz (New Year) Bahá'í Mar. 21, 2017  

Spring 2017

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
*Passover (Pesach) Jewish Apr. 11-18, 2017 *Mar. 11-12, 17-18 Primary Obligation Days
Good Friday Christian/Christian Orthodox Apr. 14, 2017  
Easter Christian/Christian Orthodox Apr. 16, 2017  
*First Day of Ridvan Bahá'í Apr. 21, 2017  
*Ninth Day of Ridvan Bahá'í Apr. 29, 2017  
*Twelth Day of Ridvan Bahá'í May 2, 2017  
Cinco de Mayo   May 5, 2017  
Mother's Day   May 14, 2017  
*Declaration of the Báb Bahá'í May 23, 2017  
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic May. 27, 2017 # May 27-Jun. 26, 2017
*Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í May 29, 2017  
Memorial Day   May 29, 2017  
*Shavuot Jewish May 31-June 1, 2017  
Father's Day   Jun. 18, 2017  

Summer 2017

Holiday or Observance
Religious Group
Dates
Additional Notes
Summer Solstice   Jun. 21, 2017  
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic Jun. 21, 2017 #  
Eid al-Fitr, (End of Ramadan) Islamic Jun. 26, 2017 # May 27-Jun. 26, 2017
Independence Day   Jul. 4, 2017  
*Martydom of the Báb Bahá'í Jul. 9, 2017  

 | Academic Calendar

Policy reference for information on this page may be found in the Resolution Concerning Observance
of Central Cultural and Religious Practices Class C. legislation.