Academic Calendar

Calendar of Holidays and Religious Observances

Contents

2017-2018
Academic Year
2018-2019
Academic Year
2019-2020
Academic Year
Early Fall Start 2017 Early Fall Start 2018 Early Fall Start 2019
Autumn 2017 Autumn 2018 Autumn 2019
Winter 2018 Winter 2019 Winter 2020
Spring 2018 Spring 2019 Spring 2020
Summer 2018 Summer 2019 Summer 2020
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:
  • Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in bold and italic
  • 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.
  • # 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.

Early Fall Start 2017

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Eid al-Adha Islamic Sept. 2, 2017 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Labor Day   Sept. 4, 2017 Class not in session
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 21-22, 2017 Designated non-work day for observers
Navaratri/Dassehra Hindu Sept. 21-29, 2017  
Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year) Islamic Sept. 19, 2017  

Autumn 2017

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Navaratri/Dassehra Hindu Sept. 21-29, 2017  
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Sept. 30, 2017 Designated non-work day for observers
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Oct. 5-11, 2017 *Oct. 5-6 primary observation days
Designated non-work day for observers
Indigenous Peoples' Day   Oct. 9, 2017  
*Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 12-13, 2017 Designated non-work day for observers
Diwali Hindu Oct. 19, 2017  
Veteran's Day   Nov. 11, 2017 Observed Nov. 10, 2017
Class not in session
Thanksgiving Day   Nov. 23-24, 2017 Class not in session
Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad) Islamic Dec. 1, 2017 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 13-20, 2017  
Christmas Day Christian Dec. 25, 2017 Class not in session

Winter 2018

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
New Year's Day   Jan. 1, 2018 Class not in session
Lunar New Year   Feb. 16, 2018  
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7, 2018 May include observance on Jan. 8, 2018
Martin Luther King Day   Jan. 15, 2018 Class not in session
Maha Shivaratri Hindu Feb. 13, 2018  
Ash Wednesday Christian Feb. 14, 2018  
Beginning of Lent Christian Feb. 14, 2018  
President's Day   Feb. 19, 2018 Class not in session
*Purim Jewish Mar. 1, 2018  
Holi Hindu Mar. 2-3, 2018  
Ramanavami Hindu Mar. 25, 2018  

Spring 2018

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Good Friday Christian Mar. 30, 2018  
*Passover (Pesach) Jewish Mar. 31-Apr. 7, 2018 *Mar. 31-Apr. 1, Apr. 6-7 Primary Obligation Days
Designated non-work day for observers
Easter Christian Apr. 1, 2018  
Holy Friday Christian Orthodox Apr. 6, 2018  
Orthodox Easter Christian Orthodox Apr. 8, 2018  
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic May 16, 2018 # Ramadan: May 16-Jun. 15, 2018
Dates not fixed. See note above.
*Shavuot Jewish May 20-21, 2018 Designated non-work day for observers
Memorial Day   May 28, 2018 Class not in session
Edi al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) Islamic Jun. 15, 2018 # Ramadan: May 16-Jun. 15, 2018
Dates not fixed. See note above.

Summer 2018

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic Jun. 21, 2018 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Independence Day   Jul. 4, 2018  

Early Fall Start 2018

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Eid al-Adha Islamic Aug. 22, 2018 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Janmashtami Hindu Sept. 2, 2018  
Labor Day   Sept. 3, 2018 Class not in session
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 10-11, 2018 Designated non-work day for observers
Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year) Islamic Sept. 12, 2018  
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Sept. 19, 2018 Designated non-work day for observers

Autumn 2018

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Sept. 24-30 2018 *Sept. 24-25 primary observation days
Designated non-work day for observers
*Shmini Atzeret Jewish Oct. 1, 2018 Designated non-work day for observers
*Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 2, 2018 Designated non-work day for observers
Indigenous Peoples' Day   Oct. 8, 2018  
Navaratri/Dassehra Hindu Oct. 9-18, 2018  
Diwali Hindu Nov. 7, 2018  
Veteran's Day   Nov. 11, 2018 Observed Nov. 12, 2018
Class not in session
Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad) Islamic Nov. 20, 2018 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Thanksgiving Day   Nov. 22-23, 2018 Class not in session
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 3-10, 2018  
Christmas Day Christian Dec. 25, 2018 Class not in session

Winter 2019

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
New Year's Day   Jan. 1, 2019 Class not in session
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7, 2019  
Martin Luther King Day   Jan. 21, 2019 Class not in session
Lunar New Year   Feb. 5, 2019  
President's Day   Feb. 18, 2019 Class not in session
Maha Shivaratri Hindu Mar. 4, 2019  
Ash Wednesday Christian Mar. 6, 2019  
Beginning of Lent Christian Mar. 6, 2019  
Holi Hindu Mar. 21-22, 2019  
Purim Jewish Mar. 21, 2019  

Spring 2019

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Good Friday Christian Apr. 19, 2019  
Easter Christian Apr. 21, 2019  
Ramanavami Hindu Apr. 14, 2019  
*Passover (Pesach) Jewish Apr. 20-27, 2019 *Apr. 20-21, 26-27 Primary Obligation Days
Designated non-work day for observers
Orthodox Good Friday Christian Orthodox Apr. 26, 2019  
Orthodox Easter Christian Orthodox Apr. 28, 2019  
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic May 6, 2019 # Ramadan: May 6-Jun. 5, 2019
Dates not fixed. See note above.
Memorial Day   May 27, 2019 Class not in session
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic May 31, 2019 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) Islamic Jun. 5, 2019 # Ramadan: May 6-Jun. 5, 2019
Dates not fixed. See note above.
*Shavuot Jewish Jun. 9-10, 2019 Designated non-work day for observers

Summer 2019

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Independence Day   Jul. 4, 2019 Class not in session
Eid al-Adha Islamic Aug. 12, 2019 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Janmashtami Hindu Aug. 23, 2019  

Early Fall Start 2019

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year) Islamic Sept. 1, 2019  
Labor Day   Sept. 2, 2019 Class not in session

Autumn 2019

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Navaratri/Dassehra Hindu Sept. 29-Oct. 7, 2019  
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2019 Designated non-work day for observers
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Oct. 9, 2019 Designated non-work day for observers
Indigenous Peoples' Day   Oct. 14, 2019  
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Oct. 14-20, 2019 *Oct. 14-15 Primary Obligation Days
Designated non-work day for observers
*Shmini Atzeret Jewish Oct. 21, 2019 Designated non-work day for observers
*Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 22, 2019 Designated non-work day for observers
Diwali Hindu Oct. 27, 2019  
Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad) Islamic Nov. 10, 2019 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Veteran's Day   Nov. 11, 2019 Class not in session
Thanksgiving Day   Nov. 28-29, 2019 Class not in session
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 23-30, 2019  
Christmas Day Christian Dec. 25, 2019 Class not in session

Winter 2020

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
New Year's Day   Jan. 1, 2020 Class not in session
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7, 2020  
Martin Luther King Day   Jan. 20, 2020 Class not in session
Lunar New Year   Jan. 25, 2020  
President's Day   Feb. 17, 2020 Class not in session
Maha Shivaratri Hindu Feb. 21, 2020  
Beginning of Lent Christian Orthodox Feb. 26, 2020  
Ash Wednesday Christian Feb. 26, 2020  
Holi Hindu Mar. 9-10, 2020  
Purim Jewish Mar. 10, 2020  

Spring 2020

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Ramanavami Hindu Apr. 2, 2020  
*Passover (Pesach) Jewish Apr. 9-16, 2020 *Apr. 9-10, 15-16 Primary Obligation Days
Designated non-work day for observers
Good Friday Christian Apr. 10, 2020  
Easter Christian Apr. 12, 2020  
Orthodox Good Friday Christian Orthodox Apr. 17, 2020  
Orthodox Easter Christian Orthodox Apr. 19, 2020  
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic Apr. 24, 2020 # Ramadan: Apr. 24-May 24, 2020
Dates not fixed. See note above.
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic May 19, 2020 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) Islamic May 24, 2020 # Ramadan: Apr. 24-May 24, 2020
Dates not fixed. See note above.
Memorial Day   May 25, 2020 Class not in session
*Shavuot Jewish May 29-30, 2020 Designated non-work day for observers

Summer 2020

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Independence Day   Jul. 4, 2020 Observed Jul. 3, 2020
Class not in session
Janmashtami Hindu Aug. 10, 2020  
Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year) Islamic Aug. 20, 2020  

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