Academic Calendar

Calendar of Holidays and Religious Observances

Contents

2014-2015
Academic Year
2015-2016
Academic Year
2016-2017
Academic Year
Early Fall Start 2014 Early Fall Start 2015 Early Fall Start 2016
Autumn 2014 Autumn 2015 Autumn 2016
Winter 2015 Winter 2016 Winter 2017
Spring 2015 Spring 2016 Spring 2017
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:
  • Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in RED
  • 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 2014

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

Autumn 2014

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 25-26, 2014 Designated non-work day for observers
Navaratri/Dassehra Hindu Sept. 25-Oct. 3, 2014  
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Oct. 4, 2014 Designated non-work day for observers
Eid al-Adha Islamic Oct. 5, 2014 # Date not fixed. See note above.
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Oct. 9-15, 2014 *Oct. 9-10 primary observation days
Designated non-work day for observers
Columbus Day   Oct. 13, 2014 Federal holiday. UW remains in session.
*Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 16, 2014 Designated non-work day for observers
Diwali Hindu Oct 23, 2014  
Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year) Islamic Oct 25, 2014  
Veteran's Day   Nov. 11, 2014  
Thanksgiving Day   Nov. 27-28, 2014  
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 17-24, 2014  
Christmas Day Christian Dec. 25, 2014  

Winter 2015

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
New Year's Day   Jan. 1, 2015  
Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad) Islamic Jan. 3, 2015 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7, 2015  
Martin Luther King Day   Jan. 19, 2015  
President's Day   Feb. 16, 2015  
Maha Shivaratri Hindu Feb. 17, 2015  
Ash Wednesday Christian Feb. 18, 2015  
Beginning of Lent Christian Feb. 23, 2015  
*Purim Jewish March 5, 2015  
Holi Hindu March 6-7, 2015  
Ramanavami Hindu March 28, 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
Designated non-work day for observers
Easter Christian Apr. 5, 2015  
Good Friday Christian Orthodox Apr. 10, 2015  
Easter Christian Orthodox Apr. 12, 2015  
*Shavuot Jewish May 24-25, 2015 Designated non-work day for observers
Memorial Day   May 25, 2015  
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic Jun. 18, 2015 # Ramadan: Jun. 18-Jul. 18, 2015
Dates not fixed. See note above.

Summer 2015

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Independence Day   Jul. 4, 2015 Observed Jul. 3, 2015
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic Jul. 13, 2015 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Edi al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) Islamic Jul. 18, 2015 # Ramadan: Jun. 18-Jul. 18, 2015
Dates not fixed. See note above.

Early Fall Start 2015

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Janmashtami Hindu Sept. 5, 2015  
Labor Day   Sept. 7, 2015  
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 14-15, 2015 Designated non-work day for observers
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Sept. 23, 2015 Designated non-work day for observers
Eid al-Adha Islamic Sept. 24, 2015 # Date not fixed. See note above.

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
Designated non-work day for observers
*Shmini Atzeret Jewish Oct. 5, 2015 Designated non-work day for observers
*Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 6, 2015 Designated non-work day for observers
Columbus Day   Oct. 12, 2015 Federal holiday. UW remains in session.
Navaratri/Dassehra Hindu Oct. 13-22, 2015  
Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year) Islamic Oct. 15, 2015  
Diwali Hindu Nov. 11, 2015  
Veteran's Day   Nov. 11, 2015  
Thanksgiving Day   Nov. 26-27, 2015  
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 7-14, 2015  
Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad) Islamic Dec. 22, 2015 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Christmas Day Christian Dec. 25, 2015  

Winter 2016

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
New Year's Day   Jan. 1, 2016  
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7, 2016  
Martin Luther King Day   Jan. 18, 2016  
Ash Wednesday Christian Feb. 10, 2016  
President's Day   Feb. 15, 2016  
Maha Shivaratri Hindu March 8, 2016  
Beginning of Lent Christian March 14, 2016  
Holi Hindu March 23-24, 2016  
Purim Jewish March 24, 2016  

Spring 2016

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Good Friday Christian Mar. 25, 2016  
Easter Christian Mar. 27, 2016  
Ramanavami Hindu Apr. 15, 2016  
*Passover (Pesach) Jewish Apr. 23-30, 2016 *Apr. 23-24, 29-30 Primary Obligation Days
Designated non-work day for observers
Orthodox Good Friday Christian Orthodox Apr. 29, 2016  
Orthodox Easter Christian Orthodox May 1, 2016  
*Twelth Day of Ridvan Bahá'í May 2, 2016  
Memorial Day   May 30, 2016  
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic Jun. 7, 2016 # Ramadan: Jun. 7-Jul. 7, 2016
Dates not fixed. See note above.
*Shavuot Jewish Jun. 12-13, 2016 Designated non-work day for observers

Summer 2016

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic Jul. 1, 2016 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Independence Day   Jul. 4, 2016  
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) Islamic Jul. 5, 2016 # Ramadan: Jun. 7-Jul. 5, 2016
Dates not fixed. See note above.
Janmashtami Hindu Aug. 25, 2015  

Early Fall Start 2016

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Labor Day   Sept. 5, 2016  
Eid al-Adha Islamic Sept. 13, 2016 # Date not fixed. See note above.

Autumn 2016

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Navaratri/Dassehra Hindu Oct. 1-9, 2016  
Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year) Islamic Oct. 2, 2016  
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Oct. 3-4, 2016 Designated non-work day for observers
Columbus Day   Oct. 10, 2016 Federal holiday. UW remains in session.
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Oct. 12, 2016 Designated non-work day for observers
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Oct. 17-23, 2016 *Oct. 17-18 Primary Obligation Days
Designated non-work day for observers
*Shmini Atzeret Jewish Oct. 24, 2016 Designated non-work day for observers
*Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 25, 2016 Designated non-work day for observers
Diwali Hindu Oct. 30, 2016  
Veteran's Day   Nov. 11, 2016  
Thanksgiving Day   Nov. 24-25, 2016  
Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad) Islamic Dec. 11, 2016 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 25, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017  
Christmas Day Christian Dec 25, 2016 Observed Dec. 26

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  
President's Day   Feb. 20, 2017  
Maha Shivaratri Hindu Feb. 25, 2017  
Beginning of Lent Christian Orthodox Feb. 27, 2017  
Ash Wednesday Christian March 1, 2017  
Purim Jewish March 12, 2017  
Holi Hindu March 13-14, 2017  

Spring 2017

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Ramanavami Hindu April 5, 2017  
*Passover (Pesach) Jewish Apr. 11-18, 2017 *Apr. 11-12, 17-18 Primary Obligation Days
Designated non-work day for observers
Good Friday Christian/Christian Orthodox Apr. 14, 2017  
Easter Christian/Christian Orthodox Apr. 16, 2017  
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic May. 27, 2017 # Ramadan: May 27-Jun. 26, 2017
Dates not fixed. See note above.
Memorial Day   May 29, 2017  
*Shavuot Jewish May 31-June 1, 2017 Designated non-work day for observers

Summer 2017

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic Jun. 21, 2017 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) Islamic Jun. 25, 2017 # Ramadan: May 27-Jun. 25, 2017
Dates not fixed. See note above.
Independence Day   Jul. 4, 2017  
Janmashtami Hindu Aug. 15, 2017  

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