Common Religious and U.S. Public Holidays, 2018-19
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Common Religious and Public Holidays for the 2018-19 school year

Many students end up missing school and important school events in order to honor their religious practices. For this reason, OSPI encourages districts not to schedule significant school events on major religious holidays. Schools that plan around major religious holidays convey to all students that they are a meaningful part of their school communities and that their religious traditions matter. The purpose of the calendar below is to assist in this effort to raise awareness about religious holidays practiced in public schools across the state of Washington.

OSPI encourages each local education agency to educate themselves on the religious traditions of the students and communities they serve, strive to honor all religious communities, and work to be inclusive of all students. School personnel can use this calendar when responding to student requests for excused absences for religious purposes or when planning events such as curriculum nights, field trips, school or team pictures, dances, and hearing and vision tests, etc.

For more information about the religions commonly practiced in your community:
Religious Landscape Study (Pew Research Center)

Calendar based on Calendar of Holidays and Religious Observances used by University of Washington

NOTES:
All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the first date shown.
* These holidays (or dates within holidays) are designated non-work (observance) days.
# 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.

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Eid al-AdhaIslamicAug. 22, 2018 #Date not fixed. See note above.
JanmashtamiHinduSept. 2, 2018 
Labor Day Sept. 3, 2018No school
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year)JewishSept. 10-11, 2018Rosh Hashanah kicks off several weeks of Jewish holidays in the fall. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the two most-observed Jewish Holidays, called the high holy days. Designated non-work day for observers
Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year)IslamicSept. 12, 2018 
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)JewishSept. 19, 2018Holiest and most observed Jewish holidayDesignated non-work day for observers
Holiday or ObservanceReligious GroupDatesAdditional Notes
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)JewishSept. 24-30 2018*Sept. 24-25 primary observation days
Designated non-work day for observers
*Shmini AtzeretJewishOct. 1, 2018Designated non-work day for observers
*Simchat TorahJewishOct. 2, 2018Designated non-work day for observers
Indigenous Peoples' Day Oct. 8, 2018 
Navaratri/DassehraHinduOct. 9-18, 2018 
DiwaliHinduNov. 7, 2018 
Veteran's Day Nov. 11, 2018Observed Nov. 12, 2018
Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad)IslamicNov. 20, 2018 #Date not fixed. See note above.
Thanksgiving Day Nov. 22-23, 2018No school
Hanukkah (Chanukah)JewishDec. 3-10, 2018 
Christmas DayChristianDec. 25, 2018No school
New Year's Day Jan. 1, 2019No school
Orthodox ChristmasChristian OrthodoxJan. 7, 2019 
Martin Luther King Day Jan. 21, 2019No school
Lunar New Year Feb. 5, 2019 
President's Day Feb. 18, 2019No school
Maha ShivaratriHinduMar. 4, 2019 
Ash WednesdayChristianMar. 6, 2019 
Beginning of LentChristianMar. 6, 2019 
HoliHinduMar. 21-22, 2019 
PurimJewishMar. 21, 2019 
Good FridayChristianApr. 19, 2019 
EasterChristianApr. 21, 2019 
RamanavamiHinduApr. 14, 2019 
*Passover (Pesach)JewishApr. 20-27, 2019*Apr. 20-21, 26-27 Primary Obligation Days, particularly the 20-21
Designated non-work day for observers
Orthodox Good FridayChristian OrthodoxApr. 26, 2019 
Orthodox EasterChristian OrthodoxApr. 28, 2019 
Beginning of RamadanIslamicMay 6, 2019 #Ramadan: May 6-Jun. 5, 2019
Dates not fixed. See note above.
Memorial Day May 27, 2019 #No school
Lailat Ul QadrIslamicMay 31, 2019 #Date not fixed. See note above.
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)IslamicJun. 5, 2019 #Ramadan: May 6-Jun. 5, 2019
Dates not fixed. See note above.
*ShavuotJewishJun. 9-10, 2019Designated non-work day for observers
Independence Day Jul. 4, 2019No school
Eid al-AdhaIslamicAug. 12, 2019 #Date not fixed. See note above.
JanmashtamiHinduAug. 23, 2019 

 

Common Religious and Public Holidays for School Year

   Updated 4/17/2018

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