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Common Religious and U.S. Public Holidays, 2019-20

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)

This calendar is based on the University of Washington's Calendar of Holidays and Religious Observances. Please contact equity@k12.wa.us to recommend corrections or additions to the calendar.

NOTES:
All Jewish, Islamic, and Bahá’í 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-Adha Islamic Aug. 11, 2019 #

Date not fixed. See note above.

Janmashtami Hindu Aug. 24, 2019  
Labor Day   Sept. 2, 2019 No school
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2019

Rosh 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) Islamic Aug. 31, 2019  
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Oct. 9, 2019

Holiest and most observed Jewish holiday. Designated non-work day for observers

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Oct. 14-20, 2019 *Oct. 14-15 are designated non-work days 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

Indigenous Peoples' Day   Oct. 14, 2019  
Navaratri/Dassehra Hindu Sept. 29-Oct. 7, 2019  
Diwali Hindu Oct. 27, 2019  
*Birth of the Báb Bahá’í Oct. 29, 2019

Designated non-work day for observers

*Birth of Bahá’u’lláh Bahá’í Oct. 30, 2019

Designated non-work day for observers

Veteran's Day   Nov. 11, 2019 No school
Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad) Islamic Nov. 10, 2019 #

Date not fixed. See note above.

Thanksgiving Day   Nov. 28-29, 2019 No school
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 23-30, 2019  
Christmas Day Christian Dec. 25, 2019 No school
New Year's Day   Jan. 1, 2020 No school
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7, 2020  
Martin Luther King Day   Jan. 20, 2020 No school
Lunar New Year   Jan. 25, 2020  
President's Day   Feb. 17, 2020 No school
Maha Shivaratri Hindu Feb. 21, 2020  
Ash Wednesday Christian Feb. 21, 2020  
Beginning of Lent Christian Feb. 26, 2020  
Nineteen-Day Fast Bahá’í March 1-19, 2020 Sunrise til sunset fasting
Holi Hindu Mar. 10, 2020

Begins evening of March 9, 2020

Purim Jewish Mar. 10, 2020  
*Naw-Ruz (New Year) Bahá’í March 20, 2020

Designated non-work day for observers

Good Friday Christian Apr. 10, 2020  
Easter Christian Apr. 12, 2020  
Ramanavami Hindu Apr. 2, 2020  
*Passover (Pesach) Jewish Apr. 9-16, 2020

*Apr. 9-10 and 15-16 are designated non-work days for observers, primarily Apr. 9-10

Orthodox Good Friday Christian Orthodox Apr. 17, 2020  
Orthodox Easter Christian Orthodox Apr. 19, 2020  
*Ridván Festival Bahá’í April 20 - May 1, 2020

First, ninth, and 12th days are designated non-work days; Apr. 20, Apr. 28, and May 1

Beginning of Ramadan Islamic April 24, 2020 #

Ramadan: Evening of April 23-May 23, 2020. Dates not fixed. See note above.

Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic May 19, 2020 # Date not fixed. See note above.
*Declaration of the Báb Bahá’í May 23, 2020 

Designated non-work day for observers

Eid al-Adha Islamic May 24, 2020 # May 24, 2010 is a Sunday. Date not fixed.
Memorial Day   May 25, 2020 # No school
*Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh Bahá’í May 28, 2020 

Designated non-work day for observers

*Shavuot Jewish May 29-30, 2020

May 30, 2020 is a Saturday. Designated non-work day for observers.

Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) Islamic Jun. 5, 2020 #

Ramadan: Evening of April 23-May 23, 2020.Dates not fixed. See note above.

Independence Day   Jul. 4, 2020

July 4, 2020 is a Saturday.

*Martyrdom of the Báb Bahá’í Jul. 9, 2020

Designated non-work day for observers

Janmashtami Hindu Aug. 11, 2020