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Common Religious and U.S. Public Holiday Calendars

Future Religious and U.S. Public Holiday Calendars
Your Community Religions

For more information about the religions commonly practiced in your community, explore the Pew Research Center's Religious Landscape Study.

Many students end up missing school and important school events in order to honor their religious practices. OSPI encourages districts not to schedule significant school events on major religious holidays; this conveys to all students that they are a meaningful part of their school communities and that their religious traditions matter. 

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.

Please contact our Equity team to recommend corrections or additions to the calendar.

NOTE: 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.

2021-22 Calendar

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Eid al-Adha Islamic July 20, 2021 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Janmashtami Hindu Aug 20, 2021  
Labor Day   Sept. 6, 2021 No school
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 7-8, 2021 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. 10, 2021  
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Sept. 16, 2021 Holiest and most observed Jewish holiday. Designated non-work day for observers
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Sept. 21-27, 2021 *Sep 21-22 primary observation days. Designated non-work day for observers
*Shmini Atzeret Jewish Sept. 28, 2021 Designated non-work day for observers
*Simchat Torah Jewish Sept. 29, 2021 Designated non-work day for observers
Indigenous Peoples' Day   Oct. 11, 2021  
Navaratri/Dassehra Hindu Oct. 6-14, 2021  
Diwali Hindu Nov. 4-8, 2021  
Veteran's Day   Nov. 11, 2021
No school
Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad) Islamic Oct. 19, 2021 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Thanksgiving Day   Nov. 25, 2021 No school Nov. 25-26, 2021
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Nov. 29-Dec. 6, 2021  
Christmas Day Christian Dec. 25, 2021 No school
New Year's Day   Jan. 1, 2022 No school
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7, 2022  
Martin Luther King Day   Jan. 17, 2022 No school
Lunar New Year   Feb. 1, 2022  
President's Day   Feb. 21, 2022 No school
Maha Shivaratri Hindu Feb. 28, 2022  
Ash Wednesday Christian March 2, 2022  
Beginning of Lent Christian March 2, 2022  
Holi Hindu Mar. 18, 2022  
Purim Jewish March 17, 2022  
Good Friday Christian Apr. 15, 2022  
Easter Christian Apr. 17, 2022  
Ramanavami Hindu Apr. 10, 2022  
*Passover (Pesach) Jewish April 16-23, 2022 *Apr. 16-17 and 22-23 are designated non-work days for observers, primarily Apr. 16-17
Orthodox Good Friday Christian Orthodox April 22, 2022  
Orthodox Easter Christian Orthodox April 15-23, 2022  
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic April 3, 2022 # Ramadan: April 2-May 1, 2022. Dates not fixed. See note above.
Memorial Day   May 30, 2022  No school
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic April 29, 2022 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) Islamic May 3, 2022 # Ramadan: April 2-May 1, 2022. Dates not fixed. See note above.
*Shavuot Jewish June 5-6, 2022 Designated non-work day for observers
Juneteenth   June 19, 2022  
Independence Day   July 4, 2022  
Eid al-Adha Islamic July 10, 2022 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Janmashtami Hindu Aug. 18, 2022