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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.

2020-21 Calendar

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Additional Notes
Eid al-Adha Islamic July 30-31, 2020 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Janmashtami Hindu Aug. 11, 2020  
Labor Day   Sept. 7, 2020 No school
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 19-20 2020, 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. 20, 2020  
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Sept. 28, 2020 Holiest and most observed Jewish holiday. Designated non-work day for observers
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Oct. 3-9, 2020 *Oct. 3-4 are designated non-work days for observers
*Shmini Atzeret Jewish Oct. 10, 2020 Designated non-work day for observers
*Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 11, 2020 Designated non-work day for observers
Indigenous Peoples' Day   Oct. 12, 2020  
Navaratri/Dassehra Hindu Oct. 17-25, 2020  
Diwali Hindu Nov. 14, 2020  
Veteran's Day   Nov. 11, 2020
No school
Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad) Islamic Nov. 29, 2020 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Thanksgiving Day   Nov. 26, 2020 No school Nov. 26-27, 2020
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 11-18, 2020  
Christmas Day Christian Dec. 25, 2020 No school
New Year's Day   Jan. 1, 2021 No school
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7, 2021  
Martin Luther King Day   Jan. 18, 2021 No school
Lunar New Year   Feb. 12, 2021  
President's Day   Feb. 15, 2021 No school
Maha Shivaratri Hindu March 11, 2021  
Ash Wednesday Christian Feb. 17, 2021  
Beginning of Lent Christian Feb. 17, 2021  
Holi Hindu Mar. 28, 2021  
Purim Jewish Feb. 26, 2021  
Good Friday Christian Apr. 2, 2021  
Easter Christian Apr. 4, 2021  
Ramanavami Hindu Apr. 21, 2021  
*Passover (Pesach) Jewish March 28-April 4, 2021
*Mar. 28-29 and Apr. 3-4 are designated non-work days for observers, primarily Mar. 28-29
Orthodox Good Friday Christian Orthodox April 30, 2021  
Orthodox Easter Christian Orthodox May 2, 2021  
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic April 11, 2021 # Ramadan: Evening of April 12-May 11, 2021.Dates not fixed. See note above.
Memorial Day   May 31, 2021 # No school
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic May 8, 2021 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) Islamic May 13, 2021 # Ramadan: Evening of April 12-May 11, 2021.Dates not fixed. See note above.
*Shavuot Jewish May 17-18, 2021 Designated non-work day for observers
Independence Day   July 4, 2021 Observed July 5, 2021
Eid al-Adha Islamic July 20, 2021 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Janmashtami Hindu Aug. 30, 2021