Religious and Spiritual Observances 2018-2019

Puget Sound honors the wide diversity of religious and spiritual practices that make up our campus and its surrounding community.  While American calendars are largely derived from Christian-rooted cultures and holidays, we recognize the inequitable impact this has on members of our community who observe other religious and spiritual practices.  To that end, we offer this calendar as an imperfect attempt to highlight the diversity of observances present within the Puget Sound community and equip students, faculty, and staff with the information necessary to create a campus environment that strives to fully include and welcome people of all backgrounds. 

If you have questions about these holidays, or see things missing that you feel might be important to add, please contact University Chaplain Rev. Dave Wright at dwright@pugetsound.edu or 253.879.2751.

Key:

  • * - Observance begins at sundown on the first day listed
  • # - Major observance
  • ! – General accommodation encouraged
  • General Accommodation: Campus members are encouraged to avoid mandatory events/meetings and minimize major campus/public events
  • Major observance: Campus members (especially faculty and supervisors) are encouraged to make extra effort to accommodate requests for individual accommodations on these days
  • (Chanukah is included in brackets as it is treated as a major observance in American culture, while within Jewish contexts is often seen as a minor holiday)

Fall 2018

  • December 2018
    • Immaculate Conception, December 8, Catholic !
    • (Chanukah, December 2-10, Jewish  *)
    • Yule, December 21- January 1, various traditions *#
    • Christmas Eve, December 24, Protestant and Catholic Christian #!
    • Christmas, December 25, Protestant and Catholic Christian #!
    • Kwanzaa, December 26-January 1, Pan-African #

Spring 2019

  • January 2019
    • Gantan-Sai, January 1, Shinto
    • The Solemnity of Mary, January 1, Catholic !
    • Feast of the Nativity, January 7, Orthodox Christian #
    • Tu B'Shvat, January 20, Jewish *
    • Mahayana New Year, January 21-23, Buddhist
  • February 2019
    • Nirvana Day, February 8, various traditions
    • Asian New Year, February 5, various traditions #!
    • Intercalary Days, February 26-March 1, Baha’i #
  • March 2019
    • Ash Wednesday, March 6, Protestant and Catholic Christian !
    • Nineteen Day Fast, March 2-20, Baha’i * #
    • Spring Equinox, March 20, Pagan/Wiccan *
    • Holi, March 20-21, Hindu #
    • Purim, March 21, Jewish *
    • Maha Puja Day, March 21, Buddhist #
    • Naw Ruz, March 20-21, Baha’i *#
  • April 2019
    • Good Friday, April 19, Protestant and Catholic Christian !
    • Pesach, April 20-  *#!  (General accommodation encouraged from noon on 4/19 through 10pm on 4/27; all community members are encouraged to include Pesach-friendly food options at events where food is served throughout Pesach)
    • Easter, April 21, Protestant and Catholic Christian #!
    • Pascha, April 28, Orthodox Christian #
  • May 2019
    • Beltane, May 1, various traditions # *
    • Ramadan, May 6-June 4, Islam *# (While general accommodation is not necessary, community members are asked to be mindful that most Muslims are in complete fast from sunrise to sundown)

Summer 2019

  • June 2019
    • Eid al Fitr, June 5-7, Islam * (General accommodation recommended from noon on 6/4 through end of day 6/7)
    • Solstice, June 21, various traditions *#

Fall 2019

  • August 2019
    • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15, Catholic !
    • Eid al Adha, August 12-15, Islam * (General accommodation recommended from noon on 8/11 through end of day on 8/15)
  • September 2019
    • Rosh Hashanah, September 29- October 1, Jewish *#! (General accommodation recommended from noon on 9/29 through 10pm on 10/1)
    • Yom Kippur, October 8-9, Jewish *#! (General accommodation recommended from noon on 10/8 through 10pm on 10/9)
  • October 2019
    • Sukkot, October 13-20, Jewish *
    • Diwali, October 27, various traditions #
    • Birth of the Bab, October 28-29, Baha’i *#
    • Birth of Baha’u’llah, October 29-30, Baha’i *#
    • Samhain, October 31-November 1, various traditions
  • November 2019
    • All Saints' Day, November 1, Catholic !
  • December 2019
    • (Chanukah, December 22-30, Jewish *)
    • Bodhi Day/Rohatsu, December 8, Buddhist
    • Immaculate Conception, December 9, Catholic !
    • Yule, December 21- January 1, various traditions #
    • Christmas Eve, December 24, Protestant and Catholic Christian #!
    • Christmas, December 25, Christian #!