Spiritual and Religious Holidays & Observances Fall 2019-Spring 2020

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 Dave Wright at chaplain@pugetsound.edu or 253.879.3322.

Selected Major Religious and Spiritual Observances

Spring and Fall 2020

*Greatest breadth of potential campus impact (based on known demographics)

Please note that this is not a complete list, and that many observances may be impacted by difference within a tradition.  For more information, email chaplain@pugetsound.edu. 



January 25 – Lunar New Year*


February 26 – Ash Wednesday


March 10 – Holi


April 8-15 – Pesach (starts at sundown on 4/8)*

April 10 – Good Friday*

April 12 – Easter*

April 19 – Pascha

April 23 – Ramadan is expected to begin at sundown (ends May 23)

April 30-May 1 – Beltane


May 8 – Wesak

May 23-24 – Eid al-Fitr (expected date; begins at sundown on 5/23)


July 29-30 – Tish’a B’Av (begins at sundown on 7/29)

July 31 – Eid al-Adha


September 18-20 – Rosh Hashanah (begins at sundown on 9/18)*

September 27-28 – Yom Kippur (begins at sundown on 9/27)*


October 2-9 – Sukkot (begins at sundown on 10/2)*

October 9-10 – Shmini Atzeret (begins at sundown on 10/9)

October 10-11 – Simchat Torah (begins at sundown on 10/10)


November 14 – Diwali*


December 20-21 – Yule/Solstice

December 25 – Christmas*