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

Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

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

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. 

November '20

November 14 – Diwali*


December '20

December 20-21 – Yule/Solstice

December 25 – Christmas*


February '21

February 17 - Ash Wednesday

February 24-25 - Purim (begins at sundown)


March '21

March 27-April 4 - Passover (begins at sundown)*

March 29 - Holi*


April '21

April 2 - Good Friday (Catholic and Protestant Christian)

April 4 - Easter (Catholic and Protestant Christian)*

April 13 - Ramadan begins (expected; begins at sundown)*


May '21

May 2 - Pascha (Orthodox Easter)

May 11 - Ramadan ends (expected)

May 12-13 - Eid al Fitr (begins at sundown)*