Religious and Spiritual Observances 2017-2018

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 2017

  • September 2017
    • Rosh Hashanah, September 20-22, Jewish *#! (General accommodation recommended from noon on 9/20 through 10pm on 9/21)
    • Yom Kippur, September 29-30, Jewish *#! (General accommodation recommended from noon on 9/29 through 10pm on 9/30)
  • October 2017
    • Sukkot, October 4-11, Jewish *
    • Diwali, October 19, various traditions #
    • 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, October 31, Protestant Christian
  • November 2017
    • All Saints' Day, November 1, Catholic !
    • Birth of Baha’u’llah, November 11-12, Baha’i *#
  • December 2017
    • Bodhi Day/Rohatsu, December 7-8, Buddhist
    • Immaculate Conception, December 8, Catholic !
    • (Chanukah, December 12-20, Jewish  *)
    • Yule, December 20-21, 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 2018

  • January 2018
    • Gantan-Sai, January 1, Shinto
    • The Solemnity of Mary, January 1, Catholic !
    • Mahayana New Year, January 2-4, Buddhist
    • Feast of the Nativity, January 7, Orthodox Christian #
  • February 2018
    • Ash Wednesday, February 14, Protestant and Catholic Christian !
    • Nirvana Day, February 15, various traditions
    • Asian New Year, February 16, various traditions #!
    • Intercalary Days, February 26-March 1, Baha’i #
  • March 2018
    • Nineteen Day Fast, March 1-20, Baha’i * #
    • Holi, March 3, Hindu #
    • Purim, March 10-11, Jewish
    • Naw Ruz, March 20-21, Baha’i *#
    • Good Friday, March 30, Protestant and Catholic Christian !
    • Pesach, March 30-April 7, Jewish *#!  (General accommodation encouraged from noon on 3/30 through 10pm on 3/31; all community members are encouraged to include Pesach-friendly food options at events where food is served throughout Pesach)
  • April 2018
    • Easter, April 1, Protestant and Catholic Christian #!
    • Pascha, April 8, Orthodox Christian #
    • First of Ridvan, April 20-21, Baha’i  *#
    • Ninth of Ridvan, April 28-29, Baha’i *#
    • Beltane, April 30-May 1, various traditions #
  • May 2018
    • Last of Ridvan, May 1-2, Baha’i *#
    • Ascension Thursday, May 10, Catholic !
    • Ramadan, May 15-June 15, 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 2018

  • June 2018
    • Eid al Fitr, June 14-17, Islam * (General accommodation recommended from noon on 6/14 through 10pm 6/15)
    • Solstice, June 21-22, various traditions *#

Fall 2018

  • August 2018
    • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15, Catholic !
    • Eid al Adha, August 21-25, Islam * (General accommodation recommended from noon on 8/21 through 10pm on 8/22)
  • September 2018
    • Rosh Hashanah, September 9-11, Jewish *#! (General accommodation recommended from noon on 9/9 through 10pm on 9/10)
    • Yom Kippur, September 18-19, Jewish *#! (General accommodation recommended from noon on 9/18 through 10pm on 9/19)
    • Sukkot, September 23-31, Jewish *
  • October 2018
    • Birth of the Bab, October 19-20, Baha’i *#
    • Samhain, October 31-November 1, various traditions
  • November 2018
    • All Saints' Day, November 1, Catholic !
    • Diwali, November 7, various traditions #
    • Birth of Baha’u’llah, November 11-12, Baha’i *#
  • December 2018
    • (Chanukah, December 2-10, Jewish *)
    • Bodhi Day/Rohatsu, December 8, Buddhist
    • Immaculate Conception, December 8, Catholic !
    • Yule, December 20-21, various traditions #
    • Christmas Eve, December 24, Protestant and Catholic Christian #!
    • Christmas, December 25, Christian #!