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.

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 2019

  • October 2019
    • 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
    • Bodhi Day/Rohatsu, December 8, Buddhist
    • Immaculate Conception, December 9, Catholic !
    • Yule, December 21- January 1, various traditions #
    • (Chanukah, December 22-30, Jewish *)
    • Christmas Eve, December 24, Protestant and Catholic Christian #!
    • Christmas, December 25, Christian #!
  • January 2020
  • February 2020
    • Chinese New Year, February 5, various traditions #
  • March 2020
    • Magha Puja Day, March 9, Buddhist #
    • Purim, March 9-10, Jewish *
    • Holi, March 10, Hindu
    • Naw Ruz, March 19-20, Baha'i * #
  • April 2020
    • Pesach (Passover), April 8-15, Jewish * # (! for first night)
    • Good Friday, April 10, Christian #
    • Easter, April 12, Christian # !
    • Pascha (Orthodox Easter), April 19, Orthodox Christian #
    • First Night of Ramadan (anticipated), April 23, Muslim #
    • Beltane, April 30-May 1, Pagan/Wiccan * #
  • May 2020
    • Visakha Puja (Buddha Day), May 7, Buddhist #
    • Declaration of the Bab, May 22-23, Baha'i # *
    • Eid al-Fitr, May 23-24, Islam # *
    • Ascenscion of Baha'u'llah, May 27-28, Baha'i # *
  • June 2020