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Calendar of Holidays and Religious Observances

This calendar lists University of Wyoming holidays, closures, traditional observances, and days of religious significance for diverse religions. Although many of these days are not University holidays or closures, faculty and staff are asked to use this information and their discretion when responding to student requests for time off for religious purposes and planning campus events. Please take special note of those holidays that have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.

NOTE:
  • Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in bold and italic
  • All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the first date shown.
  • * These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
  • ^ Some of these dates are not fixed to a calendar but based on the actual sighting of the moon and therefore there may be some variance by a day.

Contents

2017-2018 Academic Year

2018-2019 Academic Year

2019-2020 Academic Year

Fall 2017 Fall 2018 Fall 2019
Spring 2018 Spring 2019 Spring 2020
Summer 2018 Summer 2019 Summer 2020

Fall 2017

Holiday or Observance

Religious Group

Dates

Additional Notes

Eid al-Adha Islamic Sept. 2, 2017 ^ Date note fixed. See note above.
Labor Day Sept. 4, 2017 Class not in session
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year)

Jewish

Sept. 21-22, 2017 Designated non-work day for observers.
Navaratri/Dassehra

Hindu

Sept. 21-29, 2017
Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year)

Islamic

Sept. 19, 2017
Navaratri/Dassehra                                  

Hindu                                            

Sept. 21-29, 2017                 
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Sept. 30, 2017 Designated non-work day for observers
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Oct. 5-11, 2017 *Oct. 5-6 primary observation days. Designated non-work day for observers
Indigenous People's Day Oct. 9, 2017
*Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 12-13, 2017 Designated non-work day for observers
Diwali Hindu Oct. 19, 2017
Veteran's Day Nov. 11, 2017 Observed Nov. 10, 2017. Class not in session.
Thanksgiving Day Nov. 23-24, 2017 Class not in session.
Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad) Islamic Dec. 1, 2017^ Date not fixed. See note above.
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 13-20, 2017
Winter Solstice Dec. 21, 2017
Christmas Day Christian Dec. 25, 2017 Class not in session
Kwanzaa Dec. 26, 2017 Dec. 26-Jan 1.

Spring 2018

Holiday or Observance

Religious Group

Dates

Additional Notes

New Year's Day Jan. 1, 2018 Class not in session
Lunar New Year Feb. 16, 2018
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7, 2018 May include observance on Jan. 8, 2018
Martin Luther King Day Jan. 15, 2018 Class not in session
Maha Shivaratri Hindu Feb. 13, 2018
Ash Wednesday Christian Feb. 14, 2018
Beginning of Lent Christian Feb. 14, 2018
President's Day Feb. 19, 2018 Class not in session
*Purim Jewish Mar. 1, 2018
Holi Hindu Mar. 2-3, 2018
Ramanavami Hindu Mar. 25, 2018
Good Friday Christian Mar. 30, 2018
*Passover (Pesach) Jewish Mar. 31-Apr. 7, 2018 *Mar. 31-Apr. 1, Apr 6-7 Primary Obligation Days. Designated non-work day for observers.
Easter Christian Apr. 1, 2018
Holy Friday Christian Orthodox Apr. 6, 2018
Orthodox Easter Christian Orthodox Apr. 8, 2018
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic May 16, 2018 ^ Ramadan: May 16-June 15, 2018. Dates not fixed. See note above.
*Shavout Jewish May 20-21, 2018 Designated non-work day for observers.
Memorial Day May 28, 2018 Class not in session
Edi al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) Islamic Jun. 15, 2018 ^ Ramadan: May 16-June 15, 2018. Dates not fixed. See note above.

Summer 2018

Holiday or Observance   

Religious Group

Dates

Additional Notes

Summer Solstice June 21, 2018
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic June 21, 2018 ^ Date not fixed. See note above.
Independence Day July 4, 2018 Class not in session

Fall 2018

Holiday or Observance

Religious Group

Dates

Additional Notes

Eid al-Adha Islamic Aug. 22, 2018 ^ Date not fixed. See note above.
Janmashtami Hindu Sept. 2, 2018
Labor Day Sept 3, 2018 Class not in session
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 10-11, 2018 Designated non-work day for observers.
Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year) Islamic Sept. 12, 2018
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Sept. 19, 2018 Designated non-work day for observers.
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Sept. 24-30, 2018 *Sept. 24-25 primary observation days
Designated non-work day for observers
*Shmini Atzeret Jewish Oct. 1, 2018 Designated non-work day for observers.
*Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 2, 2018 Designated non-work day for observers.
Indigenous Peoples' Day Oct. 8, 2018
Navaratri/Dassehra Hindu Oct. 9-18, 2018
Diwali Hindu Nov. 7, 2018
Veteran's day Nov. 11, 2018 Observed Nov. 12, 2018. Class not in session.
Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad) Islamic Nov. 20, 2018 ^ Date not fixed. See note above.
Thanksgiving Day Nov. 22-23, 2018 Class not in session.
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 3-10, 2018
Winter Solstice Dec. 21, 2018
Christmas Day Christian Dec. 25, 2018 Class not in session.
Kwanzaa Dec. 26, 2018 Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Spring 2019

Holiday or Observance

Religious Group

Dates

Additional Notes

New Year's Day Jan. 1, 2019 Class not in session
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7, 2019 May include observance on Jan. 8, 2018
Martin Luther King Day Jan. 21, 2019 Class not in session
Lunar New Year Feb. 5, 2019
President's Day Feb. 18, 2019 Class not in session
Maha Shivaratri Hindu Mar. 4, 2019
Ash Wednesday Christian Mar. 6, 2019
Beginning of Lent Christian Mar. 6, 2019
Holi Hindu Mar 21-22, 2019
*Purim Jewish Mar. 21, 2019
Good Friday Christian Apr. 19, 2019
Easter Christian Apr. 21, 2019
Ramanavami Hindu Apr. 14, 2019
*Passover (Pesach) Jewish Apr. 20-27, 2019 *Apr. 20-27, Apr 26-27 Primary Obligation Days. Designated non-work day for observers.
Orthodox Good Friday Christian Orthodox Apr. 26, 2019
Orthodox Easter Christian Orthodox Apr. 28, 2019
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic May 6, 2019 ^ Ramadan: May 6-Jun. 5, 2019. Dates not fixed. See note above.
Memorial Day May 27, 2019 Class not in session
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic May 31, 2019 ^ Date not fixed. See note above.
Edi al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) Islamic June 5, 2019 ^ Ramadan: May 6-Jun. 5, 2019. Dates not fixed. See note above.
*Shavout Jewish June 9-10, 2019 Designated non-work day for observers.

Summer 2019

Holiday or Observance       

Religious Group

Dates

Additional Notes

Summer Solstice June 21, 2019
Independence Day July 4, 2019 Class not in session
Eid al-Adha Islamic Aug. 12, 2019 ^ Date not fixed. See note above.
Janmashtami Hindu Aug. 23, 2019

Fall 2019

Holiday or Observance

Religious Group

Dates

Additional Notes

Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year) Islamic Sept. 1, 2019 ^ Date not fixed. See note above.
Labor Day Sept 2, 2019 Class not in session
Navaratri/Dassehra Hindu Sept. 29-Oct. 7, 2019
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2019 Designated non-work day for observers.
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Oct. 9, 2019 Designated non-work day for observers.
Indigenous Peoples' Day Oct. 14, 2019
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Oct. 14-20, 2019 *Oct. 14-15 primary observation days
Designated non-work day for observers
*Shmini Atzeret Jewish Oct. 21, 2019 Designated non-work day for observers.
*Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 22, 2019 Designated non-work day for observers.
Diwali Hindu Oct. 27, 2019
Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad) Islamic Nov. 10, 2019 ^ Date not fixed. See note above.
Veteran's day Nov. 11, 2019 Class not in session
Thanksgiving Day Nov. 28-29, 2019 Class not in session.
Winter Solstice Dec. 22, 2019
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 23-30, 2019
Christmas Day Christian Dec. 25, 2019 Class not in session.
Kwanzaa Dec. 26, 2019 Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Spring 2020

Holiday or Observance

Religious Group

Dates

Additional Notes

New Year's Day Jan. 1, 2020 Class not in session
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7, 2020
Martin Luther King Day Jan. 20, 2020 Class not in session
Lunar New Year Jan. 25, 2020
President's Day Feb. 17, 2020 Class not in session
Maha Shivaratri Hindu Feb. 21, 2020
Beginning of Lent Christian Orthodox Feb. 26, 2020
Ash Wednesday Christian Feb. 26, 2020
Holi Hindu Mar 9-10, 2020
*Purim Jewish Mar. 20, 2020
Ramanavami Hindu Apr. 2, 2020
*Passover (Pesach) Jewish Apr. 9-16, 2020 *Apr. 9-10,15-16 Primary Obligation Days. Designated non-work day for observers.
Good Friday Christian Apr. 10, 2020
Easter Christian Apr. 12, 2020
Orthodox Good Friday Christian Orthodox Apr. 17, 2020
Orthodox Easter Christian Orthodox Apr. 19, 2020
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic Apr. 24, 2020 ^ Ramadan: April 24-May 24, 2019. Dates not fixed. See note above.
Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic May 19, 2020 ^ Date not fixed. See note above.
Edi al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) Islamic May 24, 2020 ^ Ramadan: April 24-May 24, 2019. Dates not fixed. See note above.
Memorial Day May 25, 2020 Class not in session
*Shavout Jewish May 29-30, 2020 Designated non-work day for observers.

Summer 2020

Holiday or Observance                

Religious Group    

Dates                 

Additional Notes

Summer Solstice June 20, 2020
Independence Day July 4, 2020 Observed July 3, 2020. Class not in session
Janmashtami Hindu Aug. 10, 2020
Muharram (Al-Hijrah New Year) Islamic Aug. 20, 2020

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