Religion and Culture

Religious and Cultural days that may impact student learning and staff

Issaquah School District 2021-2022

Date

Celebration/Practice/Tradition

Impact on Student Learning

Monday, September 6 (evening) to Wednesday, September 8 (evening)Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) – Jewish community

Some families will choose to abstain from technology use during this holiday.

Holy days may result in student not having completed assignments or ready for tests the following day.

Please keep in mind families will not be able to attend events on these dates.

 

Wednesday, September 15 (evening) to Thursday, September 16 (evening)Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) – Jewish community

Students will be absent from school on Thursday.

Many over the age of 12/13 will also choose to fast from sunset to sunset.

Some families will choose to abstain from technology use during this holiday.

Holy days may result in students not having assignments or ready for tests Friday, Sept 17.

Please keep in mind families will not be able to attend events on these dates.

Tuesday, September 21Mid-Autumn Festival - Chinese, Korean and some other East & Southeast Asian CommunitiesIt will be great if students whose families celebrate this festival can be excused from school.
Thursday, October 14Double Ninth Festival/ Chongyang Festival/ the Senior’s Festival –Chinese CommunitySome families may not be able to attend evening events.
November 6Birth of the Báb - Baha'i CommunityMembers of the Bahai faith will be absent from school
November 7Birth of Bahá’u’lláh - Baha'i CommunityMembers of the Bahai faith will be absent from school

Tuesday Nov. 2 to Saturday, Nov. 6

Thursday, Nov. 4 (main observance)

Deepavali/Diwali (Festival of Lights) – Indian Communities - Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain

Celebrations vary among the different communities.

Some Jains may choose to fast for the two days of Diwali.

Diwali and the day after Diwali, students celebrating this holiday may be absent due to religious and traditional celebrations.

Sunday, November 28 (evening) to Monday, December 6 (evening)Hanukkah – Jewish community

For most students, it will not significantly impact their ability to engage with school-work such as homework or studying for exams. Please avoid comparing it to Christmas.

Please keep in mind families will not be able to attend evening events on these dates.

Tuesday, February 1

Lunar New Year/ Chinese New Year/ The Spring Festival

- Chinese Community and a lot of East & South East Asian communities

Students and families will start celebrating from the eve before Lunar New Year’s Day, and it is the most important festival in China or for people of the Chinese descent. It will last for 6 to 15 days until the Lantern Festival.

Students will be attending family gatherings and festive events in celebration.

Some families may not be able to attend events on this date.

Tuesday, February 15The Lantern Festival - Chinese Community and a lot of East & South East Asian communities

Some families may not be able to attend events on this date.

This may result in students not having assignments or ready for tests on Wednesday.

Wednesday, Feb. 25- Tuesday, March 1Ayyám-i-Há or Intercalary Days – Baha'i CommunityMany families will attend festive events and focus on service projects within the community all four days.
Monday, February 28 (evening) to Tuesday, March 1thMaha Shivaratri (Festival for Lord Shiva) – Hindu community

Some families may fast on the day.

This may result in students not having assignments or ready for tests on Tuesday.

March 2 to March 20Nineteen Day Fast – Bahai communityMembers of the Bahai faith ages 15-70 fast (food and drink) from sunrise to sunset
Wednesday, March 2Ash Wednesday – Christian communityStudents and families may be attending religious services in the evening. May impact student work the next day.
Wednesday March 2 to April 2nd (April 14 – Maundy Thursday, April 15 – Good Friday)Lent – Christian Community

Ash Wednesday to Good Friday Christian community - Students may be impacted by religious services on Wednesday and Friday evenings. Please keep in mind families may not be able to attend school events Wednesday and Friday nights during Lent.

Many families may attend services Maundy Thursday or Good Friday evening and may not be able to attend afterschool or evening events.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 (sunset) to Thursday, March 17, 2022 (nightfall)Purim – Jewish community

Please keep in mind families will not be able to attend school events on Wednesday.

Students may be absent on Thursday for services/celebrations.

This may result in students not having assignments or being ready for tests on the following Friday.

Friday, March 18Holi

Students and families may attend family or festive gathering.

Celebration vary based on regions.

March 20Naw-Rúz The Bahá’í New Year - Bahá’í CommunityMembers of the Bahai faith will be absent from school
Friday, April 15 (sunset) to Saturday, April 23 (nightfall)Passover-Jewish community

Students may be absent (starts on weekend so no missed school days).

Students refrain from eating certain foods such as bread and anything with leavening (avoid class treats with bread or leavening).

Please keep in mind families will not be able to attend events on these dates.

Saturday, April 2 (sunset) to Monday, May 2 (evening)Ramadan – Muslim communityStudents aged 9 and above may be fasting from sunrise to sunset
April 21First Day of Ridván Festival – Baha’i CommunityMembers of the Bahai faith will be absent from school
Sunday, April 20Ram Navami (birth of Lord Ram) – Hindu community

Fasting is observed throughout the day.

Some families may not be able to attend events on this date.

April 29Ninth Day of Ridván - Bahá’í CommunityMembers of the Bahai faith will be absent from school
Monday, May 2Twelfth Day of Ridván - Bahá’í CommunityMembers of the Bahai faith will be absent from school
Monday, May 2 (evening) and ends Tuesday, May 3 (evening)Eid al-Fitr – Muslim community

Students may be absent the day of the celebration and the day after – big feast/family celebration (comparable to Christmas in Christian faith). Starts the night before (May 2th)

Please keep in mind families will not be able to attend events on these dates.

Thursday, May 5 (5/5)Children’s Day - KoreanStudents of Korean heritage may stay home since it is a national holiday in Korea to celebrate the child. Families may have special events planned that day.
Saturday, June 4th (Sunset) to Monday, June 6 (nightfall)Shavuot-Jewish community

Students may be absent.

Holy days may result in student not having assignments or ready for tests the following day.

Please keep in mind families will not be able to attend events on these dates.

May 24Declaration of the Báb - Bahá’í CommunityMembers of the Bahai faith will be absent from school
May 29Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh - Bahá’í CommunityMembers of the Bahai faith will be absent from school

*This calendar does not cover all holidays that may be observed by students and students may practice the same religion differently.

Additional information on Common Religious and U.S. Public Holidays from OSPI

Interfaith Calendar

PTA multicultural calendar with links and information about Heritage months

Parents – Please be sure to call or email your school and excuse the absence for religious or cultural celebration related absences.