Religion and Culture

Religious and Cultural days that may impact student learning and staff

Issaquah School District 2020-2021

Date

Celebration/Practice/Tradition

Impact on Student Learning

Friday September 18 (evening) to Sunday, September 20th (evening)Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) – Jewish communityMany students will spend Rosh Hashanah with their families in synagogue or celebrating over festive meals. Because Rosh Hashanah starts this year on a weekend, most students will not need to miss school for it. 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.

Sunday, September 27th (evening) to Monday, September 28Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) – Jewish communityYom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish Year. It is a solemn day of self-reflection and repentance. Many students will miss school that Monday and spend it with their families in synagogue. Many over the age of 12 or 13 will also choose to fast (food and drink) for the 24 hours 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 the following Tuesday.

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

November 6, 2021Birth of the Báb - Baha'i CommunityMembers of the Bahai faith will be absent from school
November 7, 2021Birth of Bahá’u’lláh - Baha'i CommunityMembers of the Bahai faith will be absent from school
November 14th, 2020 (Saturday)Deepavali/Diwali (Festival of Lights) – Indian Communities - Hindu, Buddhist, and JainSome Jains may choose to fast for the two days of Diwali.

Diwali and the day after Diwali, student of Guajarati heritage may be absent for religious and traditional celebrations

Thursday, December 10 (evening) to Friday, December 18 (evening)Hanukkah – Jewish communityFor 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.

Wednesday, Feb. 17Ash Wednesday – Christian communityStudents and families may be attending religious services in the evening. May impact student work the next day.
Wednesday Feb. 17 to April 2nd (April 1 – Maundy Thursday)Lent – Christian CommunityAsh 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 evening and may not be able to attend afterschool or evening events.

Wednesday, Feb. 24- Feb. 28Ayyám-i-Há or Intercalary Days – Baha'i CommunityMany families will attend festive events and focus on service projects within the community all four days.
Thursday, February 25th (evening)Purim – Jewish communityMany families will attend festive events or synagogue services that Thursday afternoon/evening.

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

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

March 1 to March 19Nineteen Day Fast – Bahai communityMembers of the Bahai faith ages 15-70 fast (food and drink) from sunrise to sunset
March 10th (evening) – March 11th (Thursday)Maha Shivaratri (Festival for Lord Shiva) – Hindu communityThe celebration involves all-night worship the night before, fasting on the day, prayer and vigil done by the Hindu faith. 

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

March 20Naw-Rúz The Bahá’í New Year - Bahá’í CommunityMembers of the Bahai faith will be absent from school
Saturday, March 27th (evening) to Sunday, April 4 (evening)Passover-Jewish communityStudents 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).

Holy days may result in student not having assignments or ready for tests on Monday, March 29th.

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

April 12 to May 11Ramadan – Muslim communityStudents aged 9 and above may be fasting from sunrise to sunset
April 20First Day of Ridván Festival – Baha’i CommunityMembers of the Bahai faith will be absent from school
April 21Ram Navami (birth of Lord Ram) – Hindu communityFasting is observed throughout the day

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

April 28Ninth Day of Ridván - Bahá’í CommunityMembers of the Bahai faith will be absent from school
May 1Twelfth Day of Ridván - Bahá’í CommunityMembers of the Bahai faith will be absent from school
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.
May 13Eid al-Fitr – Muslim communityStudents 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 12th)

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

May 17 and 18 (starts at sunset on the 16 to sundown on the 18th)Shavuot-Jewish communityStudents 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 23Declaration of the Báb - Bahá’í CommunityMembers of the Bahai faith will be absent from school
May 28Ascension 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