Religious Holidays

Washington and Lee University values diverse religious perspectives and beliefs. Our students celebrate and value a variety of religious traditions. We are committed to supporting our students observing their religious holidays, while also maintaining their commitment to their academic efforts. The catalog states the following university policy:

It is important to note that the faculty have authority to set their own attendance policies and have discretion to designate a student absence as "excused" or "unexcused" based on academic judgments.

A representative list of holy days for the 2018-19 academic year from several major traditions follows. These are only representative holidays and this list is not exhaustive. For a more complete listing, please visit the Interfaith Calendar.

Holiday / TraditionReligionDate(s)
June
Hajj Day Islam June 20, 2018
August
Eid-a-Adha Islam August 22-25, 2018
September
Rosh Hashanah Jewish September 10-11, 2018
Yom Kippur Jewish September 19, 2018
October
Simchat Torah Jewish October 2, 2018
Dasara Hindu October 19, 2018
Birth of the Bab Baha’i October 20, 2018
November
Deepavali Hindu November 7, 2018
December
Hanukkah Jewish December 3-10, 2018
Feast of Immaculate Conception of Mary Christian December 8, 2018
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) Buddhist December 8, 2018
Christmas Christian December 25, 2018
January
Solemnity of Mary Christian January 1, 2019
Feast of the Epiphany (Orthodox) Christian January 6, 2019
Mahayana New Year Buddhist January 21-23, 2019
February
Nirvana Day Buddhist February 8, 2019
Magha Puja Day Buddhist March 21, 2019
April
Holy Week (Orthodox) Christian April 14-20, 2019
Good Friday Christian April 19, 2019
Therevadin New Year Buddhist April 19-21, 2019
Passover Jewish April 19-27, 2019
Easter Christian April 21, 2019
Festival of Ridvan Baha’i April 21, 2019
Easter (Orthodox) Christian April 28, 2019
May
Yom Ha Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Jewish May 2, 2019
Buddha Day (Visakha Puja) Buddhist May 18, 2019
The Declaration of the Bab Baha'i May 23, 2019
Ascension of Bahá-u'lláh Baha’i May 29, 2019
June
Ascension Day Orthodox Christian June 6, 2019
Shavuot Jewish June 9-10, 2019