Holidays and Cultural Observances

South Windsor Public Schools encourages all students and staff members to appreciate and be respectful of each other's heritage and cultural diversity. The curriculum at every level presents opportunities to provide learning experiences which help create awareness and sensitivity toward a variety of holidays, celebrations and cultural observances. The following is intended to provide information regarding not only the secular holidays on which South Windsor schools are closed, but also regarding the major festivals and holy days for many of the religious traditions represented in the South Windsor community. Faculty will make appropriate accommodations for students affected by these and other special observance days.

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Days on which South Windsor Public Schools are closed are identified in

2018-2019 Dates


Religion/Holiday - Description


July 4, 2018

Independence Day

U.S. Holiday - Anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776.

September 2, 2018


Hindu - Celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna, the 8th incarnation of the God Vishnu.

September 3, 2018

Labor Day

U.S. Holiday - Celebrated the first Monday in September in recognition of U.S. workers.

September 10, 2018 - September 11, 2018

Rosh Hashanah *

Jewish - Beginning of the Jewish New Year and first of the High Holy Days; marks the beginning of a 10-day period of repentance and spiritual renewal.

September 11, 2018


Islamic - Beginning of the new year based on the Islamic lunar calendar. Celebrates the hegira, the flight of the prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina.

September 19, 2018

Yom Kippur *

Jewish - The holiest day in Judaism – the “Day of Atonement” marks the end of the Ten Days of Repentance that begin with Rosh Hashanah.

September 21, 2018

Eid al-Adha *

Islamic - The “Feast of Sacrifice” concludes the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca), and is a 3-day festival recalling Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God.

September 21, 2018


Muslim - For Shias, a commemoration of the martyrdom of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, at Karbala.

9/24/18 – 9/30/18

Sukkot *

Jewish - “Feast of Tabernacles” commemorates the 40-year wandering of the Israelites in the desert on the way to the Promised Land.

October 1, 2018

Shemini Atzeret *

Jewish - “Eighth Day of Assembly,” observed on the day immediately following Sukkot.

October 2, 2018

Simchat Torah *

Jewish - “Rejoicing in the Torah” celebrates the conclusion of the public reading of the Pentateuch and its beginning anew.

October 8, 2018

Columbus Day

U.S. Holiday - A public holiday in many parts of the United States that commemorates the voyage of Christopher Columbus to the Americas in 1492.

10/10/18 – 10/19/18


Hindu - Nine day festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


Hindu - “Festival of Lights” is the most important Hindu festival of the year and the beginning of a five-day period which honors various Hindu gods and goddesses. It celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.

November 11, 2018

Veteran’s Day

U.S. Holiday - Honors the U.S. Armed Services and commemorates the war dead. 

November 21, 2018

Mawlid an-Nabi

Islamic - The observance of the birthday of Islam founder Prophet Muhammad, which occurs in Ragvi’ al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar. (Celebrated five days later by Shite Muslims.)

November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving Day

U.S. Holiday - Following a 19th century tradition, it commemorates the Pilgrims harvest feast in the autumn of 1621.

12/3/18 – 12/10/18

Hanukkah *

Jewish - Eight-day holiday commemorating the victory of the Jews, led by the Maccabees, over the Greeks in 165 B.C.E and the rededication of the temple.

December 25, 2018


Christian (U.S. Holiday) - Celebration of the birth of Jesus by Protestants and Roman Catholics.

January 1, 2019

New Year’s Day

U.S. Holiday - The first day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.

12/26/18 – 1/1/19


African American - The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving.

January 6, 2019

Epiphany (Three Kings Day)

Christian - Western church associated Epiphany with the journey of the Magi to the infant Jesus; the Eastern church, with the baptism of Jesus by John.

January 21, 2019

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

U.S. Holiday - The birthday of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated on the third Monday in January.

February 18, 2019

President's Day

U.S. Holiday - Honors all past presidents of the United States of America.

March 4, 2019

Maha Shivaratri

Hindu - Hindu festival honoring Shiva, the god of destruction; celebrates his wedding anniversary and the night of his celestial dance.

March 6, 2019

Ash Wednesday

Christian -Beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of spiritual preparation for Easter, not counting Sundays.

March 21, 2019


Hindu - Hindu annual festival that celebrates spring and commemorates various events in Hindu mythology.

March 21, 2019

Purim *

Jewish - The “Feast of Lots” marks the salvation of the Jews of ancient Persia from extermination.

April 14, 2019


Hindu - Celebration of the birth of Rama, king of India, and one of the incarnations of the God Vishnu.

April 19, 2019

Good Friday

Christian - Friday preceding Easter Sunday; commemorates the day of Jesus’ crucifixion.

April 21, 2019


Christian - Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. Easter falls at some point between late March and late April each year.

4/20/19 – 4/27/19

Passover *

Jewish - Eight-day “Feast of Unleavened Bread” celebrates Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian bondage. The first two days of Passover are usually considered the most important days of the period.

April 28, 2019

Greek Orthodox Easter


May 27, 2019

Memorial Day

U.S. Holiday - Initiated originally to honor the dead of the Civil War, this observance now pays homage to the dead of all U.S. wars.

May 31, 2019

Laylat al-Qadr *

Islamic - The “Night of Power” marks the night in which God first revealed the Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad.

May 6, 2019 –
June 4, 2019

Ramadan (Beginning) *

Islamic - A month of strict fasting from dawn until dusk in honor of the first revelations of the Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad.

June 4, 2019

Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) *

Islamic - The “Feast of the Breaking of the Fast” marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting from dawn until dusk.

June 9, 2019 -
June 10, 2019

Shavouth *

Jewish - The “Feast of Weeks” celebrates the covenant established at Sinai between God and Israel, and the revelation of the Ten Commandments.

* all Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the previous day

Every effort has been made to verify the accuracy of this information. Any corrections may be brought to our attention by email here.

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