Religious Accommodation Guidelines

The following calendar is meant as a guide to religious accommodations The guide has been compiled using the Interfaith Calendar as a source, and is provided for reference purposes only. It is not intended to be, nor should be relied upon as an authority on holy days.

Please note:

  • Dates of Islamic observance are tentative because they are based on the local first sightings of the lunar crescent of the new moon.
  • Jewish holy days typically begin at sundown on the date prior to what is listed on this calendar.

University event planners and faculty members are encouraged to take these days into consideration when scheduling events.

The policy associated with these dates can be found in the York Courses website. For information on Statutory Dates, click here.

September 2015

1 Ecclesiastical year begins (Orthodox Christian)
8 Nativity of Mary (Christian)
14 Holy Cross Day (Christian)
14-15 Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
17 Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)
18 Paryushana Parva (Jain)
22 Waqf al Arafa - Hajj (Islam (begins sundown on 21)
23 Mabon/Ostata (Wicca/Pagan, begins sundown on 22)
Yom Kippur (Jewish begins sundown on 22)
27 Meskel (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian)
28 - Oct 4 Sukkot (Jewish begins sundown on 27)
29 Michael and All Angels (Christian)

October 2015

4 Saint Francis Day (Christian)
5 Shemini Atzeret - Jewish (begins sundown on 4th)
6 Simchat Torah - Jewish (begins sundown on 5th)
13-21 Navaratri (Hindu)
14 Hijra - New Year - Islam (begins sundown on 13)
20 Birth of the Báb (Baha'i)
Installation of Scriptures as Gukru Granth (Sikh)
22 Dasara (Hindu)
23 Saint George's Day (Christian)
Ashura (Islam) - begins sundown on 22
25 Reformation Day - (Protestant Christian)
28 Milvian Bridge Day - (Christian)
26 All Hallows Eve - (Christian)
Samhain (Northern hemisphere) Beltane *Southern hemisphere) (Wicca/Pagan) begins Sundown Oct 30

November 2015

1 All Saints' Day (Christian)
2 All Souls' Day (Catholic Christian)
9-13 Deepavali (Hindu)
11 Diwali - (Hindu/Jain/Sikh)
12 Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
New Year (Jain)
15 Nativity Fast begins through 12/24 (Orthodox Christian)
22 Christ the King (Christian)
24 Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom (Sikh)
25 Guru Nanak Dev Sahib birthday (Sikh)
26 Day of Covenant (Baha'i)
28 Ascension of Abdu’l-Bahá (Baha'i)
29 Advent begins (christians)
30 Saint Andrew's Day (Christian)

December 2015

6 St. Nicholas Day (Christian)
7-14 Hanukkah (Judaism begins sundown on 6)
8 Immaculate Conception of Mary (Catholic Christian)
Rohatsu (Bodhi Day) ** - Buddhist
12 Advent Fast begins (Orthodox Christian)
Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian
16 Posades Navidenas (Christian)
21 Yule (Christian)
Yule - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere (begins sundown on 20)
Litha - Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
23 Mawlid an Nabi (Islam) (begins sundown on 22)
24 Christmas Eve (Christian)
25 Christmas (Christian)
26 Zarathosht Diso - Death of Prophet Zarathushtra (Zoroastrian)
27 Feast of the Holy Family (Catholic Christian)
28 Holy Innocents (Christian)
31 Watch Night (Christian)

January 2016

1 Feast of St. Basil (Orthodox Christian)
Gantan-Sai (Shinto)
Mary, Mother of God (Catholic Christian)
5 Guru Gobindh Singh birthday (Sikh)
Twelfth Night (Christian)
6 Dia de los Reyes (Christian)
Epiphany (Christian)
Feast of the Theophany (Orthodox Christian)
Nativity of Christ (Armenian Orthodox Christian)
7 Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christian)
8 Feast of the Holy Family (Catholic Christian)
10 Baptism of the Lord Jesus (Christian)
13 Maghi (Sikh)
18-25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins (Christian)
20 Timkat (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian)
24-27 Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
25 Conversion of St. Paul (Christian)
Tu BiShvat (Jewish)

February 2016

1 Clean Monday (Orthodox Christian)
2 Candlemas (Christian)
Imbolc - Lughnassad (Wicca/Pagan northern and southern hemispheres)
St Brighid of Kildare (Celtic Christian)
3 St. Blaze Day (Christian)
Setsebun Sai (Shinto)
7 Four Chaplains Sunday (Interfaith)
Transfiguration Sunday (Christian)
8 Chinese New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)
9 Shrove Tuesday (Christian)
10 Ash Wednesday (Christian)
12 Triodion (Orthodox Christian)
Vasant Panshami (Hindu)
14 Saint Valentine's Day (Christian)
15 Nirvana Day (Buddhist & Jain)
26 Intercalary Days (Baha'i)

March 2016

1 Intercalary Days end (Baha'i)
Saint David of Wales (Christian)
2-20 Nineteen Day Fast (Baha'i)
6 Orthodox Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
8 Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)
13 Cheesefare Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
17 St Patrick's Day (Christian)
20 Mabon (Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere)
Ostara (Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere)
Palm Sunday (Christian)
21 Naw Ruz - New Year (Baha'i)
Norooz - New Year (Persian, Zoroastrian)
23 Lord's Evening Meal (Jehovah's Witness Christian)
Holi (Hindu)
Magha Puja Day (Buddhist)
24 Purim (Jewish)
Maundy Thursday (Christian)
Hola Mohalla (Sikh)
25 Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Christian)
Good Friday (Christian)
27 Easter (Christian)
28 Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranthushtra) - Zoroastrian )
30 Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)

April 2016

8 Hindu New Year (Hindu)
8-15 Ramayana (Hindu)
14 Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) (Sikh)
15 Ramanavami (Hindu)
21 First Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
22 Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)
22-23 Theravadin New Year (Buddhist)
23-30 Pesach (Passover) (Jewish)
23 St. George's Day (Christian)
Lazarus Satuday (Orthodox Christian)
24 Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
29 Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i )
Holy Friday (Orthodox Christian)
30 St. James the Great Day (Orthodox Christian)
Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)

May 2016

1 Beltane - Samhain (Wicca/Pagan northern and southern hemispheres)
Pascha (Easter) - Orthodox Christian
2 Twelfth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
3 Saints Philip & James (Christian)
4 National Day of Prayer - (USA - Interfaith)
5 Lailat al Miraj (Islam)
Yom HaShoah (Jewish)
Ascension of Jesus - (Christian)
12 Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Jewish)
15 Visakha Puja (Buddhist)
Pentecost (Christian)
21 Lailat al Bara'ah (Islam)
22 Trinity Sunday (Christian)
23 Declaration of the Bab (Baha'i)
Lailal al Bara'a (Islam)
26 Lag B'Omer (Jewish)
Corpus Christi (Catholic Christian)
29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)

June 2016

1 Ascension of Jesus (Orthodox Christian)
3 Sacred Heart of Jesus (Catholic Christian)
6 Ramadan begins (Islam)
9 St. Columba of Iona (Celtic Christian)
Ascension of Jesus (Orthodox Christian)
12-13 Shavuot (Jewish)
16 Guru Arjan martyrdom (Sikh)
19 New Church Day (Swedenborgian Christian)
Pentecost (Orthodox Christian)
20 Litha (Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere)
Yule (Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere)
First Nations Day (Canadian Native People)
26 All Saints (Orthodox Christian)
26 Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul (Christian)

July 2016

1 Lailat al Kadr (Islam)
7-9 Eid al Fitr (Islam)
9 Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha'i)
11 St Benedict Day (Catholic Christian)
13-15 Ulambana-Obon (Buddhist)
15 St. Vladimir the Great Day (Orthodox Christian)
19 Asalha Puja day (Buddhist)
23 Emperor Haile Selassi's birthday (Rastafari)
24 Pioneer Day (Mormon Christian)
25 St. James the Great Day (Christian)

August 2016

1 Fast in honor of Mother of Jesus (Orthodox Christian)
Lammas (Christian)
Lughnassad - Imbolc * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
5 Ganesh Chathurthi (Hindu)
6 Transfiguration of the Lord - Orthodox Christian)
14 Tish'a B'av (Jewish)
15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Catholic Christian)
Dormition of the Theotokis (Orthdox Christian)
18 Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)
25 Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)
29 Beheading of John the Baptist (Christian)