Religious Accommodation Guidelines - 2016-2017 Academic Year

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 it 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 policies associated with these dates can be read on the York Courses website. You can also read more information on Statutory Dates in the academic year.

September 2016

1 Ecclesiastical year begins (Orthodox Christian)
6-15 Paryushana Parva (Jain)
8 Nativity of Mary (Christian)
10 Waqf al Arafa - Hajj (Islam, begins sundown on 9)
11-14 Eid al Adha (Islam, begins sundown on 10)
14 Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Christian)
22 Mabon/Ostata (Wicca/Pagan)
29 Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels (Christian)
Meskel (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian)

October 2016

1-10 Navaratri (Hindu)
2 Muharram - New Year (Islam)
3-4 Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
4 Blessing of the Animals (Christian)
St. Francis Day (Catholic Christian)
11 Dasara (Hindu)
12 Ashura (Islam)
Yom Kippur (Jewish)
17-23 Sukkot (Jewish)
18 St. Luke, Apostle & Evangelist (Christian)
20 Birth of the Báb (Baha'i)
Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth (Sikh)
24 Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)
25 Simchat Torah (Jewish)
30 Diwali - Deepavali (Hindu / Sikh / Jain)
31 All Saints' Eve (Christian)
New Year (Jain)
Reformation Day (Protestant Christian)

November 2016

1 All Saints' Day (Christian)
Birth of the Bab (Bahi)
Samhain / Beltane (Wicca/Pagan)
2 All Souls' Day (Catholic Christian)
Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
14 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (Sikh)
15 Nativity Fast begins (Orthodox Christian)
20 Christ the King (Christian)
24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur (Sikh)
25 Day of the Covenant (Baha'i)
27 Advent begins (Christian)
30 St. Andrew's Day (Christian)

December 2016

6 St. Nicholas's Day (Christian)
8 Immaculate Conception of Mary (Catholic Christian)
Rohatsu/Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
12 Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Catholic Christian)
Mawlid an Nabe (Islam)
14 Mawlid an Nabi (Islam)
16-25 Posadas Navideñas (Christian)
21 Yule (Christian / Wicca / Pagan)
24 Christmas Eve (Christian)
25 Christmas (Christian)
Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christian)
25-Jan. 1 Hanukkah (Jewish)
26 Zarathosht Diso / Death of Prophet Zarathustra (Zoroastrian)
26 St. Stephen's Day (Christian)
28 Feast of the Holy Innocents (Christian)
30 Feast of the Holy Family (Catholic Christian)
31 Watch Night (Christian)

January 2017

1 Feast of St. Basil (Orthodox Christian)
Gantan-Sai (Shinto)
Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus (Orthodox Christian)
Feast of Mary, Mother of God (Catholic Christian)
5 Guru Gobindh Singh birthday (Sikh)
Twelfth Night (Christian)
6 Epiphany (Christian)
Feast of the Theophany (Orthodox Christian)
Feast of the Nativity of Christ (Armenian Orthodox Christian)
Three Kings' Day (Christian)
7 Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christian)
8 Baptism of the Lord Jesus (Christian)
12-15 Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
13 Maghi (Sikh)
15 World Religion Day (Baha'i)
17 Blessing of the Animals (Hispanic Catholic Christian)
19-25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Christian)
19 Timkat (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian)
Triodion begins (Orthodox Christian)
25 Conversion of St. Paul (Christian)
28 Chinese New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)

February 2017

1 Vasant Panchami (Hindu)
2 Candlemas / Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Christian)
Imbolc / Lughnassah (Wicca/Pagan)
Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Anglican Christian)
Feast of St. Brigid of Kildare (Celtic Christian)
3 Feast of St. Blaise (Christian)
Setsebun Sai (Shinto)
5 Four Chaplains Sunday (Interfaith)
11 Tu BiShvat (Jewish)
12 Triodion (Orthodox Christian)
14 St. Valentine's Day (Christian)
15 Nirvana Day (Buddhist & Jain)
19 Meatfare Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
25 Maha Shavaratri (Hindu)
26 Cheese Fare Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
Transfiguration Sunday (Christian)
26-March 1 Intercalary Days (Baha'i)
28 Shrove Tuesday (Christian)

March 2017

1 Ash Wednesday (Christian)
St. David's Day (Christian)
2-20 Nineteen Day Fast (Baha'i)
5 Orthodox Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
12 Magha Puja Day (Buddhist)
Purim (Jewish)
13 Hola Mohalla (Sikh)
Holi (Hindu)
17 St. Patrick's Day (Christian)
19 St. Joseph's Day (Christian)
20 Mabon (Wicca/Pagan)
Ostara (Wicca/Pagan)
21 Naw-Rúz / New Year (Baha'i)
Norooz / New Year (Persian / Zoroastrian)
25 Annunciation of the Virgin Mary (Christian)
27 Great Lent begins / Clean Monday (Orthodox Christian)
28 New Year (Hindu)
28-April 5 Ramayana (Hindu)
28 Khordad Sal / Birth of Prophet Zarathustra (Zoroastrian)

April 2017

1 Lazarus Saturday (Orthodox Christian)
2 Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
5 Ramanavami (Hindu)
9 Palm Sunday (Christian)
10 Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)
11 Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)
Lord's Evening Meal (Jehovah's Witness Christian)
11-14 Theravadin Mew Year (Buddhist)
11-18 Pesach / Passover (Jewish)
14 Baisakhi / Vaisakhi (Sikh)
Good Friday (Christian)
Holy Friday (Orthodox Christian)
16 Easter (Christian)
Pascha / Easter (Orthodox Christian)
21 First Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
23 St. George's Day (Christian)
Yom HaShoah (Jewish)
24 Lailat al Miraj (Islam)
29 Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
30 St. James the Great Day (Orthodox Christian)

May 2017

1 Beltane - Samhain (Wicca/Pagan)
Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Jewish)
2 Twelfth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
3 Feast of Sts. Philip & James the Less (Christian)
4 National Day of Prayer - USA (Interfaith)
10 Visakha Puja / Buddha Day (Buddhist)
12 Lailat al Bara'ah (Islam)
14 Lag BaOmer (Jewish)
23 Declaration of the Bab (Baha'i)
27 Ramadan begins (Islam)
29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
31-June 1 Shavuot (Jewish)
25 Ascension of Jesus (Christian)

June 2017

4 Pentecost (Christian)
9 Feast of St. Columba of Iona (Celtic Christian)
11 Trinity Sunday (Christian)
15 Corpus Christi (Catholic Christian)
Feast of St. Vladimir (Christian)
16 Guru Arjan martyrdom (Sikh)
19 New Church Day (Swedenborgian Christian)
21 National Aboriginal Day (Canadian Indigenous Peoples)
Litha (Wicca / Pagan)
Yule (Wicca / Pagan)
22 Laylat al-Qadr (Islam)
23 Feast of the Sacred Heart (Catholic Christian)
26-28 Eid al-Fitr (Islam)
29 Feast Day of Sts. Peter and Paul (Christian)

July 2017

11 Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha'i)
Feast of St. Benedict (Catholic Christian)
13 Ulambana-Obon (Buddhist)
13-15 St. Vladimir the Great Day (Orthodox Christian)
15 Asalha Puja day (Buddhist)
24 Pioneer Day (Mormon Christian)
25 St. James's Day (Christian)

August 2017

1 Fast in honor of Mother of Jesus (Orthodox Christian)
Lammas (Christian)
Lughnassad / Imbolc (Wicca/Pagan)
Tisha B'av (Jewish)
6 Transfiguration of the Lord (Orthodox Christian)
7 Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)
15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Catholic Christian)
Dormition of the Theotokis (Orthdox Christian)
Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)
26-Sept. 4 Paryushana Parva (Jain)
29 Beheading of St. John the Baptist (Christian)
31 Waqf al Arafa / Hajj Day (Islam)