The following list of Commonly Observed Dates of Religious Significance is meant as a guide to religious accommodations for students.
The guide has been compiled in consultation with York’s student Interfaith Council to ensure it is inclusive for York’s student body. You can also consult the Interfaith Calendar (not maintained by York). The complete policy, guidelines and procedures for Accommodation for Students' Religious Observances can be read on the York Secretariat Policies website.
There are many religious observation dates associated with various faiths, and the absence of such dates on this list should not be interpreted to mean that accommodation will not be provided to students who observe those days. To learn about the holidays when the University is closed, read about the statutory holidays for the academic year.
University event planners and faculty members are encouraged to take these days into consideration when scheduling events and due dates.
Want to learn more about religious accommodation?
Review the Accommodating Creed (Religion): A Guide for Students, Faculty, and Staff) created by the Centre for Human, Rights, Equity & Inclusion.
Commonly Observed Dates of Religious Significance: 2022-2023
*Some observances are based on the lunar calendar, and thus may vary by one or two days. Local or regional customs may also use a variation of the dates listed below.
**Lunar New Year - The first day after the new (dark) moon is a religious and cultural festival celebrated by Chinese, Vietnamese and Koreans of Buddhist and other backgrounds as New Year's Day. Tibetans celebrate on a different date. Religious accommodation for special worship may be required for this observance/holy day.
|Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)||Begins at sunset on Sept. 25, 2022 and ends at nightfall on Sept. 27, 2022.|
|Yom Kippur (Jewish)||Begins at sunset on Oct. 4, 2022 and ends at nightfall on Oct. 5, 2022.|
|Dussehra (Hindu)*||Oct. 4, 2022|
|First Two Days of Sukkot (Jewish)||Begins at sunset on Oct. 9, 2022 and the second day ends at nightfall on Oct. 11, 2022.|
|Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)||Begins at sunset on Oct. 16, 2022 and ends at nightfall on Oct. 17, 2022.|
|Simchat Torah (Jewish)||Begins at sunset on Oct. 17, 2022 and ends at nightfall on Oct. 18, 2022.|
|Diwali (Hindu-Jain-Sikh)||Oct. 24, 2022|
|Birth of the Báb (Bahá’í)||Oct. 26, 2022|
|Birth of Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’í)||Oct. 27, 2022|
|Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Sikh)*||Nov. 8, 2022|
|Hanukkah (Jewish)||Begins at sunset on Dec. 18, 2022 and ends at nightfall on Dec. 26, 2022.|
|Christmas Eve (Christian)||Dec. 24, 2022|
|Christmas (Christian)||Dec. 25, 2022|
|Epiphany (Christian)||Jan. 6, 2023|
|Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christian)||Jan. 7, 2023|
|Lunar New Year (Buddhist)**||Jan. 22, 2023|
|Ash Wednesday (Christian)||Feb. 22, 2023|
|Purim (Jewish)||Begins at sunset on March 6, 2023 and ends at nightfall on March 7, 2023.|
|Magha Puja Day (Buddhist)*||March 6, 2023|
|Naw-Ruz New Year||March 21, 2023|
|Ramadan (Islam)*||Begins at sunset March 22, 2023 and ends at nightfall on April 20, 2023. Muslims may fast from dawn to dusk, abstaining from food and drink. Examinations scheduled in the evening may pose a special burden.|
|Passover - Pesach (Jewish)||Begins at sunset on April 5, 2023 and ends at nightfall on April 13, 2023. The first and last two days are no work, no class days.|
|Good Friday (Christian)||April 7, 2023|
|Easter Sunday (Christian)||April 9, 2023|
|Vaisakhi (Sikh)*||April 14, 2023|
|Holy Friday (Orthodox Christian)||April 14, 2023|
|Easter (Orthodox Christian)||April 16, 2023|
|Ridván Festival (Bahá’í)||Begins at sunset on April 21 and ends on May 2, 2023. The first day (April 21), ninth day (April 29) and twelfth day (May 2) are considered particularly significant.|
|Eid-al-Fitr (Islam)*||Begins at sunset on April 21, 2023 and ends April 22, 2023.|
|Vesak / Wesak (Buddhist)*||May 5, 2023|
|Declaration of the Báb (Bahá’í)||May 24, 2023|
|Shavuot (Jewish)||Begins at sunset on May 25, 2023 and ends at nightfall on May 27, 2023.|
|Ascension of the Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’í)||May 29, 2023|
|Hajj Pilgrimage (Islam)*||From June 26, 2023 to July 1, 2023 for students participating in the pilgrimage to Mecca.|
|Eid-al-Adha (Islam)*||Begins at sunset on June 28, 2023 and ends July 2, 2023.|
|Martyrdom of the Báb (Bahá’í)||July 10, 2023|
|Tisha B’av (Jewish)||Begins on July 26, 2023 and ends at nightfall on July 27, 2023.|
|Ashura (Islam)*||July 28, 2023|