Religious Accommodation Resource - 2023-2024 Academic Year

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. The University is closed on statutory holidays during the academic year. These dates and holidays can be found on the Office of the Registrar’s website: Statutory Holidays - 2023-2024 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 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: 2023-2024

Please note that there may be some additional religious observances that are not included on this list where students may need to visit a place of worship to participate in traditions or observances.

Some of the dates listed below can have both religious and cultural significance. Religious accommodation for special worship may be required in those cases. Examples of dates with both cultural and religious significance include, but are not limited to:

  • Lunar New Year, the first day after the new (dark) moon, which is celebrated by Chinese, Vietnamese and Koreans of Buddhist and other backgrounds as New Year's Day. Tibetans celebrate on a different date.
  • Bandi Chhor Divas, a celebratory day in the Sikh community.

*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.

Religious Observance Date(s)
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish) Begins at sunset on Sept. 15, 2023 and ends at nightfall on Sept. 17, 2023.
Yom Kippur (Jewish) Begins at sunset on Sept. 24, 2023 and ends at nightfall on Sept. 25, 2023.
First Two Days of Sukkot (Jewish) Begins at sunset on Sept. 29, 2023 and the second day ends at nightfall on Oct. 6, 2023.
Dussehra (Hindu)* Oct. 24, 2023
Shemini Atzeret (Jewish) Begins at sunset on Oct. 6, 2023 and ends at nightfall on Oct. 7, 2023.
Simchat Torah (Jewish) Begins at sunset on Oct. 7, 2023 and ends at nightfall on Oct. 8, 2023.
Birth of Bahá'u'lláh (Bahá'í) Oct. 17, 2023
Birth of the Báb (Bahá'í) Oct. 20, 2023
Diwali (Hindu-Jain-Sikh) Nov. 12, 2023
Bandi Chhor Divas (Sikh) Nov. 12, 2023
Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Sikh)* Nov. 27, 2023
Hanukkah (Jewish) Begins at sunset on Dec. 7, 2023 and ends at nightfall on Dec. 15, 2023.
Christmas Eve (Christian) Dec. 24, 2023
Christmas (Christian) Dec. 25, 2023
Epiphany (Christian) Jan. 6, 2024
Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christian) Jan. 7, 2024
Makar Sankranti Jan. 15, 2024
Lunar New Year (Buddhist) Feb. 10, 2024
Ash Wednesday (Christian) Feb. 14, 2024
Magha Puja Day (Buddhist)* Feb. 24, 2024
Ramadan (Islam)* Begins at sunset March 10, 2024 and ends at nightfall on April 9, 2024. Muslims may fast from dawn to dusk, abstaining from food and drink. Examinations scheduled in the evening may pose a special burden.
Nowruz New Year March 21, 2024
Purim (Jewish) Begins at sunset on March 23, 2024 and ends at nightfall on March 24, 2024.
Good Friday (Christian) March 29, 2024
Easter Sunday (Christian) March 31, 2024
Eid-al-Fitr (Islam)* Begins at sunset on April 9, 2024 and ends the evening of April 12, 2024 inclusive.
Vaisakhi (Sikh)* April 13, 2024
Ridván Festival (Bahá'í) Begins at sunset on April 21, 2024 and ends on May 2, 2024. The first day (April 21), ninth day (April 29) and twelfth day (May 2) are considered particularly significant.
Passover - Pesach (Jewish) Begins at sunset on April 22, 2024 and ends at nightfall on April 29, 2024. The first and last two days are no work, no class days.
Holy Friday (Orthodox Christian) May 3, 2024
Easter (Orthodox Christian) May 5, 2024
Vesak / Wesak (Buddhist)* May 23, 2024
Declaration of the Báb (Bahá'í) May 23, 2024
Ascension of the Bahá'u'lláh (Bahá'í) May 29, 2024
Shavuot (Jewish) Begins at sunset on June 11, 2024 and ends at nightfall on June 13, 2024.
Hajj Pilgrimage (Islam)* From June 14, 2024 to June 19, 2024 for students participating in the pilgrimage to Makkah.
Eid-al-Adha (Islam)* Begins at sunset on June 16, 2024 and ends June 17, 2024.
Martyrdom of the Báb (Bahá'í) July 9, 2024
Tisha B'av (Jewish) Begins on Aug. 12, 2024 and ends at nightfall on Aug. 13, 2024.
Ashura (Islam)* July 16, 2024 to July 17, 2024