Holy days

McGill University recognizes and respects the diversity of its community, including diversity of religious faiths and observances. The University is committed to providing an environment in which its students can fulfill both their university and their religious commitments.


Faiths

The multifaith calendar is published as a service to the University community, according to Senate policy (see Chapter Seven in the Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities). This is not a conclusive list, and additional documentation may be requested from the student to demonstrate a religious commitment.

  • Aboriginal Spirituality

    Each band may have unique spiritual observances which, while not listed here as a holy day, may require accommodation.

  • Baha'i

  • Buddhism

    In the Western world, festivals are generally celebrated on the Sunday nearest the actual date.

  • Christianity

    The Gregorian calendar has been adopted by all Christian churches of the West. Most Eastern churches, however, continue to use the Julian calendar for religious purposes, though only a few use it exclusively. Nearly all Eastern churches still determine Easter according to the "Old Style" or Julian system, but most have adopted the "New Style" or Gregorian calendar for Christmas or Pentecost. At the present time, the Julian and Gregorian calendars are approximately 15 days out of phase.

  • Hinduism

    Specific dates may vary year to year based on the solar or lunar calendars. Dates can also vary depending on the time differential between Canada and India.

  • Islam

    Muslim holidays are based on a lunar calendar and observances may vary from the dates listed here, depending on the community. Congregation prayers are held every Friday 12:15 - 2:00 pm.

  • Judaism

    Sabbath starts Friday sundown. All holy days start sundown the night preceding the holiday.

  • Shinto

  • Sikhism

  • Wicca

    Evening observances commence at sundown. Solstice observances commence at sunrise.

  • Zoroastrianism

Holy days for the calendar year 2017

This table was compiled with the assistance of the McGill Chaplaincy Services, based on the 2017 interfaith calendar. Questions about any date provided in this multifaith calendar should be sent to degeval.es [at] mcgill.ca (Enrolment Services).

* festival begins at sundown the day before this date
** date of celebration may vary based on local customs or according to moon sightings

January
Date Faith Festival
January 1, 2017 Shinto Gantan-Sai (New Year's Day)
January 5, 2017 Sikhism Birthday Guru Gobind Singh Ji
January 6, 2017 Christianity Epiphany
January 6, 2017 Christianity (Orthodox) Feast of the Theophany (modified Julian Calendar)
January 7, 2017 Christianity (Orthodox) Feast of the Nativity
January 13, 2017 Sikhism Maghi
January 14, 2017 Hinduism Makar Sankranti
January 15, 2017 Baha'i World Religion Day *
January 19, 2017 - January 25, 2017 Christianity Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 28, 2017 Buddhism Chinese/Vietnamese/Korean/New Year
February
Date Faith Festival
February 1, 2017 Hinduism Vasant Pachami
February 2, 2017 Wicca Imbolc * (The Feast of Waxing Light)
March
Date Faith Festival
March 1, 2017 Christianity Ash Wednesday
March 12, 2017 Judaism Purim
March 13, 2017 Hinduism Holi **
March 13, 2017 Sikhism Hola Mohalla
March 20, 2017 Wicca Ostara

March 21, 2017

Baha'i

Naw Ruz (New Year's Day)

March 21, 2017

Zoroastrianism

Norouz (New Year's Day)

March 27, 2017 Christianity (Orthodox) Great Lent Begins
March 28, 2017 Hinduism

Bikarami Samvat (Hindu New Year)

March 28, 2017 Zoroastrianism Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zarathustra)
April
Date Faith Festival
April 2, 2017 Christianity Palm Sunday
April 2, 2017 Christianity (Orthodox) Palm Sunday
April 5, 2017 Hinduism Ramanavami
April 9, 2017 - April 15, 2017 Christianity Holy Week

April 9, 2017 - April 15, 2017

Christianity (Orthodox)

Holy Week

April 11, 2017 - April 18, 2017 Judaism Pesach (Passover)

April 14, 2017

Sikhism

Baisakhi

April 14, 2017 Christianity Good Friday
April 14, 2017 Christianity (Orthodox) Good Friday
April 16, 2017 Christianity Easter
April 16, 2017 Christianity (Orthodox) Easter

April 21, 2017

Baha'i

The Feast of Ridvan *

April 24, 2017 Judaism Holocaust Remembrance Day
May
Date Faith Festival
May 1, 2017 Wicca Beltane *
May 10, 2017 Buddhism Buddha Day O Visakha Puja ** (Wesak)
May 11, 2017 Islam Mid-Sha'ban (Nisf Sha'ban) *
May 12, 2017 Islam

Israa & Miraj (Lailat al Miraj) *

May 23, 2017 Baha'i The Declaration of the Báb *
May 25, 2017 Christianity Ascension of Christ
May 27, 2017 Islam Ramadan Begins
May 29, 2017 Baha'i The Ascension of the Bahá'u'lláh *
May 31, 2017 - June 1, 2017 Judaism Shavuot
June
Date Faith Festival

June 4, 2017

Christianity

Pentecost
June 16, 2017 Sikhism Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji
June 21, 2017 Wicca Litha *
June 21, 2017 Aboriginal Spirituality Aboriginal Day (Canada)
June 22, 2017 Islam Laylat ul-Qadr (Laylat ul Kadar) *
June 26, 2017 - June 28, 2017 Islam Eid ul-Fitr - Ramadan Ends
July
Date Faith Festival
July 9, 2017 Baha'i The Martyrdom of the Báb *
August
Date Faith Festival
August 1, 2017 Wicca Lammas (English/Scottish custom)
August 6, 2017 Christianity (Orthodox) Transfiguration Day (modified Julian Calendar)
August 7, 2017 Hinduism Raksha Bandhan **
August 15, 2017

Hinduism

Sri Krishna Jayanti (Krishna Janmashtami)

August 25, 2017 Hinduism Ganesa Chaturthi
August 31, 2017 Islam Day of Hajj
September
Date Faith Festival
September 1, 2017 - September 4, 2017 Islam Eid ul-Adha * (The Festival of Sacrifice)
September 22, 2017 Islam Al-HijraMuhrram * (Islamic New Year's Day)
September 22, 2017 Judaism Rosh Hashanah
September 22, 2017 Wicca Mabon *
September 29, 2017 Judaism Yom Kippur
September 30, 2017 Hinduism Dasera (Dassehra) **
October
Date Faith Festival

October 1, 2017

Islam

Ashura *

October 5, 2017 - October 11, 2017 Judaism Sukkot
October 12, 2017 Judaism Shemini Atzeret *
October 13, 2017 Judaism Simhat Torah * (Rejoicing of the Law)
October 19, 2017 Hinduism/Sikhism Diwali

October 20, 2017

Baha'i

The Birth of the Báb *

October 20, 2017

Sikhism

Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth

October 31, 2017 Wicca Samhain *
November
Date Faith Festival
November 1, 2017 Christianity All Saints' Day

November 4, 2017

Sikhism

Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib

November 12 Baha'i The Birth of the Bahá'ulláh
November 24, 2017 Sikhism Guru Tegh Bahadur Martydrom
November 26, 2017 Baha'i Day of Covenant *
December
Date Faith Festival
December 1, 2017 Islam Mawlid an-Nabi
December 3, 2017 Christianity First Day of Advent
December 13, 2017 - December 20, 2017 Judaism Hanukkah *
December 21, 2017 Wicca Yule *
December 25, 2017 Christianity Christmas *