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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 2016

This table was compiled with the assistance of the McGill Chaplaincy Services, based on the 2016 interfaith calendar. Questions about any date provided in this multifaith calendar should be sent to degeval [dot] es [at] mcgill [dot] 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, 2016 Shinto Gantan-Sai (New Year's Day)
January 5, 2016 Sikhism Birthday Guru Gobind Singh Ji
January 6, 2016 Christianity Epiphany
January 6, 2016 Christianity (Orthodox) Feast of the Theophany (modified Julian Calendar)
January 7, 2016 Christianity (Orthodox) Feast of the Nativity
January 13, 2016 Sikhism Maghi
January 14, 2016 Hinduism Makar Sankranti
January 17, 2016 Baha'i World Religion Day *
January 18, 2016 - January 25, 2016 Christianity Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
February
Date Faith Festival
February 2, 2016 Wicca Imbolc * (The Feast of Waxing Light)
February 8, 2016

Buddhism

Chinese/Vietnamese/Korean/New Year

February 10, 2016 Christianity Ash Wednesday
February 12, 2016 Hinduism Vasant Panchami
February 14, 2016 Christianity (Orthodox) Great Lent Begins (Clean Monday)
March
Date Faith Festival
March 15, 2016 Hinduism Ramanavami
March 20, 2016 Christianity Palm Sundy
March 20, 2016 Wicca Ostara

March 20, 2016 - March 26, 2016

Christianity

Holy Week

March 21, 2016

Baha'i

Naw Ruz (New Year's Day)

March 21, 2016

Zoroastrianism

Norouz (New Year's Day)

March 24, 2016 Hinduism Holi **
March 24, 2016 Judaism Purim
March 25, 2016 Sikhism Hola Mohalla
March 25, 2016 Christianity Good Friday
March 27, 2016

Christianity

Easter
March 28, 2016 Zoroastrianism Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zarathustra)
April
Date Faith Festival
April 8, 2016 Hinduism Bikarami Samvat (Hindu New Year)

April 13, 2016

Sikhism

Baisakhi

April 21, 2016

Baha'i

The Feast of Ridvan*

April 22, 2016 Buddhism Theravadin New Year **
April 23, 2016- April 30, 2016 Judaism Pesach (Passover)
April 24, 2016 Christianity (Orthodox) Palm Sunday
April 25, 2016 - April 30, 2016 Christianity (Orthodox) Holy Week
April 29, 2016 Christianity (Orthodox) Holy Friday
May
Date Faith Festival
May 1, 2016 Christianity (Orthodox) Easter
May 1, 2016 Wicca Beltane *
May 5, 2016 Islam

Israa & Miraj (Lailat al Miraj) *

May 5, 2016 Christianity Ascension of Christ

May 5, 2016

Judaism

Holocaust Rememberance Day (Yom HaShoah)

May 15, 2016 Buddhism Buddha Day 0 Visakha Puja ** (Wesak)

May 15, 2016

Christianity

Pentecost

May 22, 2016

Islam

 

Mid-Sha'ban (Nisf Sha'ban) *

May 23, 2016

Baha'i

The Declaration of the Báb *

May29, 2016 Baha'i The Ascension of the Bahá'u'lláh *
June
Date Faith Festival

June 6, 2016

Islam

Ramadan begins 

June 11, 2016 - June 13, 2016

Judaism

Shavuot

June 16, 2016 Sikhism Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji
June 21, 2016 Wicca Litha *
June 21, 2016 Aboriginal Spirituality Aboriginal Day (Canada)
July
Date Faith Festival

July 1, 2016

Islam

Laylat ul-Qadr (Laylat ul Kadar)*

July 6, 2016*

Islam

Eid ul-Fitr - Ramadan ends*

July 9, 2016 Baha'i The Martyrdom of the Báb *
August
Date Faith Festival
August 1, 2016 Wicca Lammas (English/Scottish custom)
August 6, 2016 Christianity (Orthodox) Transfiguration Day (modified Julian Calendar)
August 18, 2016 Hinduism Raksha Bandhan **
August 25, 2016

Hinduism

Sri Krishna Jayanti (Krishna Janmashtami)

September
Date Faith Festival
September 5, 2016 Hinduism Ganesa Chaturthi

September 11, 2016

Islam

Day of Hajj

September 12, 2016*

Islam

Eid ul-Adha *(The Festival of Sacrifice)

September 22, 2015 Wicca Mabon*
October
Date Faith Festival

October 3, 2016*

Islam

Al-HijraMuhrram * (Islamic New Year's Day)

October 3, 2016 Judaism Rosh Hashanah
October 11, 2016 - October 12, 2016 Judaism Yom Kippur

October 11, 2016

Hinduism

Dasera (Dassehra) **

October 12, 2016*

Islam

Ashura *

October 17, 2016 - October 23, 2016 Judaism Sukkot

October 20, 2016

Baha'i

The Birth of the Báb *

October 20, 2016

Sikhism

Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth

October 24, 2016 Judaism Shemini Atzeret *
October 25, 2016 Judaism Simhat Torah * (Rejoicing of the Law)
October 30, 2016 Hinduism/Sikhism Diwali
October 31, 2016 Wicca Samhain *
November
Date Faith Festival
November 1, 2016 Christianity All Saints' Day
November 12, 2016 Baha'i The Birth of the Bahá'ulláh *

November 14, 2016

Sikhism

Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib

November 24, 2016 Sikhism Guru Tegh Bahadur Martydrom
November 26, 2016 Baha'i Day of Covenant *
November 27, 2016 Christianity First Sunday of Advent
December
Date Faith Festival
December 12, 2016 Islam Mawlid an-Nabi
December 21, 2016 Wicca Yule *
December 25, 2016 Christianity Christmas *

December 25, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Judaism

Hanukkah *