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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 2014

This table was compiled with the assistance of the McGill Chaplaincy Services, based on the 2014 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, 2014 Shinto Gantan-Sai (New Year's Day)
January 5, 2014 Sikhism Birthday Guru Gobind Singh Ji
January 6, 2014 Christianity Epiphany
January 6, 2014 Christianity (Orthodox) Feast of the Theophany (modified Julian Calendar)
January 7, 2014 Christianity (Orthodox) Feast of the Nativity
January 13, 2014 Sikhism Maghi
January 13, 2014 Islam Milad ul-Nabiy * (Mawlid an Nabi)
January 14, 2014 Hinduism Makar Sankranti
January 19, 2014 Baha'i World Religion Day *
January 18, 2014 - January 25, 2014 Christianity Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 31, 2014 Buddhism Chinese/Vietnamese/Korean/New Year (Year of the Horse)
February
Date Faith Festival
February 2, 2014 Wicca Imbolc * (The Feast of Waxing Light)
February 4, 2014 Hinduism Vasant Panchami **
March
Date Faith Festival
March 3, 2014 Christianity Great Lent Begins (Clean Monday)
March 5, 2014 Christianity Ash Wednesday
March 16, 2014 Judaism Purim *
March 17, 2014 Hinduism Holi **
March 17, 2014 Sikhism Hola Mohalla
March 20, 2014 Wicca Ostara *
March 21, 2014 Baha'i Naw Ruz (New Year's Day)
March 21, 2014 Zoroastrianism Norouz (New Year's Day)
March 28, 2014 Zoroastrianism Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zarathustra)
March 31, 2014 Hinduism Bikarami Samvat (New Year's Day)
April
Date Faith Festival
April 13, 2014 Christianity Palm Sunday
April 13, 2014 Christianity (Orthodox) Palm Sunday
April 13, 2014 - April 19, 2014 Christianity Holy Week
April 13, 2014 - April 19, 2014 Christianity (Orthodox) Holy Week
April 14, 2014 Sikhism Baisakhi
April 15, 2014 - April 18, 2014 Buddhism Theravadin New Year ***
April 15, 2014 - April 22, 2014 Judaism Pesach (Passover)
April 18, 2014 Christianity Good Friday
April 18, 2014 Christianity (Orthodox) Holy Friday
April 20, 2014 Christianity Easter
April 20, 2014 Christianity (Orthodox) Easter (Pascha)
April 21, 2014 Baha'i The Feast of Ridvan*
April 27, 2014 Judaism Yom Ha Shoah (Holocaust Day)
April 28, 2014 Hinduism Ramanavami * (Rama Navmi)
May
Date Faith Festival
May 1, 2014 Wicca Beltane *
May 14, 2014 Buddhism Buddha Day 0 Visakha Puja ** (Wesak)
May 23, 2014 Baha'i The Declaration of the Báb *
May 27, 2014 Islam Israa & Miraj (Lailat al Miraj) *
May 29, 2014 Baha'i The Ascension of the Bahá'u'lláh *
May 29, 2014 Christianity Ascension of Christ
June
Date Faith Festival
June 4, 2014 - June 5, 2014 Judaism Shavuot*
June 8, 2014 Christianity Pentecost
June 12, 2014 Islam Mid-Sha'ban (Nisf Sha'ban) *
June 16, 2014 Sikhism Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji
June 21, 2014 Wicca Litha *
June 21, 2014 Aboriginal Spirituality Aboriginal Day (Canada)
June 28-29, 2014 Islam Ramadan begins *
July
Date Faith Festival
July 9, 2014 Baha'i The Martyrdom of the Báb *
July 23, 2014 Islam Laylat ul-Qadr (Laylat ul Kadar)*
July 29, 2014 - July 31, 2014 Islam Eid ul-Fitr - Ramadan ends*
August
Date Faith Festival
August 1, 2014 Wicca Lammas (English/Scottish custom)
August 6, 2014 Christianity (Orthodox) Transfiguration Day (modified Julian Calendar)
August 10, 2014 Hinduism Raksha Bandhan **
August 17, 2014 Hinduism Sri Krishna Jayanti (Krishna Janmashtami)
August 29, 2014 Hinduism Ganesa Chaturthi **
September
Date Faith Festival
September 22, 2014 Wicca Mabon*
September 24, 2014 - September 26,  2014 Judaism Rosh Hashanah * (New Year's Day)
October
Date Faith Festival
October 3, 2014 Islam Day of Hajj
October 4,2014 Hinduism Dasera (Dassehra) **
October 4, 2014 Judaism Yom Kippur *
October 4, 2014 - October 7, 2014 Islam Eid ul-Adha *(The Festival of Sacrifice)
October 9, 2014 - October 15, 2014 Judaism Sukkot *
October 16, 2014 Judaism Shemini Atzeret *
October 17, 2014 Judaism Simhat Torah * (Rejoicing of the Law)
October 20, 2014 Baha'i The Birth of the Báb *
October 20, 2014 Sikhism Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth
October 23, 2014 Hinduism – Sikhism Diwali – Deepavali **
October 25, 2014 Islam Al-HijraMuhrram * (Islamic New Year's Day)
November
Date Faith Festival
November 1, 2014 Christianity All Saints' Day
November 1, 2014 Wicca Samhain *
November 5, 2014 Islam Ashura *
November 6, 2014 Sikhism Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib
November 12, 2014 Baha'i The Birth of the Bahá'ulláh *
November 24, 2014 Sikhism Guru Tegh Bahadur Martydrom
November 26, 2014 Baha'i Day of Covenant *
November 30, 2014 Christianity First Sunday of Advent
December
Date Faith Festival
December 17, 2014 - December 24, 2014 Judaism Hanukkah *
December 21, 2014 Wicca Yule *
December 25, 2014 Christianity Christmas *