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.

  • 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.

  • Indigenous Spirituality

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

  • 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.

  • Paganism

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

  • Shinto
  • Sikhism
  • Zoroastrianism

Holy days for the current academic year

This information was compiled with the assistance of the McGill Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (MORSL). 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

Holy Days 2022

September
Date Faith Festival
September 10, 2022 Hinduism Ganesh Chaturthi
September 10, 2022 – September 25, 2022 Hinduism Pitru Paksha
September 23 *, 2022 Paganism Mabon *
September 26 *, 2022 - September 27, 2022 Judaism Rosh Hashanah *
October
Date Faith Festival
October 1, 2022– October 5, 2022 Hinduism Durga Puja
October 5* 2022 Judaism Yom Kippur
October 8, 2022 Islam Mawlid al-Nabi
October 9, 2022 Hinduism Sharad Purnima

October 10*, 2022 - October 16, 2022

October 10 and 11 are the religious days where students would not attend class, work etc.

Judaism Sukkot*
October 17*, 2022 Judaism Shemini Atzeret*
October 18*, 2022 Judaism Simhat Torah* (Rejoicing of the Law)
October 20, 2022 Sikhism Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth
October 24, 2022 Hinduism/Sikhism Diwali
October 26*, 2022 Baha'i The Birth of the Báb *
October 27, 2022 Baha'i The Birth of the Bahá'ulláh
November
Date Faith Festival
November 1, 2022 Christianity All Saints' Day
November 1*, 2022 Paganism Samhain *
November 8, 2022 Sikhism Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib
November 24, 2022 Sikhism Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom
November 26 *, 2022 Baha'i Day of the Covenant *
November 27, 2022 Christianity First Day of Advent
November 28, 2022 Baha'i Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
December
Date Faith Festival
December 19*, 2022 - December 26, 2022 Judaism Hannukkah*
December 22 *, 2022 Paganism Yule *
December 25 *, 2022 Christianity Christmas *

Holy Days 2023

January
Date Faith Festival
January 1, 2023 Shinto Gantan-Sai (New Year's Day)
January 6, 2023 Christianity Epiphany
January 6, 2023 Christianity (Orthodox) Feast of the Theophany (modified Julian Calendar)
January 7, 2023 Christianity (Orthodox) Feast of the Nativity **
January 13, 2023 Sikhism Maghi
January 15, 2023 Hinduism Makar Sankranti
January 18, 2023 - January 25, 2023 Christianity Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 22, 2023 Buddhism Chinese/Vietnamese/Korean/New Year **
January 26, 2023 Hinduism Vasant Pachami **
February
Date Faith Festival
February 2 *, 2023 Paganism Imbolc * (The Feast of Waxing Light)
February 5*, 2023 - February 6, 2023 Judaism Tu B'Shvat*
February 18, 2023 Islam Lailat al Miraj
February 22, 2023 Christianity Ash Wednesday
February 27, 2023  Christianity (Orthodox) Great Lent Begins
March
Date Faith Festival
March 6 *, 2023 - March 7, 2023 Judaism Purim *
March 7 *, 2023 Islam Lailat al Bara'a *
March 8, 2023 Hinduism/Sikhism Holi **
March 21 *, 2023 Paganism Ostara *
March 21 *, 2023 Baha'i Naw-Rúz (New Year's Day) *
March 21, 2023 Zoroastrianism Nourouz (New Year's Day)
March 23*, 2023 Islam Ramadan Begins*
March 26, 2023 Zoroastrianism Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zarathustra) **
March 30, 2023 Hinduism Rama navami **
April
Date Faith Festival

April 6 *, 2023 - April 13, 2023

April 6-7; April 12-13 are the "religious days" where students would not attend class, work, use electronics, etc.

Judaism Pesach (Passover) *
April 7, 2023 Christianity Good Friday
April 9, 2023 Christianity Easter
April 9, 2023 Christianity (Orthodox) Palm Sunday
April 9, 2023 - April 15, 2023 Christianity (Orthodox) Holy Week
April 14, 2023 Sikhism Baisakhi **
April 14, 2023 Christianity (Orthodox) Good Friday
April 18, 2023 Sikhism Birthday of Guru Angad Dev
April 18 *, 2023 Judaism Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day *
April 18 *, 2023 Islam Laylat al-Qadr *
April 20, 2023 Islam Eid al-Fitr - Ramadan Ends
April 21 *, 2023 Baha'i First day of Ridván *
April 29 *, 2023 Baha'i Ninth day of Ridván *
May
Date Faith Festival
May 1 *, 2023 Paganism Beltane *
May 2 *, 2023 Baha'i Twelfth day of Ridván *
May 24 *, 2023 Baha'i Declaration of the Báb *
May 26 *, 2023 - May 27, 2023 Judaism Shavuot *
May 28, 2023 Christianity Pentecost
May 29, 2023 Baha'i Ascension of the Bahá'u'lláh
June
Date Faith Festival
June 16, 2023 Sikhism Martyrdom of Guru Arjan
June 21, 2023 Indigenous Spirituality National Indigenous People’s Day (Canada)
June 22 *, 2023 Paganism Litha *
June 28*, 2023 Islam Day of Arafah*
June 28*, 2023 Islam Eid al-Adha * (The Festival of Sacrifice)
July
Date Faith Festival
July 10 *, 2023 Baha'i Martyrdom of the Báb *
July 19 *, 2023 Islam Al-Hijra Muharram * (Islamic New Year)
July 27*, 2023 Judaism Tish'a B'Av *
July 28*, 2023 Islam Ashura *
August
Date Faith Festival
August 1, 2023 Paganism Lammas (English/Scottish custom)
August 6, 2023 Christianity (Orthodox) Transfiguration Day (modified Julian Calendar)
August 6, 2023 - August 7, 2023 Hinduism Sri Krishna Jayanti (Krishna Janmashtami) **
August 30, 2023 Hinduism Raksha Banhan**
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