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 current academic year

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

Holy Days 2021

September
Date Faith Festival
September 7 *, 2021 - September 8, 2021 Judaism Rosh Hashanah *
September 10, 2021 Hinduism Ganesh Chaturthi
September 16 *, 2021 Judaism Yom Kippur *
September 20, 2021 – October 6, 2021 Hinduism Pitru Paksha
September 21 *, 2021 - September 27, 2021 Judaism Sukkot *
September 22 *, 2021 Wicca Mabon *
September 28 *, 2021 Judaism Shemini Atzeret *
September 29 *, 2021 Judaism Simhat Torah * (Rejoicing of the Law)
October
Date Faith Festival
October 11, 2021 – October 20, 2021 Hinduism Durga Puja
October 18, 2021 Islam Mawlid al-Nabi
October 19, 2021 Hinduism Sharad Purnima
October 20, 2021 Sikhism Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth
October 31 *, 2021 Wicca Samhain *
November
Date Faith Festival
November 1, 2021 Christianity All Saints' Day
November 4, 2021 Hinduism/Sikhism Diwali
November 6 *, 2021 Baha'i The Birth of the Báb *
November 7, 2021 Baha'i The Birth of the Bahá'ulláh
November 19, 2021 Sikhism Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib
November 24, 2021 Sikhism Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom
November 25 *, 2021 Baha'i Day of the Covenant *
November 27, 2021 Baha'i Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
November 28, 2021 Christianity First Day of Advent
November 29 *, 2021 - December 6, 2021 Judaism Hanukkah *
December
Date Faith Festival
December 21 *, 2021 Wicca Yule *
December 25 *, 2021 Christianity Christmas *

Holy Days 2022

January
Date Faith Festival
January 1, 2022 Shinto Gantan-Sai (New Year's Day)
January 6, 2022 Christianity Epiphany
January 6, 2022 Christianity (Orthodox) Feast of the Theophany (modified Julian Calendar)
January 7, 2022 Christianity (Orthodox) Feast of the Nativity **
January 9, 2022 Sikhism Birthday Guru Gobind Singh Ji
January 13, 2022 Sikhism Maghi
January 13, 2022 Hinduism Makar Sankranti
January 16 *, 2022 - January 17, 2022 Judaism Tu B'Shvat *
January 18, 2022 - January 25, 2022 Christianity Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 21, 2022 Buddhism Chinese/Vietnamese/Korean/New Year **
February
Date Faith Festival
February 2 *, 2022 Wicca Imbolc * (The Feast of Waxing Light)
February 4, 2022 Hinduism Vasant Pachami **
February 28, 2022 Islam Lailat al Miraj
March
Date Faith Festival
March 2, 2022 Christianity Lent begins
March 2, 2022 Christianity Ash Wednesday
March 7, 2022 Christianity (Orthodox) Great Lent Begins
March 16 *, 2022 - March 17, 2022 Judaism Purim *
March 18 *, 2022 Islam Lailat al Bara'a *
March 18, 2022 Hinduism/Sikhism Holi **
March 21 *, 2022 Wicca Ostara *
March 21 *, 2022 Baha'i Naw-Rúz (New Year's Day) *
March 21, 2022 Zoroastrianism Norouz (New Year's Day)
March 26, 2022 Zoroastrianism Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zarathustra) **
April
Date Faith Festival
April 3 *, 2022 Islam Ramadan Begins *
April 10, 2022 Hinduism Rama navami **
April 14, 2022 Sikhism Baisakhi **
April 15, 2022 Christianity Good Friday

April 16 *, 2022 - April 23, 2022

April 16-17; April 22-23 are the "religious days" where students would not attend class, work, use electronics, etc.

Judaism Pesach (Passover) *
April 17, 2022 Christianity Easter
April 17, 2022 Christianity (Orthodox) Palm Sunday
April 17, 2022 - April 24, 2022 Christianity (Orthodox) Holy Week
April 18, 2022 Sikhism Birthday of Guru Angad Dev
April 21 *, 2022 Baha'i First day of Ridván *
April 22, 2022 Christianity (Orthodox) Good Friday
April 28 *, 2022 Judaism Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day *
April 28 *, 2022 Islam Laylat al-Qadr *
April 29 *, 2022 Baha'i Ninth day of Ridván *
May
Date Faith Festival
May 1 *, 2022 Wicca Beltane *
May 2, 2022 Islam Eid al-Fitr - Ramadan End
May 2 *, 2022 Baha'i Twelfth day of Ridván *
May 24 *, 2022 Baha'i Declaration of the Báb *
May 29, 2022 Baha'i Ascension of the Bahá'u'lláh
June
Date Faith Festival
June 4 *, 2022 - June 6, 2022 Judaism Shavuot *
June 5, 2022 Christianity Pentecost
June 16, 2022 Sikhism Martyrdom of Guru Arjan
June 22, 2022 Aboriginal Spirituality Aboriginal Day (Canada)
June 22 *, 2022 Wicca Litha *
July
Date Faith Festival
July 8, 2022 Islam Day of Arafah
July 10 *, 2022 Baha'i Martyrdom of the Báb *
July 10 *, 2022 Islam Eid al-Adha * (The Festival of Sacrifice)
July 30 *, 2022 Islam Al-Hijra Muharram * (Islamic New Year)
August
Date Faith Festival
August 1, 2022 Wicca Lammas (English/Scottish custom)
August 6, 2022 Christianity (Orthodox) Transfiguration Day (modified Julian Calendar)
August 5 *, 2022 Judaism Tish'a B'Av *
August 8 *, 2022 Islam Ashura *
August 11, 2022 Hinduism Raksha Bandhan **
August 18, 2022 Hinduism Sri Krishna Jayanti (Krishna Janmashtami) **
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