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.
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.
In the Western world, festivals are generally celebrated on the Sunday nearest the actual date.
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.
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.
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.
Sabbath starts Friday sundown. All holy days start sundown the night preceding the holiday.
Evening observances commence at sundown. Solstice observances commence at sunrise.
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 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 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.
|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 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 19*, 2022 - December 26, 2022||Judaism||Hannukkah*|
|December 22 *, 2022||Paganism||Yule *|
|December 25 *, 2022||Christianity||Christmas *|
Holy Days 2023
|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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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**|