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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 2015

This table was compiled with the assistance of the McGill Chaplaincy Services, based on the 2015 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, 2015 Shinto Gantan-Sai (New Year's Day)
January 3, 2015 Islam Milad ul-Nabiy * (Mawlid an Nabi)
January 5, 2015 Sikhism Birthday Guru Gobind Singh Ji
January 6, 2015 Christianity Epiphany
January 6, 2015 Christianity (Orthodox) Feast of the Theophany (modified Julian Calendar)
January 7, 2015 Christianity (Orthodox) Feast of the Nativity
January 13, 2015 Sikhism Maghi
January 14, 2015 Hinduism Makar Sankranti
January 18, 2015 Baha'i World Religion Day *
January 18, 2015 - January 25, 2015 Christianity Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 19, 2015 Buddhism Chinese/Vietnamese/Korean/New Year
January 24, 2015 Hinduism Vasant Panchami **
February
Date Faith Festival
February 2, 2015 Wicca Imbolc * (The Feast of Waxing Light)
February 18, 2015 Christianity Ash Wednesday
February 23, 2015 Christianity (Orthodox) Great Lent Begins (Clean Monday)
March
Date Faith Festival
March 5, 2015 Judaism Purim *
March 6, 2015 Hinduism Holi **
March 6, 2015 Sikhism Hola Mohalla
March 20, 2015 Wicca Ostara *
March 21, 2015 Baha'i Naw Ruz (New Year's Day)
March 21, 2015 Zoroastrianism Norouz (New Year's Day)
March 28, 2015 Zoroastrianism Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zarathustra)
March 28, 2015 Hinduism Ramanavami (Rama Navmi)
March 29, 2015 Christianity Palm Sunday
March 30, 2015 - April 4, 2015 Christianity Holy Week
March 31, 2015 Hinduism Bikarami Samvat (New Year's Day)
April
Date Faith Festival
April 3, 2015 Christianity Good Friday
April 4, 2015 Buddhism Theravadin New Year **
April 4, 2015 - April 11, 2015 Judaism Pesach (Passover)
April 5, 2015 Christianity Easter
April 5, 2015 Christianity (Orthodox) Palm Sunday
April 5, 2015 - April 11, 2015 Christianity (Orthodox) Holy Week
April 10, 2015 Christianity (Orthodox) Holy Friday
April 12, 2015 Christianity (Orthodox) Easter (Pascha)
April 14, 2015 Sikhism Baisakhi
April 16, 2015 Judaism Yom Ha Shoah (Holocaust Day)
April 21, 2015 Baha'i The Feast of Ridvan*
May
Date Faith Festival
May 1, 2015 Wicca Beltane *
May 2, 2015 Christianity Ascension of Christ
May 4, 2015 Buddhism Buddha Day 0 Visakha Puja ** (Wesak)
May 4, 2015 Baha'i The Ascension of the Bahá'u'lláh *
May 13, 2015 Islam Israa & Miraj (Lailat al Miraj) *
May 24, 2015 Baha'i The Declaration of the Báb *
May 24, 2015 Christianity Pentecost
May 24, 2015 - May 25, 2015 Judaism Shavuot
June
Date Faith Festival
June 2, 2015 Islam Mid-Sha'ban (Nisf Sha'ban) *
June 16, 2015 Sikhism Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji
June 18, 2015 Islam Ramadan begins *
June 21, 2015 Wicca Litha *
June 21, 2015 Aboriginal Spirituality Aboriginal Day (Canada)
July
Date Faith Festival
July 9, 2015 Baha'i The Martyrdom of the Báb *
July 13, 2015 Islam Laylat ul-Qadr (Laylat ul Kadar)*
July 18, 2015 - July 21, 2015 Islam Eid ul-Fitr - Ramadan ends*
August
Date Faith Festival
August 1, 2015 Wicca Lammas (English/Scottish custom)
August 6, 2015 Christianity (Orthodox) Transfiguration Day (modified Julian Calendar)
August 29, 2015 Hinduism Raksha Bandhan **
September
Date Faith Festival
September 5, 2015 Hinduism Sri Krishna Jayanti (Krishna Janmashtami)
September 14 - September 15, 2015 Judaism Rosh Hashanah * (New Year's Day)
September 17, 2015 Hinduism Ganesa Chaturthi
September 22, 2015 Wicca Mabon*
September 22, 2015 Islam Day of Hajj
September 23, 2015 Judaism Yom Kippur*
September 23, 2015 - September 26, 2015 Islam Eid ul-Adha *(The Festival of Sacrifice)
September 28 - October 4, 2015 Judaism Sukkot*
October
Date Faith Festival
October 5, 2015 Judaism Shemini Atzeret *
October 6, 2015 Judaism Simhat Torah * (Rejoicing of the Law)
October 14, 2015 Islam Al-HijraMuhrram * (Islamic New Year's Day)
October 20, 2015 Baha'i The Birth of the Báb *
October 20, 2015 Sikhism Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth
October 22, 2015 Hinduism Dasera (Dassehra) **
October 23, 2015 Islam Ashura *
October 31, 2015 Wicca Samhain *
November
Date Faith Festival
November 1, 2015 Christianity All Saints' Day
November 11, 2015 Hinduism – Sikhism Diwali – Deepavali **
November 12, 2015 Baha'i The Birth of the Bahá'ulláh *
November 24, 2015 Sikhism Guru Tegh Bahadur Martydrom
November 25, 2015 Sikhism Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib
November 26, 2015 Baha'i Day of Covenant *
November 29, 2015 Christianity First Sunday of Advent
December
Date Faith Festival
December 7, 2015 - December 14, 2015 Judaism Hanukkah *
December 21, 2015 Wicca Yule *
December 25, 2015 Christianity Christmas *