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Religious Accommodation Guidelines

The following calendar is meant as a guide to religious accommodations The guide has been compiled using the Interfaith Calendar as a source, and is provided for reference purposes only. It is not intended to be, nor should be relied upon as an authority on holy days.

Please note:

  • Dates of Islamic observance are tentative because they are based on the local first sightings of the lunar crescent of the new moon.
  • Jewish holy days typically begin at sundown on the date prior to what is listed on this calendar.

University event planners and faculty members are encouraged to take these days into consideration when scheduling events.

The policy associated with these dates can be found in the York Courses Web site. For information on Statutory Dates, click here.

ExpandSeptember 2014

1 Ecclesiastical year begins (Orthodox Christian)
8 Nativity of Mary (Christian)
14 Holy Cross Day (Christian)
22 Equinox - Mabon/Ostata (Wicca/Pagan)
25-26 Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
27 Meskel (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian)
29 Michael and All Angels (Christian)
29 (to October 3) Navaratri (Hindu)

ExpandOctober 2014

Sept. 29 to Oct. 3 Navaratri (Hindu)
3 Waqf al Arafa - Hajj Day (Islam)
4 Yom Kippur (Jewish)
Saint Francis Day (Catholic)
Dasara (Hindu)
4-7 Eid-ul-Adha (Islam)
9-15 Sukkot (Jewish)
16 Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)
17 Simchat Torah (Jewish)
20 Birth of the Báb (Baha'i)
Installation of Scriptures as Gukru Granth (Sikh)
21-25 Deepavali (Hindu)
23 Diwali (Hindu, Jain, Sikh)
24 Jain New Year (Jain)
25 Hijra - New Year (Islam)
26 Reformation Day (Protestant Christian)
28 Milvian Bridge Day (Christian)
31 All Hallow's Eve (Christian)

ExpandNovember 2014

1 All Saints' Day (Christian)
Samhain - Litha (Wicca/Pagan)
2 All Souls' Day (Catholic Christian)
5 Ashura (Islam)
6 Guru Nanak Dev Sahib birthday (Sikh)
12 Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
15-25 Winter Lent (Orthodox Christian)
21 Yule (Christian)
23 Christ the King (Christian)
24 Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom (Sikh)
26 Day of Covenant (Baha'i)
28 Ascension of Abdu’l-Bahá (Baha'i)
30 Saint Andrew's Day (Christian)
Advent begins through December 24 (Christian)

ExpandDecember 2014

Nov. 30 - Dec. 24 Advent (Christian)
6 St. Nicholas Day (Christian)
Rohatsu - Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
Immaculate Conception of Mary (Catholic Christian)
12 Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Catholic Christian)
16-25 Posades Navidenas (Christian)
17-24 Hanukkah (Jewish)
Yule (Christian, Wiccan/Pagan northern hemisphere)
Litha (Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere)
24 Christmas Eve (Christian)
25 Christmas (Christian)
26 Zarathosht Diso - Death of Prophet Zarathushtra (Zoroastrian)
28 Holy Innocents (Christian)
31 Watch Night (Christian)

ExpandJanuary 2015

1 Feast of St. Basil (Orthodox Christian)
Gantan-Sai (Shinto)
Mary, Mother of God (Catholic Christian)
5 Guru Gobindh Singh birthday (Sikh)
Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
Twelfth Night (Christian)
6 Dia de los Reyes (Christian)
Epiphany (Christian)
Feast of the Theophany (Orthodox Christian)
Nativity of Christ (Armenian Orthodox Christian)
7 Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christian)
11 Baptism of the Lord Jesus (Christian)
13 Maghi (Sikh)
18 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins (Christian)
Timkat (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian)
24 Vasant Panchami (Hindu)
25 Conversion of St. Paul (Christian)

ExpandFebruary 2015

1 Triodion begins (Orthodox Christian)
Four Chaplains Sunday (Interfaith)
2 Candlemas (Christian)
Imbolc - Lughnassad (Wicca/Pagan northern and southern hemispheres)
Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Anglican Christian)
St Brighid of Kildare (Celtic Christian)
3 Setsubun-sai (Shinto)
4 Tu BiShvat (Jewish)
14 Saint Valentine's Day (Christian)
15 Meatfare Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
Nirvana Day (Buddhist, Jain)
Transfiguration Sunday (Christian)
17 Shrove Tuesday (Christian)
18 Ash Wednesday (Christian)
19 Chinese New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)
World Religion Day (Baha'i)
22 Cheesefare Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
23 Clean Monday - Great Lent begins (Orthodox Christian)
Feb. 26 - March 1 Intercalary Days (Baha'i)

ExpandMarch 2015

1 Orthodox Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
Saint David of Wales (Christian)
2-20 Nineteen Day Fast (Baha'i)
5 Magha Puja Day (Buddhist)
Purim (Jewish)
6 Hola Mohalla (Sikh)
Holi (Hindu)
17 Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)
St Patrick's Day (Christian)
18 L. Ron Hubbard's birthday (Scientology)
20 Mabon (Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere)
Ostara (Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere)
21 Naw Ruz - New Year (Baha'i)
New Year (Hindu)
Norooz - New Year (Persian, Zoroastrian)
21-28 Ramayana (Hindu)
22 Saint Joseph's Day (Christian)
25 Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Christian)
28 Birth of Prophet Zarathushtra (Zoroastrian)
Ramanavami (Hindu)
29 Palm Sunday (Christian)

ExpandApril 2015

2 Maundy Thursday (Christian)
3 Good Friday (Christian)
Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)
4 Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)
Lazarus Saturday (Orthodox Christian)
Therevadin New Year (Buddhist)
4-11 Pesach - Passover (Jewish)
5 Easter (Christian)
Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
10 Holy Friday (Orthodox Christian)
12 Pascha - Easter (Orthodox Christian)
14 Baisakhi - New Year (Sikh)
15 Lord's Evening Meal (Jehovah's Witness Christian)
16 Yom HaShoah (Jewish)
21 First Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
23 St. George Day (Christian)
24 Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Jewish)
29 Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)

ExpandMay 2015

1 Beltane - Samhain (Wicca/Pagan northern and southern hemispheres)
2 Ascension of Jesus (Orthodox Christian)
Twelfth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
4 Visakha Puja - Buddha Day (Buddhist)
7 Lag B'Omer (Jewish)
13 Lailat al Miraj (Islam)
21 Declaration of the Bab (Baha'i)
24 Pentecost (Christian)
24-25 Shavuot (Jewish)
29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
31 Pentecost (Orthodox Christian)
Trinity Sunday (Christian)

ExpandJune 2015

1 Lailat al Bara'ah (Islam)
4 Corpus Christi (Catholic Christian)
7 All Saints (Orthodox Christian)
16 Guru Arjan Dev Martyrdom (Sikh)
18 Ramadan begins (Islam)
19 New Church Day (Swedenborgian Christian)
Sacred Heart of Jesus (Catholic Christian)
21 Litha (Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere)
Yule (Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere)
29 Saints Peter and Paul (Christian)

ExpandJuly 2015

1 Asalha Puja day (Buddhist)
9 Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha'i)
13 Lailat al Kadr (Islam)
Ulambana-Obon (Buddhist)
18-21 Eid al Fitr (Islam)
23 Emperor Haile Selassi's birthday (Rastafari)
24 Pioneer Day (Mormon Christian)
26 Tish'a B'av (Jewish)

ExpandAugust 2015

1 Fast in honor of Mother of Jesus (Orthodox Christian)
Lammas (Christian)
6 Transfiguration of the Lord (Orthodox Christian)
13-15 Obon (Shinto)
15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Catholic Christian)
Dormition of the Theotokis (Orthdox Christian)
29 Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)
Beheading of John the Baptist (Christian)

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