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Religious Observance Dates 2014

The following set includes a guide to religious holy days of certain religions: Aboriginal Peoples', Bahá'í, Buddhist, Christianity, Hindu, Islam, Jain, Jewish, Shinto, Sikh, Wicca and Zoroastrian. The guide has been compiled from many sources including the Multicultural Calendar 2014 (Creative Cultural Communications). The guide is provided for reference purposes and not intended to be, nor should be relied upon as an authority on holy days.

Please note that all of the dates of Islamic observance are tentative because they are based on the local first sightings of the lunar crescent of the new moon.

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.

Expand December 2013

1 First Sunday of Advent (Christian)
6 St. Nicholas Day (Christian)
8 Feast of Immaculate Conception (Christian)
Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
12 Masá’il (Bahá'í)
13 Aga Khan's Birthday (Islam)
21 Tohji-Tasai (Shinto)
Yule (Wicca)
23 Joseph Smith's Birthday (Mormon)
24 Christmas Eve (Christian)
25 Christmas (Christian and Statutory Holiday)
26 Death of Prophet Zarathustra (Zoroastrian)
Kwanzaa (African-American/Canadian)
31 Sharaf (Bahá'í)
31-Jan 4 Gahambar Maidyarem (Zoroastrian)

Expand January 2014

1 Gantan-Sai (Shinto)
St. Basil's Day (Greece)
5 Guru Gobind Singh's Birthday (Sikh)
6 Christmas (Armenian)
Epiphany/Three Kings' Day (Christian)
Christmas (Coptic and Eastern Orthodox)
13 Lohri (Hindu/Sikh)
14 New Year (Coptic and Eastern Orthodox)
Eid-Maulad-un-Nabi (Islam)
Tu B'Shevat (Jewish)
19 Sultán (Bahá'í)
Timkat/Theophany (Coptic and Eastern Orthodox)
Chinese New Year (Buddhist)

Expand February 2014

2 Candlemas Day (Christian)
Imbolg (Wicca)
4 Basant Panchami (Hindu)
7 Mulk (Bahá'í)
26-March 1 Intercalary Days (Bahá'í)
28 Shivratri (Hindu)

Expand March 2014

2-20 Alá (Bahá'í)
3 Clean Monday (Coptic and Eastern Orthodox)
4 Shrove Tuesday (Christian)
5 Ash wednesday (Christian)
Great Prayer Festival (Tiblet)
16 Holi (Sikh, Hindu)
Purim (Jewish)
Butter Lamp festival (Tibet)
16-20 Gahambar Hamaspathmaedem (Zoroastrian)
17 Hola Mohalla Bikarami (Sikh)
19 St. Joseph's Day (Christian)
20 Nowruz (Iran)
Eostre (Wicca)
Shunki-Sorei-Sai (Shinto)
Shunbun no hi (Japan)
21 Nowruz - New Year (Bahá'í/Islam/Zoroastrian/Ismaili)
25 Annunciation (Christian)
26 Birth of Prophet Zarathustra (Zoroastrian)

Expand April 2014

1 Kha B'Nissan (Assyria)
6 Organization of the Church (Mormon)
8 Ram Navami (Hindu)
9 Jalál (Bahá'í)
13 Mahavira Jayanti (Jain)
Palm Sunday (Christian)
14 Songkran/New Year (Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand)
Baisakhi (Hindu/Sikh)
April 15-22 Pesach - Passover (Jewish)
17 Holy Thursday (Coptic and Eastern Orthodox)
Maundy Thursday (Christian)
18 Holy Friday (Coptic and Eastern Orthodox)
Good Friday(Christian)
20 Pasha/Easter (Coptic and Eastern Orthodox)
Easter (Christian)
21 Easter Monday (Christian)
21-May 2 Feast of Ridvan (Bahá'í)
28 Jamál (Bahá'í)
Yom HaShoah (Jewish)
30-May 4 Gahambar Maidyozarem (Zoroastrian)

Expand May 2014

1 Beltane (Wicca)
2 Akshaya Tritya (Jain)
14 Wesak (Buddhist)
17 Ázamat (Bahá'í)
23 Declaration of Báb (Bahá'í)
25 Wesak (Buddhist)
28 Yom Yerushalayim (Israel)
29 Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá'í)
Ascension (Chrsitian, Coptic and Eastern Orthodox)

Expand June 2014

4-5 Shavuot (Jewish)
5 Núr (Bahá'í)
8 Pentecost (Christian, Coptic and Eastern Orthodox)
16 Martyrdom of Guru Arjun Dev (Sikh)
21 Litha (Wicca)
National Aboriginal Day (Aboriginal/Native Canadian)
24 Rahmat (Bahá'í)
28 Ramadan Begins (Islam)
29 St. Peter and Paul Day (Chile)
29-July 3 Gahambar Maidyoshem (Zoroastrian)

Expand July 2014

9 Martyrdom of Báb (Bahá'í)
11 Imamat Day (Islam/Ismaili)
12 Wassana (Buddist)
Guru Purnima (Hindu/Jain)
13 Kalimát (Bahá'í)
23 Laylat al-Qadr (Islam)
24 Pioneer Day (Mormon)
28 Eid-ul-Fitr (Islam)
30 Oh-Harai-Taisai (Shinto)
31 Feast Of St. Ignatius Loyola (Spain)

Expand August 2014

1 Kamál (Bahá'í)
Lugnasad (Wicca)
2 Illinden (Macedonia)
5 Tish'a B'Av (Jewish)
8-17 Fravardeghan (Zoroastrian)
10 Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)
15 Assumption (Christian)
17 Janmashtami (Hindu)
18 Nowruz (Zoroastrain)
20 Asmá (Bahá'í)
23 Paryushana-Parva (Jain)
24 Birth of Prophet Zarathustra (Zoroastrian)
29 Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)
30 Samvatsari (Jain)
Dashalakshani-Parva (Jain)

Expand September 2014

8 Ízzat (Bahá'í)
Anata-Chaturdasi (Jain)
9 Ksamavani (Jain)
12-16 Gahambar Paitishahem (Zoroastrian)
23 Mabon (Wicca)
25-26 Rosh Hashanah/New Year (Jewish)
Navratri (Jain)
27 Mashiyyat (Bahá'í)
30 Durga Puja (Hindu)

Expand October 2014

2 Saraswati Puja (Hindu)
3 Day of Hajj (Day of Arafat)
4 Eid-ul-Adha (Islam)
Yom Kippur (Jewish)
Dussehra (Hindu)
5 Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
8 Pavarana (Buddhist)
9 Kathina (Buddhist)
9-15 Sukkot (Jewish)
12 Karva Chauth (Hindu)
12-16 Gahambar Ayathrem (Zoroastrian)
16 'Ilm (Bahá'í)
Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)
17 Simchat Torah (Jewish)
20 Birththday of Báb (Bahá'í)
23 Diwali (Hindu, Sikh)
Mahavira Nirvana (Jain)
25 1st Muharram - Islamic New Year (Islam)
31 Samhain (Wicca)

Expand November 2014

1 All Saints' Day (Christian)
2 All Souls' Day (Christian)
3 Ashura (Islam)
4 Qudrat (Bahá'í)
6 Guru Nanak's Birthday (Sikh)
Lokashah Jayanti (Jain)
12 Birth of Báha’u’lláh (Bahá'í)
23 Qawl (Bahá'í)
24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Sikh)
26 Day of Covenant (Bahá'í)
28 Ascension of Abdu’l-Bahá (Bahá'í)
30 First Sunday of Advent (Christian)

Expand December 2014

6 St. Nicholas Day (Christian)
8 Feast of Immaculate Conception (Christian)
12 Masá’il (Bahá'í)
13 Aga Khan's Birthday (Islam/Ismaili)
17-24 Hanukkah (Jewish)
21 Tohji-Tasai (Shinto)
Yule (Wicca)
23 Joseph Smith's Birthday (Mormon)
25 Christmas Day (Christian)
26 Death of Prophet Zarathustra (Zoroastrian)
Kwanzaa (African-American/Canadian)
31 Sharaf (Bahá'í)
31-Jan 4 Gahambar Maidyarem (Zoroastrian)

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