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Religious & Cultural Observances

Ryerson's commitment

Ryerson University is committed to respecting the religious, cultural and spiritual beliefs and practices of all members of the university community.

How to accommodate religious observances for employees

For information on religious observance accommodation for faculty and staff, please review the Accommodation of Religious Observances details on the Human Resources website.

How to accommodate religious observances for students

The university’s Religious, Aboriginal and Spiritual Observance Policy requires faculty and staff to accommodate students to the greatest extent possible. The calendars included in this section outline religious and spiritual observances and are provided to assist the Ryerson community in planning course schedules and activities. The lists are not exhaustive and are frequently updated as members of the community identify observances to Human Rights Services.

Aboriginal observances

The spirituality and cultural observances of Aboriginal Peoples (First Nations, Métis, Inuit, status and non-status) cannot be easily defined and are not reflected in the calendars. Aboriginal spiritual and cultural observances may include ceremonies that are connected to the seasons or to life stages.

Ryerson should make every effort to recognize and accommodate Aboriginal people in our community so they may fulfill their spiritual and cultural responsibilities.

Scheduling tests, exams and due dates

A date on the list does not necessarily preclude scheduling a test or examination on that date, but does signal that there may be individuals in a class who may require accommodation. Instructors are encouraged to bear this in mind when preparing plans for their courses this year.

Recommendations for faculty

Instructions for handling requests for accommodation can be found on the second page of the request for accommodation of student religious, Aboriginal and spiritual observance form (PDF). Faculty are encouraged to work with students to reach an agreement on a reasonable means to address any missed work or exams.

Requesting a religious or cultural observance accommodation

Students can request an accommodation by completing a request for accommodation of student religious, Aboriginal and spiritual observance form (PDF) and submitting it to their course instructor as soon as possible. Additional instructions are provided on the request form. Students are encouraged to work with their instructors to reach an agreement on a reasonable means to address any missed work or exams.

Contacting Human Rights Services

While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and a reasonable compilation of dates, please contact Human Rights Services to advise of any errors or omissions of religious observances dates at 416-979-5349 or humanrights@ryerson.ca.

Frequently asked questions

What is religious accommodation?

Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, people are entitled to be free from discrimination and harassment on a number of prohibited grounds, including religion. This right also incorporates the entitlement to have one's religious practices accommodated by providers of public services and facilities, such as universities.

Religious accommodation is the right to have time away from study to practice the tenets of one’s faith, as long as it does not cause the university undue hardship.

The obligation to accommodate is mandatory, not discretionary. Ryerson’s policy also outlines accommodation for spiritual and Aboriginal observances.

What is undue hardship?

Undue hardship is determined on a case-by-case basis. Undue hardship is determined by considering the cost (relative to the overall budget of the university), outside sources of funding (if applicable), and health and safety requirements.

Generally speaking, to show undue hardship Ryerson would need to prove that accommodating a religious practice for a student would create onerous conditions.

Is there a difference between cultural observance and religious, spiritual and Aboriginal observance?

Yes. The university must ensure that it accommodates religious, spiritual and Aboriginal observance but it is not a requirement under the Ontario Human Rights Code to accommodate cultural observance.

Students or instructors who require advice on cultural observance are invited to consult with Human Rights Services for further information at 416-979-5349 or humanrights@ryerson.ca.

Which Aboriginal observances are Ryerson required to accommodate?

The spirituality and cultural observances of Aboriginal Peoples (First Nations, Métis, Inuit, status and non-status) cannot be easily defined. They reflect a diverse collection of distinct cultures and belief systems that are both dynamic and evolving. 

In general, Aboriginal spiritual and cultural observances may include ceremonies that are connected to the seasons or to life stages (for example, birth, naming, coming of age, weddings, funerals, remembrances). For an Aboriginal person, participation in such ceremonies may be considered a profound personal responsibility that takes precedence over other social obligations. In order to fulfill this responsibility, the person may be required to travel long distances, participate in elaborate preparations, and/or consult with recognized cultural or spiritual leaders.

Ryerson and its faculty and staff should make every effort to recognize and accommodate Aboriginal people in the Ryerson community so that they are able to fulfill their spiritual and cultural responsibilities.

What are some examples of religious, spiritual or Aboriginal accommodation?

Observances may restrict participation in course activities, including:

  • absence from class
  • absence from scheduled exams
  • absence from scheduled placement or clinical settings
  • following specific dress codes
  • temporary absence from class for daily prayers, fasting or breaking a fast while attending class
  • other required activities outlined in the course syllabus

Accommodations should prevent academic disadvantage or penalty to students. Instructors are encouraged to consult with Human Rights Services for further information at 416-979-5349 or humanrights@ryerson.ca.

When should a student make a request for religious, Aboriginal, or spiritual accommodation?

Requests for accommodation must be presented to the instructor no later than two weeks prior to the conflict in question. In the case of final examinations, this is within two weeks of the release of the examination schedule.

That being said, students are encouraged to notify instructors as soon as they become aware of a conflict, as timely requests will help prevent challenges to arranging accommodations.

How does a student make a request for religious, Aboriginal, or spiritual accommodation?

Step one: Informal or formal request to instructor

Requests for accommodation of observance can be made informally or formally to the course instructor.

Informal requests can be made verbally through private discussion or through an email between the student and instructor.

Formal requests are made by submitting a request for accommodation of student religious, Aboriginal and spiritual observance (PDF) using the instructions on the form.

Instructors are required to respond in writing within five days of receiving the request.

Step two: Request to chair or director

If the request cannot be resolved with the instructor, students should consult with the chair or director of the department responsible for the course.

Students may also submit their formal request directly to their chair or director as the first step. In such cases, the chair or director will work with the instructor and the student to determine an accommodation.

Step three: Consultation with dean

If an accommodation cannot be reached through the chair, students have the right to consult with the dean of the faculty responsible for the course.

Step four: Contact Human Rights Services

If no accommodation is reached, the student can contact Human Rights Services at 416-979-5349 or humanrights@ryerson.ca.

An instructor believes their course is very demanding. Can the instructor indicate in their course outline that no student can take time off to observe their personal beliefs?

No. Under the Ontario Human Rights Code and Ryerson's Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Policy all instructors are required to accommodate religious needs, up to the point of undue hardship. Instructors cannot ignore obligations under human rights law.

Which religions are accommodated? Would witchcraft be accommodated as a religion?

Religious, Aboriginal and spiritual observances are often highly personal and subjective. They require that instructors accept the sincerely held beliefs of students at face value and accommodate through informal or formal procedures. With this in mind, those who practice Wicca are generally accommodated.

The tenets of some religions require practices that are undertaken once a week or more. Are these religions entitled to accommodation as well?

Yes. Some people, such as Orthodox Jews and Seventh Day Adventists, practice their religious faith by worshipping from sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday. Therefore, they are required to be away from work and study during these times. These practices all trigger the duty to accommodate.

Should the accommodation response be different if the person seeking accommodation is part of a mainstream (e.g. Christian) religion?

No. Christianity is a religion like any other, and the right to accommodation is similar to those in other faith communities.

What happens when only some members of a particular religion request accommodation and others do not? Are some people taking advantage of their religion and others are not?

Ryerson policy notes that “Religious, Aboriginal or spiritual observances are often highly personal and subjective. This requires that instructors accept the sincerely held beliefs of students at face value and accommodate and address issues, through informal or formal procedures detailed in this policy."

Members of a given faith who are more observant on some issues are not taking advantage of their religion, they simply experience or express their faith differently from other members of their faith.

2019 Calendar

January
1 Mary, Mother of God - Catholic Christianity
Feast Day of St. Basil - Orthodox Christianity
Gantan-sai (New Years) - Shinto
Holy Name of Jesus - Orthodox Christianity
5 Twelfth Night - Christianity
Birthday of Guru Gobindh Singh - Sikhism
6 Feast of Epiphany - Orthodox Christianity
Epiphany - Christianity
Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) - Christianity
Nativity of Christ - Armenian Orthodox
7 Ethiopian Christmas - Rastafarian
Baptism of the Lord Jesus - Christianity
Feast Of Nativity - Orthodox Christianity
8 Feast of the Holy Family - Catholic Christianity
13 Punjabi Lohri - Hinduism (Punjabi)
Maghi - Sikhism
Makara Sankranti - Hinduism
New Year - Eastern Orthodox
Bodhi Day - Budhhism
17 Blessing of the Animals - Hispanic Catholic Christianity
18 - 25 Week of Prayer for Christianity Unity - Christianity
19 Timkat - Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity
Trodion Begins - Orthodox Christianity
20 World Religion Day - Baha'i
Tu BiShavat - Judaism
21 - 23 Mahayana New Year - Buddhism
25 Conversion of St. Paul - Christianity
St. Sava Devine Service - Christianity Serbian Orthodox
February
2 Imbolc (Lughnassas) - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemispheres
Candlemas- Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Christianity
Saint Brighid of Kildare - Celtic Christianity
3 St. Blaze Day - Christianity
Setsubun Sai - Shinto
Four Chaplains Sunday - Interfaith
5 Chinese New Year - Confucian, Daoist, Buddhism
5 - 7 Losar - Tibetan New Year - Tibetan
6 Bob Marley's Earth Day - Rastafarian
8 Nirvana Day - Buddhism
10 Cheesefare Sunday - Orthodox Christianity
Transfiguration Sunday - Christianity
12 Triodion - Orthodox Christianity
15 Nirvana Day - Buddhist
Meeting of Our Lod - Orthodox Russian
26 Intercalary Days begin - Baha'i
March
1 Intercalary Days end - Baha'i
Saint David of Wales - Christianity
2 - 20 Nineteen Day Fast - Baha'i
3 Meatfare Sunday - Orthodox Christianity
Transfiguration Sunday - Christianity
5 Shrove Tuesday - Christianity
6 Ash Wednesday - Lent begins - Orthodox Christianity
10 Orthodox Sunday - Orthodox Christianity
11 Clean Monday - Great Lent begins - Orthodox Christianity
13 L. Ron Hubbard Birthday- Scientology
17 St. Patrick's Day - Christianity
19 St. Joseph's Day - Christianity
20 Ostara - Wicca/Pagan Norther and Southern Hemispheres
21 Equinox
Narooz (New Year) - Persian/ Zoroastrain
Naw-Rúz (New Year) - Baha'i
Ostara-Mabon - Wicca/Pagan- Northern and Suther Hemispheres
Hola Mohalla - Sikhism
Lord's Evening Meal - Jehovah's Witness Christianity
Purim - Judaism
25 Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Christianity
28 Khordad Sal - Zoroastrian
April
3 Laylat al Miraj - Islam
6 Mahavir Jayanti - Jainism
14 Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) - Sikhism
Palm Sunday - Christianity
4 Orthodox Sunday - Orthodox Christianity
4 Maundy Thursday - Christianity
19 - 21 Theravadin New Year - Buddhism
19 Good Friday - Christianity
20 - 27 Pesach - Judaism
20 Lazarus Saturday - Orthodox Christianity
21 Easter - Christianity
First Day of Ridvan - Baha'i
Lailat al Bara'ah - Islam
Palm Sunday - Orthodox Christianity
23 St. George's Day - Christianity
26 Holy Friday - Orthodox Christianity
28 Pascha - Easter - Orthodox Christianity
29 Ninth Day of Ridvan - Baha'i
30 St. James the Great Day - Orthodox Christianity
May
1 Beltane - Samhain - Wicca
2 Last Day of Ridvan - Baha'i
National Day of Prayer USA - Interfaith
Yom HaShoah - Judaism
3 Saints Philip & James - Christianity
Ramadan begins - Islam
9 Yom Ha'Atzmaut - Judaism
18 Visakha Puja - Buddha Day - Buddhism
23 Declaration of the Bab - Baha'i
Lag B'Omer - Judaism
29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i
30 Ascension of Jesus - Christianity
June
1 Laylat al Kadr - Islam
5 - 7 Eid al Fitr - Islam
6 Ascension of Jesus - Orthodox Christianity
9 St. Columba of Iona - Celtic Christianity
Pentecost - Christianity
9 - 10 Shavuot - Judaism
15 Saint Vladimir Day - Christianity
16 Guru Arjan Martyrdom - Sikhism
Trinity Sunday - Christianity
19 New Church Day - Swedenborgian Christianity
29 Corpus Christi - Catholic Christianity
21 Litha - Yule (Solstice) - Wicca/Pagan Norther and Southern Hemispheres
22 First Nations Day - Canadian First Nations people
23 All Saints Day - Orthodox Christianity
28 Sacred Heart of Jesus - Catholic Christianity
29 Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul - Christianity
July
9 Martyrdom of the Bab - Baha'i
11 St. Benedict Day - Catholic Christianity
13 - 15 Obon (Ulambana) - Buddhism- Shinto
15 St. Vladimir the Great Day - Orthodox Christianity
16 Asalha Puja Day - Buddhism, Shinto
24 Pioneer Day - Mormon Christianity
25 St. James the Great Day - Christianity
August
1 Lammas - Christianity
Fast in Honour of Holy Mother of Jesus - Orthodox Christianity
Lughnassad- Imbolc - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemisphere
6 Transfiguration of the Lord - Orthodox Christianity
10 Tish'a B'av - Judaism
Waqf al Arafa - Islam
12 - 15 Eid al Adha - Islam
12 - 15 Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christianity
Dormition of the Theotokos - Orthodox Christianity
23 Krishna Janmashtami - Hinduism
29 Beheading of St. John the Baptist - Christianity
September
1 Ecclesiastical Year begins - Orthodox Christianity
Hijra - New Year - Islam
3 Paryushana Parva - Jainism
8 Nativity of Virgin Mary - Christianity
10 Ashura - Islam
14 Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross) - Christianity
23 Mabon - Ostara (Equinox) - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemispheres
27 Meskel - Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity
29 Michael and All Angels - Christianity
30 - Oct 1 Rosh Hashanah - Judaism
October
4 St Francis Day - Catholic Christianity
Blessing of the Animals - Christianity
8 Dasara - Hinduism
9 Yom Kippur - Judaism
14 - 20 Sukkot - Judaism
14 Thanksgiving - Canada - Interfaith
18 St. Luke, Apostle & Evangelist - Christianity
20 Birth of the Báb - Baha'i
Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth - Sikhism
21 Shemini Atzeret - Judaism
22 Simchat Torah - Judaism
27 Christ the King - Christianity
Diwali - Sikhism, Hinduism, Jainism
28 Milvian Bridge Day - Christianity
Jain New Year - Jainism
29 Reformation Day - Protestant Christianity
November
1 All Saints Day - Christianity
Samhain - Beltane - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
2 All Souls Day - Catholic Christianity
10 Mawlid an Nabi - Islam
12 Birth of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i
Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib - Sikhism
15 Nativity Fast begins - Orthodox Christianity
24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur - Sikhism
26 Christ the King - Christianity
Day of the Covenant - Baha'i
23 Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha - Baha'i
30 St. Andrew's Day - Christianity
December
1 - 24 Advent - Christianity
6 St. Nicholas Day - Christianity
8 Immaculate Conception - Catholic Christianity
Rohatsu (Bodhi Day) - Buddhist
12 Feast Day - Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christianity
16 - 25 Posadas Navidenas - Hispanic Christianity
21 Solstice - Yule - Christianity
Solstice - Yule - Litha - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemisphere
Saint John - Apostle and Evangelist - Christianity
23 - 30 Hanukkah - Judaism
24 Christmas Eve - Christianity
25 Christmas
Feast of the Nativity - Orthodox Christianity
26 Zarathosht Disco (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) - Zoroastrian
St Stephen's Day - Christianity
28 Holy Innocents - Christianity
29 Holy Family - Catholic Christianity
31 Watch Night - Christianity

2020 Calendar

January
1 Mary, Mother of God - Catholic Christianity
Feast Day of St. Basil - Orthodox Christianity
Gantan-sai (New Years) - Shinto
Holy Name of Jesus - Orthodox Christianity
3 Vasant Panchami - Hinduism
5 Twelfth Night - Christianity
Birthday of Guru Gobindh Singh - Sikhism
6 Feast of Epiphany - Orthodox Christianity
Epiphany - Christianity
Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) - Christianity
Nativity of Christ - Armenian Orthodox
7 Ethiopian Christmas - Rastafarian
Feast Of Nativity - Orthodox Christianity
8-10 Mahayana New Year - Buddhism
10 Baptism of the Lord Jesus - Christianity
13 Punjabi Lohri - Hinduism (Punjabi)
Maghi - Sikhism
14 New Year - Eastern Orthodox
15 Makara Sankranti - Hinduism
17 Blessing of the Animals - Hispanic Catholic Christianity
19 Timkat - Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity
19 World Religion Day * - Baha'i
18 - 25 Week of Prayer for Christianity Unity - Christianity
25 Conversion of St. Paul - Christianity
25 Lunar New Year - Confucian, Daoist, Buddhism
27 St. Sava Devine Service - Christianity Serbian Orthodox
February

2

Imbolc (Lughnassas) - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemispheres
Candlemas- Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Christianity
Four Chaplains Sunday - Interfaith
Saint Brighid of Kildare - Celtic Christianity

3

St. Blaze Day - Christianity
Setsubun Sai - Shinto
8 Nirvana Day - Buddhism
9 Triodion Begins - Orthodox Christianity
9 Tu BiShavat - Judaism
10 Transfiguration Sunday - Christianity

15

Nirvana Day - Buddhist
Meeting of Our Lod - Orthodox Russian
23 Meatfare Sunday - Orthodox Christianity
24 Losar - Tibetan New Year - Tibetan
25 Shrove Tuesday - Christianity
25 Intercalary Days begin - Baha'i
17 Ash Wednesday - Lent Begins - Christianity
March

1

Cheesefare Sunday - Orthodox Christianity
Saint David of Wales - Christianity
2 Clean Monday - Great Lent begins - Orthodox Christianity
2 - 20 Nineteen Day Fast - Baha'i
3 Hindi New Year - Hinduism
8 Orthodox Sunday - Orthodox Christianity
9 Magha Puja Day - Buddhism
10 Holi - Hinduism
10 Purim - Judaism
10 Hola Mohalla - Sikhism
13 L. Ron Hubbard Birthday- Scientology
17 St. Patrick's Day - Christianity
19 St. Joseph's Day - Christianity
19 Lord's Evening Meal - Jehovah's Witness Christianity
20 Equinox - Ostara-Mabon - Wicca/Pagan- Northern and Suther Hemispheres

21

Narooz (New Year) - Persian/ Zoroastrain
Naw-Rúz (New Year) - Baha'i
25 Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Christianity
25-April 2, 2020 Ramayana - Hinduism
28 Khordad Sal - Zoroastrian
April
2 Ramanavami - Hinduism
3 Laylat al Miraj - Islam
5 Palm Sunday - Christianity
7-9 Theravada New Year - Buddhism
8 Hanuman Jayanti - Hinduism
9 Mahavir Jayanti - Jainism
9 Maundy Thursday - Christianity
9 - 15 Pesach - Judaism
10 Good Friday - Christianity
11 Lazarus Saturday - Orthodox Christianity
11-12 Lag B'Omer - Judaism
12 Easter - Christianity
12 Palm Sunday - Orthodox Christianity
14 Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) - Sikhism
17 Holy Friday - Orthodox Christianity
19 Pascha - Easter - Orthodox Christianity
21 Yom HaShoah - Judaism
21 First Day of Ridvan - Baha'i
21 Lailat al Bara'ah - Islam
23 St. George's Day - Christianity
24 Ramadan begins - Islam
28-29 Yom Ha'Atzmaut - Judaism
29 Ninth Day of Ridvan - Baha'i
29 Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul - Christianity
30 St. James the Great Day - Orthodox Christianity
May
1 Beltane - Samhain - Wicca
2 Last Day of Ridvan - Baha'i
3 Saints Philip & James - Christianity
7 Visakha Puja - Buddha Day - Buddhism
21 Ascension of Jesus - Christianity
23 Declaration of the Bab - Baha'i
23 - 24 Eid al Fitr - Islam
28-30 Shavuot - Judaism
29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i
31 Pentecost - Christianity
June
1 Laylat al Kadr - Islam
7 Pentecost - Orthodox Christian
7 Trinity Sunday - Christian
9 St. Columba of Iona - Celtic Christianity
11 Corpus Christi - Catholic Christianity
14 All Saints Day - Orthodox Christianity
14 Saint Vladimir Day - Christianity
16 Guru Arjan martyrdom - Sikhism
19 Sacred Heart of Jesus - Catholic Christianity
19 New Church Day - Swedenborgian Christianity
21 Litha - Yule (Solstice) - Wicca/Pagan Norther and Southern Hemispheres
22 First Nations Day - Canadian First Nations people
29 Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul - Christianity

 

July
5 Asalha Puja Day - Buddhism, Shinto
9 Martyrdom of the Bab - Baha'i
11 St. Benedict Day - Catholic Christianity
15 St. Vladimir the Great Day - Orthodox Christianity
24 Pioneer Day - Mormon Christianity
25 St. James the Great Day - Christianity
30 Tish'a B'av - Judaism
31- August 3, 2020 Eid al Adha - Islam
August

1

Lammas - Christianity
Fast in Honour of Holy Mother of Jesus - Orthodox Christianity
Lughnassad- Imbolc - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemisphere
3 Raksha Bandhan - Hinduism
6 Transfiguration of the Lord - Orthodox Christianity
10 Waqf al Arafa - Islam
12 Krishna Janmashtami - Hinduism
13 - 15 Obon (Ulambana) - Buddhism- Shinto
15 Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christianity
15 Dormition of the Theotokos - Orthodox Christianity
20 Hijra - New Year - Islam
22 Ganesh Chaturthi - Hinduism
29 Ashura * - Islam
29 Beheading of St. John the Baptist - Christianity
September
1 Ecclesiastical Year begins - Orthodox Christianity
8 Nativity of Virgin Mary - Christianity
14 Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross) - Christianity
19-20 Rosh Hashanah - Judaism
21 Paryushana Parva - Jainism
23 Mabon - Ostara (Equinox) - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemispheres
27 Meskel - Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity
27-28 Yom Kippur - Judaism
29 Michael and All Angels - Christianity
October
3-9 Sukkot - Judaism

4

St Francis Day - Catholic Christianity
Blessing of the Animals - Christianity
9-11 Shemini Atzeret - Judaism
10-11 Simchat Torah - Judaism
12 Thanksgiving - Canada - Interfaith
17-25 Navaratri - Hinduism
18 St. Luke, Apostle & Evangelist - Christianity
19-20 Birth of the Báb - Baha'i
20 Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth - Sikhism
25 Dasara - Hinduism
28 Milvian Bridge Day - Christianity
28-29 Mawlid an Nabi - Islam
31 Reformation Day - Protestant Christianity
November

1

All Saints Day - Christianity
Samhain - Beltane - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
2 All Souls Day - Catholic Christianity

12

Birth of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i
Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib - Sikhism
13 Jain New Year - Jainism
14 Diwali - Sikhism, Hinduism, Jainism
15 Nativity Fast begins - Orthodox Christianity
15 Vikram New Year - Hinduism
24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur - Sikhism

26

Christ the King - Christianity
Day of the Covenant - Baha'i
22 Christ the King - Christianity
26-27 Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha - Baha'i
29-December 24, 2020 Advent Begins - Christianity
30 St. Andrew's Day - Christianity
December
6 St. Nicholas Day - Christianity

8

Immaculate Conception - Catholic Christianity
Rohatsu (Bodhi Day) - Buddhist
10-18 Hanukkah - Judaism
12 Feast Day - Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christianity
16 - 25 Posadas Navidenas - Hispanic Christianity

21

Solstice - Yule - Christianity
Solstice - Yule - Litha - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemisphere
24 Christmas Eve - Christianity

25

Christmas
Feast of the Nativity - Orthodox Christianity

26

Zarathosht Disco (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) - Zoroastrian
St Stephen's Day - Christianity
28 Holy Innocents - Christianity
31 Watch Night - Christianity