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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.

2017 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
Guru Gobindh Singh birthday - Sikhism
6 Epiphany - Christianity
Feast of the Theophany - Orthodox Christianity
Dia de los Reyes - Christianity
Nativity of Christ - Armenian Orthodox Christianity
7 Feast of the Nativity - Orthodox Christianity
8 Baptism of the Lord Jesus
12-15 Mahayana New Year - Buddhist
13 Maghi - Sikhismism
15 World Religion Day - Baha'i
17 Blessing of the Animals - Hispanic Catholic Christianity
19-25 Week of Prayer for Christianity Unity begins - Christianity
19 Timkat - Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity
Triodion begins - Othrodox Christianity
25 Conversion of St. Paul - Christianity
28 Chinese New Year - Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
February
1 Vasant Panchami - Hindu
2 Candlemas - Christianity
Imbolc - Lughnassah - Wicca/Pagan
Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Anglican Christianity
Saint Brighid of Kildare - Celtic Christianity
3 Setsubun-sai - Shinto
St. Blaze Day - Christianity
5 Four Chaplains Sunday - Interfaith
11 Tu BiShvat - Judaism
12 Triodion - Orthodox Christianity
14 St. Valentine's Day - Christianity
15 Nirvana Day - Buddhist - Jain
19 Meatfare Sunday - Orthodox Christianity
25 Maha Shavaratri - Hindu
26 Transfiguration Sunday - Christianity
Cheese Fare Sunday - Orthodox Christianity
26-Mar 1 Intercalary - Baha'i
28 Shrove Tuesday - Christianity
March
1 Ash Wednesday - Christianity
Saint David of Wales - Christianity
2-20 Nineteen Day Fast - Baha'i (begins sundown on 1)
5 Orthodox Sunday - Orthodox Christianity
12 Purim - Judaism
Magha Puja Day - Buddhist
13 Holi - Hindu
Hola Mohalla - Sikhism
17 St. Patrick's Day - Christianity
19 St. Joseph's Day - Christianity
20 Equinox
Ostara - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
Mabon - Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
21 Norouz (New Year) - Persian/Zoroastrian
Naw Ruz (New year) - Baha'i (begins sundown on 20)
25 Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Christianity
27 Great Lent begins - Clean Monday - Orthodox Christianity
28 Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranhustra) - Zoroastrain
Hindu New Year - Hindu
28-Apr 5 Ramayana - Hindu
April
1 Lazarus Saturday - Orthodox Christianity
2 Palm Sunday - Orthodox Christianity
5 Ramanavami - Hindu
9 Palm Sunday - Christianity
10 Mahavir Jayanti - Jain
11 Lord's Evening Meal - Jehovah's Witness Christianity
Hanuman Jayanti - Hindu
14 Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) - Sikhism
Good Friday - Christianity
Holy Friday - Christianity
11-14 Theravadin New Year - Buddhist
11-18 Pesach (Passover) - Judaism
16 Easter - Christianity
Pascha (Easter) - Orthodox Christianity
21 First Day of Ridvan - Baha'i
23 St.George's Day - Christianity
Yom HaShoah - Judaism
24 Lailat al Miraj - Islam
29 Ninth Day of Ridvan - Baha'i
30 St. James the Great Day - Orthodox Christianity
May
1 Beltane - Samhain - Wicca/Pagan northern and southern hemisphere (begins sundown on April 30)
Yom Ha'Atzmaut - Judaism
2 Twelfth Day of Ridvan - Baha'i (begins sundown on 1)
3 Saints Philip & James - Christianity
4 National Day of Prayer USA - Interfaith
10 Visakha Puja - Buddha Day - Buddhist
12 Lailat al Bara'ah - Islam
14 Lag B/Omer - Judaism
23 Declaration of the Bab - Baha'i
25 Ascension of Jesus - All Christianity
27 Ramadan begins - Islam
29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i
31-Jun 1 Shavout - Judaism
June
4 Pentecost - All Christianitys
9 St. Columba of Iona - Celtic Christianity
11 Trinity Sunday - Christianity
15 Corpus Christi - Catholic Christianity
Saint Vladimir - Christianity
16 Guru Arjan martydom - Sikhism
19 New Church Day - Swedenborgian Christianity
21 Solstice
  • Litha - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere (begins sundown on 20)
  • First Nations Day - Canadian Native People
  • Yule - Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
22 Laylat al Kadr - Islam
23 Sacred Heart of Jesus - Catholic Christianity
26-28 Eid al Fitr - Islam
29 Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul - Christianity
July
9 Martyrdom of the Bab - Baha'i
Asalha Puja Day - Buddhist
11 St Benedict Day - Catholic Christianity
All Saints - Orthodox Christianity
13-15 Obon (Ulambana) - Buddhist - Shinto
15 St. Vladimir the Great Day - Orthodox Christianity
24 Pioneer Day - Mormon Christianity
25 St. James the Great Day - Christianity
August
1 Lammas - Christianity
Fast in honor of Holy Mother of Lord Jesus - Orthodox Christianity
Tish'a B'av * - Judaism
Lughnassad - Imbolc - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
6 Transfiguration of the Lord - Orthodox Christianity
7 Raksha Bandhan - Hindu
15 Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christianity
Dormition of the Theotokos - Orthodox Christianity
Krishna Janmashtami - Hindu
26-Sept 4 Paryushana Parva - Jain
29 Beheading of St. John the Baptist - Christianity
31 Waqf al Arafa - Hajj Day - Islam
September
1 Religious year begins - Orthodox Christianity
1-4 Eid al Adha - Islam
8 Nativity of Mary - Christianity
14 Elevation of the Life Giving Cross - Holy Cross Day - Christianity
21-22 Rosh Hashanah
New Year - Hijra - Islam
21-29 Navaratri - Hindu
22 Equinox
Mabon - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere (begins sundown on 22)
Ostara - Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere (begins sundown on 22)
25 Ganesh Chaturthi - Hindu
27 Meskel - Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity
29 Michael and All Angels - Christianity
30 Yom Kippur - Judaism
Dasara - Hindu
October
1 Ashura - Islam
4 St Francis Day - Catholic Christianity
Blessing of the Animals - Christianity
5-11 Sukkot - Judaism
9 Thanksgiving - Canada - Interfaith
12 Shemini Atzeret - Judaism
13 Simchat Torah - Judaism
18 St. Luke, Apostle & Evangelist - Christianity
19 Diwali - Deepvali - Hindu - Sikh - Jain
20 Birth of the Báb - Baha'i
Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth - Sikh
Jain New Year - Jain
28 Milvian Bridge Day - Christianity
29 Reformation Day - Protestant Christianity
31 All Hallows Eve - Christianity
Reformation Day - Protestant Christianity
November
1 All Saints Day - Christianity
Samhain - Beltane - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
2 All Souls Day - Catholic Christianity
4 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib - Sikhism
12 Birth of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i
15 Nativity Fast begins through 12/24 - Orthodox Christianity
23 Thanksgiving - Interfaith USA
24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur - Sikhism
26 Day of Covenant - Baha'i
Christ the King - Christianity
28 Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha - Baha'i
30 Saint Andew's Day - Christianity
December
1 Mawlid an Nabi - Islam
3-24 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
13-20 Hanukkah - Judaism
16-25 Posadas Navidenas through 12/25 - Christianity
21 Solstice
  • Yule - Christianity
  • Yule - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere (begins sundown on 20)
  • Litha - Wicca/Pagan 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
Holy Family - Catholic Christianity

2018 Calendar

January
1 Mary, Mother of God - Catholic Christianity
Feast Day of St. Basil - Orthodox Christianity
Gantan-sai (New Years) - Shinto
Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus - Orthodox Christianity
2 Mehergan (First Full Moon) - Zoroastrian
2 - 4 Mayan New Year - Buddhism
5 Twelfth Night - Christianity
Birthday of Guru Gobindh Singh - Sikhism
6 Feast of Epiphany - 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
14 New Year - Eastern Orthodox
17 Blessing of the Animals - Hispanic Catholic
18 - 25 Week of Prayer for Christianity Unity - Christianity
19 Timkat - Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity
21 Triodion Begins - Orthodox Christianity
World Religion Day - Baha'i
22 Vasant Panchami - Hinduism
22 Bodhi Day - Buddhism
25 Conversion of St. Paul - Christianity
27 St. Sava Devine Service - Christianity Serbian Orthodox
31 Tu BiShvat - Judaism
February
1 Imbolc - Lughnassas - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Suther Hemispheres
2 Candlemas - Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Christianity
Saint Brighid of Kildare - Celtic Christianity
3 St. Blaze Day - Christianity
Setsubun Sai - Shinto
4 Four Chaplains Sunday - Interfaith
6 Bob Marley's Earth Day - Rastafarian
8 Nirvana Day - Buddhism
11 Cheesefare Sunday - Orthodox Christianity
Transfiguration Sunday - Christianity
12 Triodion - Orthodox Christianity
Clean Monday - Lent begins - Orthodox Christianity
13 Shrove Tuesday - Christianity
14 St. Valentine's Day - Christianity
Maha Shivaratri - Hinduism
Ash Wednesday - Lent begins - Christianity
15 Nirvana Day - Buddhist
16 Chinese New Year - Confucian, Daoist, Buddhism
18 Orthodox Sunday - Orthodox Christianity
26 - March 1 Intercalary Days - Baha'i
March
1 Purim - Judaism
Saint David of Wales - Christianity
2 - 20 Nineteen Day Fast - Baha'i
3 Holi - Hinduism
6 Meatfare Sunday - Orthodox Christianity
13 L. Ron Hubbard Birthday - Scientology
17 St. Patrick's Day - Christianity
18 New Year - Hinduism
18 - 26 Ramayana - Hinduism
19 St. Joseph's Day - Christianity
21 Equinox
Narooz (New Year) - Persian/ Zoroastrain
Naw-Rúz (New Year) - Baha'i
Ostara-Mabon - Wicca/Pagan- Northern and Suther Hemispheres
25 Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Orthodox Christianity
Palm Sunday - Christianity
26 Ramanavami - Hinduism
28 Khordad Sal (Birth of the Prophet Zaranthushtra) - Zoroastrian
29 Maundy Thursday - Christianity
29 Passover - Judaism
30 Good Friday - Christianity
31 Lazarus Saturday - Orthodox Christianity
Hanuman Jayanti - Hinduism
Lord's Evening Meal - Jehovah's Witness Christianity
Magha Puja Day - Buddhism
31 - April 7 Passover - Judaism
April
1 Easter - Christianity
Palm Sunday - Orthodox Christianity
Mahavir Jayanti - Jain
4 Kuan Yin Birthday - Taiwanese
6 Holy Friday - Orthodox Christianity
8 Pascha - Easter - Orthodox Christianity
12 Yom HaShoah - Judaism
13 Lailat al Miraj - Islam
14 Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) - Sikhism
18 Akshaya Tritya - Hindu
19 Yom Ha'Atzmaut - Judaism
21 First Day of Ridvan - Baha'i
23 St. George's Day - Christianity
29 Ninth Day of Ridvan - Baha'i
Visakha Puja - Buddha Day - Buddhism
30 St. James the Great Day - Orthodox Christianity
Nisfu Shaban - Islam
30 - May 2 Theravadin New Year - Buddhism
May
1 Beltane - Samhain - Wicca
Lailat al bara'ah - Islam
2 Last Day of Ridvan - Baha'i
3 Saints Philip & James - Christianity
National Day of Prayer USA - Interfaith
Lag B'Omer - Judaism
10 Ascension of Jesus - Christianity
Visakha Puja - Buddhism
16 - June 15 Ramadan - Islam
17 Ascension of Jesus- Orthodox Christianity
20 - 21 Shavuot - Judaism
20 Pentecost - Christianity
23 Declaration of the Bab - Baha'i
25 Feast of St. Mark - Orthodox Egyptien
27 Pentecost - Orthodox Christianity
Trinity Sunday - Christianity
29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i
31 Corpus Christi - Catholic Christianity
June
2 All Saints - Orthodox Christianity
7 Jumu'ahtul Wida - Islam
8 Sacred Heart of Jesus - Catholic Christianity
9 St. Columba of Iona - Celtic Christianity
11 Laylat al Kadr - Islam
15 - 17 Eid al Fitr - Ramadan ends - Islam
15 Saint Vladimir Day - Christianity
16 Guru Arjan Martyrdom - Sikhism
19 New Church Day - Swedenborgian Christianity
20 Waqf al Arafa - Hajj Day - Islam
21 First Nations Day - Canadian First Nations
Litha - Yule (soltice) - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Suther Hemispheres
29 Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul - Christianity
July
6 Dalai Lama's Birthday - Tibetan
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
22 Tish'a B'av - Judaism
22 Pioneer Day - Mormon Christianity
25 St. James the Great Day - Christianity
27 Asalha Puja Day - Buddhism
28 Dharma Day - Buddhism
August
1 Lammas - Christianity
Fast in Honour of Holy Mother of Jesus - Orthodox Christianity
2 Lughnassad- Imbolc - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemisphere
6 Transfiguration of the Lord - Orthodox Christianity
15 Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christianity
Dormition of the Theotokos - Orthodox Christianity
20 - 21 Waqf al Arafa (Hajj) - Islam
22 - 25 Eid al Adha - Islam
29 Beheading of St. John the Baptist - Christianity
Raksha Bandhan - Hinduism
September
1 Religious year begins - Orthodox Christianity
3 Krishna Janmashtami - Hinduism
6 Paryushana-parva - Jainism
8 Nativity of Virgin Mary - Christianity
10 - 11 Rosh Hashannah - Judaism
11 First of Muharram - Islam
12 Ganesh Chauturthi - Hinduism
Hijra - New Year - Islam
13 Samvatsari - Jainism
Dasahlakshani-parva - Jainism
14 Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross) - Christianity
19 Yom Kippur - Judaism
21 Ashura - Islam
22 Equinox- Mabon- Ostara - Wicca Northern and Southerm Hemispheres
24 - 31 Sukkot - Judaism
27 Meskal - Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity
29 Michael and All Angels - Christianity
October
1 Shemini Atzeret - Judaism
2 Simchat Torah - Judaism
4 St Francis Day - Catholic Christianity
Blessing of the Animals - Christianity
8 Thanksgiving - Canada - Interfaith
9 - 16 Navaratri - Hinduism
18 St. Luke, Apostle & Evangelist - Christianity
19 Dasara - Hinduism
20 Birth of the Báb - Baha'i
Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth - Sikhism
28 Reformation Day - Protestant Christianity
Milvian Bridge Day - Christianity
31 All Hallows Eve - Christianity
November
1 All Saints Day - Christianity
Samhain - Beltane - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
2 All Souls Day - Catholic Christianity
7 Diwali - Sikhism, Hinduism, Jainism
8 Jain New Year - Jainism
Vikram New Year - Hinduism
12 Birth of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i
Gyana Panchami - Jainism
15 Nativity Fast begins - Orthodox Christianity
20 Mawlid al-Nabi - Islam
21 Mawlid an Nab - Islam
23 Guru Nanak Dev Sahib birthday - Sikhism
25 Christ the King - Christianity
26 Day of the Covenant - Baha'i
28 Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha - Baha'i
30 St. Andrew's Day - Christianity
December
2 - 24 Advent - Christianity
3 - 10 Hanukkah - Judaism
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 Yule - Christianity
Solstice
Yule - Litha - Wicca/Pagan
Saint Thomas the Apostle - Christianity
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
30 Holy Family - Catholic Christianity
31 Watch Night - Christianity

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
14 St. Valentine's Day - 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
31 All Hallows Eve - 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