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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.

Religious, Aboriginal and Spiritual Observance Policy (PDF)

Request for accommodation of student religious, Aboriginal and spiritual observance form (PDF)

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
January
1 Mary, Mother of God - Catholic Christian
Feast Day of St Basil - Orthodox Christian
Shogatsu/Gantan-sai (New Years) - Shinto
Baptism of the Lord Jesus - Christian
5 Twelfth Night - Christian
Guru Gobindh Singh birthday - Sikh
6 Epiphany - Christian
Feast of the Epiphany (Theophany) - Orthodox Christian
Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) - Christian
7 Feast of the Nativity - Orthodox Christian
13 Maghi - Sikh
17 Blessing of the Animals - Hispanic Catholic Christian
18 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins - Christian
19 Timkat - Ethiopoian Christian
25 Conversion of St. Paul - Christian
28 Tu B'Shvat * - Jewish
February

2

Candlemas - Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Christian
Imbolc-Lughnassad * - Wicca/Neo Pagan Northern and Southern Hemispheres

3

St. Blaze Day - Christian
Setsebun (beginning of spring) - Shinto
5 Four Chaplains Sunday - Interfaith
8 Nirvana Day - Buddhism

12

Triodion - Orthodox Christian
Chinese New Year - Chinese traditional

14

St. Valentine's Day - Christian
Transfiguration Sunday - Christian
15 Nirvana Day ** - Buddhist - Jain

16

Vasant Panchami ** - Hindu
Shrove Tuesday - Christian
17 Lent begins - Christian
21 Triodion Begins - Orthodox Christian
26 Purim * - Jewish
March
1 St. David of Wales - Christian
2 Nineteen Day Fast - Baha'i
7 Meatfare Sunday -Orthodox Christian
10 Lailat al Miraj * - Islam
12 Orthodox Sunday - Orthodox Christian
14 Maha Shivaratri ** - Hindu
15 Cheesefare Sunday - Orthodox Christian
17 Clean Monday (Great Lent begins) - Orthodox Christian
18 St. Patrick's Day - Christian
19 Waqf al Arafa * - Islam
21 St. Joseph's Day - Christian
25 Norooz (New Year) - Persian/Zoroastrian
26 Naw-Rúz (New Year) * - Baha'i

28

Ostara - Mabon * - Wicca/Neo Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
Orthodox Sunday - Orthodox Christian
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christian
Mahavir Jayanti **- Jain
Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranthushtra) Zoroastrian
Lailat al Bara'ah * - Islam
Lord's Evening Meal - Jehovah's Witness Christian
Magha Puja Day ** - Buddhist
Pesach * - Jewish
Palm Sunday - Christian
29 Holi ** - Hindu
April
1 Maunday Thursday - Christian
2 Good Friday - Christian
4 Easter Sunday * - Christian
8 Yom HaShoah * - Jewish

13

Hindi New Year ** - Hindu
Ramayana ** - Hindu
Ramadan begins * - Islam
14 Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) - Sikh
15 Yom Ha'Atzmaut * - Jewish
16 First Day of Ridvan * - Baha'i
21 Ramanavami ** - Hindu
23 St. George's Day - Christian
24 Lazarus Saturday - Orthodox Christian
25 Palm Sunday - Orthodox Christian

27

Hanuman Jayanti ** - Hindu
Mahavir Jayanti ** Jain

30

Holy Friday - Orthodox Christian
Lag B'Omer * - Jewish
May
1 Beltane - Samhain * - Wicca/Neo Pagai Northern and Southern hemispheres

2

Last day of Ridvan * - Baha'i
Pascha (Easter) - Orthodox Christian
3 Saints Philip & James - Christian
4 National Day of Prayer - USA - Interfaith
8 Laylat al Kadr * - Islam
14 Eid al Fitr - Ramadan ends * - Islam
18 Tish'a B'av * - Jewish

23

Declaration of the Bab * - Baha'i
Pentecost - Christian
29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i
30 Trinity Sunday - Christian
June
3 Corpus Christi - Catholic Christian
9 St. Columba of Iona - Celtic Christian
11 Sacred Heart of Jesus - Catholic Christian
15 Saint Vladimir Day - Christian
16 Guru Arjan martyrdom - Sikh
19 New Church Day - Swedenborgian Christian
20 Pentecost - Orthodox Christian
21 World Humanist Day - Materialism

22

First Nations Day - Canadian Native People
Litha - Yule * - Wicca/Neo Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
24 Saint John the Baptist - Christian
29 Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul - Christian
July
9 Martyrdom of the Bab * - Baha'i
11 St Benedict Day - Catholic Christian
13 Obon (Ulambana) ** - Buddhist/Shinto
15 St. Vladimir the Great Day - Orthodox Christian
20 Eid al Adha - Sacrifice Day * - Islam
23 Emperor Haile Selassie birthday -Rastafaria

24

Pioneer Day- Mormon Christian
Asalha Puja Day ** - Buddhist
25 St. James the Great Day - Christian
August

1

Lammas - Christian
Lughnassad - Imbolc * - Wicca/Neo Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
3 Krishna Janmashtami ** - Hindu
6 Transfiguration of the Lord - Orthodox Christian
10 Hijra - New Year begins * - Islam

15

Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christian
Dormition of the Theotokos - Orthodox Christian
17 Shavout * - Jewish
18 Ashura * - Islam
22 Raksha Bandhan ** - Hindu
29 Beheading of St. John the Baptist - Christian
September
1 Religious year begins - Orthodox Christian
7 Rosh Hashanah * - Jewish
8 Nativity of Virgin Mary - Christian
10 Ganesh Chaturthi ** - Hindu

11

Ethiopian New Year - Rastafaria
Paryushana Parva - Jain
13 Yom Kippur * - Jewish
14 Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross) - Christian

21

Sukkot * - Jewish
Paryushana Parva - Jain
22 Mabon - Imbolc - Wicca/Pagan
27 Meskel -Ethiopian Eritrean Orthodox Christian
28 Shemini Atzeret * - Jewish

29

Michael and All Angels - Christian
Simchat Torah * - Jewish
October

4

St Francis Day - Catholic Christian
Blessing of the Animals - Christian
7 Navaratri ** - Hindu
15 Dasara ** - Hindu

18

Luke, Apostle & Evangelist - Christian
Mawlid an Nabi * Islam

20

Birth of the B'ab * - Baha'i
Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth - Sikh
28 Milvian Bridge Day - Christian

31

All Hallows Eve - Christian
Reformation Day - Protestant Christian
Samhain - * Wicca/Neo Pagan
Deep Diwali - Jain
November
1 All Saints Day - Christian
2 All Souls Day - Catholic Christian
4 Diwali (Deepavali) ** - Hindu - Jain
5 Vikram New Year ** - Hindu
12 Birth of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i
13 Jain New Year - Jain
15 Nativity Fast begins - ends Dec. 24 - Orthodox Christian
21 Christ the King - Christian
24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur - Sikh

26

Day of the Covenant * - Baha'i
Feast of the Holy Family - Catholic Christian

28

First Sunday of Advent - Christian
Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha * - Baha'i
29 Hanukkah * - Jewish
30 St. Andrew's Day - Christian
December
6 Saint Nicholas Day - Christian

8

Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) - Buddhism
Immaculate Conception of Mary - Catholic Christian
12 Feast day - Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian
16 Posadas Navidenas - Hispanic Christian
21 Yule - Christian
22 Yule/Winter Solstice * - Wicca/Neo Pagan
24 Christmas Eve - Christian

25

Christmas * - Christian
Feast of the Nativity ** - Orthodox Christian

26

Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) Zoroastrian
St Stephen's Day - Christian
28 Holy Innocents - Christian
30 Holy Family - Catholic Christian
31 Watch Night - Christian
January

1

Mary, Mother of God - Catholic Christian
Feast Day of St Basil - Orthodox Christian
Shogatsu/Gantan-sai (New Years) - Shinto
Baptism of the Lord Jesus - Christian

5

Twelfth Night - Christian
Guru Gobindh Singh birthday - Sikh

6

Epiphany - Christian
Feast of the Epiphany (Theophany) - Orthodox Christian
Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) - Christian

7

Feast of the Nativity - Orthodox Christian
Nativity of Christ - Orthodox Christian
Christmas Day - Rastafarian
8 Feast of the Holy Family - Catholic Christian
9 Baptism of the Lord Jesus - Christian
13 Maghi - Sikh

17

Blessing of the Animals - Hispanic Catholic Christian
Tu BiShvat - Judaism
18 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Christian
21 Chinese New Year - Chinese
25 Conversion of St. Paul - Christian
30 Mahayana New Year 3 days** - Buddhism
February

2

Candlemas - Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Christian
Imbolc-Lughnassad * - Wicca/Neo Pagan
Saint Brighid of Kildare - Christian

3

St. Blaze Day - Christian
Setsebun (beginning of spring) - Shinto
5 Vasant Panchami - Hindu
14 St. Valentine's Day - Christian
15 Nirvana Day ** - Buddhist - Jain

16

St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist - Christian
Meatfare - Orthodox Christian
17 Transfiguration Sunday - Christian
March

1

St. David of Wales - Christian
Maha Shivaratri - Hindu
Shrove Tuesday - Christian

2

Ash Wednesday - Christian
Lent Begins - Christian
6 Cheesefare Sunday - Orthodox Christian

7

Great Lent - Clean Monday - Orthodox Christian
Lent Begins - Orthodox Christian

17

St. Patrick's Day - Christian
Purim - Judaism
18 Holi - Hindu
19 St. Joseph's Day - Christian
20 Ostara - Vernal Equinox - Wicca/Neo Pagan

21

Norooz (New Year) - Persian/Zoroastrian
Naw-Rúz (New Year) * - Baha'i
Ostara - Mabon * - Wicca/Neo Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
26 Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranthushtra) Zoroastrian
30 Magha Puja Day ** - Buddhist
April

2

Hindi New Year - Hindu
Ramayana Begins - Hindu
3 Ramadan begins ** - Islam

10

Palm Sunday - Christian
Ramanavami ** - Hindu

14

Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) - Sikh
Lent Ends - Christian
Maundy Thursday - Christian
15 Good Friday - Christian

16

Theravadin New Year 3 days ** - Buddhism
Hanuman Jayanti ** - Hindu
Lazarus Saturday - Orthodox Christian
Pesach Begins - Judaism

17

Easter (Western) - Christian
Palm Sunday - Orthodox Christian
21 First Day of Ridvan * - Baha'i
22 Holy Friday - Orthodox Christian

23

St. George's Day - Christian
Pesach Ends - Judaism
24 Easter (Pascha) - Orthodox Christian
25 St. Mark, Apostle and Evangelist - Christian
28 Yom HaShoah - Judaism
29 Ninth Day of Ridvan * - Baha'i
30 St. James the Great Day - Orthodox Christian
May
1 Beltane - Samhain * - Wicca/Neo Pagai Northern and Southern hemispheres

2

Twelfth Day of Ridvan * - Baha'i
Ramadan finishes** - Islam

3

Saints Philip & James - Christian
Eid al Fitr** - Islam
4 National Day of Prayer - USA - Interfaith
5 Yom Ha'Atzmaut - Judaism
19 Lag B'Omer - Judaism
24 Declaration of the Bab * - Baha'i
26 Ascension of Jesus - Christian
27 Visakha Puja - Buddha Day ** - Buddhism
29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i
June
3 Ascension of Jesus - Orthodox Christian

5

Pentecost - Christian
Savuot begins - Judaism
6 Savuot ends - Judaism
9 St. Columba of Iona - Celtic Christian

12

Pentecost - Orthodox Christian
Trinity Sunday - Christian
15 St. Vladimir - Christian

16

Guru Arjan martyrdom - Sikh
Corpus Christi - Catholic Christian

19

New Church Day - Swedenborgian Christian
All Saint's Day - Orthodox
21 Litha - Summer Solstice - Wicca/Neo Pagan

22

First Nations Day - Canadian Native People
Litha Summer Solstice * - Wicca/Neo Pagan

24

Sacred Heart of Jesus - Catholic Christian
Saint John the Baptist - Christian
29 Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul - Christian
July
10 Martyrdom of the Bab * - Baha'i
11 St Benedict Day - Catholic Christian
13 Obon (Ulambana) ** - Buddhist/Shinto
15 St. Vladimir the Great Day - Orthodox Christian
23 Emperor Haile Selassie birthday -Rastafaria
24 Pioneer Day- Mormon Christian
25 St. James the Great Day - Christian
26 Asalha Puja Day (Dhamma Day) ** - Buddhism
August

1

Lammas - Christian
Lughnassad (Lammas) * - Wicca/Neo Pagan
Fast in honor of Holy Mother of Jesus - Orthodox Christian
6 Transfiguration of the Lord - Orthodox Christian
7 Tish'a B'av - Judaism
11 Raksha Bandhan ** - Hindu

15

Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christian
Dormition of the Theotokos - Orthodox Christian
19 Krishna Janmashtami - Hindu
29 Beheading of St. John the Baptist - Christian
31 Ganesh Chaturthi - Hindu
September
1 Religious year begins - Orthodox Christian
8 Nativity of Virgin Mary - Christian
11 Ethiopian New Year - Rastafaria
14 Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross) - Christian
23 Fall Equinox * - Wicca/Neo Pagan
26 Navaratri Begins - Hindu
29 Michael and All Angels - Christian
October

4

St Francis Day - Catholic Christian
Blessing of the Animals - Christian
Navaratri ** - Hindu
5 Yom Kippur - Judaism
6 St. Thomas Day - Orthodox Christia
10 Sukkot begins - Judaism
16 Sukkot ends - Judaism
17 Shemini Atzeret - Judaism

18

St. Luke, Apostle & Evangelist - Christian
Simchat Torah - Judaism
20 Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth - Sikh
24 Diwali (Deepavali) - Hindu
25 Vikram New Year - Hindu

26

Birth of the Bab * - Baha'i
Rosh Hashanah begins - Judaism

27

Birth of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i
Rosh Hashanah ends - Judaism
28 Milvian Bridge Day - Christian

31

All Hallows Eve - Christian
Reformation Day - Protestant Christian
Samhain - * Wicca/Neo Pagan
Deep Diwali - Jain
November
1 All Saints Day - Christian

2

All Souls Day - Catholic Christian
Crowning of Emperor Haile Selassie - Rastafarian
12 Birth of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i
15 Nativity Fast begins - ends Dec. 24 - Orthodox Christian
20 Christ the King - Christian
21 Yule - Winter Solstice - Wicca/Neo Pagan
24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur - Sikh
26 Day of the Covenant * - Baha'i
28 Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha * - Baha'i
30 St. Andrew's Day - Christian
December
6 Saint Nicholas Day - Christian

8

Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) - Buddhism
Immaculate Conception of Mary - Catholic Christian
12 Feast day - Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian
16 Posadas Navidenas - Hispanic Christian
18 Hanukkah Begins - Judaism

21

Yule - Christian
St Thomas the Apostle - Christian
24 Christmas Eve - Christian

25

Christmas * - Christian
Feast of the Nativity ** - Orthodox Christian

26

Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) Zoroastrian
St Stephen's Day - Christian
Hanukkah Ends - Judaism
28 Holy Innocents - Christian
30 Holy Family - Catholic Christian
31 Watch Night - Christian