The Diversity Office has made every effort to confirm the information and dates shown on the religious accommodation calendar with an authoritative representative from each faith. We wish to express our gratitude to those who have extended their kind assistance.
- Baha’i Faith dates:
- During the Baha’i 19-day Fast, Baha’i's are required to abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise until sundown.
- Baha’i holy days begin and end at sundown.
- Christian dates:
- Sunday is the weekly Christian holy day.
- Religious accommodation may be required, if requested, for the days over the Great Triduum (Christian) or Triduum (Eastern Orthodox) periods.
- Orthodox Churches are autocephalic, meaning that each church is independently headed by a bishop. Each bishop is free to set their own feast days depending on the calendar they use (Gregorian or Julian). As such, there may be some legitimate deviation from the dates provided.
- Hindu dates:
- Hindu dates are based on a lunar calendar guided by a solar constraint and, thus, may vary depending on the sighting of the moon.
- Islamic dates:
- Islamic holy days are based on the Islamic lunar calendar. Therefore, the dates shown on the calendar are tentative and may change depending on the sighting of the moon.
- Islam requires five obligatory prayers daily (dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset and evening). These prayers may be performed individually or in congregation at home, work, school, outdoors etc.
- Friday is the Muslim holy day. An obligatory weekly Friday noon congregational prayer is held at a mosque.
- During Ramadan, Muslims are required to abstain from eating and drinking from the break of dawn until sunset daily.
- Judaism dates:
- The Jewish Sabbath is held weekly from sunset on Friday until sunset on Saturday. Jews may not work, travel, etc on the Sabbath.
- Jewish holy days start the previous evening at sundown and continue through the following day(s).
- During Sukkot, religious accommodation may be required, if requested, particularly on the first and second days of Sukkot .
- The holy days of Shimini Atzeret and Simchat Torah may require accommodation, if requested.
- During Pesah (Passover), religious accommodation may be required, if requested, particularly on the first, second, seventh and eighth day of Pesah .
Individual students may require accommodation in addition to the dates set out in the Religious Accommodation Calendar as a result of their personal religious beliefs. For further information, please contact the Diversity Office at 905.721.2000 ext. 2856.
Further information and an extensive listing of all religious holy days and festivals may be found in the Multifaith Calendar, produced by Ontario Multifaith Council.