Major Religious Observances

Religious and spiritual observances


Dates of Relevance for 2021-2022

These dates are provided to assist instructors and those planning academic activities to anticipate when students might choose to seek accommodations for religious observances. Additional dates of religious observances may be found in the Interfaith Calendar. 

Click Here to View the Interfaith Calendar

It is important to note that there are many holy days associated with various faiths and that the absence of such dates on this list should not be interpreted to mean that there should be no accommodation for students who observe those holy days. Also, some observances are based on an interpretation of the lunar calendar, and thus may vary by one or two days, depending on the interpretation relevant to a student's faith tradition.
For assistance in interpreting the Policy, and for support in the development of divisional or departmental procedures which are consistent with the Policy, please contact the Office of the Vice Provost, Students, at


Accommodations for the Hajj Pilgrimage

The Hajj is a once-in-a-lifetime Pilgrimage to Mecca for some Muslims. As the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle, the dates for the month of Dhu al-Hijjah change each year. Because the month must begin and end on the sighting of the moon, the estimated dates for the Hajj over the next two years are as follows:

  • 2021
    • First day: on or around Saturday, July 17
    • Last day: on or around Thursday, July 22
  • 2022
    • First day: on or around Thursday, July 7
    • Last day: on or around Tuesday, July 12

Information regarding the Hajj Pilgrimage is articulated in Accommodation for the Hajj Pilgrimage page.

Click Here to read more about accommodations for religious observances. 

Note: This information was obtained from UofT's Office of the Vice-Provost, Students.


For all questions regarding Interfaith & Spirituality at UTM, please contact:

Student Groups Team

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