In the spirit of diversity and inclusion, we provide the following Multifaith Holy Days & Festivals realizing that it is not exhaustive.
If you wish your faith’s days to be included, please contact the Chaplain for consideration.
Phone: 416.675.6622 ext. 4427
Canada Day (Canada)
Honours the establishment of Canada on July 01, 1867 by the British North America Act, which proclaimed “one Dominion under the name of Canada” and instituted Canada’s federal government. Formerly called Dominion Day, the holiday was officially named Canada Day by an act of Parliament on Oct 27, 1982.
Xmaay is the season of big berries. The major summer fruit is ripe and can be gathered in the woods.
Wassa / Wassana (Buddhism)
The beginning of the three-month 'Rains Retreat' for monks and nuns to devote themselves to self-examination through study, meditation and service and to celebrate the first teaching of the Buddha.
Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)
Memorializes the death of the Bab and Baha’is suspend work on this day
Katimat, meaning Words, is the seventh month of the Baha’i year.
Partial Solar Eclipse (Southern Hemisphere)
Ramadan to Aug 18 (Islam)
The Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan begins, a month of fasting during which Muslims who are physically able, do not eat or drink from dawn until sunset. Note: By some calculations, Ramadan will be from July 21 to Aug 19.
Tisha B’Av (Judaism)
A day of mourning and fasting for the destruction of the First Temple in 586 BCE and the Second Temple in 70 CE
As an act of inner purification for sins and offenses during the first half of the year, Japanese worshippers walk through a large ring of woven grasses and reeds at the entrance to shrines as part of the Great Purification Festival. The ceremony is usually celebrated in July and occurs twice a year (and can be on June 30 and December 31). Inside each shrine, a vessel of water is used for ritual ablutions that include rinsing the hands and mouth (called ohairai) to restore internal balance to the body before approaching the kami (nature spirits).