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Ashura • Islam

July 16

Sunni Muslims may fast on this day to commemorate Moses and the freeing of Jews from Pharaoh. For Shia and other Muslim communities, this marks the day that Muhammad’s grandsons were martyred in the Battle of Karbala in Iraq. Many make pilgrimage to Karbala and mark this day with public ceremonies and mourning rituals. 

These days mark more serious or sombre reflection. 

Religious and cultural days

Student Life has compiled a list of significant religious and cultural days.

Explore the list to learn more about the holidays of different faith and ethnic groups, when they are celebrated and how to greet or acknowledge those who observe.

For students: Accommodations for Religious Observances 

Visit the Office of the Vice Provost Students website and learn more about Religious Accommodations.  It is the policy of the University of Toronto to work with students who observe religious days other than those already accommodated by current scheduling and statutory holidays. Familiarize yourself with the Policy on Scheduling of Classes and Examinations and Other Accommodations for Religious Observances.

Do you have questions or need help?

Contact the FIFSW Director of EDI, Shahana Arain or visit The Office of the Vice Provost, Students.


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