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Wesak/Buddha Day/Visakha Puja • Buddism

May 23

The most important day of the year for Theravada and Tibetan Buddhists that commemorates the birth, awakening and passing away of Buddha. 

Common greetings: “Happy Buddha Purnima” (South Asia), “Wishing you joy on Vesak Day”, “Happy Buddha Day” 

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.


May 23
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