Equality dates 2016 - 17

We present here a list of equality and diversity dates, including significant religious festivals. The purpose of including these is to give departments and individuals advance notice of the festivals for which staff might reasonably request leave. See www.admin.ox.ac.uk/personnel/during/leave/holiday for further advice.

The University of Oxford is a diverse community, with people from many religious and cultural backgrounds.  While this calendar is intended as a starting point, we  recognise that there may be other dates that are significant to individuals.  We encourage you to make any requests for annual leave in plenty of time.

If we have missed an important date or got something wrong please let us know: equality@admin.ox.ac.uk

We have used the BBC website as a resource for the religious holidays.

June  
4 Pentecost Christians celebrate the day when the Holy Spirit is said to have descended on Jesus's Apostles.  
11 Trinity Sunday Christians celebrate the belief in three aspects of the one God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
15 Corpus Christi Christians celebrate the Eucharist (Holy Communion). 
16 Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Guru Arjan Dev was the fifth of the ten Sikh Gurus and the first Sikh martyr.
21 Summer Solstice Pagans celebrate Midsummer or Litha, which means 'standing still of the sun'.
25 Ratha Yatra A Hindu festival traditionally celebrated in Orissa State on the east coast of India
25 Eid-al-Fitr Marking the end of the month-long fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan.
July  
9 Dharma Day Buddhists from the Theravada tradition celebrate the teachings of the Buddha.
10 Martyrdom of the Báb Bahá'ís mark the anniversary of the execution in 1850 of the Báb, the herald of the Bahá’í faith.
August  
1 Lughnasadh or Lammas A Harvest Festival when Pagans celebrate the gifts of Nature. 
15 Feast of the Assumption Christians commemorate the death of Mary, and her bodily assumption into Heaven.
15 Janmashtami Hindus celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna
18-25 Paryushan The most important Jain festival of the year which includes fasting, meditating, seeking forgiveness and celebration.
25 Ganesh Charurthi Hindu's celebrate the birth of Ganesh, god of wisdom and prosperity.