Faith and Belief and Religious Observances 2023-24

This calendar was created to highlight the wide diversity of holiday, belief and faith traditions being celebrated by University of Lincoln students, staff and in our community. It serves as an evolving resource to meet the needs of faith and belief literacy on UoL campus.

Many UK public holidays coincide with religious festivals and holiday arrangements. As part of our commitment to promoting equality, the University aims to take into account a diverse range of religious festivals when planning events and activities.

The religious festivals calendar lists a selection of holidays and festivals which take place throughout the academic year. These dates have been selected based on their significance within the diverse range of religions represented within University of Lincoln.

The Calendar indicates if a particular festival involves fasting or a restriction of work, in order to highlight dates that are likely to have a particular impact on participation or attendance.

University departments are encouraged to consider the festivals calendar when planning major events.  There are a range of ways in which the festivals calendar can be used to inform the planning of inclusive events, including:

  • Scheduling events to avoiding particular times or days.
  • Ensuring participants are aware of University facilities such as Quiet Spaces for prayer and reflection.
  • Arranging alternative ways of participating in the event e.g. through making resources available online.
  • Referring students and staff to the UOL Multi-Faith Chaplaincy or Student Societies who may host events to make particular religious festivals.

 This resource has been developed as part of the UOL Religious Literacy Programme by the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and with approval from the Faith Advisory Board.

Faith and Belief Calendar 2023 – 24

 This  calendar is a resource designed to encourage public awareness of the great mixture of religious and ethnic groups that live in the university community.  However, because of the large number of religious, ethnic and cultural groups who are studying at the university, this resource cannot provide an exhaustive list for all of our faith traditions at the university.

Many people may find the calendar helpful as it identifies opportunities for discussion about different religious and faith practices.  It also serves as a reminder of those religious observances that many may wish to attend, and therefore can aid in the planning and scheduling of events and meetings.

29th – September – 6th October 2023 – Sukkot – Jewish

7th October – Blessings of the Animals – Christians

7th October – Shemini Atzeret or Simchat Torah – Jewish

6th October – Hoshana Rabbah – Jewish

10th October – Kathina – Theravada Buddhism

28th October – Anapanasati Day – Theravada Buddhism

2nd November – All Souls Day – Christian.

2nd November – Anniversary of the Crowning of Haile Selassie– Rastafarian.

4th November – Lha Bab Duchin – Tibetan Buddhism.

9th November – Loy Krathong – Theravada Buddhism.

12th November – Remembrance Day – Christian.

12th November – Diwali – Hinduism.

12th November – Bandi Chhor Divas (Diwali)- Sikh.

14th November – Bhai Dooj: Hinduism.

15th November – Shichi-Go-San: Japan & Shinto.

15th November – Winter Lent (advent fast) begins: The Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, Orthodox Church.

24th November – Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahador – Sikh.

27th November – Kartik Poornima – Hinduism
27th November – Birthday of Guru Nanak – Sikh.

30th November – St Andrews Day – Christian.

3rd December – Advent Sunday – Christian.

6th December – St Nicholas – Christian.

8th December – Bodhi Day – Japanese Zen Buddhism.

21st December – Yule (Jol) – Pagan.

22nd December – Tenth of Tevet – Jewish.

22nd December – Winter Solstice – Pagan.

25th December – Christmas Day – Christian.

25th December – Feast of the Nativity: The Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, Orthodox Church.