If a student or an employee were to request time away from work or study to celebrate Chinese New Year, if operational requirements allow it, it would be appropriate but not required to grant the time off.It is relatively easy to accommodate a religious practice for one or two days a year. Some religions, like Orthodox Jews and Seventh Day Adventists, practice their religious faith by worshipping from sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday. This right also incorporates the entitlement to have one's religious practices accommodated by employers and providers of public services and facilities (such as universities).
The University is under a duty to accommodate up to the point of undue hardship. Human rights legislation is quasi-constitutional in nature, which means that other laws are subordinate to it.
So, for example, if a Jewish student signing up for a Chemistry lab knows before he registers for the course that he will need to be away from the University on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, two of the significant holy days in Judaism, he has the right to register for the course, and the University has the obligation to accommodate him.
It is a contravention of human rights legislation to refuse to hire someone for reasons related to their religious practice.
If you engage in discriminatory behaviour, you and the University will be named in any complaint.
Nevertheless, accommodation is still a legal requirement.