Days of Significance


When planning school events, it is important to consider the days of significance that occur within the school year. This calendar highlights religious, secular and creed-based observances and holidays, significant events and celebrations, public holidays and other important dates.  

There may be some variance in exact dates and times when days of significance are observed locally.

This calendar is not meant to be comprehensive or exhaustive and every attempt has been made to ensure its accuracy. Please note this is a fluid calendar and updates and changes may be made throughout the year. If you have any inquiries regarding this document, forward your correspondence via email to: pratima.burton@dsbn.org.

September 2020

1

Installation of Holy Scriptures of Guru Granth Sahib Ji

Sikhism

2

Ganesh Charturthi

Hinduism

7

Labour Day

Canadian Government

8

International Literacy Day

United Nations

11

Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

Christianity

14

Holy Cross Day (Feast of the Cross)

Christianity

15

International Day of Democracy

United Nations

19-20

Rosh Hashanah*

Judaism

19

Powley Day

First Nation, Métis, Inuit

21

International Day of Peace

United Nations

21

Nativity of Mary

Christianity- Russian Orthodox

22

Shuki Sorei Sai

Shinto, Japan

23

Bi Visibility Day

LGBTQ+

27

Elevation of the Holy Cross

Christianity – Eastern Orthodox

27

Feast of the Cross

Christianity – Russian Orthodox

28

Yom Kippur*

Judaism

30

Orange Shirt Day-National Day of Truth & Reconciliation

First Nation, Metis, Inuit


October 2020

 

Women’s History Month

Canada

 

Islamic Heritage Month

Canada

 

Latin American Heritage Month

Canada

1

Pavarana

Buddhism

1

Harvest Moon Festival

China, Hong Kong, Taiwan

3-9

Sukkot*

Judaism

5

World Teachers’ Day

United Nations

10

World Mental Health Day

World Health Organization

10-11

Shemini Atzeret*

Judaism

11

Simchat Torah*

Judaism

11

National Coming Out Day

LGBTQ+

11

International Day of the Girl

United Nations

14

Thanksgiving Day

Canadian Government

19

Birthday of Baha’u’llah

Baha’i

22-26

Durga Puja Festival

Hinduism

29

Mawlid-Al-Nabi* (Prophet Muhammad’s Birth)

Islam

31

Halloween

Canada


November 2020

Indigenous Education Month

Canada

1

All Saints Day

Christianity – East Orthodox and Western

2

Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead

Mexico

4

Karva Chauth

Hinduism

11

Remembrance Day

Canadian Government

13

International World Kindness Day

International

14

Diwali

Hinduism/Sikhism/Jainism

16

Louis Riel Day

First Nations, Métis, Inuit

16-20

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

DSBN

20

International Transgender Day of Remembrance

LGBTQ+

24

Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur

Sikhism

25

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

United Nations

25

Day of the Covenant*

Baha’i

30

Guru Nanak’s Birthday

Sikhism


December 2020

Universal Human Rights Month

United Nations

1

World AIDS Day

United Nations

1

Rosa Parks Day

USA

2

International Day of the Abolition of Slavery

United Nations

1 – 24

Advent

Christianity

3

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

United Nations

4

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Christianity – Russian Orthodox

6

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Canadian Government

8

St. Clements of Ohrid Patrons Day

Christianity – Macedonian Orthodox

8

Bodhi Day (Buddha Enlightenment)

Buddhism

10

Human Rights Day

United Nations

11-18

Hanukkah*

Judaism

13

Aga Khan's Birthday

Islam-Ismaili

18

International Migrants Day

United Nations

25

Christmas Day

Canadian Government and Christianity

26

Boxing Day

Canadian Government

26 –

Jan 1

Kwanzaa

African Canadian and American Celebration


January 2021

1

Gantan-sai New Year

Buddhism - Shinto

1

New Year’s Day

Canadian Government

5

Twelfth Night

Christianity

6

Feast of the Epiphany/Dia de los Reyes

Christianity Eastern Orthodox and Western

7

Feast of the Nativity/Orthodox Christmas (Gregorian Calendar)

Christianity – Russian/Eastern Orthodox

12

Baptism of Jesus

Christianity – East/West Orthodox

13

Punjabi Lohri

Hinduism/Sikhism

13

Maghi

Sikhism

14

New Year (Gregorian Calendar)

Christianity Eastern Orthodox

14

Makar Sankranti

Hinduism

14 – 17

Thai Pongal

Hinduism/Tamil

17

World Religion Day

Bahá’i

20

Martin Luther King Jr Day

USA

20

Prakash Guru Gobind Singh Ji

Sikhism

21

Feast of the Wedding of Cana

Christianity – Ethiopian Orthodox

24

Pasha Putrada Ekadashi

Hinduism

27

St. Sava Day

Christianity – Serbian Orthodox

28

Mahayana - Buddhist New Year

Buddhism


February 2021

Black History Month

Canada

1

World Hijab Day

International

2

Setsubun

Buddhism – Shinto

12-17

Chinese new year*

Buddhism

12

Losar New Year

Buddhism – Tibetan, Nepal, Bhutan

15

Buddha’s Death – (Nirvana Day)

Buddhism – Various Sects

15

Meeting of Our Lord Day

Christianity – Russian Orthodox

15

Family Day

Ontario Government

16

Vasant Panchami

Hinduism

17-21

Kindness Awareness Week

International

20

World Day of Social Justice

United Nations

21

International Mother Language Day

United Nations

24

Pink Shirt Day

Canada

26

Ash Wednesday (First Day of Lent)

Christianity

26

Purim*

Judaism

26 – 29

Avyám-i-Há

Bahá’i


March 2021

1-19

Ala (19 day fast begins)

Baha’i

2

Clean Monday

Christianity – Eastern Orthodox

8

International Women’s and United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace

United Nations

10

Harriet Tubman Day

USA/Niagara

11

Maha Shivaratri

Hinduism

11

Isra’a Wal Miraj*

Islam

14

Saka New Year (Nyepi)

Hinduism

20

Persian New Year (Eid-e-Navroz)

Zoroastrian, Baha’i, Ismaili Muslims

20

Baha’i New Year

Baha’i

21

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

United Nations

22

World Water Day

United Nations

25

Feast of the Annunciation

Christianity – East Orthodox and Western

27

Memorial to Christ’s Death

Jehovah’s Witness

29

Nisfu Sha’ban* (fasting day)

Islam

29

Holi*

Hinduism

29-31

Holla Mohalla

Sikhism

31

Trans Day of Visibility

LGBTQ+


April 2021

2

Raise the Flag for Autism Day

United Nations

2

Good Friday

Canadian Govt Holiday and Christianity

4

Easter Sunday

Christianity

5

Easter Monday

Canadian Govt Holiday and Christianity

7

World Health Day

World Health Organization

8

Vesak Day

Buddhism

9

Yom HaShoah* (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

Judaism

13-May 11

Ramadan*

Islam

10 or 11

Eid Al-Fitr (marking of the end of Ramadan Celebration)

Islam

14

International Day of Pink (second Wed. in April)

International

14

Vaisakhi Sikh New Year

Sikhism

14

Puthandu (Tamil New Year)

Buddhism/Taoism

14

Solar New Year (Mesha Sankranta)

Hinduism

20

First Day of Ridván

Baha’i

21

Sri Rama Navami

Hinduism

22

Earth Day (International Mother Earth Day)

United Nations

24

Armenian Genocide Memorial Day

Canadian Government

28-April 3

Pesach/Passover*

Judaism

25

Feast of St. Mark

Christianity – East Orthodox and Western

28

National Day of Mourning

Canadian Government

30

Holy Friday

Christianity - Coptic & Eastern Orthodox


May 2021

Asian Heritage Month

Canada

2

Easter (Pascha)

Christianity – Russian Orthodox

4 – 8

Education Week

DSBN

14

Akshaya Tritya

Hinduism

17

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

International

17-18

Shavuot*

Judaism

19

Vaisakhi Puja (Buddha’s Birthday)

Buddhism

21

World Day of Cultural Diversity

United Nations

21

Ascension Day

Christianity – Western

23

Declaration of the Bá’b*

Bahá’i

24

Queen Victoria Day

Canadian Government Holiday

28

Ascension Day

Christianity – Eastern Orthodox

28

Ascension of Baha’u’llah*

Baha’i


June 2021

Pride Month

Canada

Indigenous History Month

Canada

First Monday

Pride Flag Day

DSBN

5

World Environment Day (WED)

United Nations

12

World Day Against Child Labour

United Nations

16

Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji

Sikhism

20

World Refugee Day

United Nations

21

National Indigenous Day (Canada)

First Nations, Metis, Inuit

24

Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Christianity – East. Orthodox and Western

24

St. Jean Baptiste Day

Quebec and Francophone Culture

27

Multiculturalism Day

Canada


NOTE:
Days of Significance/Holy Days may vary a few days before or after the indicated date due to incompatibility of calendars from the Western Gregorian calendar, moon sightings, time zones, etc.

* Denotes Days of Significance/Holy Days that begin the evening before the indicated date