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: susie.palumbo@dsbn.org.

September 2019

1

Installation of Holy Scriptures of Guru Granth Sahib Ji

Sikhism

2

Ganesh Charturthi

Hinduism

2

Labour Day

Canadian Government

8

International Literacy Day

United Nations

10

Ashura*

Islam

11

Martyrdrom of St. John the Baptist

Christianity

14

Holy Cross Day (Feast of the Cross)

Christianity

15

International Day of Democracy

United Nations

19

Powley Day

First Nation, Métis, Inuit

21

International Day of Peace

United Nations

21

Nativity of Mary

Christianity- Russian Orthodox

27

Elevation of the Holy Cross

Christianity – Eastern Orthodox

27

Feast of the Cross

Christianity – Russian Orthodox

29

Mahalaya (Durga Puja Festival)

Hinduism

29–Oct 7

Navratri (Autumn)

Hinduism

30

Orange Shirt Day

First Nation, Metis, Inuit

30–Oct 1

Rosh Hashanah*

Judaism

October 2019

 

Women’s History Month

Canada

 

Isalmic Heritage Month

Canada

5

World Teachers’ Day

United Nations

3

Maha Panchami (Durga Puja Festival)

Hinduism

4

Maha Sashthi (Durga Puja Festival)

Hinduism

5

Maha Saptami (Durga Puja Festival)

Hinduism

6

Maha Ashtami (Durga Puja Festival)

Hinduism

7

Maha Nabami (Durga Puja Festival)

Hinduism

8

Bijaya Dashami (Durga Puja Festival)

Hinduism

9

Yom Kippur*

Judaism

10

World Mental Health Day

World Health Organization

14

Thanksgiving Day

Canadian Government

14 – 20

Sukkot*

Judaism

17

Karva Chauth

Hinduism

20

Gurgadi of the Holy Scriptures of Guru Granth Sahib

Sikhism

21 – 22

Shemini Atzeret*

Judaism

22

Simchat Torah*

Judaism

27

Bandi Chhor Divas

Sikhism

27

Diwali

Hinduism/Sikhism

27

Kathina Ceremony/Pavarana Day

Buddhism

November 2019

 

Indigenous Education Month

Canada

1

All Saints Day

Christianity – East Orthodox and Western

7

Inuit Day

First Nation, Métis, Inuit

10

Mawlid-al-Nabi*

Islam

11

Remembrance Day

Canadian Government

12

Guru Nanak’s Birthday

Sikhism

13

International World Kindness Day

International

16

Louis Riel Day

First Nations, Métis, Inuit

19

Buddha’s Descent from Tushita Heaven

Buddhism – Tibetan

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

26

Day of the Covenant*

Baha’i

December 2019

 

Universal Human Rights Month

United Nations

1

World AIDS Day

United Nations

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

Bodhi Day (Buddha Enlightenment)

Buddhism

8

St. Clements of Ohrid Patrons Day

Christianity – Macedonian Orthodox

10

Human Rights Day

United Nations

23-30

Hanukkah*

Judaism

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 2020

1

Gantan-sai New Year

Buddhism - Shinto

1

New Year’s Day

Canadian Government

5

Prakash Guru Gobind Singh Ji

Sikhism

5

Twelfth Night

Christianity

6

Feast of the Epiphany/Dia de los Reyes

Christianity Eastern Orthodox and Western

6 – 7

Pasha Putrada Ekadashi

Hinduism

7

Feast of the Nativity/Orthodox Christmas (Gregorian Calendar)

Christianity – Russian/Eastern Orthodox

12

Baptism of Jesus

Christianity – East/West Orthodox

14

New Year (Gregorian Calendar)

Christianity Eastern Orthodox

14

Punjabi Lohri

Hinduism/Sikhism

15

Maghi

Sikhism

15

Makar Sankranti

Hinduism

15 – 18

Thai Pongal

Hindusim/Tamil

19

World Religion Day

Bahá’i

20

Buddhist New Year

Buddhism – Mahayana

21

Feast of the Wedding of Cana

Christianity – Ethiopian Orthodox

24 – 30

Chinese New Year (Spring Festival)

Chinese Cultural

25

Chinese New Year

Buddhism

26

St. Sava Devine Service

Christianity – Serbian Orthodox

29

Vasant Panchami

Hinduism

February 2020

 

Black History Month

Canada

1

World Hijab Day

International

3

Setsubun

Buddhism – Shinto

15

Buddha’s Death – (Nirvana Day)

Buddhism – Various Sects

15

Meeting of Our Lord Day

Christianity – Russian Orthodox

17

Family Day

Ontario Government

20

World Day of Social Justice

United Nations

21

International Mother Language Day

United Nations

21

Maha Shivaratri

Hinduism

25 – 27

Losar New Year

Buddhism – Tibetan, Nepal, Bhutan

26

Ash Wednesday (First Day of Lent)

Christianity

26 – 29

Avyám-i-Há

Bahá’i

March 2020

2

Clean Monday

Christianity – Eastern Orthodox

8

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

United Nations

9 – 10

Holi*

Hinduism

10 – 12

Holla Mohalla

Sikhism

10

Purim*

Judaism

14

Sikh New Year

Sikhism

20

Persian New Year (Eid-e-Navroz)

Baha’i

21

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

United Nations

21 – 22

Persian New Year (National Holiday)

Iranian Government

22

Isra’a Wal Miraj*

Islam

22

World Water Day

United Nations

24

Saka New Year (Nyepi)

Hinduism

25

Feast of the Annunciation

Christianity – East Orthodox and Western

25-April 23

Nisfu Sha’ban*

Islam

25

Ugandi (New Year)

Hinduism

April 2020

2

Sri Rama Navami

Hinduism

2

Raise the Flag for Autism Day

 

7

Laudation of the Mother of God

Christianity – Russian Orthodox

7

Memorial to Christ’s Death

Jehovah’s Witness

7

World Health Day

World Health Organization

8

International Day of Pink (second Wed. in April)

Nova Scotia High School (Unnamed)

9 – 16

Pesach/Passover*

Judaism

10

Good Friday

Canadian Govt Holiday and Christianity

12

Easter Sunday

Christianity

13

Easter Monday

Canadian Govt Holiday and Christianity

13

Vaisakhi

Sikhism

14

Puthandu (Tamil New Year)

Buddhism/Taoism

13

Solar New Year (Mesha Sankranta)

Hinduism

19

Easter (Pascha)

Christianity – Russian Orthodox

22

Earth Day (International Mother Earth Day)

United Nations

24

Armenian Genocide Memorial Day

Canadian Government

24– May 23

Ramadan*

Islam

17

Holy Friday

Christianity – Eastern Orthodox

19

Easter (Pascha) (Julian Calendar)

Christianity – Eastern Orthodox

21

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

Judaism

25

Feast of St. Mark

Christianity – East Orthodox and Western

26

Akshaya Tritya

Hinduism

28

National Day of Mourning

Canadian Government

30

Vaisakhi Puja (Buddha’s Birthday)

Buddhism

May 2020

 

Asian Heritage Month

Canada

1

Ridván

Baha’i

4 – 8

Education Week

DSBN

7

Vesak Day

Buddhism

17

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

International

18

Queen Victoria Day

Canadian Government Holiday

19

Jumu’ah-tul Wida*

Islam

19

Laylat al-Qadr*

Islam

21

World Day of Cultural Diversity

United Nations

21

Ascension Day

Christianity – Western

23

Declaration of the Bá’b*

Bahá’i

24

Eid al Fitr*

Islam

28

Ascension Day

Christianity – Eastern Orthodox

29 – 30

Shavuot*

Judaism

29

Ascension of Baha’u’llah*

Baha’i

31

Pentacost

Judaism/Christianity – East Orthodox and Western

June 2020

 

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