Calendar of Special Days & Celebrations


January 1
New Year’s Day
January 5
Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Birthday (Sikh)
January 6
Epiphany (Christian)

January 7
Christmas (Eastern Christian)
January 13
Maghi–Lohri (Sikh)
January 15
Makarsankranti/Pongal (Hindu)
January 20
World Religion Day (Bahá’i)
January 21
First Day of No Name-Calling Week
Martin Luther King Day (USA)
Tu B’Shevat Arbor Day (Jewish)
Birth of Guru Har Rai (Sikh)
Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
January 28
UN Holocaust Memorial Day
Cleaning Day (Chinese)

February 1
First Day of Black History Month (US and Canada)
February 5
Chinese New Year
First Day of Losar (Tibetan Buddhist)
February 8
Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
February 9
Vasant Panchami (Sikkh)
February 11
International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 14
Valentine’s Day
February 15
Flag Day of Canada
February 18
Louis Riel Day
Islander Day (PEI)

Nova Scotia Heritage Day
February 19
Lantern Festival (Chinese)
February 20
World Day of Social Justice
February 21
International Mother Language Day
February 22
Yukon Heritage Day
February 25
First day of Ayyám-i-Ha (Bahá’i)

March 1
Purim (Jewish)
St. David’s Day
Zero Discrimination Day
Holika Dahan (Hindu)
First Day of Women’s History Month
First Day of Nineteen-Day Fast (Bahá’i)
March 3
World Wildlife Day
March 4
Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)
March 5
First Day of Mardi Gras

March 8
International Women’s Day
March 11
Commonwealth Day
March 17
St. Patrick’s Day (Christian)
March 20
Vernal Equinox
March 21
Holla Mohalla (Sikh)
Holi (Hindu)
Purim (Jewish)
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
World Poetry Day
Naw Rúz New Year (Bahá’i)
World Down Syndrome Day
International Day of Forests
Magha Puja (Buddhist)
March 22
World Water Day
New Year (Hindu)
March 25
Ramanavami (Hindu)
International Day of Remembrance of Slavery Victims and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
March 31
First day of Passover (Jewish)
Cesar Chavez Day (US)
Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)

April 2
World Autism Awareness Day
April 3
Lailat-al-Miraj (Muslim)
April 4
United Nations’ Mine Awareness Day
April 6

National Tartan Day
Ugada/ Gudi Padwa/ Telugu New Year (Hindu)
April 7
Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide
April 9
Vimy Ridge Day
April 12
Yom HaShoah (Jewish)
International Day of Human Space Flight
April 13
Rama Navami (Hindu)

April 14
Vaisakhi (Sikh)
Tamil New Year
April 15
Bengali New Year
Baisakhi/Vishu (Hindu)
April 18
Akshaya Tritiya (Hindu)
April 19
Yom HaAtzmaut (Jewish)
First Day of Theravada New Year (Buddhist)

Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)
April 20
First Day of Passover (Jewish)
Chinese Language Day
April 21
Festival of Ridván (Bahá’i)
Easter Sunday (Christian)
April 22
Easter Monday (Christian)
Earth Day
April 24
Armenian Martyrs’ Day
April 27
Last Day of Passover
Day of Silence

May 1
International Worker’s Day
Lailat-al-Bara’a Night of Forgiveness (Muslim)
May 2
Yom HaShoah (Jewish)
May 3
Lag B’Omer (Jewish)
May 5
Cinco de Mayo (Mexican)
May 6
First day of Ramadan (Muslim)
May 7
Akshaya Tritiya (Hindu)
May 11
World Migratory Bird Day
May 12
Mother’s Day
May 15
International Day of Families
May 18
Buddha Day (Buddhist)
May 20
Victoria Day
May 22
International Day for Biological Diversity
May 23
Lag B’Omer (Jewish)
May 24
Declaration of the Báb (Bahá’i)
May 29
Ascension of Báhá’u’lláh (Bahá’i)
May 31
Laylat al Qadr Night of Power (Muslim)

June 3
Savitri Pooja (Hindu)
June 5
Eid-al-Fitr (Muslim)
World Environment Day
June 8
World Oceans Day
June 9
Shavuot (Jewish)
June 10
Laylat al-Qadr Night of Destiny (Muslim)
June 12
World Day Against Child Labour
Anne Frank Day
June 16
Father’s Day
Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev (Sikh)
June 19
Juneteenth Day of Emancipation (US)
June 21
Summer Solstice
National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 24
St. Jean Baptiste Day
Discovery Day
June 25
Day of the Seafarer
June 30
International Asteroid Day

July 1
Canada Day
July 4
Puri Rath Yatra (Hindu)
July 9
Nunavut Day
July 10
Martyrdom of of Báhá’u’lláh (Bahá’i)
July 13
Obon (Buddhist)
July 14
Bastille Day (French)
July 16
Dharma Day (Buddhist)
Guru Purnima (Hindu)
July 18
Nelson Mandela Day
July 22
Tisha B’Av (Jewish)
July 30
International Day of Friendship
World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

August 5
Terry Fox Day
Heritage Day (Alberta)
August 9
International Day of Indigenous People
August 10
Waqf al Arafat (Muslim)
August 11
Tisha B’Av (Jewish)
August 12
International Youth Day
Eid-al-Adha (Muslim)
August 15
Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)
Hungry Ghost Festival (Chinese)
August 24
Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu

September 1
Muharram New Year Muslim)
September 2
Labour Day
Celebration of Ganesha (Hindu)
September 6
First Day of Paryushana Parva (Jain)
September 8
International Literacy Day
September 11
Onam (Hindu)

September 15
First day of Hispanic Heritage Month (US)
September 17
Vishwakarma Puja (Hindu)
September 19
Yom Kippur (Jewish)
September 20
First day of Ashura (Muslim)
September 21
International Day of Peace
September 23
Fall equinox
September 28
Mahalaya Amavasya (Hindu)
September 29
First Day of Navaratri (Hindu)
September 30
Jewish New Year

October 1
International Day of Older Persons
October 5
World Teachers’ Day
October 7
World Habitat Day
Navarati ends (Hindu)
Dusshera (Hindu)
October 9
Yom Kippur (Jewish)
October 10

World Mental Health Day
October 11
International Day of the Girl Child
National Coming Out Day (US)
October 14
Thanksgiving Day
October 13
Sharad Purnima (Hindu)
October 17
Kaarwa Chauth (Hindu)
October 20
Hoshana Rabbah (Jewish)
October 22
Simchat Torah (Jewish)
October 25
Dhan Teras (Hindu)
October 26
Diwali (Sikkh)
October 27
Diwali (Hindu)
October 29
Bhai Dooj (Hindu)
Birth of the Báb (Bahá’i)
October 30
Birth of Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’i)
October 31
First Day of the Dead Dia de los Muertos (Mexican)

November 1
All Saints Day (Christian)
November 2
All Souls Day (Christian)
Last Day of the Dead Dia de los Muertos (Mexican)
Chhath Puja (Hindu)
November 9
Kristallnacht Commemoration
Prophet’s Birthday (Muslim)
November 11
Remembrance Day
November 13
Chhath Puja (Hindu)
November 20
Universal Children’s Day
November 26
Day of the Covenant (Bahá’i)

December 1
World AIDS Day
December 2
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
December 3
International Day for Persons with Disabilities
December 8
Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
December 10
Human Rights Day
December 12
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico)
December 13
St. Lucia’s Day (Scandinavian)
December 16
Dhanu Sankranti (Hindu)
December 21
Winter Solstice
December 23
First Day of Hannukkah (Jewish)
December 25
Christmas (Christian)
December 26
First day of Kwanzaa (US and Canada)