Calendar of Special Days & Celebrations

2018
JANUARY

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

January 7
Christmas (Eastern Christian)
January 13
Maghi–Lohri (Sikh)
January 14
Makarsankranti/Pongal (Hindu)
January 15
Martin Luther King Day (USA)
First Day of No Name-Calling Week
January 18
First day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 21
World Religion Day (Bahá’i)
January 27
UN Holocaust Memorial Day
January 28
Lunar New Year (South East Asia)
January 31
Tu B’Shevat Arbor Day (Jewish)
Birth of Guru Har Rai (Sikh)


FEBRUARY
February 1
First Day of Black History Month (US and Canada)
February 6
International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutiliation
February 8
Kitchen God Day (Chinese)
February 9
Cleaning Day (Chinese)
February 11
International Day of Women and Girls in Science
February 12
Family Day (BC)
February 13
Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)
Mardi Gras

February 14
Valentine’s Day
Ash Wednesday (Christian)
February 15
Flag Day of Canada
Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
February 16
Flag Day of Canada
Lunar New Year (Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese)
First Day of Losar (Tibetan Buddhist)
February 19
Louis Riel Day
Islander Day (PEI)

Nova Scotia Heritage Day
Family Day (AB, NB, ON, SK)
February 20
World Day of Social Justice
February 21
International Mother Language Day
February 23
Yukon Heritage Day
February 25
First day of Ayyám-i-Ha (Bahá’i)


MARCH
March 1
Purim (Jewish)
St. David’s Day
Zero Discrimination Day
Holika Dahan (Hindu)
First Day of Women’s History Month
March 2
First Day of Nineteen-Day Fast (Bahá’i)
Lantern Festival (Chinese)
Holla Mohalla (Sikh)
Holi (Hindu)
March 3
World Wildlife Day
March 8
International Women’s Day
March 12
Commonwealth Day
March 17
St. Patrick’s Day (Christian)
March 18
Ugada/ Gudi Padwa/ Telugu New Year (Hindu)
March 20
Vernal Equinox
Ostara/Eostre (Pagan and Wiccan)
March 21
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
March 22
World Water Day
March 25
Ramanavami (Hindu)
Palm Sunday (Christian)
International Day of Remembrance of Slavery Victims and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Rama Navami (Hindu)
March 30
Good Friday (Christian)
March 31
First day of Passover (Jewish)
Magha Puja (Buddhist)
Cesar Chavez Day (US)
Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)


APRIL
April 1
Easter Sunday (Christian)
April 2
World Autism Awareness Day
April 4
United Nations’ Mine Awareness Day
Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide
April 6

National Tartan Day
April 9
Orthodox Easter Monday
Vimy Ridge Day
April 12
Yom HaShoah (Jewish)
Isra and Mi’raj (Muslim)
International Day of Human Space Flight
April 13
First day of Lailat-al-Miraj (Muslim)

April 14
Vaisakhi (Sikh)
Baisakhi/Vishu (Hindu)
Tamil New Year
April 15
Bengali New Year
April 18
Akshaya Tritiya (Hindu)
April 19
Yom HaAtzmaut (Jewish)
April 20
Chinese Language Day
April 21
Festival of Ridván (Bahá’i)
April 22
Earth Day
April 24
Armenian Martyrs’ Day
April 27
Day of Silence
April 30
First Day of Theravada New Year (Buddhist)


MAY
May 1
International Worker’s Day
Lailat-al-Bara’a Night of Forgiveness (Muslim)
May 3
Lag B’Omer (Jewish)
May 5
Cinco de Mayo (Mexican)
May 10
Ascension Day (Christian)
May 12
World Migratory Bird Day
May 13
Mother’s Day
May 15
International Day of Families
Savitri Pooja (Hindu)
May 16
First day of Ramadan (Muslim)
May 20
Shavuot (Jewish)
May 21
Victoria Day
May 22
International Day for Biological Diversity
May 24
Declaration of the Báb (Bahá’i)
May 29
Ascension of Báhá’u’lláh (Bahá’i)
Buddha Day (Buddhist)


JUNE
June 5
World Environment Day
June 8
World Oceans Day
June 10
Laylat al-Qadr Night of Destiny (Muslim)
June 12
World Day Against Child Labour
June 15
Eid-al-Fitr (Muslim)
June 17
Father’s Day
June 12
Anne Frank Day
June 16
Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev (Sikh)
June 19
Juneteenth Day of Emancipation (US)
June 21
Summer Solstice
National Aboriginal Day
June 24
St. Jean Baptiste Day
June 25
Day of the Seafarer
June 30
International Asteroid Day


JULY
July 1
Canada Day
July 9
Nunavut Day
July 10
Martyrdom of of Báhá’u’lláh (Bahá’i)
June 14
Bastille Day (French)
July 18
Nelson Mandela Day
July 22
Tisha B’Av (Jewish)
June 23
Birth of Haile Selassie (Rastafarian)
June 28
Dharma Day (Buddhist)
July 30
International Day of Friendship
World Day Against Trafficking in Persons


AUGUST
August 6
Terry Fox Day
August 9
International Day of Indigenous People
August 12
International Youth Day
August 22
Eid-al-Adha (Muslim)
August 25
Hungry Ghost Festival (Chinese)
Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)


SEPTEMBER
September 3
Labour Day
September 6
First Day of Paryushana Parva (Jain)
September 8
International Literacy Day
September 10
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)

September 12
Muharram Islamic New Year
Celebration of Ganesha (Hindu)
September 15
First day of Hispanic Heritage Month (US)
September 19
Yom Kippur (Jewish)
September 20
First day of Ashura (Muslim)
September 21
International Day of Peace
September 23
Fall equinox
September 24 to 30
Sukkot (Jewish)


OCTOBER
October 1
Simchat Torah (Jewish)
International Day of Older Persons
World Habitat Day
October 5
World Teachers’ Day
October 8
Thanksgiving Day
Mahalaya Amavasya (Hindu)

October 10

World Mental Health Day
First Day of Navaratri (Hindu)
October 11
International Day of the Girl Child
National Coming Out Day (US)
October 19
Dusshera (Hindu)
October 23
Sharad Purnima (Hindu)
October 27
Kaarwa Chauth (Hindu)
October 31
First Day of the Dead Dia de los Muertos (Mexican)


NOVEMBER
November 1
All Saints Day (Christian)
November 2
All Souls Day (Christian)
Last Day of the Dead Dia de los Muertos (Mexican)
November 5
Dhan Teras (Hindu)
November 7
Diwali (Sikh)
November 9
Kristallnacht Commemoration
Bhai Dooj (Hindu)
Birth of the Báb (Bahá’i)
November 10
Birth of Báhá’u’lláh (Baha’i)
November 11
Remembrance Day
November 13
Chhath Puja (Hindu)
November 20
Universal Children’s Day
November 21


DECEMBER
December 1
World AIDS Day
Prophet’s Birthday (Muslim)
December 2
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
December 3
International Day for Persons with Disabilities
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 18
Geeta Jayanti (Hindu)
December 21
Winter Solstice
December 25
Christmas (Christian)
December 26
First day of Kwanzaa (US and Canada)