Calendar of Special Days & Celebrations


Tamil Heritage Month
January 1 New Year’s Day
January 4 World Braille Day

January 8 Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
January 9 Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti (Sikh)
January 13 Lohri (Sikh)
January 14
Makar Sankranti (Hindu)
January 17 World Religion Day
January 17 Raoul Wallenberg Day

January 27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day
January 28 Mahayanya New Year (Buddhist)
January 29 National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec Mosque Attack

Black History Month
February 1 Chinese New Year
February 12 Lunar New Year (China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea and Mongolia)
February 14 Valentine’s Day
February 14 Guru Harrai Jayanti (Sikh)

February 15 Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
February 15 Flag Day (Canada)
February 15 Lantern Festival (Chinese)
February 16 Vasant Panchami (Hindu)
February 21
Louis Riel Day (MB)
February 21 Islander
Day (PEI)
February 21 Family Day (AB, BC, NB, ON, SK)
February 21 Heritage Day (NS)
February 25
Purim begins (Jewish)

Irish Heritage Month
March 8 International Women’s Day
March 11 Maha Shivarati (Hindu)
March 17 St. Patrick’s Day (NL)
March 18
Holi (Sikh)
March 19 Holi (Hindu)
March 19 Naw-Ruz (Baha’i)
March  21 Spring Equinox
March 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 24 Women’s Equal Pay Day
March 31 International Transgender Day of Visibility

Sikh Heritage Month
April 2 World Autism Awareness Day
April 2 Ramadan begins (Islamic)
April 9 Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge
April 14 Good Friday
April 14 International Day of Pink
April 14 Vaisakhi (Sikh)
April 15
Passover begins (Jewish)
April 18 Birthday of Guru Angad Dev (Sikh)
April 21 Ram Navami (Hindu)
April 22 Earth Day
April 23
St George’s Day (NL)
April 24 Armenian Martyrs’ Day
April 25 Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)

Asian Heritage Month
Canadian Jewish Heritage Month

May 5 Cinco de Mayo (Mexico)
May 5 Birthday of the Buddha
May 5 Dutch Heritage Day
May 5 Children’s Day (Japan)
May 9 Laylat al-Qadr (Islamic)
May 17 International Day for LGBTQ2S+
May 23
National Patriot’s Day (QC)
May 23 Victoria Day (AB, BC, MB, NT, NU, ON, SK, YT)
May 29 Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’i)

Indigenous History Month
Italian Heritage Month
Filipino Heritage Month
Portugese Heritage Month
Launch of Pride Season
June 3 Dragon Boat Festival begins (Chinese)
June 3 Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib
June 12 Anne Frank Day
June 20 World Refugee Day
June 21 National Indigenous Peoples Day (Canada)
June 21 Summer Solstice
June 24 Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (QC)
June 24 Discovery Day (NL)
June 27 Multiculturalism Day

July 1
Canada Day
July 7 The Hajj (Islamic)
July 10
Martyrdom of the Báb (Bahá’i)
July 24 Dharma Day (Buddhist)
July 30 International Day of Friendship

August 1 Civic Holiday (Canada)
August 4 Chinese Valentine’s Day
August 6 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony (Japan)
August 9
International Day of Indigenous Peoples
August 9 Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony (Japan)
August 15 
Discovery Day (YT)
August 15 Acadian Day
August 19 World Humanitarian Day
August 31 Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)

Mennonite Heritage Week (second week in September)
September 5
Labour Day Canada Day
September 4 World Sexual Health Day
September 10 Moon Festival (Chinese)
September 22 Fall Equinox & World Car-Free Day
September 25 Franco-Ontarian Day
September 25 Rosh Hashana begins (Jewish)
September 26 Navaratri Nine-Day Festival begins (Hindu)
September 30 Canadian National Day of Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

German Heritage Month
Canadian Islamic History Month
Latin American Heritage Month
Women’s History Month
October 1 National Seniors Day
October 3 World Habitat Day
October 4 Yom Kippur begins (Jewish)
October 7 Milad un Nabi begins (Islamic)
October 10 Canadian Thanksgiving
October 10 World Mental Health Day
October 11 International Day of the Girl
October 13 World Sight Day
October 18 Persons Day
October 20 Birth of the Guru Granth
October 24 International Day of Climate Action
October 24 Diwali (Hindu and Sikh)
October 26 Birth of the Báb (Bahá’i)
October 31 Day of the Dead (Mexico)

November 7
International Inuit Day
November 7
Birth of the Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’i)
November 8 Indigenous Veterans Day
November 8 Guru Nanak Birthday
November 11 Remembrance Day
November 20 Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 20 National Child Day
November 20 Canada History Week begins
November 24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib
November 25 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence begin
November 28 Ascension of Abdu’l-Bahá (Bahá’i)

December 1
World AIDs Day
December 3
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 5 Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women
December 5 World Soil Day
December 10 Human Rights Day
December 18 Hanukkah begins (Jewish)
December 21 Winter Solstice
December 25 Christmas
December 26 Boxing Day (Canada)