Days of Significance

A note about designated days and months, e.g. International Day of Pink, National Indigenous History Month. While these days and months are good reminders to celebrate underrepresented and marginalized groups, learn about their histories and the oppressions, inequities, and issues that they face, as well as take action, we must be mindful to be continuously commemorating these groups, educating ourselves, and standing-up in solidarity.

January 2021

Date Observance Observed by (including but not limited to)

January 1

New Year's Day

Gregorian calendar

January 7

Feast of the Nativity

Eastern Orthodox Christian

January 27

International Holocaust
Remembrance Day

UN

 

February 2021

Date Observance Observed by (including but not limited to)

February

Black History Month

Canada

February 12

Lunar New Year

Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist

February 20

World Day of Social Justice

UN

February 26

Anti-Bullying/Pink Shirt Day
(Day of awareness of bullying in schools, workplaces, home, and online)

 

 

March 2021

Date Observance Observed by (including but not limited to)

March 8

International Women's Day

UN

March 21

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

UN

March 21

Norooz (New Year)

Persian/Zoroastrian

March 25

Mahavir Jayanti
(Festival celebrating the birth of Mahavir, the founder of Jainism)

Jain

March 28

Magha Puja Day
(Celebrates the first sermon delivered by the Buddha)

Buddhist

March 29

Holi (Festival of Spring)

Hindu

March 28 to April 8

Pesach (Passover)

Jewish

 

April 2021

Date Observance Observed by (including but not limited to)

April 2

Good Friday

Christian

April 4

Easter Sunday

Christian

April 8 to 9

Holocaust Memorial Day - Yom ha-Shoah

Jewish

April 8

International Day of Pink
(Day of action against bullying, discrimination, homophobia, and transphobia)

International

April 13

Ramadan Begins

Islam

April 22

Earth Day

UN

 

May 2021

Date Observance Observed by (including but not limited to)

May

Asian and South Asian Heritage Month

Canada

May 2

Pasha (Easter)

Orthodox Christian

May7

Vesak (Buddha Day)

Buddhist

May 11 to 14*

Eid al Fitr (Ramadan ends)

Islam

May 17

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

International

 

June 2021

Date Observance Observed by (including but not limited to)

June

Pride Month

Canada

June 21

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Canada

June 27

Canadian Multiculturalism Day

Canada

 

July 2021

Date Observance Observed by (including but not limited to)

July 1

Canada Day

Canada

July 13

Obon

Buddhist

July 20 to 23

Eid al Adha

Islam

July 24

Asalha Puja Day

Buddhist

 

August 2021

Date Observance Observed by (including but not limited to)
August 3 Krishna Janmashtami Hindu

August 10 to 11*

Al-Hijra New Year

Islam

 

September 2021

Date Observance Observed by (including but not limited to)
September 6 Labour Day Canada and US

September 7 to 8

Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)

Jewish

September 15

Yom Kippur (day of atonement)

Jewish

September 21

International Day of Peace

UN

September 30

Orange Shirt Day

(Remembering all the Indigenous children who were stolen from their families and placed in residential schools across Canada and the impacts of residential schools on survivors)

Canada

 

October 2021

Date Observance Observed by (including but not limited to)

October

Women's History Month

Canada

October

Islamic History Month

Canada

October

Disability Employment Awareness Month

Canada

October 1

International Day of Older Persons

International

October 10

World Mental Health Day

International

October 11

International Day of the Girl Child

UN

October 11

Thanksgiving

Canada

October 15

Dasara
(Festival celebrating the victory of good over evil)

Hindu

 

November 2021

Date Observance Observed by
(including but not limited to)

November 4

Diwali (Festival of lights and new beginnings)*

Hindu

November 11

Remembrance Day

Canada andUS

November 20

Transgender Day of Remembrance

International

November 25

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

UN

November 28 to December 6

Hanukkah (Festival of lights)

Jewish

November 29

Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib
(Founder of Sikhism)

Sikh

*Diwali falls between mid-October and mid-November. Its date changes annually.

 

December 2021

Date Observance Observed by (including but not limited to)

December 1

World AIDS Day

International

December 2

International Day of the Abolition of Slavery

UN

December 3

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

UN

December 6

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Canada

December 10

Human Rights Day

UN

December 18

International Migrant's Day

UN

December 25

Christmas Day

Christian

December 25

Feast of the Nativity

Orthodox Christian

December 26 to January 1 Kwanzaa
(Holiday celebrating African-American heritage)
Canada and US

* Dates may vary

 

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