Days of Significance 2015

This Days of Significance calendar includes religious holidays, significant events and celebrations, public holidays, and other important dates that should be considered when planning events and activities.These dates are provided to assist the UBC community when planning activities to anticipate when students or staff might choose to seek accommodations for religious observances.

Additional dates of religious observances may be found in the Interfaith Calendar. It is important to note that there are many holy days associated with various faiths and that the absence of such dates on this list should not be interpreted to mean that there should be no accommodation for students who observe those holy days. Finally, some observances are based on an interpretation of the lunar calendar, and thus may vary by one or two days depending upon the interpretation relevant to a student’s faith tradition.

Religious Accommodations

Students

Recognizing the religious diversity of the University, UBC permits students who are scheduled to attend classes or write examinations on holy days of their religions to notify their instructors in advance of the holy day of their wish to observe it by absenting themselves from class or examination. Instructors provide opportunity for such students to make up work or examinations missed without penalty.

Staff

UBC permits members of faculty and staff who are scheduled to work on holy days of their religions to notify their administrative heads of unit in advance of the holy days of their religion of their wish to observe it by absenting themselves from work. Administrative heads of unit make efforts to accommodate such requests.

UBC Policy – Religious Holidays
Religious accommodations for students

This calendar includes religious holidays, significant events and celebrations, public holidays, and other important dates that should be considered when planning events and activities.These dates are provided to assist the UBC community when planning activities to anticipate when students or staff might choose to seek accommodations for religious observances.

Additional dates of religious observances may be found in the Interfaith Calendar. It is important to note that there are many holy days associated with various faiths and that the absence of such dates on this list should not be interpreted to mean that there should be no accommodation for students who observe those holy days.

Finally, some observances are based on an interpretation of the lunar calendar, and thus may vary by one or two days depending upon the interpretation relevant to a student’s faith tradition.

January 2015

UBC Sexual Assault Awareness Month
1 Gantan-sai (Shinto)
1 New Year’s Day (Public Holiday)
5 Winter Term starts
5 Twelfth Night (Christianity)
5 Mahayana New Year** (Buddhist)
6 Epiphany/Dia de los Reyes (Christianity)
6 Feast of the Theophany (Orthodox Christianity)
7 Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christianity)
9-13 UBC Outweek
18 World Religion Day* (Baha’i)
19 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (US)
27 International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust (UN)

February 2015

Black History Month
3 Setsubun-sai ** (Shinto)
6 International Day of Zero-Tolerance on Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation (WHO)
9-13 Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week
16 Family Day (Public Holiday)
19 Lunar New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)
20 World Day of Social Justice (UN)
21 International Mother Language Day (UN)
25 Pink Shirt Day – Anti-bullying awareness

March 2015

5 Purim* (Judaism)
Begins at sunset on March 4, 2015 and ends at nightfall on March 5
5 Magha Puja Day**(Buddhism)
6 Holi** (Hinduism)
8 International Women’s Day (UN)
11 Summer Term 1 starts
20 Ostara (Wicca/Pagan)
21 NawRuz*/Nourouz (Baha’i, Zoroastrian)
21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN)
22 World Water Day (UN)

April 2015

3 Mahavir Jayanti ** (Jain)
3 Good Friday(Christianity)(Public Holiday)
4-11 Pesach/Passover* (Judaism)
Begins at sunset on April 3, 2015 and ends at nightfall on April 11, 2015
5 Easter (Christianity)
6 Easter Monday
7 World Health Day (WHO)
12 Pascha (Easter) (Orthodox Christian)
14 Baisakhi (Sikhism)
16 Yom HaShoah* (Judaism)
22 Earth Day (UN)
28 National Day of Mourning (Canada)

May 2015

1 Beltane* (Wicca/Pagan)
4 Visakha Puja**(Buddhism)
15 International Day of Families (UN)
17 International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
21 Declaration of the Bab* (Baha’i)
18 Victoria Day (Public Holiday)
24 Pentecost (Christian)
24-25 Shavuot* (Judaism)
Begins at sunset on May 23, 2015 and ends at nightfall on May 25, 2015
29 Ascension of Baha’u’llah* (Baha’i)
31 World No Tobacco Day (WHO)

June 2015

5 World Environment Day (UN)
12 World Day Against Child Labour Day (UN)
17 World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought (UN)
18 Ramadan** (Islam)
20 World Refugee Day (UN)
21 National Aboriginal Day (Canada)
21 Solstice – Litha*/Yule* (Wicca/Pagan)
24 St-Jean-Baptiste Day (Quebec and Francophone Culture)
26 International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking (UN)
26 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (UN)

July 2015

1 Canada Day (Public Holiday)
2 Asalha Puja Day**(Buddhism)
6 Summer Term 2 starts
18 Nelson Mandela International Day (UN)
18-21 Eid al Fitr* (Islam)

August 2015

3 BC Day Holiday
9 International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (UN)
12 International Youth Day (UN)
13-15 Obon**(Shinto)
23 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave & Trade & Abolition (UN)
29 Raksha Bandhan** (Hinduism)

Please note:
* Holy days usually begin at sundown the day before this date
** Local/regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of this date during this period.

If there is an important date that should be added to this list please send us an email to equity@equity.ubc.ca