Days of Significance Calendar

2017-2018

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.

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.

Academic Concession

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

September 2017

2 – Eid al-Adha * (Islam)
4 – Labour day (University closed)
5 – First day of classes – Imagine day (UBC Vancouver)/Create Day (UBC Okanagan)
21 – Rosh Hashana (Jewish)*
21 – International Day of Peace
22 – Muharram/ Islamic New Year
22 – Equinox
30 – Yom Kippur (Jewish)*

October 2017

1 – International Day of Older Persons
5 – Sukkot (Jewish holiday) (5-11)*
9 – Thanksgiving Day (University closed)
11- International Day of the Girl Child
11 – Shmini Atzeret (Jewish)*
13 – Simchat Torah (Jewish)*
17 – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
18 – Diwali/Deepavali (Hindu, Jain, Sikh)**
31 – All Hallows Eve (Christian)

November 2017

1 – All Saints’ Day (Christian)
2 – All Souls’ Day (Christian)
11 – Remembrance Day
13 – Statutory holiday in lieu of Remembrance Day (University closed)
16 – International Day for Tolerance
20 – Universal Children’s Day
20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance
25 – Day of the Covenant (Baha’i)
25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

December 2017

1 – Mawlid al Nabi (Islam)*
1 – World AIDS Day
3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities
3 – First day of Advent
10 – Human Rights Day
13 – Hanukkah (Judaism) (13-20)*
20 – Solstice
24 – Christmas Eve
25 – Christmas Day (University closed)
26 – Kwanzaa (Dec 26 – Jan 1)
26 – Boxing Day (University closed) 
27 – Reduced Services in most UBC departments until January 2

January 2018

UBC Sexual Assault Awareness Month

1 – New Year’s Day (University closed)
1 – Gantan-sai (New Years) (Shinto)
2 – Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
6 – Epiphany (Christian)
7 – Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christian)
13 – Maghi (Sikh)
19 – Timkat (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian)
18-25 – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Christian
21 – World Religion Day (Baha’i)
22 – Vasant Panchami (Hindu)
31 – Tu B’shevat (Jewish)

February 2018

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

2 – Groundhog Day
3 – Setsebun Sai (Shinto)
12 – Family Day (University closed)
14 – St. Valentine’s Day
14 – Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)
14 – Ash Wednesday – Lent begins (Christian)
16 – Lunar New Year
18 – Orthodox Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
19 – Family Day
20 – World Day of Social Justice
21 – International Mother Language Day
25 Pink Shirt Day (Anti-Bullying Awareness)

March 2018

1 – Purim (Jewish)
2 – Holi **
2 – 20 – Nineteen Day Fast (Baha’i)*
8 – International Women’s Day
17 – St. Patrick’s Day
18 -26 – Ramayana (Hindu)**
20 – Spring Equinox
21 – Norooz (Persian)
21 – Naw-Rúz (Baha’i)*
21 – Ostara – Mabon (Wicca/Pagan)*
20 – International Day of Happiness
21 – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
25 – Rama Navami (Hindu)
25 – Palm Sunday (Christian)
26 – Ramanavami (Hindu)
30 – Good Friday (University closed)
31 – Passover (Jewish) (31- April 7)*

April 2018

1 – Easter
1 – Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
2 – Easter Monday (University closed)
3 – Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)**
6 – Orthodox Good Friday
7 – Passover (Final day)
8 – Orthodox Easter
12 – Yom Hashoah (Jewish)
13 – Isra and Mi’raj (Muslim)
14 – Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) (Sikh)**
19 – Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Jewish)*
21 – First Day of Ridvan (Baha’i) *
22 – Earth Day
23 – St. George’s Day (Christian)
29 – Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)*
29 – Visakha Puja – Buddha Day (Buddhist)*
30 – Theravadin New Year (Buddhist)**

May 2018

1 – Lailat al Bara’ah (Islam)*
1 – May Day
2- Last day of Ridvan (Baha’i)
3 – Lag Baomer (Jewish)*
10 – Ascension of Jesus (Christian)
13 – Mother’s Day
15 – International Day of Families
16 – Ramadan begins (Islam)
17 – International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
17 – Ascension of Jesus (Orthodox Christian)
20 – Shavuot (Jewish)*
20 – Pentecost (Christian)
23 – Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)
27 – Pentecost (Orthodox Christian)
27 – Trinity Sunday (Christian)
28 – Memorial Day
29 – Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)*
31 – Corpus Christi (Catholic Christian)

June 2018

2 – All Saints (Orthodox Christian)
8 – Sacred Heart of Jesus (Catholic Christian)
9 – St. Columba of Iona (Celtic Christian)
10 – Laylat al Qadr (Islam)*
15 – Eid al-Fitr (Islam)*
16 – Guru Arjan Martyrdom (Sikh)
20 – Waqf al-Arafa – Hajj Day (Islam)
21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day
24 – St. Jean Baptiste Day
26 – United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

July 2018

1 – Canada Day
2- Holiday in lieu of Canada Day

9 – Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)*
11 – St. Benedict Day (Catholic Christian)
13 – 15 – Obon (Buddhist, Shinto)**
14 – Rath Yatra (Hindu)
15 – St. Vladimir the Great Day (Orthodox Christian)
17 – Father’s Day
18 – Nelson Mandela International Day
21 – Solstice
22 – Tisha B’av (Jewish)*
24 – Pioneer Day (Mormon Christian)
25 – St. James the Great Day (Christian)
27 – Asalha Puja Day (Buddhist)**
30 – International Day of Friendship
30 – World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 

August 2018

1 – Lammas (Christian)
2 – Lughnassad – Imbolc (Wicca/Pagan) *
6 – BC Day (university closed)
9 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
22  – Eid al-Adha (Muslim)
25 – Raksha Bandhan (Hindu) **

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
Bold titles are primary holy days or a tradition.