Days of Significance Calendar

2015 – 2016

JULY 2016

1 Canada Day (University closed)
1 Lailat al Kadr * – Islam
7-9 Eid al Fitr * – Islam
9 Martyrdom of the Bab * – Baha’i
13-15 Obon (Ulambana) ** – Buddhist – Shinto
18 Nelson Mandela International Day
19 Asalha Puja Day ** – Buddhist
23 Birthday Emperor Haile Selassi – Rastafari
30 International Day of Friendship
30 World Day against Trafficking in Persons

AUGUST 2016

1 BC Day (University closed)
1 Lammas – Christian
1 Lughnassad – Imbolc * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
5 Ganesh Chathurthi ** – Hindu
9 International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
12 International Youth Day
14 Tish’a B’av * – Jewish
18 Raksha Bandhan ** – Hindu
25 Krishna Janmashtami ** – Hindu


2016 – 2017


SEPTEMBER 2016

5 Labour Day (Holiday)
6-15 Paryushana Parva ** – Jain
6 First Day of Classes – Imagine Day (UBC Vancouver)/Create Day(UBC Okanagan)
10 Waqf al Arafa – Hajj * – Islam
11-14 Eid al Adha – Sacrifice Day * – Islam
21 International Day of Peace
22 Equinox
22 Mabon * – Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere (begins sundown on 21 and ends on 23)
22 Ostata * – Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere ( begins sundown on 22)

OCTOBER 2016

1 International Day of Older Persons
1-10 Navaratri ** – Hindu
2 Muharram – New Year * – Islam
3-4 Rosh Hashanah * – Jewish
10 Thanksgiving (University closed)
11 International Day of the Girl Child
11 Dasara** – Hindu
12 Yom Kippur * – Jewish
12 Ashura * – Islam (begins sundown on 10)
17-23 Sukkot * – Jewish
17 October International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
24 Shemini Atzeret * – Jewish
25 Simchat Torah * – Jewish
30 Diwali (Deepavali) ** – Hindu – Jain – Sikh
31 All Hallows Eve – Christian
31 Samhain (Northern hemisphere), Beltane *Southern hemisphere) Wicca/Pagan
31 New Year ** – Jain

NOVEMBER 2016

1 Birth of the Báb – Baha’i
11 Remembrance Day (University closed)
2 Birth of Baha’u’llah – Baha’i (begins sundown on 11)
15 Nativity Fast begins through 12/24 – Orthodox Christian
16 International Day for Tolerance
20 Universal Children’s Day
20 Transgender Day of Remembrance
24 Thanksgiving- Interfaith USA
25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
25 Day of the Covenant – Baha’i

DECEMBER 2016

1 World AIDS Day
3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities
10 Human Rights Day
14 Mawlid an Nabi * – Islam
21 Solstice, Yule – Christian
21 Yule * – Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere ( begins sundown on 20)
21 Litha * – Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
25 Hanukkah * – Judaism (begins sundown on 24 and ends on January 1)
25 Christmas Day (University closed)
26 Kwanzaa (Dec 26, 2015 – Jan 1, 2016)
26 Boxing Day
(University closed)
27 Holiday in lieu of Christmas day (University closed)
28 Reduced Services in most UBC departments until January 3

JANUARY 2017

UBC Sexual Assault Awareness Month
1 New Year’s Day (University closed)
1 Gantan-sai (New Years) – Shinto
15 World Religion Day – Baha’i
12-15 Mahayana New Year ** – Buddhist
19-25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Christian
28 Lunar New Year – Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist

FEBRUARY 2017

Black History Month
2 Imbolc- Lughnassad * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemispheres
13 Family Day (University closed)
14 St. Valentine’s Day – Christian
20 World Day of Social Justice
21 International Mother Language Day
25 Pink Shirt Day (anti-bullying awareness)

MARCH 2017

1 Ash Wednesday – Christian
2-20 Nineteen Day Fast * – Baha’i
8 International Women’s Day
13 Holi ** – Hindu, Magha Puja Day – Buddhist **
17 St Patrick’s Day
20 International Day of Happiness
20 Equinox
20 Ostara * – Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
20 Mabon * – Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
21 Norooz (New Year) – Persian/Zoroastrian
21 Naw-Rúz (New Year) * – Baha’i
21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
28 Hindu New Year ** – Hindu
28 Ramayana ** – Hindu (ends April 5)

APRIL 2017

5 Ramanavami ** – Hindu
9 Palm Sunday – Christian
10 Mahavir Jayanti ** – Jain
11 Hanuman Jayanti ** – Hindu
11-14 Theravadin New Year ** – Buddhist
11-18 Pesach (Passover) * – Jewish
14 Good Friday (University closed)
14 Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) ** – Sikh
16 Easter – Christian
16 Orthodox Sunday – Orthodox Christian
17 Easter Monday (University closed)
21 First Day of Ridvan * – Baha’i
22 Earth Day
23 Yom HaShoah * – Jewish
24 Lailat al Miraj * – Islam
28 National Day of Mourning
29 Ninth Day of Ridvan * – Baha’i

MAY 2017

Asian Heritage Month
1 Beltane – Samhain * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemispheres
1 Yom Ha’Atzmaut * – Jewish
2 Twelfth Day of Ridvan * – Baha’i
10 Visakha Puja ** – Buddhism
12 Lailat al Bara’ah * – Islam
14 Lag B’Omer * – Jewish
15 International Day of Families
17 International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
22 Victoria Day
23 Declaration of the Bab * – Baha’i
27 Ramadan begins * – Islam
29 Ascension of Baha’u’llah * – Baha’i
31 Shavuot * – Jewish (ends June 1)


JUNE 2017

4 Pentecost – Christian
11 Trinity Sunday – Christian
16 Guru Arjan martyrdom – Sikh
21 Solstice – Litha*/Yule* – Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
21 National Aboriginal Day
22 Laylat al Kadr * – Islam
24 St-Jean-Baptiste Day (Quebec and Francophone Culture)
26 United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
26-28 Eid al Fitr * – Islam


JULY 2017

1 Canada Day (University closed)
9 Martyrdom of the Bab * – Baha’i
9 Asalha Puja Day ** – Buddhist
11 All Saints – Orthodox Christian
13-15 Obon (Ulambana) ** – Buddhist – Shinto
18 Nelson Mandela International Day
23 Birthday Emperor Haile Selassi – Rastafari
30 International Day of Friendship
30 World Day against Trafficking in Persons

AUGUST 2017

1 BC Day (University closed)
1 Lammas – Christian
1 Lughnassad – Imbolc * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
1 Tish’a B’av * – Jewish
7 Raksha Bandhan ** – Hindu
9 International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
12 International Youth Day
15 Krishna Janmashtami ** – 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