Calendar of Religious Days and Days of Significance

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

Faculty and 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

2018

January

UBC Sexual Assault Awareness Month

1 – New Year’s Day (University closed)
1 – Gantan-sai (New Years) (Shinto)
2 – Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
6 – Armenian Christmas
7 –  Orthodox Christmas (Orthodox Christian)
13 – Maghi (Sikh)
14 – Makar Sankranti (Hinduism)
19 – Timkat (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian)
18 to 25 – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Christian)
21 – World Religion Day (Baha’i)
22 – Vasanta Panchami (Hindu)
31 – Tu B’shevat (Jewish)

February

Aboriginal Storytelling Month
Black History Month

1 – World Interfaith Harmony Week (UN)
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)
15 – Nehan-e Nirvana Day (Buddhism)
16 – Lunar New Year: Year of the Dog / Tibetan New Year: Losar (Buddhism)
18 – Orthodox Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
19 – Family Day
20 – World Day of Social Justice
21 – International Mother Language Day
25 – Anti-Bullying / Pink Shirt Day (Canada)

March

Women’s History Month

1 – Purim (Jewish)
1 – Zero Discrimination Day (UN)
2 – Holi (Hinduism) **
2 to 20 – Nineteen Day Fast (Baha’i)*
8 – International Women’s Day
18 to 26 – Ramayana (Hindu)**
20 – Spring Equinox
21 – Now Ruz (Zoroastrianism)
21 – Baha & Naw-Rúz (Baha’i)*
20 – International Day of Happiness
21 – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
21 – Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling Against Racism and Racial Discrimination (UN)
25 – Palm Sunday (Christianity)
26 – Ramanavami (Hindu)
29 – Mahavira-jayanti (Jainism)
30 – Holy (Good) Friday (University closed)
31 – First Day of Pesah (Passover) (Judaism)

April

1 – Easter
1 – Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
2 – Easter Monday (University closed)
4 – Refugee Rights Day (Canada)
6 – Orthodox Holy Friday (Orthodox Christian)
7 – Passover (Final day)
8 – Pascha (Orthodox Easter) (Orthodox Christian)
12 – Yom HaShoah (Jewish)
13 – Laylat al Mi’raj (Muslim)
14 – Vaisakhi (Sikh)**
21 – First Day of Ridvan (Baha’i) *
22 – Earth Day (UN)
23 – St. George’s Day (Christian)
29 – Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)*
30 – Theravada New Year (Buddhist)**

May

1 – Lailat al Bara’at (Islam)*
2 – Twelth Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)
8/9- Days of Remembrance and Reconciliation (UN)
10 – Ascension of Jesus (Christian)
13 – Mother’s Day
15 – International Day of Families (UN)
16 – Ramadan begins (Islam)
17 – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 
17 – Ascension (Orthodox Christian)
19 – Eve of Shavuot (Jewish)*
20/21 – First and Second (Last) Day of Shavuot
20 – Pentecost (Christian)
21 – World Day for Cultural Diversity
22 – Aboriginal Awareness Week (Canada)
24 – Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)
27 – Pentecost (Orthodox Christian)
27 – Trinity Sunday (Christian)
27 – Start of the National AccessAbility Week
28 – Memorial Day
29 – Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)*
29 – Wesak (Buddha Day)

June

National Aboriginal History Month (Canada)

3 – All Saints (Orthodox Christian)
5 – Nur (Baha’i)
8 – Jum’at al-Wada (Islam)
10 – Laylat al-Qadr (Islam)*
11 – National Day of Healing and Reconciliation
15 – Eid al-Fitr (Islam)*
16 – Guru Arjan Dev Ji Martyrdom (Sikh)
17 – Father’s Day
20 – Waqf al-Arafa – Hajj Day (Islam)
21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day
21 – Solstice
23 – Public Service Day (UN)
24 – Rahmat (Baha’i)
24 – St. Jean Baptiste Day (Quebec)
26 – United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
27 – Multi-culturalism Day (Canada)
28 – Poson (Buddhism)
29 – Ghambar Maidyoshem begins (Zarathushti)

July

1 – Canada Day
2 – Holiday in lieu of Canada Day
10 – Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)*
11 – World Population Day (UN)
18 – Nelson Mandela International Day
22 – Tish’a B’Av (Jewish)*
27 – Asalha Puja Day and Vassa begins (Buddhist)**
30 – Oh-harai-taisai (Shinto)
30 – International Day of Friendship
30 – World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 

August

1 – Lammas (Wicca) and Kamal (Baha’i)
6 – BC Day (university closed)
8 to 17 – Fravardegahn Days (Zarathushti Shenshai)
9 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
18 – Nowruz (Zarathushti Shenshai)
20 – Day of Hajj (Islam) / Asma’ (Baha’i)
21  – Eid al-Adha (Muslim)
24 – Birth of Prophet Zarathustra (Shensai)
26 – Guru Purnima / Chaturmas begins
26 – Raksha Bandhan (Hindu) **

September

3 – Labour Day
7 – Paryushana-parva begins (Jainism)
10 to 11 – Rosh Hashanah (Judaism)
14 – Paryushana-parva ends / Samvatsari / Dashalakshani-parva begins (Jainism)
15 – International Day of Democracy
19 – Yom Kippur (Judaism)
21 – International Day of Peace
23-29 – Gender Equality Week
24 and 25 – First and Second Day of Sukkot (Judaism)
25 – Ksamavani (Jainism)
30 – Orange Shirt Day

October

Women’s History Month
Islamic History Month
Disability Employment Awareness Month

1 – Shmini Atzeret (Judaism)
1 – International Day of Older Persons
2 – Simhat Torah (Judaism)
8 – Thanksgiving Day
10 – World Mental Health Day (UN)
15 – International Day of Rural Women (UN)
17 – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (UN)

November

7 – Diwali (Hinduism) / Mahavira Nirvana & Diwali (Jainism) / Bandi Chhor Divas (Sikhism)
9 – Birth of The Bab (Baha’i)
10 – Birth of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)
13 – World Kindness Day
16 – International Day for Tolerance (UN)
20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance
23 – Birth date of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Sikhism)
24 – Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji (Sikhism)
25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (UN)

December

1 – World AIDS Day
2 – International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (UN)
3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities (UN)
6 – National Day of Remembrance of Action on Violence Against Women
10 – Human Rights Day (UN)
18 – International Migrants Day (UN)
20 – International Human Solidarity Day (UN)
20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance
25  – Christmas (Christianity)
26 – Death of Prophet Zarathustra (Zoroastrianism)

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.