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Significant Faith Days
Significant Faith Days

York Region is rich in culture and diverse in religious beliefs and practices based on faith.

The dates listed below are some faith holidays of particular significance to members of the major faith communities in our Board.  We are committed to affirm and value equally the faith diversity in our schools and workplaces. Therefore, internally scheduled events such as field trips, school concerts, conferences, meetings, workshops, other professional events, co-curricular activities, and exams/tests shall not be scheduled on these dates referred to as “Diamond Days” in the YRDSB.

Dates Holy Days Faith 
July 31, 2020 Eid-ul-Adha* ** Islam
September 19-20, 2020 Rosh Hashanah ** Judaism
September 28, 2020 Yom Kippur ** Judaism
November 14, 2020 Diwali Hinduism
December 25, 2020 Christmas (Western) Christianity
January 7, 2021 Christmas (Eastern) Christianity
February 12, 2021 Lunar New Year Buddhism
March 28, 2021 Pesach/Passover ** Judaism
April 2, 2021 Good Friday (Western) Christianity
April 14, 2021 Vaisakhi Sikhism
April 20, 2021 Ridvan Baha’i
April 30, 2021 Holy Friday (Eastern) Christianity
May 13, 2021 Eid-ul-Fitr* ** Islam

* Tentative dates subject to the sighting of the moon each month.

** All Jewish Holy Days commence on the preceding evening at sunset. Islamic Holy Days may commence on the preceding day at sunset.  Therefore, events that may exclude students and staff shall not be scheduled.

Please note that in addition to the above listed dates, all staff are encouraged to take reasonable steps to accommodate students and staff members of a faith group who state that the Board’s school and workplace operations or requirements create undue hardship and interfere with their ability to exercise their religious beliefs and practices.

These dates may include, but are not limited to the following:

Dates Holy Days Faith 
August 29, 2020 Ashura Islam
October 3-9, 2020 Sukkot Judaism
October 11, 2020 Simchat Torah Judaism
November 1, 2020 All Saints’ Day Christianity (Western)
November 30, 2020 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji Sikhism
January 5, 2021 Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Ji Sikhism
February 17, 2021 Ash Wednesday Christianity (Western)
March 20, 2021 Naw Ruz Baha’i
March 20, 2021 Naw Ruz (Ismaili) Islam
March 21, 2021 Naw Ruz (New Year’s Day) Zoroastrianism
March 29, 2021 Holi Hinduism
March 28-April 4, 2021 Pesach/Passover Judaism
April 20-May 1, 2021  Ridvan Baha’i
April 13-May 13, 2021 Ramadan Islam
May 26, 2021 Wesak Buddhism
May 17-18, 2021 Shavuot Judaism
June 21, 2021 National Indigenous Peoples Day Indigenous

This list does not represent all observances practiced by YRDSB diverse-faith community.  

The Board also advocates the recognition of “Days of Significance” as outlined in the Multifaith Calendar, throughout the school year and recommends that individual schools, in consultation with their School Councils, develop appropriate ways of celebrating such significant days in keeping with inclusive curriculum.

For additional information please contact your school’s Principal or Superintendent.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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