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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, therefore, events such as field trips, school concerts, conferences, meetings, workshops, other professional events, co-curricular activities, and exams/tests will not be scheduled on these dates:

​Faith ​​Holy Days ​Date
Baha’i​ RIDVAN April 21, 2019
Buddhist LUNAR NEW YEAR February 5, 2019
Christian CHRISTMAS December 25, 2018
(Western) GOOD FRIDAY April 19, 2019
(Eastern) CHRISTMAS January 7, 2019
  HOLY FRIDAY April 26, 2019
Hindu DIWALI November 6, 2018
Jewish ROSH HASHANAH** September 30 - October 1, 2019
  YOM KIPPUR** October 9, 2019
  PASSOVER/PESACH**   April 20, 2019
Muslim EID-UL-FITR* June 4, 2019
  EID-UL-ADHA* August 11, 2019
Sikh VAISAKHI April 13, 2019

* Tentative dates subject to the sighting of the moon each month.
** All Jewish Holy Days commence on the preceding evening at sunset.

Exceptions are sometimes made in the case of extended field trips. These exceptions are made with Superintendent approval and take into consideration the impact to students participating, the availability of learning opportunities and their educational value.

Please note that in addition to the above listed dates, YRDSB will take reasonable steps to accommodate students and staff members of a faith group for whom the Board’s and the school’s 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:

Faith​ Holy Days​ Date​
Baha’i RIDVAN (the 9th and 12th day)
April 20 - May 2, 2019
March 21, 2019
Buddhis​m WESAK April 8, 2019
Christian (Western)   ALL SAINTS’ DAY November 1, 2019
  ASH WEDNESDAY March 6, 2019
​Hindu DIWALI​ ​November 6 - 10, 2018

HOLI March 21, 2019
Jewish PASSOVER** April 20 - 26, 2019
  SUKKOT** September 23 - 30, 2019
​SIMCHAT TORAH** ​October 21, 2019
  SHAVUOT** June 8 - June 10, 2019
Muslim ASHURA*
NOW RUZ (Ismaili)
September 9, 2019
March 21, 2019
  RAMADAN* May 6 - June 5, 2019
Sikh BIRTHDAY OF GURU NANAK DEV JI November 23, 2018
Zoroastrianism NAW RUZ (New Year’s Day) March 21, 2019

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 2018-2019 Holy Days By Faith - Holidays and Observances 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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