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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:

Date Holy Days Faith
August 12, 2019 Eid-ul-Adha* Islam
September 30 - October 1, 2019 Rosh Hashanah** Judaism
October 9, 2019 Yom Kippur** Judaism
October 27, 2019 Diwali Hinduism
December 25​, 2019 Christmas (Western) Christianity
January 7, 2020 Christmas (Eastern) Christianity
January 25, 2020 Lunar New Year Buddhism
April 9, 2020 Pesach/Passover** Judaism
April 10, 2020 Good Friday (Western) Christianity
April 14, 2020 Vaisakhi Sikhism
April 17, 2020 Holy Friday (Eastern) Christianity
April 20, 2020 Ridvan Baha’i
May 24, 2020 Eid-ul-Fitr* Islam

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

Date Holy D​ays Faith
September 10, 2019 Ashura Islam
October 14 - 20, 2019 Sukkot* Judaism
October 22, 2019 Simchat Torah Judaism
October 27, 2019 Diwali Hinduism
November 1, 2019 All Saints’ Day Christianity (Western)
November 12, 2019 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji Sikhism
January 5, 2020 Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Ji Sikhism
February 26, 2020 Ash Wednesday Christianity (Western)
March 9, 2020 Holi Hinduism
March 20, 2020 Naw Ruz Baha’i
March 21, 2020 Naw Ruz (Ismaili) Islam
March 21, 2020 Naw Ruz (New Year’s Day) Zoroastrianism
April 9 - 16, 2020 Pesach/Passover* Judaism
April 20 - 28, 2020 Ridvan Baha’i
April 24 - May 24, 2020 Ramadan Islam
May 6, 2020 Wesak Buddhism
May 29 - 30, 2020 Shavuot Judaism
June 21, 2020 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 2019-2020 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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