Days of Significance Calendar

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.

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

2015-16 Calendar

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.

SEPTEMBER 2015

7 Labour Day (Holiday)
8 Imagine Day (UBC Vancouver)/Create Day (UBC Okanagan)
14-15 Rosh Hashanah * – Jewish (begins sundown on 13)
17 Ganesh Chaturthi ** – Hindu
18 Paryushana Parva ** – Jain
21 International Day of Peace
22 Waqf al Arafa – Hajj * – Islam (begins sundown on 21)
23   Equinox
Yom Kippur * – Jewish (begins sundown on 22)
Mabon * – Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere (begins sundown on 22)
Ostara * – Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere ( begins sundown on 22)
23-26 Eid al Adha – Sacrifice Day * – Islam (begins sundown on 22)
28-Oct 4 Sukkot * – Jewish   (begins sundown on 27)

OCTOBER 2015

1 International Day of Older Persons
5 Shemini Atzeret * – Jewish (begins sundown on 4th)
6 Simchat Torah * – Jewish (begins sundown on 5th)
11 International Day of the Girl Child
12 Thanksgiving
(University closed)
13-21 Navaratri ** – Hindu
14 Hijra – New Year * – Islam (begins sundown on 13)
17 October International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
20 Birth of the Báb – Baha’i   (begins sundown on 19)
22 Dasara** – Hindu
23 Saint George’s Day – Christian
Ashura * – Islam  (begins sundown on 22)
31 All Hallows Eve – Christian
Samhain (Northern hemisphere), Beltane *Southern hemisphere) Wicca/Pagan
begins Sundown Oct 30

NOVEMBER 2015

9-13 Deepavali ** – Hindu
11 Remembrance Day (University closed)
11 Diwali (Deepavali)
** – Hindu – Jain – Sikh
12 Birth of Baha’u’llah – Baha’i   (begins sundown on 11)
New Year ** Jain
15 Nativity Fast begins through 12/24 – Orthodox Christian
16 International Day for Tolerance
20 Universal Children’s Day
20 Transgender Day of Remembrance
25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
26 Thanksgiving- Interfaith USA
Day of the Covenant – Baha’i

DECEMBER 2015

1 World AIDS Day
3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities 
7-14 Hanukkah * – Judaism (begins sundown on 6)
10 Human Rights Day
21 Solstice, Yule – Christian
Yule * – Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere ( begins sundown on 20)
Litha * – Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
23 Mawlid an Nabi * – Islam (begins sundown on 22)
25 Christmas Day (University closed)
28 Boxing Day – In lieu of Saturday, Dec 26
(University closed)
29 Reduced Services in most UBC departments until January 4

JANUARY 2016

UBC Sexual Assault Awareness Month
1 New Year’s Day (University closed)
1 Gantan-sai (New Years) – Shinto
17 World Religion Day – Baha’i
18-25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Christian
24-27 Mahayana New Year ** – Buddhist

FEBRUARY 2016

Black History Month
2 Imbolc- Lughnassad * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemispheres
8 Lunar New Year – Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
8 Family Day (University closed)
UBC Outweek (Date TBA)
10 Ash Wednesday – Christian
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 2016

2 – 20 Nineteen Day Fast * – Baha’i
6 Orthodox Sunday – Orthodox Christian
8 International Women’s Day
17 St Patrick’s Day
20 International Day of Happiness
20 Equinox
Ostara * – Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
Mabon * – Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
Palm Sunday – Christian
21 Norooz (New Year) – Persian/Zoroastrian
     Naw-Rúz (New Year) * – Baha’i
21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
23 Holi ** – Hindu, Magha Puja Day – Buddhist **
25 Good Friday (University closed)
27 Easter – Christian
28 Easter Monday (University closed)
30 Mahavir Jayanti  ** – Jain

APRIL 2016

8 Hindu New Year ** – Hindu
8-15 Ramayana ** – Hindu
14 Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) ** – Sikh
15 Ramanavami ** – Hindu
21 First Day of Ridvan * – Baha’i
22 Hanuman Jayanti ** – Hindu
22 Earth Day
22-23 Theravadin New Year ** – Buddhist
23-30 Pesach (Passover) * – Jewish
24 Palm Sunday – Orthodox Christian
28 National Day of Mourning
29 Ninth Day of Ridvan * – Baha’i
30 Mahavir Jayanti ** – Jain


MAY 2016

Asian Heritage Month
1 Pascha (Easter) – Orthodox Christian
1 Beltane – Samhain * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemispheres
2 Twelfth Day of Ridvan *  – Baha’i
5 Lailat al Miraj * – Islam
5 Yom HaShoah * – Jewish
12 Yom Ha’Atzmaut * – Jewish
15 International Day of Families
17 International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
15 Visakha Puja ** – Buddhist
Pentecost – Christian
21 Lailat al Bara’ah * – Islam
22 Trinity Sunday – Christian
23 Victoria Day
23 Declaration of the Bab * – Baha’i
Lailal al Bara’a * – Islam
26 Lag B’Omer * – Jewish
29 Ascension of Baha’u’llah * – Baha’i


JUNE 2016

6 Ramadan begins * – Islam (Although an observant would not be expected to refrain from work, it is a month of fasting throughout daylight hours ending with Eid al-Fitr July 7-9)
12-13 Shavuot * – Jewish
16 Guru Arjan martyrdom – Sikh
19 Pentecost – Orthodox Christian
20 Solstice – Litha*/Yule* – Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
21 National Aboriginal Day
24 St-Jean-Baptiste Day (Quebec and Francophone Culture)
26 All Saints – Orthodox Christian
26 United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture


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

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 – Bolded titles are primary holy days of a tradition

 

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 – Bolded titles are primary holy days of a tradition

If there is an important date that should be added to this list please send us an email to equity@equity.ubc.ca