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

Faith Day

Faith

July 9, 2022

Eid-ul-Adha 1  2

Islam

September 26-27, 2022

Rosh Hashanah 2

Judaism

October 5, 2022

Yom Kippur 2

Judaism

October 24, 2022

Diwali

Hinduism

December 25, 2022

Christmas

Christianity (Western)

January 7, 2023

Christmas

Christianity (Eastern)

January 22, 2023

Lunar New Year

Buddhism

April 6, 2023

Pesach/Passover2

Judaism

April 7, 2023

Good Friday

Christianity (Western)

April 14, 2023

Vaisakhi

Sikhism

April 14, 2023

Holy Friday

Christianity (Eastern)

April 21, 2023

Ridvan

Baha’i

April 21,2023

Eid-ul-Fitr1  2

Islam

June 29, 2023

Eid-ul-Adha 1  2

Islam

 


1 Dates are subject to the sighting of the moon and may vary for different members of the Islamic faith

2All Jewish and Islamic 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

Faith Day | Celebration

Faith

August 8, 2022

Ashura 1  2

Islam

October 10-16, 2022

Sukkot 2

Judaism

October 17-18, 2022

Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah 2

Judaism

November 1, 2022

All Saints’ Day

Christianity (Western)

November 8, 2022

Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Sikhism

January 5, 2023

Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Ji

Sikhism

February 22, 2023

Ash Wednesday

Christianity (Western)

March 7, 2023

Purim  2

Judaism

March 7, 2023

Holi

Hinduism

March 21, 2023

Naw-Ruz

Baha’i

March 21, 2023

Nowruz (Ismaili)1  2

Islam

March 21, 2023

Nowruz (New Year’s Day)

Zoroastrianism

March 23-April 21, 2023

Ramadan   2

Islam

April 6-13, 2023

Pesach/Passover 2  3

Judaism

April 21-May 2, 2023

Ridvan

Baha’i

May 5, 2023

Wesak

Buddhism

May 26-May 27, 2023

Shavuot2

Judaism

June 21, 2023

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Indigenous

 

1 Dates are subject to the sighting of the moon each month and may vary for different members of the Islamic faith

2 All Jewish and Islamic Holy Days commence on the preceding evening at sunset.

3 The first two days and last two days of Passover are observed as full Holy Days

 

The Board also advocates the recognition of faith days 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.
This list does not represent all observances practiced by YRDSB diverse-faith community.

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