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:
|July 20, 2021||Eid-ul-Adha* **||Islam|
|September 7-8, 2021||Rosh Hashanah **||Judaism|
|September 16, 2021||Yom Kippur **||Judaism|
|November 4, 2021||Diwali||Hinduism|
|December 25, 2021||Christmas (Western)||Christianity|
|January 7, 2022||Christmas (Eastern)||Christianity|
|February 1, 2022||Lunar New Year||Buddhism|
|April 14, 2022||Vaisakhi||Sikhism|
|April 15, 2022||Good Friday (Western)||Christianity|
|April 16, 2022||Pesach/Passover **||Judaism|
|April 21, 2022||Ridvan||Baha’i|
|April 22, 2022||Holy Friday (Eastern)||Christianity|
|May 2, 2021||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:
|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|
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.