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2011 Diversity Calendar

At the beginning of each month you will find listed the special awareness months and weeks recognized in Canada for that month.

This is followed by a listing of
special awareness days/ holidays (in red) and primary sacred times for world religions (in blue) by date.

* Means that Holy days begin at sundown the day before this date. 
** Regional customs, group preference or moon sightings may cause a variation of this date.
Bold titles indicate the world religion(s) for which the holidays are a tradition.

For more information and definitions for the sacred times for world religions, go to www.interfaithcalendar.org

The information below for primary sacred times for world religions has been provided by INTERFAITH CALENDAR © 1999 – 2010 MKL


Month Alzheimer Awareness Month; National
Crime Stoppers Month; Ontario
Ontario March of Dimes Month
Week 3 National Non-Smoking Week
Jan. 1 Mary, Mother of God - Catholic Christian
Feast of St Basil - Orthodox Christian
Gantan-sai (New Years) - Shinto
Jan. 4 World Braille Day
Jan. 5 Twelfth Night - Christian
Guru Gobindh Singh birthday - Sikh
Jan. 6 Epiphany - Christian
Feast of the Theophany - Orthodox Christian
Nativity of Christ - Armenian Christian
Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) - Hispanic Christian
Jan. 9 Nativity of Christ - Orthodox Christian
Jan. 11 Sir John A. MacDonald Day – National
Jan. 13 Maghi - Sikh
Jan. 17 World Religion Day * - Baha'i
Blessing of the Animals - Hispanic Catholic Christian
Jan. 18-2 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Christian
Jan. 19 Timkat - Ethiopian Orthodox Christian
Weedless Wednesday; National
Jan. 19-21 Mahayana New Year ** - Buddhist
Jan. 20 Tu B’shvat * - Jewish
Jan. 25 Conversion of St. Paul - Christian
Robbie Burns Day
Jan. 27 Family Literacy Day; National


Month Black History Month; National
Heart and Stoke Month; National
Junior Achievement Month; National
Week 1 Eating Disorder Awareness Week; National
International Development Week; National
National Therapeutic Recreation Week
White Cane Week; National
Week 2 World Orphan Week; International
Week 3
Scout-Guide Week; National
Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week; National
Week 4 Freedom to Read Week; National
Feb. 2 Candlemas - Christian
Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Anglican Christian
Imbolc - Lughnassad * - Wicca/Pagan - northern and southern hemispheres
Feb. 3 Chinese New Year – Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
Setsubun Sai - Shinto
Feb. 4 World Cancer Day; International
Feb. 6 Four Chaplains Sunday - Interfaith
Feb. 8 Maha Shivaratri ** - Hindu
Feb. 10 Safer Internet Day; International
Feb. 12 Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness; National
Feb. 14 Valentines Day
Congenital Heart Defect Awareness
Saint Valentine's Day - Christian
Feb. 15 International Childhood Cancer Day
National Flag of Canada Day
Nirvana Day ** - Buddhist
Feb. 17 Heritage Day; National
Feb. 20 World Day of Social Justice; International
Feb. 21 Family Day, Ontario
Orthodox Sunday - Orthodox Christian
Feb. 22 Thinking Day; National
Feb. 26 Intercalary Days through March 1 - Baha'i
Feb. 27 Meatfare Sunday - Orthodox Christian



National Epilepsy Month; National
Easter Seals Month; Ontario
Fraud Prevention Month; International
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
Kidney Month; National
Help Fight Liver Disease Month; National
Polio Awareness Month; National
Red Cross Month; National
Youth Science Festival Month; National
National Nutrition Month

Week 1
National Pharmacy Awareness Week
Lymphedema Awareness Week; National
Week 2 National Social Work Week
Canadian Agricultural Safety Week
Week 3 National Francophonie Week
Mar. 1
Self-Injury Awareness Day; International
Saint David of Wales Day - Christian
Mar. 2 Four Chaplains Sunday – Christian/Jewish Interfaith
Mar. 2 -22 Nineteen Day Fast – Baha’i
Mar. 6 Cheesefare Sunday – Orthodox Christian
Transfiguration Sunday – Christian
Mar. 7 Great Lent - Clean Monday - Orthodox Christian

Mar. 8

International Women’s Day
United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace
Shrove Tuesday - Christian
Mar. 9 Ash Wednesday – Lent begins - Christian
Mar. 17 International Women’s Day
United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace
St Patrick's Day - Christian
Mar. 19 Magha Puja Day ** - Buddhist
Mar. 20 International Francophonie Day
Equinox First Day of Spring

Purim * - Jewish
Holi ** - Hindu
Hola Mohalla - Sikh
Ostara  * - Wicca - Northern Hemisphere
Mabon * - Wicca - Southern Hemisphere
Mar. 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Norouz (New Year) - Persian/Zoroastrian
Naw Ruz (New Year) *  - Baha'i
Mar. 22 World Water Day; International
Mar. 24 World Tuberculosis Day; International
Mar. 25 Annunciation of the Virgin Mary - Catholic Christian
Mar. 26 Purple Day (Epilepsy); International
Mar. 27 World Theatre Day; International
Mar. 28 To April 4 Consumer Awareness Week; Ontario
Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranhushtra)** - Zoroastrian


Month Daffodil Month; National
National Oral Health Month
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month; National
Parkinson Awareness Month; National
Poetry Month; National
Records Management Month; National
Week 2 National Wildlife Week
Ontario Coaches Week; Regional
World Homeopathy Awareness Week; International
Week 3 National Soil Conservation Week
National Volunteer Week
National Medical Laboratory Week; National
Week 4 National Organ Donor Awareness Week
Apr. 1-2 National 30 Hour Famine
Apr. 2 World Autism Day; International
Apr. 4 New Year ** - Hindu
Apr. 4-12 Ramayana ** - Hindu
Apr. 5 Qingming – Chinese traditional
Apr. 7 World Health Day; WHO
Apr. 13-19 National Dental Hygiene Week
National Victims of Crime Awareness Week
Apr. 14 Baisakhi - Sikh
Apr. 17 International Hemophilia Day
National Law Day
Palm/Passion Sunday – Christian
Mahavir Jayanti ** - Jain
Apr. 18 Theravadin New Year ** - Buddhist
Lord’s Evening Meal – Jehovah’s Witness Christian
Apr. 19-26 Pesach (Passover) * - Jewish
Apr. 20-22 Global Youth Service Days; International
Apr. 21 First Day of Ridvan * - Baha'i
Maundy Thursday – Christian
Apr. 22 Earth Day; International
Good (Holy) Friday – all Christians
Apr. 23 World Book and Copyright Day
Saint George's Day - Christian
Black Saturday – Christian
Apr. 24 Easter – all Christians
Apr. 25 World Meningitis Day; International
International Make-A-Wish Day
Apr. 29 Ninth Day of Ridvan * - Baha'i
Apr. 30 St. James the Great Day - Orthodox Christian


Month Asian Heritage Month; National
National Asthma Awareness Month
Speech and Hearing Awareness Month: North America
Blood Pressure Month; National
Car Care Month; National
Community Living Month; Ontario
Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month; National
International Doula Month
Hemochromatosis Awareness Month; National
Huntington Disease Awareness Month; National
LEAVE A LEGACY Month; National
Medic Alert Month; National
MS Awareness Month; National
Museum Month; Ontario
National Physiotherapy Month (April 24 – May 24)
Red Shield Month; National
Supervised Access Awareness Month; International
Sexual Abuse/Assault Prevention Month; Ontario
Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month
Vision Health Month; National
Week 1 Allergy Awareness Month; National
Education Week (May 2 - 6); Ontario
Emergency Preparedness Week; National
Hospice Palliative Care Week; National
International Youth Week
National Composting Awareness Week
Spinal Health Week; National
National Kids Week
National Mental Health Week
Week 2 Esophageal Cancer Awareness Week; Ontario
National Nursing Week
National Police Week
North American Occupational Health and Safety Week
Week 3
Safe Boating Week; National
National Road Safety Week
National Victorian Order of Nurses Week
Week 4 National Access Awareness Week
Aboriginal Awareness Week; National
National Water Safety Week
May 1
Beltane - Samhain * - Wicca Northern and Southern hemispheres
Yom HaSho’ah – Jewish
May 2 Twelfth Day of Ridvan * - Baha'i
May 3 World Press Freedom Day; International
May 5-10 National Astronomy Week
May 6 World Asthma Day; International
May 8 International Thalassemia Day; International
World Red Cross Day; International
May 10
National Astronomy Day
World Lupus Day; International
May 12
International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day; International
Canada Health Day; National
International Nurses Day
May 15 International Day of Families
May 17 International Day Against Homophobia
Buddha Day - Buddhist
May 18 International Museums Day
May 21 World Day for Cultural Development; International
May 22 Lag B’Omer - Jewish
May 22 – 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week; National
May 23 Victoria Day; National Holiday
Declaration of the Bab - Baha'i
May 24 Victoria Day; National Holiday
May 25 National Missing Children’s Day
May 28 National Multiple Births Awareness Day
May 29 Active Healthy Kids Day; National
Ascension of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i
May 30 –
June 5
Canadian Environment Week; National
May 31 World No-Tobacco Day; International


Month Aboriginal History Month; National
ALS Awareness Month; National
Brain Injury Awareness Month; Ontario and Alberta
Deaf-Blind Awareness Month; Ontario
National Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Month
Recreation and Parks Month; Provinical; Ontario
Seniors’ Month; Ontario
Thyroid Awareness Month; National
Week 1 National Tourism Week
National Sun Awareness Week
1st Saturday National Big Sisters Day
1st Sunday National Cancer Survivors Day
June 1 Hunger Awareness Day; National
June 2 Ascension of Jesus - Christian
June 4 Clean Air Day; National
June 5 World Environment Day; International
June 8-13 Rivers to Oceans Week; National
June 8-9 Sha’vuot * - Jewish
June 9 Saint Columba of Iona - Celtic Christian
June 10 All Saints – Orthodox Christian
June 12 Pentecost - Christian
June 14 World Blood Donor Day; International
June 15 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day; International
June 19 Father’s Day; National
June 20  World Refugee Day; International
June 21
 ALS/MND Global Awareness Day; National
Solstice First Day of Summer

Litha * - Wicca Northern Hemisphere
Yule * - Wicca Southern Hemisphere
First Nations Day - Canadian Native People
June 24 St. John the Baptist; Quebec
June 27 Canadian Multiculturalism Day; National
June 28 Lailat al Miraj * ** – Islam
June 29 World Industrial Design Day;International
Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul - Christian


Week 3 National Drowning Prevention Week
3rd Saturday Parks Day; National
July 1 Canada Day; National Holiday
July 9 Martyrdom of the Bab * - Baha'i
July 11 World Population Day; International
St Benedict Day - Catholic Christian
July 13-16 Ulambana (Obon) ** - Janpan Buddhist
July 15 Saint Vladimir - Christian
Asalha Puja Day ** - Buddhist
July 20 Tisha B'Av * - Jewish
July 23 Birthday of Emperor Haili Selassi I - Rastafari
Pioneer Day - Mormon Christian
July 24 St. James the Great Day - Christian
July 25 Lailat al Bara'ah  * - Islam


Week 1 World Breastfeeding Week; International
Aug. 1 Civic Holiday; National Holida
Lammas - Christian
Fast in honor of Holy Mother of Lord Jesus - Orthodox Christian
Ramadan begins * ** - Islam
Aug. 2 Lughnassad (Lammas) * - Wicca/Neo Pagan
Aug. 6 Transfiguration of the Lord - Orthodox Christian
Aug. 9 Tisha B'Av * - Jewish
International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
Aug. 15 Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christian
Dormition of the Theotokos - Orthodox Christian
Aug. 22 Krishna Janmashtami ** - Hindu
Aug 29 Beheading of John the Baptist - Christian
Aug. 31 Eid al Fitr * ** - Islam


Month Addiction Recovery Awareness Month; Ontario
Arthritis Month; National
Big Brothers Big Sisters Month; National
Breakfast for Learning Month; National
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month; International
Men’s Cancer Health Awareness Month: National
Muscular Dystrophy Month; National
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month; National
Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month: National
Week 1 Suicide Prevention Awareness Week; International
Week 3 Learn @ Work Week; National
National Prostate Cancer Awareness Week
Week 4
National Forest Week
Self-Help Awareness Week; Ontario
2nd Sunday Terry Fox Run; National
4th Sunday Police and Peace Officer’s National Memorial Day; National
AIDS Walk Canada; National
Sept. 1 Ecclesiastical Year begins - Orthodox Christian
Sept. 2-10 Paryushana Parva - Jain
Sept. 5 Labour Day, National Holiday
Sept. 8 International Literacy Day
Nativity of Mary - Christian
Sept. 10 World Suicide Prevention Day; International
Sept. 14 Elevation of the Life Giving Cross - Holy Cross Day - Christian
Sept. 16 International Ozone Day
Alzheimer’s Coffee Break Day; National
Sept. 21 World Alzheimer’s Day; International
International Day of Peace
Sept. 23 Equinox First Day of Fall
Mabon * - Wicca Northern Hemisphere
Ostara * - Wicca Southern Hemisphere
Sept. 29 Michael and All Angels - Christian
Sept. 29-30 Rosh Hashanah * - Jewish


Month Autism Awareness Month; National
Brain Tumour Awareness Month; National
Breast Cancer Awareness Month; National
Canada Library Month; National
Car Safety Month; National
Child Abuse Awareness Month; National
Community Living Awareness; National
Community Support Month; Ontario
Eye Health Canada Month; National
Fundraise for Farley Month; Ontario
Innovation in Eye Care Month; National
Investor Education Month; International
Islamic History Month; National
Learning Disabilities Awareness Month; National
Lupus Awareness Month; National
National Flu Prevention Awareness Month
National Occupational Therapy Week
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month; National
Celiac Awareness Month; National
Women’s History Month; National
Healthy Workplace Month; National
Week 1 Be Kind to Animals / Animal Health Week
Meals on Wheels Week; Ontario
Mental Illness Awareness Week; National
World Breastfeeding Week; International
1st Monday World Habitat Day; International
Week 2 Citizenship Week; National
National Family Week
Fire Prevention Week; National
World Space Week; International
2nd Wednesday International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
2nd Thursday World Sight Day; International
Week 3 Amnesty International Week; National
Foster Family Week; National
National Cooperative Week
National School Safety Week
Ontario Dental Hygiene Week; Regional
Ontario Library Week; Regional
YWCA Week Without Violence; National
3rd Sunday National Psoriasis Walk
Oct. 4 National Block Parents Week
Waste Reduction Week; National
Last Week
Disarmament Week; International
Red Ribbon Celebration for a drug-free world; International

Oct. 1

International Day for Older Persons
International Music Day
Oct. 4 St Francis Day - Catholic Christian
Oct. 5 International World Teacher’s Day
Oct. 6 Dasera ** - Hindu
Oct. 8 Yom Kippur * - Jewish
Oct. 10 World Mental Health Day; International
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day; International
Thanksgiving - Interfaith - Canada
Oct. 13-19 Sukkot * - Jewish
Oct. 16 World Food Day; International
Oct. 17 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Oct. 18 Persons Day; National
World Menopause Day; International
Oct. 20 National Microfinance Day
Birth of the Báb * - Baha'i
Oct. 21 Simhat Torah * - Jewish
Oct. 22 New Year – Jain
Oct. 24 United Nations Day; International
World Development Information Day; International

Oct. 24-28

Deepavali ** - Hindu
Oct.26 Diwali ** - Jain – Hindu- Sikh
Oct. 28 Milvian Bridge Day - Christian
Oct. 30 Reformation Day ** - Protestant Christian
Oct. 31 All Hallows Eve - Christian
Oct. 31-Nov. 6 International Brain Tumor Awareness Week


Month 4-H Month; National
Adoption Awareness Month; National
Amaryllis Month; Huntington Society; National
Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation Awareness Month; National
Crohn’s Disease and Colitis Awareness Month; National
Diabetes Month; National
Incontinence Awareness Month; National
National Community Safety and Crime Prevention Campaign
Osteoporosis Month; National
Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month; National
Christmas Seal Campaign; National
Woman Abuse Prevention Month; Ontario
Week 1
Canadian Patient Safety Week; National
Media Literacy Week; National
National Down Syndrome Awareness Week
Pan-Canadian Paralympic School Week; National
Week 2
Canadian Hockey Week; National
Medical Radiation Technologists Awareness Week; National
National Addiction Awareness Week
National Marfan Awareness Week
National Seniors’ Safety Week
Veterans’ Week; National
Week 3 Bullying Awareness Week; National
Drug Awareness Week; Ontario
Restorative Justice Week; National
Nov. 1 International Volunteer Manager Appreciation Day
All Saints' Day - Christian
Samhain - Beltane * - Wicca Northern and Southern hemispheres
Nov. 2 All Souls' Day - Catholic Christian
Nov. 4-7 Hajj * - Islam
Nov. 6 Eid al Adha * ** - Islam
Nov. 10 Guru Nanak Dev Sahib birthday - Sikh
Nov. 11 Remembrance Day; National
Nov. 12 Birth of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i
Nov. 14 World Diabetes Day; International
Nov. 15 International PEN Day of the Imprisoned Writer
Nativity Fast through December 24 - Orthodox Christian
Nov. 16 International Day of Tolerance
Nov. 20 Universal Children’s Day; International Christ the King - Christian
Nov. 24 Thanksgiving - Interfaith - USA
Nov. 25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
International Buy Nothing Day
Nov. 25-Nov.6 White Ribbon Campaign; National (men against men’s violence against women)
Nov. 26 Day of Covenant - Baha'i
Hijra - New Year * ** - Islam
Nov. 28 First Sunday of Advent - Christian
Nov. 29 International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People; UN
Nov. 30 Saint Andrew's Day - Christian


Dec. 1 World AIDS Day; International
Dec. 2 United Nations International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
Dec. 3 United Nations International Day of Disabled Persons
Dec. 6 Ashura * ** - Islam
International Volunteer Day; UN
Dec. 7
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women; National
Saint Nicholas Day - Christian
Dec. 8 Bodhi Day  (Rohatsu) ** - Buddhism
Immaculate Conception of Mary - Catholic Christian
Dec. 10 Human Rights Day; International
Dec. 12 Feast day - Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian
Dec. 16 Ashura * ** - Islam
Posadas Navidenas through December 25 - Hispanic Christian
Dec. 22 Solstice First Day of Winter
Yule * - Wicca Northern hemisphere
Litha* - Wicca Southern hemisphere
Yule - Christian
Dec. 25 Christmas * - Christian
Dec. 26 Death of Prophet Zarathushtra ** - Zoroastria
Dec. 26-Jan. 1 Kwanzaa – African-American and Pan-African Heritage Holiday
Dec. 28 Holy Innocents - Christian
Dec. 30 Feast of the Holy Family - Catholic Christian
Dec. 31 Watch Night - Christian



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