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Equity calendar

Year at a glance

The Human Rights & Positive Environment Office has curated a list of Equity related dates, compiled by cross-referencing ten calendars from across Canada from a variety of sources. This is not an exhaustive list and some dates may change from year to year, but can act as a reference. *Links to the various calendar dates will be added over time.

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month | National Hispanic Heritage Month (Canada)


Women's History Month | Islamic History Month<br/>Disability Employment Awareness Month | Healthy Workplace Month


Native American History Month | Family Violence Prevention Month | Woman Abuse Prevention Month | National Community Safety and Crime Prevention Campaign

  • First Week Treaties Recognition Week 
  • Nov. 1 All Saints Day
  • Nov. 2 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists
  • Nov. 2 Día de los Muertos/ Day of the Dead (Mexico)
  • Nov. 7 Diwali (Hinduism)
  • Nov. 7 Mahavira Nirvana & Diwali (Jainism)
  • Nov. 7 Bandi Chhor Divas (Sikhism)
  • Nov. 8 National Aboriginal Veterans Day (Canada) 
    2nd Week: National Veterans Week
  • Nov. 9 - 10 Kristalnacht
  • Nov. 9 Birth of The Bab (Baha’i)
  • Nov. 10 Birth of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)
  • Nov. 11 Remembrance Day
  • Nov. 12 Avtar (Birthday) of Guru Nanak (Sikh)
  • Nov. 13 World Kindness Day
  • Nov. 13 Jain New Year (Jain)
  • Nov. 16 Louis Riel Day
  • Nov. 16 International Day for Tolerance (UN)
  • Nov. 20 International Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • Nov. 20 National Child Day (also Universal Children's Day)
  • Nov. 23 Birth date of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Sikhism)
  • Nov. 24 Matyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji (Sikh)
  • Nov. 25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (UN)
  • Nov. 25 - Dec. 10 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Global (U.N.)
  • Nov. 26 Thanksgiving (Interfaith USA)
  • Nov. 26 - Dec. 6 National White Ribbon Campaign (Men against Men’s Violence Against Women)
  • Nov. 29 Birth of the Báb (Baha’i)
  • Nov. 30 St. Andrew’s Day (Christian)

  • Dec. 1 World AIDS Day
  • Dec. 2 International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (UN)
  • Dec. 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (UN)
  • Dec. 5 International Volunteer Day
  • Dec. 6 Day of Mourning National Day of Remembrance of Action on Violence Against Women (Canada)
  • Dec. 8 Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) (Buddhism)
  • Dec. 10 Human Rights Day (UN)
  • Dec. 10 - Dec. 18 Hanukkah (Jewish)
  • Dec. 18 International Migrants Day (UN)
  • Dec. 20 International Human Solidarity Day (UN)
  • Dec. 23 Martyrdom of Baba Ajeet Singh Ji / Baba Jujar Singh Ji (Sikh)
  • Dec. 25 Christmas (Christianity)
  • Dec. 25 Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christian)
  • Dec. 26 Death of Prophet Zarathustra (Zoroastrianism)
  • Dec. 27 Martyrdom of Baba Zoravar Singh Ji / Baba Fateh Singh Ji / Mata Gujar Kaur Ji (Sikh)
  • Dec. 31 New Year's Eve

  • Jan. 1 New Year's Day
  • Jan. 1 Gantan-sai (New Years) (Shinto)
  • Jan. 2 Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
  • Jan. 5 Avtar (Birthday) of Guru Gobind Sing Ji (Sikh)
  • Jan. 6 Nativity of Christ (Armenian Orthodox)
  • Jan. 7 Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christian)
  • Jan. 10 - Jan. 12 Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
  • Jan. 15 Maghi (Sikh)
  • Jan. 15 Makar Sankranti (Hindu)
  • Jan. 18 - Jan. 25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Christian)
  • Jan. 19 World Religion Day (Baha’i)
  • Jan. 20 Timkat (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian)
  • Jan. 21 Women's March - U.S. and Global
  • Jan .21 World Religion Day (Baha’i)
  • Jan. 22 Vasanta Panchami (Hindu)
  • Jan. 24 International Day of Education
  • Jan. 25 Chinese New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)
  • Jan. 27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day (designated by the United Nations)
  • Jan. 27 Bell Let's Talk Day
  • Jan. 27 Family literacy Day
  • Jan. 29 National Day of Remembrance of 2017 Islamophobic Attack in Quebec
  • Jan. 31 Tu B’shevat (Jewish)

Black History Month | Aboriginal Storytelling Month

  • Feb. 1 World Interfaith Harmony Week (UN)
  • Feb. 2 Groundhog Day
  • Feb. 3 Setsebun Sai (Shinto)
  • Feb. 6 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation - Global
  • Feb. 10 Tu B’shevat (Jewish)*
  • Feb. 12 Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day - Canada (Canadian Federation for Sexual Health)
  • 2nd Week Heritage Week (Canada)
  • Feb. 13 World Radio Day
  • Feb. 14 St. Valentine’s Day
  • Feb. 14 Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)
  • Feb. 14 Ash Wednesday – Lent begins (Christian)
  • Feb. 14 One Billion Rising - Global
  • Feb. 14 Have a Heart Day 
  • Feb. 14 Women’s Memorial March
  • Feb. 14 Pink Triangle Day
  • Feb. 15 Nehan-e Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
  • Feb. 16 Lunar New Year: Year of the _______
  • Feb. 16 Tibetan New Year: Losar (Buddhism)
  • Feb. 17 Heritage Day
  • Feb. 17 Family Day
  • Feb. 17 Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • Feb. 18 Orthodox Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
  • Feb. 19 Family Day
  • Feb. 20 World Day of Social Justice (UN)
  • 3rd Week Scout-Guide Week - Canada (Scouts Canada & Girl Guides of Canada)
  • Feb. 21 International Mother Language Day (UN)
  • Feb. 21 Maha Shivarantri (Hindu)
  • Feb. 26 Anti-Bullying / Pink Shirt Day (Canada)
  • Feb. 29 Repetitive Strain Injury Day

  • UNB Faculty of Arts Lecture occurs within the month of February

Women’s History Month

  • Mar. 1 Purim (Jewish)
  • Mar. 1 Zero Discrimination Day (UN)
  • Mar. 2 Holi (Hinduism) 
  • Mar. 2 - Mar. 20 Nineteen Day Fast (Baha’i)
  • Mar. 8 International Women’s Day (UN)
  • Mar. 8 Orthodox Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
  • Mar. 9 Magha Puja Day (Buddhist)
  • Mar. 9 - Mar. 10 Purim (Jewish)
  • Mar. 10 Holi (Hindu)
  • Mar. 14 Chet – Beginning of the Sikh Calendar (Nanakshahi 552)
  • Mar. 17 St. Patrick's Day
  • Mar. 18 - Mar 26 Ramayana (Hindu)
  • Mar. 20 International Day of Happiness (UN)
  • Mar. 20 International Francophonie Day 
  • Mar. 20 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN)
  • Mar. 20 Holla Mohalla (Sikh)
  • Mar. 20 Naw-Rúz (New Year) (Baha’i)
  • Mar. 21 Youth Day (New Brunswick)
  • Mar. 21 - Mar. 27(28) Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling Against Racism and Racial Discrimination (UN)
  • Mar. 22 World Water Day
  • Mar. 25 Palm Sunday (Christianity)
  • Mar. 25 International Day of the Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery
  • Mar. 26 Ramanavami (Hindu)
  • Mar. 29 Mahavira-jayanti (Jainism)
  • Mar. 30 Holy (Good) Friday (University closed)
  • Mar. 31 First Day of Pesah (Passover) (Judaism)
  • Mar. 31 International Transgender Day of Visibility
  • Mar. 31 Equal Pay Day

  • UNB Peace and Treaty Days occur during the month of March

Disability Awareness Month

  • April. 2 World Autism Awareness day
  • April. 2 Rama Navami (Hindu)
  • April. 3 Laylat al Mi’raj (Islam)
  • April. 4 Refugee Rights Day (Canada)
  • April. 5 Palm Sunday (Christian)
  • April. 6 Orthodox Holy Friday (Orthodox Christian)
  • April. 7 Passover (Final day)
  • April. 7 World Health Day
  • April. 8 Pascha (Orthodox Easter) (Orthodox Christian)
  • April. 9 Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)
  • April. 9 - April. 11 Theravadin New Year (Buddhist)
  • April. 9 - April. 16: Pesach (Judaism)
  • April. 10 Good Friday (Christian)
  • April. 11 Vaisakhi Day Parade – Vancouver (Sikh)
  • 2nd Wednesday International Day of Pink
  • April. 12 Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian) | Easter Sunday (Christian)
  • April. 13 Easter Monday (Christian)
  • April. 15 Vaisakhi (Baisakhi) – Birth of the Khalsa (Sikh)
  • 3rd Wednesday Day of Pink 
  • April. 17 Equality Day (Anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms)
  • April. 17 Holy Friday (Orthodox Christian)
  • April. 21 First Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)
  • April. 21 Lailat al Bara’ah (Islam)
  • April. 22 Earth Day (UN)
  • April. 23 St. George’s Day (Christian)
  • April. 24 Ramadan begins (Islam)
  • April. 28 National Day of Mourning for Injured Workers and World Day for Safety and Health at Work
  • April. 28 Yom HaZikron (Jewish)
  • April. 29 Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)
  • April. 29 Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Jewish)
  • April. 29 Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
  • April. 30 Theravada New Year (Buddhist)
  • Last week National Victims of Crime Awareness Week - Canada (Justice Canada)
  • UNB Powwow occurs within the month of February

Asian/South Asian Heritage Month | Jewish Heritage Month

  • 1st Week International Youth Week
  • 1st Week National Mental Health Week
  • 1st Week North American Occupational Health and Safety Week
  • May. 1 International Workers Day
  • May. 1 Lailat al Bara’at (Islam)
  • May. 2 Last day of Ridvan (Baha’i)
  • May. 3 Saints Philip & James (Christian)
  • May. 3 World Press Freedom Day
  • May. 7 National Youth and Child Mental Health Day
  • May. 7 Visakha Puja (Buddha Day) (Buddhist)
  • May. 8 - May. 9 Days of Remembrance and Reconciliation (UN)
  • May. 10 Mother’s Day | Parent's Day (North America) 
  • May. 12 Canada Health Day
  • May. 14 National Indigenous Nursing Day
  • May. 15 International Day of Families (UN)
  • May. 16 International Day of Living Together in Peace - Global
  • May. 17 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
  • May. 18 Victoria Day (Canada)
  • May. 19 - May. 22 Aboriginal / Indigenous Awareness Week (Canada)
  • May. 20 World Bee Day
  • May. 21 World Day for Cultural Diversity
  • Third Wednesday Educational Support Staff Appreciation Day
  • May. 23 Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)
  • May. 25 National Missing Children’s Day
  • May. 25 Memorial Day
  • May. 25 - May. 31 National AccessAbility Week
  • May. 29 Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)
  • May. 29 - May. 30 Shavuot (Jewish)
  • May. 31 Pentecost (Christian)

Pride Month (Global) | National Aboriginal History Month (Canada)

  • 1st Week Canadian Environment Week
  • June. 1 Injured Workers’ Day 
  • June. 2 National Health and Fitness Day
  • June. 5 Poson (Buddhist)
  • June. 5 - June. 7 Eid al Fitr (Islam)
  • June. 7 Trinity Sunday (Christian) 
  • June. 7 Pentecost (Orthodox Christian)
  • June. 7 Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji (Sikh)
  • June. 8 World Oceans Day
  • June. 10 Equal Pay Act Anniversary (USA)
  • June. 11 National Day of Reconciliation
  • June. 12 World Day Against Child Labour 
  • June. 14 All Saints (Orthodox Christian)
  • June. 19 International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict - Global
  • June. 20 Summer Solstice
  • June. 20 World Refugee Day
  • June. 21 National Indigenous Peoples Day (Canada) America)
  • June. 21 Father’s Day | Parent's Day (North America)
  • June. 23 Public Service Day (UN)
  • June. 24 Rahmat (Baha’i)
  • June. 24 St. Jean Baptiste Day (Quebec)
  • June. 26 United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
  • June. 27 Multi-culturalism Day (Canada)
  • June. 29 Ghambar Maidyoshem begins (Zarathushti)

  • July. 1 Canada Day (Canada)
  • July. 1 Sant Teja Singh Day (Sikh)
  • July. 2 Holiday in lieu of Canada Day
  • July. 4 Guru Purnima / Chaturmas begins (Hindu)
  • July. 5 Asalha Puja Day (Buddhist)
  • July. 9 Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)
  • July. 11 World Population Day (UN)
  • July. 15 World Youth Skills Day
  • July. 18 Nelson Mandela International Day (UN)
  • July. 22 Tish’a B’Av (Jewish)
  • July. 24 International Self-Care Day - Global
  • July. 27 Asalha Puja Day and Vassa begins (Buddhist)
  • July. 28 August 2 Day of Hajj (Islam)
  • July. 30 Tisha B’Av (Jewish)
  • July. 30 International Day of Friendship (UN)
  • July. 30 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (UN)
  • July. 31 - August. 3 Eid al Adha (Islam)

  • Aug. 1 Lammas
  • Aug. 1 Kamal (Baha’i)
  • Aug. 3 Raksha Bandhan (Hindu) 
  • Aug. 3 Heritage Day (Alberta)
  • Aug. 8 -Aug. 17 Fravardegahn Days (Zarathushti Shenshai)
  • Aug. 9 International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (UN)
  • Aug. 10 Waqf al Arafa (Islam)
  • Aug. 12 International Youth Day
  • Aug. 13 - August. 15 Obon (Ulambana) (Buddhist/Shinto)
  • Aug. 15 National Acadian Day (Acadia)
  • Aug. 15 Paryushana Parvarambha (Jain)
  • Aug. 18 Nowruz (Zarathushti Shenshai)
  • Aug. 18 National Women's Equality Day
  • Aug. 18 Anniversary of the 19th Amendment - U.S.
  • Aug. 19 World Humanitarian Day
  • Aug. 20 Day of Hajj (Islam)
  • Aug. 20 Asma’ (Baha’i)
  • Aug. 20 Hijri (New Year) (Islam)
  • Aug. 21 id al-Adha (Muslim)
  • Aug. 22 Samvatsari Parva / Dashalakshani-parva (Jain)
  • Aug. 23 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
  • Aug. 23 Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)
  • Aug. 24 Birth of Prophet Zarathustra (Shensai)
  • Aug. 26 Women's Equality Day - Canada
  • Aug. 26 Guru Purnima / Chaturmas begins
  • Aug. 26 Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)
  • Aug. 29 Ashura (Islam)
  • Aug. 31 First Installation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Sikh)

  • Women's Equality Branch - GNB
  • NB Human Rights Commission
  • The University of Alberta
  • University of British Columbia
  • Women's March Global
  • Women's Issues Ontario
  • United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)
  • Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (EFTO)
  • UNIFOR
  • Public Service Alliance of Canada.

Additional resource:

In January 2022 Canada’s Department of National Defence released a multicultural calendar that has compiled hundreds of multicultural and religious holidays, festivals and observances occurring throughout the year, nationally and internationally. The calendar is interactive online but can also be imported or downloaded in pdf format.