Days of Significance 2024

Please click on the months below to find a list of cultural, religious, national, and international days of significance. This is, by no means, intended to be an exhaustive list, but as a starting point to learn more about the diverse days of significance that members of our communities might observe. You can click on the day of significance to learn more about it. We hope you find this list a useful resource!

Alzheimer's Awareness Month (Canada)

1 - Gantan-sai (Shintoism/Japanese National Holiday) / New Year’s Day (Gregorian Calendar) 

4World Braille Day (United Nations)

7Orthodox Christmas (Christianity) 

13Lohri (Sikhism) / Maghi (Sikhism)

15 – Makar Sankranti (Hinduism, Sikhism) / Martin Luther King Day

21World Religion Day (Baha’i)

24 - Tu BiShvat (Judaism) 

25 - Mahayana New Year (Buddhism) 

27International Holocaust Remembrance Day (United Nations)

30 – Sadeh (Zoroastrianism)

Black History Month

1World Hijab Day / Imbolc (Wicca/Paganism)  

3Setsubun (Shintoism/Japanese Holiday)

4 - Rosa Parks Day 

– Isra’a and Miraj (Islam)

10Lunar Chinese New Year / Losar (Tibetan New Year)

11International Day of Women and Girls in Science (United Nations)

14Missing Women’s Memorial March (Canada) / Vasant Panchami /Saraswati Puja (Hinduism) / Ash Wednesday (Christianity)

15 – Nirvana Day (Buddhism) / Lupercalia (Wicca/Paganism) 

20World Day of Social Justice (United Nations) 

21International Mother Language Day (United Nations) 

25Shab-e-barat (Islam)

28 – Pink Shirt Day (Canada) 


1 - International Wheelchair Day

8International Women’s Day (United Nations) / Maha Shivratri (Hinduism) 

10Ramadan begins (Islam)

14Chet (Sikh New Year/Punjabi Culture Day)

19Nowruz (Persian New Year) / Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQQIA+ Celebration and Awareness Day

20Ostara (Wicca/Paganism) 

21International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination (United Nations) / World Down Syndrome Day (United Nations)

24Māgha Pūjā (Buddhism) / Purim (Judaism)

25International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (United Nations) / Holi (Sikhism, Hinduism)

27Holla Mohalla (Sikhism)

29 - Good Friday (Christianity)

31International Transgender Day of Visibility (United Nations) / Easter Monday (Christianity)

Deaf History Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sikh Heritage Month

2World Autism Awareness Day (United Nations)

6International Asexuality Day / Laylat al-Qadr (Islam)

7World Health Day (United Nations)

– Eid-al-Fitr (Islam)

12International Day of Pink (Anti-Bullying)

13Vaisakhi (Hinduism, Sikhism)

21 – First day of Ridvan (Baha’i)

22 - 30 – Pesach / Passover (Judaism)

23 Hanuman Jayanti (Hinduism)

28National Day of Mourning (Canada)

30Journey to Freedom Day (Canada)

Disability Pride Month

7Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)

9 - Martyrdom of the Bá’b (Baha’i)

14International Non-Binary Peoples Day

21 Guru Purnima (Jainism, Hinduism, Buddhism)

1Emancipation Day /  Lughnasadh (Wicca/Paganism)

9International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (United Nations)

12International Youth day (United Nations) / Tish'a B'Av (Judaism) 

13 – Obon Festival (Buddhism- Shinto)

19World Humanitarian Day (United Nations)

26Janmashtami (Hindu)

31 – International Overdose Awareness Day

31 - Sep 7Paryushana (Jainism)

2Labor Day (Canada)

6Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)

10World Suicide Prevention Day

20 - 24 - Mabon Autumn Equinox (Wicca/Paganism) 

21International Day of Peace (United Nations)

23Celebrate Bisexuality Day

30National Day for Truth and Reconciliation / Orange Shirt Day (Canada)

Women’s History Month

Islamic History Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

LGBT History Month

2International Day of Non-Violence (United Nations)

2 - 4 - Rosh Hashanah (Judaism) 

10World Mental Health Day (World Health Organization)

11 National Coming Out Day / International Day of the Girl Child (United Nations)

12Yom Kippur (Judaism) 

16 - 23Sukkot (Judaism)

17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (United Nations) / Birth of Baha’u’llah (Baha'i)

18International Pronouns Day (United Nations)/ Persons Day (Canada)

24Shemini Atzeret (Judaism)

31 - Samhain (Wicca/Paganism)

1World AIDS Day

2International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (United Nations)

3International Day of Persons with Disabilities (United Nations)

6National Day of Remembrance of Action on Violence Against Women (United Nations)

8Bodhi Day (Buddhism)

10Human Rights Day (United Nations)

17International day to End Violence Against Sex Workers (Red Umbrella Day)

21Winter Solstice/Yule (Wicca/Paganism)

25Christmas (Christianity)

25 - Jan 1 – Hanukkah (Judaism)

26 - Jan 1Kwanzaa (African American)