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Days of Significance Calendar 2023

January

Alzheimer's Awareness Month (Canada) Alzheimer's Awareness Month | Alzheimer Society of Canada

1 - Gantan-sai (Shintoism/Japanese National Holiday) Gantan Sai - Faiths & Traditions (wikidot.com)/ New Year’s Day (Gregorian Calendar) New Year’s - Traditions, Resolutions & Date - HISTORY

4 – World Braille Day World Braille Day | United Nations

7 – Orthodox Christmas (Christianity) Orthodox Christmas: When It's Celebrated, History, and Holiday Traditions (djaunter.com) / Mahayana New Year (Buddishm) Mahayana New Year: What Do Buddhists Celebrate On This Day (dayfinders.com)

13 – Lohri (Sikhism) Lohri - Wikipedia

14 – Makar Sankranti/Maghi (Hinduism, Sikhism) Makar Sankranti - Wikipedia

17 – World Religion Day (Baha’i) World Religion Day - Wikipedia

24 – Sadeh (Zoroastrianism) Sadeh - Wikipedia

25 - Vasant Pachami /Saraswati Puja (Hinduism) Vasant Panchami - Wikipedia

27 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day Observance | United Nations

 

February

Black History Month February is Black History Month - Canada.ca

1 – World Hijab Day World Hijab Day | Better Awareness Greater Understanding Peaceful World/ Lunar New Year Lunar New Year in Canada | The Canadian Encyclopedia / Imbolc (Wicca/Paganism)  Imbolc: What It Is and How to Celebrate It | The Pagan Grimoire

3 – Setsubun (Shintoism/Japanese Holiday) Setsubun - Wikipedia

5 – Tu BiShvat (Judaism) Tu BiShvat - Wikipedia
11 – International Day of Women and Girls in Science International Day of Women and Girls in Science | United Nations
14 – Missing Women’s Memorial March Feb 14th Annual Womens Memorial March | Their Spirits Live Within Us (wordpress.com)
15 – Family Day Family Day in Canada (timeanddate.com) / Nirvana Day (Buddhism) Nirvana Day (Parinirvana) - Buddhist Holiday (learnreligions.com)

18 – Isra’a and Miraj (Islam) Isra' and Mi'raj - Wikipedia / Maha Shivratri (Hinduism) Maha Shivaratri - Wikipedia

20 – World Day of Social Justice World Day of Social Justice | United Nations
21 – International Mother Language Day International Mother Language Day | United Nations / Losar (Tibetan New Year) Losar - Wikipedia
22 – Ash Wednesday (Christianity) Ash Wednesday - Wikipedia

23 – Pink Shirt Day (Canada) Pink Shirt Day

25 – Shab-e-barat (Islam) Shab-e-barat - Wikipedia

March

6 – Māgha Pūjā (Buddhism) Māgha Pūjā - Wikipedia
7 – Purim (Judaism) Purim - Wikipedia
8 – International Women’s Day International Women's Day 2022 (internationalwomensday.com) / Holi (Sikhism, Hinduism) Holi - Wikip)edia / Holla Mohalla (Sikhism) Hola Mohalla - Wikipedia
14 – Chet (Sikh New Year/Punjabi Culture Day) Punjabi Culture Day - Wikipedia

20 – Ostara (Wicca/Paganism) All About Ostara, the Spring Equinox (learnreligions.com)

21 – International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination | United Nations / Nowruz (Persian New Year) Nowruz - Wikipedia
21 – World Down Syndrome Day Home - World Down Syndrome Day
22 – Ramadan begins (Islam) Ramadan - Wikipedia

25 – International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade Outreach Programme on the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery | United Nations
31 – International Transgender Day of Visibility International Trans Day of Visibility | CCGSD (ccgsd-ccdgs.org)

 

April

Deaf History Month NATIONAL DEAF HISTORY MONTH -March 2023 - National Today

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Sexual Assault Awareness Month - Wikipedia

2 – World Autism Awareness Day World Autism Awareness Day - EN | United Nations

6 – Hanuman Jayanti (Hinduism) Hanuman Jayanti - Wikipedia

6 – International Asexuality Day International Asexuality Day (IAD)

6-13 – Pesach / Passover (Judaism) Passover - Wikipedia

7 – World Health Day World Health Day (who.int)

7 – Good Friday (Christianity) Good Friday - Wikipedia
10 – Easter Monday (Christianity) Easter Monday - Wikipedia

12 – International Day of Pink (Anti-Bullying) Home (2023) — Intl. Day of Pink
13 – Vaisakhi (Hinduism, Sikhism) Vaisakhi - Wikipedia

15 - Birth Date of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Sikhism) Guru Nanak - Wikipedia

18 – Laylat al-Qadr (Islam) Laylat al-Qadr | Holiday, Meaning, & Significance | Britannica
20 – First day of Ridvan (Baha’i) Ridván - Wikipedia
21 – Eid-al-Fitr(Islam) Eid al-Fitr - Wikipedia
28 – National Day of Mourning (Canada) CCOHS: National Day of Mourning
30 – Journey to Freedom Day Journey to Freedom Day Act (justice.gc.ca)

 

May

Asian Heritage Month (Canada) May is Asian Heritage Month - Canada.ca

Vision Health Month (Canada) Vision Health Month | The Canadian Association of Optometrists
1 – Beltane (Wicca/Paganism) Beltane - Wikipedia

5 – National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S) | Indigenous Health (indigenoushealthnh.ca)
17 – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia Home ~ May17.org
21 – World Cultural Diversity Day World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development | United Nations
23 – 29 – Anti-Racism Awareness Week BC Province proclaims Anti-Racism Awareness Week | BC Gov News

25 – Africa Day Africa Day - Wikipedia

26 – Shavuot (Jewish) Shavuot - Wikipedia

29 - Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Baha’i) ASCENSION OF BAHAU'LLAH - May 29, 2023 - National Today

29 – June 4 – BC Accessibility Week Province declares AccessAbility Week in B.C. | BC Gov News

June

Pride Month (Canada) Pride Month - Wikipedia
Indigenous History Month (Canada) National Indigenous History Month (rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca)

2 – Vesak Day (Buddhism) Vesak Day | United Nations / International Sex Worker’s Day International Sex Workers' Day | Global Network of Sex Work Projects (nswp.org)
12 – World Day Against Child Labor World Day Against Child Labour | United Nations
15 – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day World Elder Abuse Awareness – Building Strong Support for Elders
16 – Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji (Sikhism) Guru Arjan - Wikipedia
18 – International Day for Countering Hate Speech (United Nations) International Day for Countering Hate Speech | United Nations

19 – Juneteenth Juneteenth - Wikipedia
19 – International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict | United Nations
20 – World Refugee Day World Refugee Day | United Nations
21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day National Indigenous Peoples Day - Canada.ca / Litha (Wicca/Paganism) Litha: The Midsummer Sabbat Solstice Celebration (learnreligions.com)

23 – National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism (Canada) Proclamation Requesting the People of Canada to Observe June 23 of Every Year as a National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism (justice.gc.ca)
24 – Nativity of St. John the Baptist (Christianity) Nativity of John the Baptist - Wikipedia
27 – Multiculturalism Day (Canada) Canadian Multiculturalism Day - Canada.ca

28 – Eid al-Adha (Islam) Eid al-Adha - Wikipedia

 

July

Disability Pride Month Disability Pride Month - Wikipedia

3 – Guru Purnima (Jainism, Hinduism, Buddhism) Guru Purnima - Wikipedia

9 - Martyrdom of the Bá’b (Baha’i) (MARTYRDOM OF THE BAB - July 9, 2023 - National Today

14 – International Non-Binary Peoples Day International Non-Binary People's Day - Wikipedia
19 – Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year) AL-HIJRA - July 19, 2023 - National Today

26 - Tishah B’av (Judaism) Tisha B'Av - Wikipedia

August

1 – Emancipation Day Emancipation Day in Canada: Past, Present and Future – BC Black History Awareness Society
9 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples | United Nations
12 – International Youth day International Youth Day | United Nations
13 to 15 – Obon Festival (Buddhism- Shinto) Obon / Ulambana (joylina.com)
19 – World Humanitarian Day World Humanitarian Day | United Nations
19 – Janmashtami (Hindu) Krishna Janmashtami - Wikipedia

26 - Tish'a B'Av (Judaism) Tisha B'Av - Wikipedia
31 – Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu) Ganesh Chaturthi | Celebration, Significance, & Information | Britannica / International Overdose Awareness Day International Overdose Awareness Day: 31st August - International Overdose Awareness Day (overdoseday.com)

 

September

6 – Labor Day Labour Day in Canada | The Canadian Encyclopedia
10 – World Suicide Prevention Day WSPD2021 - IASP
12 – Paryushana (Jainism) Paryushana - Wikipedia

21 – International Day of Peace International Day of Peace |
23 – Celebrate Bisexuality Day International Celebrate Bisexuality Day (timeanddate.com)
25-27 – Rosh Hashanah (Judaism) Rosh Hashanah - Wikipedia

29 – October 6 – Sukkot (Judaism) Sukkot - Wikipedia
30 – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation / Orange Shirt Day National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - Canada.ca

October

Women’s History Month Women’s History Month - Canada.ca
Islamic History Month NCCM – National Council of Canadian Muslims | Islamic History Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month Backgrounder: National Disability Employment Awareness Month - Canada.ca
LGBT History Month LGBT History Month and its importance to the Defence Team - Canada.ca

2 – International Day of Non-Violence International Day of Non-Violence - Wikipedia
4 – Yom Kippur (Judaism) Yom Kippur - Wikipedia

7 – Shemini Atzeret (Judaism) Shemini Atzeret - Wikipedia
10 – World Mental Health Day World Mental Health Day (who.int)
11 – National Coming Out Day October 11 is National Coming Out Day • What's On Queer Magazine (whatsonqueerbc.com)
11 – International Day of the Girl Child International Day of the Girl Child | United Nations
17 – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty International Day for the Eradication of Poverty | United Nations
18 – International Pronouns Day International Pronouns Day / Persons Day (Canada) Persons Day - Women and Gender Equality Canada

 

November

Indigenous Disability Awareness Month Indigenous Disability Awareness Month (IDAM) | (bcands.bc.ca)

4 – Bandi Chhor Divas (Sikhism) Bandi Chhor Divas - Wikipedia
7 – International Inuit Day International Inuit Day | Indigenous | Memorial University of Newfoundland (mun.ca) / Birth of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i) Birth of Baháʼu'lláh - Wikipedia

8 – National Indigenous Veterans Day Indigenous Veterans Day (rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca)
11 – Remembrance Day Remembrance Day in Canada | The Canadian Encyclopedia

12 – Diwali (Hinduism) Diwali - Wikipedia

16 – Louis Riel Day (Métis) Louis Riel Day - Métis Nation of Ontario (metisnation.org)
20 – Transgender day of Remembrance Transgender Day of Remembrance | GLAAD
25 – International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women | United Nations

December

1 – World AIDS Day Home - World AIDS Day
2 – International Day for the Abolition of Slavery International Day for the Abolition of Slavery | United Nations
3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities International Day of Persons with Disabilities | United Nations
6 – National Day of Remembrance of Action on Violence Against Women The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women - Women and Gender Equality Canada
8 – Bodhi Day (Buddhism) BODHI DAY - December 8, 2022 - National Today

10 – Human Rights Day Human Rights Day | United Nations
18-26 – Hanukkah (Judaism) Hanukkah | Definition, History, Customs, Story, Food, & Facts | Britannica
25 – Christmas (Christianity) Christmas - Wikipedia
26- Jan 1 – Kwanzaa Official Kwanzaa Website

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