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2023-2024 Days of Significance

 

This list of Days of Significance (DOS) is meant as a resource for District School Board Ontario North East (DSB1) schools and departments. The Communications Team will create and publish content for select DOS on the board website, Facebook and Instagram.  We encourage all DSB1 schools to follow DSB1 social media platforms and to share our content.  Schools may also choose to create their own content for any DOS below.  Please contact the Communications Officer for additional promotion requests.

 

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April 2024

Last modified April 17, 2024

1

Easter Monday (Canadian Holiday)

1

April Fools Day

1-30

Earth Month

1-30

Genocide Awareness Month (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

1-30

World Autism Month / Autism Acceptance Month

2

World Autism Acceptance Day

2

International Children’s Book Day

5

Jumu’atul-Wida (Islam)

7

World Health Day

8

Professional Activity (PA) Day

9 or 10

Eid al-Fitr (Islam)

10

International Day of Pink (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

12

Day of Silence (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

13

Vaisakhi (Baisakhi) (Sikh)

14

Daniel’s Decision (Métis)

14-20

National Volunteer Week

17

Rama Navami (Hinduism)

20 to May 1

First day of Ridván (Bahá’í)

22-30

Passover (Judaism)

22

Earth Day

24

Administrative Professionals Day

24-26

Theravada New Year (Buddhism)

28

World Day for Safety and Health at Work (National Day of Mourning) (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

May 2024

Last modified April 18, 2024

1

National Principal’s Day

1-31

Asian Heritage Month

1-31

Canadian Jewish Heritage Month

1-31

Dutch Heritage Month

1-31

Polish Heritage Month

1-31

Speech and Hearing Month

1-31

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

2

International Thank a Youth Worker Day

3

Good Friday (Orthodox Christianity)

3

School Lunch Hero Day

4

International Firefighters Day

5

Easter (Orthodox Christianity)

5

International Family Equality Day

5

National Day of Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQIA+ Peoples (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

5-11

Emergency Preparedness Week

6

Music Monday

6-10

Education Week

6-10

Mental Health Week

9

Ascension Day (Christianity)

10

Bear Witness Day (Jordan’s Principle)

12

Mother's Day

14

Children and Youth in Care Day

15

Buddha’s Birthday (Buddhism)

15

International Day of Families

16

World Education Support Personnel Day 

16

Moose Hide Campaign Day

16

National Bike to School Day

17

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

19

Pentecost (Christianity)

20

Victoria Day

23-24

Declaration of the Báb (Bahá’í)

26-Jun 1

National AccessAbility Week

27-31

Bike to School Week

28-29

Ascennsion of Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’í)

29

Red Shirt Day of Action for Accessibility and Inclusion

June 2024

Last modified March 20, 2024

1

Intergenerational Day Canada

1-30

National Indigenous History Month

1-30

Pride Month (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

2

Canadian Armed Forces Day

3-7

School Crossing Guard Appreciation Week

4

Tom Longboat Day

4

National Health and Fitness Day

5

World Environment Day

5-9

School Crossing Guard Appreciation Week

7

Professional Activity Day

11-13

Shavuot (Judaism)

16

Father’s Day

16-20

Eid-ul-Adha (Islam)

20

Litha/ Summer Solstice (Wicca)

20

World Refugee Day

21

National Indigenous Peoples Day/Summer Solstice

21

World Music Day

21

World Humanist Day

24

National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

21

School Year Ends

24

St. Jean Baptiste Day / Journée St. Jean Baptiste

27

Canadian Multiculturalism Day

27

June 27, 2019 – Métis Nation of Ontario Self-Government Agreement Signing

27

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

30

World Social Media Day

September 2023

Last modified August 31, 2023

1

Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope, ends

1-30

Breakfast for Learning Month 

4

Labour Day (Canadian Holiday)

6-7

Sri Krishna Janmashtami (Hinduism)

8

International Literacy Day

8-17

Welcoming Week

10

World Suicide Prevention Day (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

10

Grandparents Day

15-17

Rosh Hashanah (Judaism)

17

Terry Fox Run

17-23

International Week of the Deaf 

17-23

International Forest Week

19

Honouring Information Services (IS) Professionals

19

Powley Day (Indigenous)

20

National Tree Day

21

International Day of Peace

22

Terry Fox School Run

23

First day of Autumn

23

International Day of Sign Languages

24

Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day

24-25

Yom Kippur (Judaism)

25

Franco-Ontarian Day

25-30

Truth and Reconciliation Week

27

Rowan’s Law Day

29

Professional Activity Day

29-Oct 6

Sukkot (Judaism)

30

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day) (Indigenous)

30

International Translation Day

October 2023

Last modified October 24, 2023

1-7

Mental Illness Awareness Week (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

1-31

Child Abuse Prevention Month (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

1-31

Canadian Autism Awareness Month

1-31

Women’s History Month

1-31

Learning Disabilities Awareness Month

1-31

ADHD Awareness Month

1-31

K-12 Cyber Awareness Month (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

1-31

International Walk to School Month

2

National Custodial Workers Recognition Day

2-8

National Family Week

4

International Walk to School Day

5

World Teachers’ Day

7-8

Simchat Torah (Judaism)

8-14

Fire Prevention Week

9

Thanksgiving Day

10

World Mental Health Day (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

11

International Day of the Girl

15-23

Sharad Navratri (Hinduism)

16

World Food Day

16-17

Birth of the Báb (Bahá’í)

16-17

Birth of Bahá'u'lláh (Bahá’í)

16-20

National School Bus Safety Week

17

Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Appreciation Day

17

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 

18

School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

18

International Pronouns Day (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

23-27

Media Literacy Week (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

24

Vijaya Dashmi/Dassehra (Hinduism)

27

Dress Purple Day (children’s rights)

31

Halloween

31-Nov 1

Karva Chauth (Hinduism)

31-Nov 1

Samhain (Wicca)

November 2023

1

Take Our Kids to Work Day

1-30

Financial Literacy Month

4

National Stress Awareness Day (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

5

Daylight Savings Time Ends

5-11

Veteran’s Week

5-11

Treaties Recognition Week

7

Inuit Day

8

Indigenous Veterans Day

11

Remembrance Day

12

Bandi Chhor Divas (Sikhism)

12

Diwali (Hinduism/Jainism)

14

World Diabetes Day

 15

Rock Your Mocs

16

Louis Riel Day

17

Professional Activity Day

19-25

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

20

Transgender Day of Remembrance (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

20

Universal Children’s Day

24

Martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur (Sikhism)

27

Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (Sikhism)

28

Giving Tuesday

December 2023

1

World AIDS Day (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

2

International Day of the Abolition of Slavery (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

3

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

3-24

Advent (Christianity)

4-10

Canada Learning Code Week

6

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

7-15

Hanukkah (Judiasm)

8

Bodhi Day (Buddhism)

10

International Human Rights Day

13

Birthday of Imam Aga Khan (Islam)

18

International Migrants Day

21

Winter Solstice

25

Christmas Day (Christianity and Canadian Holiday)

25-Jan 5

Board Designated Holiday

26

Boxing Day

January 2024

Last modified November 21, 2023

Dec 25-5

Board Designated Holiday

1

New Year’s Day (Canadian Holiday)

1

Gantan-Sai (New Year’s - Shinto)

4

National Ribbon Skirt Day

6

Epiphany (Christianity)

7

Christmas / Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christianity)

14

New Year’s Day (Orthodox Christianity/Julian Calendar)

15

Makar Sankranti (Hinduism)

15

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

17

Birth of Guru Gobind Singh (Sikhism)

21

Lincoln Alexander Day

24

International Day of Education

24

World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture

 24

Bell Let’s Talk Day (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

26

Professional Activity Day

27

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

27

Family Literacy Day

29

National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Attack and Action Against Islamophobia (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

February 2024

Last modified February 21, 2024

1-29

Black History Month

2

Groundhog Day

10

Chinese New Year / Spring Festival (Year of the Dragon)

13-17

Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

14

Ash Wednesday (Christianity)

14

Valentine’s Day

14

Have a Heart Day

14

Vasant Panchami (Hinduism)

15

National Flag of Canada Day

15

Parinirvana Day (Buddhism)

17

National Random Acts of Kindness Day

19

Family Day

28

Pink Shirt Day (Anti-bullying)

 

March 2024

Last modified February 23, 2024

1-31

National Social Work Month

1-31

Nutrition Month

1-31

Music Therapy Awareness Month

4

Black Mental Health Day (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

8

International Women’s Day

8

Maha Shivaratri (Hinduism)

10

Daylight Savings Time begins

10-Apr 9

Ramadan (Islam)

11-15

March Break

11

National Day of Observance for COVID-19

14

National Pi Day

17

St. Patrick's Day

19

First Day of Spring

19

Navrose/ Nowruz (Iranian/ Persian New Year)

20

Journée internationale de la francophonie – International Francophonie Day

20-21

Naw-Rúz (New Year) (Bahá'í)

21

World Down Syndrome Day

21

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

21

World Poetry Day

22

World Water Day

23

Earth Hour (8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.)

23-24

Purim (Judaism)

24-25

Holi (Hinduism)

26

Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness

29

Good Friday (Christianity and Canadian Holiday)

31

International Transgender Day of Visibility (Schools will follow the curriculum expectations when honouring this day)

31

Easter (Christianity and Canadian Holiday)

31

National Indigenous Languages Day