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A guide to some of the Days of Religious Significance that people may request to take leave in 2014

Advice was sought from religious leaders in developing this list. The ethnic descriptor preceding “Religion” is not exhaustive and other ethnic groups may also celebrate the same day.


Note:The following list is not a comprehensive list of all days of religious observance, but a guide to assist managers in accommodating the needs of employees. Supervisors have the flexibility to approve an employees request for leave for religious reasons irrespective of whether the date is listed or not.

The Islamic days may adjust one or two days either side of the dates subject to the lunar cycle, the Jewish days commence at sunset the previous day.

January

Date
Day of Religious Significance
Religion
1 New Year’s Day Orthodox Christian
5 The Epiphany of the Lord
Gurupurab (birth of Guru Gobind)
Eve of Feast of Holy Nativity and Theopany of Jesus Christ
Catholic
Sikh
Armenian Orthodox
6 Feast of Holy Nativity and Theopany of Jesus Christ
Christmas Eve

Holy Epiphany
Christian
Armenian Orthodox
Russian Orthodox
Chaldean Catholic
Syrian Orthodox
Russian Orthodox
Orthodox Christian
7
Christmas/ Holy Nativity Feast Russian Orthodox
8
Bodhi Day (Enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha) Buddhist - Mahayana
13
Mawlid an-Nabi (Prophet Muhammad Birth) Islam
14 Makar Sankranti Hindu
17 and 19
International Convention Jehovah’s Witness Jehovah’s Witness
19 Holy Epiphany
Christian
Russian Orthodox
24 Jashan-e Sadeh Zoroastrian
31 Lunar New Year Buddhist


February

Date
Day of Religious Significance
Religion
4
Vasant Panchami- Saraswati Puja Hindu
8 Parinirvana – Nirvana Day Buddhist
9 St Maroun’s Feast Day Maronite Catholic
10 Three Days Fast of Nineveh Syrian Orthodox
15 Meeting of Our Lord in the Temple Russian Orthodox
24
Saint Vartan’s Day Armenian Orthodox
28
Maha Shivaratri Hindu


March

Date
Day of Religious Significance
Religion
2-20 Baha’i Fasting Period Baha’i
2 Great Lent
Syrian Orthodox
3 Great Lent Chaldean Catholic
5 Ash Wednesday (Lent begins) Catholic
8 The Renunciation of Shakyamuni Buddha Buddhist - Mahayana
9 Feast of St Ephraim the Syrian Syrian Orthodox
13 Palm Sunday
Chaldean Catholic
15 The Parnirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha Buddhist - Mahayana
16

Purim

Holi

Jewish

Hindu

17 Holy Thursday Chaldean Catholic
18 Good Friday

Char Shanbe Soori (Heralding the New Year)
Chaldean Catholic
Armenian Orthodox
Zoroastrian
20 Easter Sunday Chaldean Catholic
21 Easter Monday

Baha’i New Year
Jamshedi Noruz (New Year in Fasli Calendar)
Chaldean Catholic
Catholic
Baha’i
Zoroastrian (Fasli)
23 St Rafqa Maronite Catholic
25 Annunciation of the Virgin Mary

Annunciation of the Lord

Syrian Orthodox
Orthodox Christian
Catholic

26

Mid Lent, Elevation of the Holy Cross, King Abgar of Edessa & Syriac Marty’s Day

Syrian Orthodox


26
Khordad Sal (Zoroaster’s Birthday in Fasli calendar) Zoroastrian (Fasli)
31
Ugadi/ Lunar New Year
Hindu


April

Date
Day of Religious Significance
Religion
13 Palm Sunday Catholic
Serbian Orthodox
Christian
Syrian Orthodox
14
Baisakhi, Sikh New Year, Creation of Khalsa
Sikh
14 Memorial of Jesus’ Death
Baisakhi/ Solar New Year
Jehovah’s Witness
Hindu
15 Theravada New Year
Hanuman Jayanti
Buddhist – Theravada
Hindu
15-22 Passover (Holiday of Freedom) Jewish
17 Maundy Thursday
Holy Thursday
Syrian Orthodox
Catholic
Orthodox Christian
18 Good Friday Catholic
Anglican
Serbian Orthodox
Christian
Syrian Orthodox
19
Holy Saturday (Eve of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection)

Easter Sunday
Catholic
Armenian Orthodox
Syrian Orthodox
Orthodox Christian
Russian Orthodox
20 Easter Sunday    



Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ
Catholic
Anglican
Orthodox Christian
Syrian Orthodox
Armenian Orthodox
21 Easter Monday


First Day of Ridvan (Holy Day)
Christian
Serbian Orthodox
Syrian Orthodox
Baha’i
29
The Ninth Day of Ridvan (Holy Day)
Baha’i


May

Date
Day of Religious Significance
Religion
2 The Twelfth Day of Ridvan (Holy Day)
Baha’i
6 or 13/14
Vesak Day (The Birthday of Shakayamuni Buddha) Buddhist
10-11 Buddha’s Festival Buddhist
14 Wesak Day or Visakha Puja (Buddha Day) Buddhist
23
Declaration of that Bab in Shiraz (Holy Day) Baha’i
26
Night of Isra’ and Mi^raj (27 Rajab) Islam
29 Ascension of the Lord
Jesus Christ into Heaven

Ascension of Bahau’llah (Holy Day)
Chaldean Catholic
Russian Orthodox
Syrian Orthodox
Baha’i


June

Date
Day of Religious Significance
Religion
1
The Ascension of the Lord Catholic
4-5
Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) Jewish
8 Pentecost Catholic
Chaldean Catholic
Serbian Orthodox
Christian
Russian Orthodox
Syrian Orthodox
9 Feast Day of the Holy Spirit Orthodox Christian
12 or 13
The Night of the 15th of Sha^aban Islam
16 Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sikh
28 Ramadan begins Islam


July

Date
Day of Religious Significance
Religion
1 Jashne Tirgan (Celebration of Tishtar) Zoroastrian
9
The Martyrdom of the Bab (Holy Day) Baha’i
12
St Peter & Paul Feast Day


Asalha Puja – Dhamma Day
Guru Purnima
Serbian Orthodox
Christian
Russian Orthodox
Buddhist – Theravada
Hindu
15
Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s Enlightenment Day Buddhist
19 Jamshedi Noruz (New Year in Qadimi calendar) Zoroastrian (Qadimi)
20 Lohri
St Charbel’s Feast Day
Sikh
Maronite Catholic
24 Night of Al-Qadr (27 of Ramadan)
Khordad Sal (Zoroaster’s Birthday in Qadimi) calendar)
Islam
Zoroastrian (Qadimi)
28
Eid Al-Fitr (end of Ramadan)
Islam


August

Date
Day of Religious Significance
Religion
8 Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop Catholic
10 Ullambana Day

Raksha Bandhan
Buddhist

Hindu
19
Transfiguration of Our Lord (Feast) Russian Orthodox
20 Shahenshahi Nowruz or Parsi New Year Zoroastrian
23 Khordad Sal (Zoroaster’s Birthday in Shenshai calendar) Zoroastrian (Shenshai)
28 Dormition of the Theotokos Russian Orthodox
29 Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu


September

Date
Day of Religious Significance
Religion
1 First Prakash Of Guru Granth Sahib (Opening of the Holy Book) Sikh
25 Navaratri Starts Hindu
25-26
Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) Jewish


October

Date
Day of Religious Significance
Religion
1 Jashne Mhergan (Persian Festival of Autumn)
Zoroastrian
3
Day of Arafat (Hajj pilgrimage/9th
of Dhul-Hijjah)
Durga Puja
Islam

Hindu
4
Eid Al-Adha (10th of Dhul-Hijjah)
Yom Kippur (Jewish Day of Atonement)
Vijay Dashmi (Dussera
Islam
Jewish
Hindu
5
1st Day of Ramyul Jamarat (Pilgrimage) Islam
6
2nd Day of Ramyul Jamarat (Pilgrimage) Islam
7
End of Hajj (Pilgrimage) Islam
9-17
Succot (Harvest Festival) Jewish
20
Gurugaddi Day of Guru Granth Sahib
Birth of the Bab Shiraz (Holy Day)
Sikh
Baha’i
23
Deepavali (Diwali) Hindu
25 Islamic New Year (Hijrah 1st of Muharram)
Bhai Dooj
Islam
Hindu


November

Date
Day of Religious Significance
Religion
1 All Saints Day Catholic
2 All Souls Day Catholic
3 or 14
Ashura (10th of Muharram) Islam
5 Islamic New Year (Hijrah/1st of Muharram) Islam
8 Holy Archangel Michael Orthodox Christian
12 Birth of Baha’u’llah Baha’i
17 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sikh
24 Martyrdom Day of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sikh
17 to 24 Dec
Hannukkah/ Chanukah Jewish


December

Date
Day of Religious Significance
Religion
8 Bodhi Day Buddhist
25 Christmas Catholic & Christian
Anglican
Chaldean Catholic
Orthodox Christian
Syrian Orthodox
26 Second Christmas Day
Chaldean Catholic
26 Zartosht No-Diso (Death Anniversary of Zarathushtra) Zoroastrian
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