Cultural Days in October

Oct - 1 International Day for Older Persons [United Nations]

Oct - 1 International Walk to School Day Adopted by [Toronto District School Board (TDSB)]

Oct - 2 Megregan [Zoroastrian]

Oct - 4 Sisters in Spirit [Status of Women Canada]

Oct - 6 TDSB Walk to School Day [Toronto District School Board (TDSB)]

Oct - 7-14 Navratri [Hinduism]

Oct - 10 World Mental Health Day [World Health Organization]

Oct - 11 International Day of the Girl Child [United Nations]

Oct - 11 Thanksgiving Day [Canadian Government]

Oct - 11–15 Durga Puja [Hinduism]

Oct - 11–17 Body Confidence Awareness Week [Toronto District School Board (TDSB)]

Oct - 16 World Food Day [United Nations]

Oct - 17 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty [United Nations]

Oct - 18 - 22 Week Without Violence [YMCA]

Oct - 19 Mawlid-al-Nabi [Islam]

Oct - 20 Gurgadi of the Holy Scriptures of Guru Granth Sahib Ji as Guru [Sikhism]

Oct - 21 Kathina Festival/Paváraná Day [Buddhism]

Oct - 24 Karva Chauth* [Hinduism]

* Denotes Days of Significance/Holy Days that begin the evening before the indicated date

October Heritage & Awareness Months

Hispanic Heritage Month (City of Toronto)

"Ontario is home to more than 400,000 first-, second- and third-generation Canadian of Hispanic origin. As early as 1914, Canadians who originated from 23 Hispanic countries began immigrating to the province and today the Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing in Ontario. Hispanic-Canadians represent a dynamic community that has made significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of the Province of Ontario”. From the Hispanic Heritage Month Act

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Islamic Heritage Month

The Toronto District School Board has written a resource guide for educators that you can find here:

Although it may have been written for educators it is a great resource for all. Here are some interesting facts taken directly from the resource.

1) Muslims represented 3% of the Canadian population in 2015. Over 1 million Canadian Muslims add to the mosaic that makes Canada the True North Strong and Free.

2) The fastest growing subgroup of this population is of Canadian born Muslims.

3) In the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), 7.7% of the population is Muslim

Somalian Heritage Month

Since June 2016, the TDSB has had the privilege to recognize Somali Heritage Month. The TDSB affirms our commitment to celebrating Somali Heritage Month and encourages students and staff to take this opportunity to learn about the history, heritage and diversity of the Somali community. The theme Educate. Elevate. Excel.” continues to be explored this year.

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International Walk to School Month

Throughout the month (and the entire year) we are promoting a healthy, active life style. When it’s safe, realistic and appropriate to do so we encourage students to walk to school to contribute to their daily activity level. We know the weather can change drastically in November and December so October provides a great opportunity to add some extra exercise to our days.

Women’s History Month

Want to learn more about women’s history? A great starting off point can be found here:

This is the government of Canada’s site celebrating women’s history and includes links to other topics such as gender equality and major contributions to our society by Canadian women. Further more, on Oct 11 we celebrate International Day of the Girl Child. For more information please follow the link provided here:

However, we will continue this discussion as Nov 20 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. We strive for a welcoming environment for all!