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February 2019 Newsletter


CCRL Updates


Many changes are happening across the world and Canada. As an organization, we have begun many initiatives in response to the recent headlines.

February 1 to 7 marked World Interfaith Harmony Week. The UN proposed it in 2010. This year, the Pope held a mass in the UAE for the first time. In Canada, headlines showed a variety of perspectives and changes related to promoting and rejecting interfaith and the respect of different beliefs.

  • In Alberta and Newfoundland yellow vest protesters rally against oil pipelines, carbon tax, and immigration, including specific concerns related to religion, depending on the individual and group.
  • In Halifax, Buddhist Rankaduwa studies neuro-ethics education— a mix of science, social science, religion and philosophical perspectives into ethics education. In Meditations on music, religion and neuroscience, he shares how his personal background led him naturally to this field.
  • In Quebec, Premier Francois Legault asks Montreal school boards if they can offer data on teachers who wear religious symbols.
  • In Saskatchewan, recent reporting showed the flux of religious believers across ages and rural and urban spaces.


These headlines and more are noted below in this bi-monthly newsletter.

We are approaching groups and organizations across the country to promote civic religious literacy in various capacities. We hope to share some with you in our next newsletter. In the meantime, our upcoming presentations and publications from our team, including our Board of Directors and Advisors, are updated online consistently.


The Pulse


News, reports, and research headlines (Canada and global) related to religious literacy. Follow our Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn accounts for headlines on a regular basis.



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Cultural/Holy days (February and March 2019)

This table describes the dates generally commemorated or observed by many individuals within a community. Some individuals from each community may not adhere to the cultural/holy days themselves. It is not a comprehensive list of cultural/holy days worldwide but a list of those most commonly recognized across parts of Canada.




We wish happiness and/or rejuvenating contemplation to all who may commemorate these cultural/holy days in the coming months.


February 2019

  • FEB 2 Candlemas – Celebration of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem (February 15 in the Julian calendar); Imbolc (Wiccan); Lammas or Lughnasadh (Wiccan)
  • FEB 5Lunar New Year (celebrated by Chinese, Korean, Tibetan, and Vietnamese peoples). It can be spiritual and/or cultural celebration depending on the individual.
  • FEB 15Parinirvana, commemorating the day of Buddha’s death and his attainment of Nirvana (Mahayana Buddhism); Lupercalia (Wiccan)
  • FEB 19Magha Puja Day/Sangha Day (Buddhism)


March 2019

  • MAR 5Maha Shivaratri, Hindu festival dedicated to the god Shiva
  • MAR 6Ash Wednesday, marking the first day of Lent for most Christians
  • MAR 11Clean Monday, Beginning of Great Lent in preparation for Easter in Orthodox churches, ending April 19
  • MAR 17St. Patrick’s Day, celebration of the Irish people
  • MAR 20Spring Equinox /Ostara (Wiccan)
  • MAR 21 – Holi, Hindu spring and colors festival; Hola Mohalla, Sikh festival; Purim, Jewish festival commemorating the deliverance of the Jewish people from the Persian Empire; Nowruz, Persian and Zoroastrian celebration of the new year in spiritual and/or cultural lens depending on the individual


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