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Important Diversity & Cultural Calendar, Dates and Celebration Events

A complete listing of important dates to celebrate equity, diversity, and inclusion around the world

Celebrating Diversity, Equity, and inclusion is as important as promoting them. Here is a list of important dates announced and supported by major diversity-related organizations around the world. If we have missed any dates, let us know!

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Global Cultural & Festival Celebration Calendar around the world

January 1 New Year’s Day Celebrated within most Western countries
January 1 Feast Day of St. Basil Eastern Orthodox Church holiday
January 1 Black American: Emancipation Proclamation President Abraham Lincoln declared all slaves to be free
January 2 World Introvert Day Some of the world’s most brilliant people have been introverts. According to 2019 MBTI® global sample, 56.8% of people around the world prefer Introversion. However, introverts tend to be misunderstood by society. This day celebrates the contributions & achievements of introverts.
January 3 Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus Celebrated by Christians
January 4 World Braille Day Celebrate the importance of the universal touch-based communication system for the full realization of human rights for blind and partially sighted people
January 5 Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Sikh festival that commemorates the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs. It is a religious celebration in which prayers for prosperity are offered.
January 5 Twelfth Night A festival in some branches of Christianity that takes place on the last night of the Twelve Days of Christmas, marking the coming of the Epiphany
January 6 Epiphany or Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day); Armenian Orthodox Christmas
January 7 Eastern Orthodox Christmas
Christmas in Russia
January 10 Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
January 13 Lori-Maghi Annual festival celebrated by the Sikhs commemorating the memory of 40 Sikh martyrs
January 14 Makar Sankranti or Maghi Hindu: Celebrates the harvest
January 17 World Religion Day Highlight the ideas that the spiritual principles underlying the world’s religions are harmonious, and that religions play a significant role in unifying humanity
January 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Federal holiday in the United States marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.
January 26 Republic Day of India National holiday in India. It honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India and thus, turning the nation into a newly formed republic
January 27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day Officially proclaimed, in November 2005, International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust by the United Nations General Assembly.
January 28 Mahayana New Year Celebrated by the Mahayana Buddhist branch
January 29 Oprah Winfrey’s birthday
End of January Bell Let’s Talk Day (Mental Health)
Month of February Black History Month
Recreation Therapy Month
LGBT+ History Month
February 1 National Freedom Day Celebrates the signing of the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery in 1865.
February 1 St. Brigid of Kildare Feast day for St. Brigid celebrated by some Christians
February 1 Lunar New Year (Date changes each year) Lunar New Year Is Actually Celebrated In Most Asian Countries
February 3 Setsubun-Sai (Beginning of Spring) One day before the start of spring according to the Japanese lunar calendar. It is not a national holiday. For many centuries, people have been performing rituals with the purpose of chasing away evil spirits at the start of spring.
February 11 Asian-American Women’s Equal Pay Day To raise awareness about the pay gap between Asian-American women and White men
February 11 International Day of Women and Girls in Science
February 14 Have a Heart Day (On-reserve funding/conditions) A child and youth-led reconciliation event that brings together caring Canadians to help ensure First Nations children have the services they need to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and be proud of who they are. 
February 14 Pink Triangle Day Has been adopted by the larger LGBTQ community as a popular symbol of LGBTQ pride and the LGBTQ rights movement
February 14 St. Valentine’s Day
February 14 Birthday of Frederick Douglass Renowned abolitionist, who helped free the slaves
February 12-14 Losar The Tibetan Buddhist New Year
February 15 Parinirvana or Nirvana Day Remembers Buddha’s passing in 483 BC and his final nirvana. Commemoration of Buddha’s death at the age of 80.
February 15 Birthday of Susan B. Anthony Advocate for women’s right, who helped women gain the right to vote
February 15 Presidents Day Federally recognized celebration in the United States of George Washington’s birthday, as well as every president proceeding Washington.
February 16 Vasant Panchami Hindu festival that highlights the coming of spring.
February 16 Mardi Gras last day for Catholics to indulge before Ash Wednesday starts the sober weeks of fasting that accompany Lent. The term “Mardi Gras” is particularly associated with the carnival celebrations in New Orleans, Louisiana.
February 20 World Day of Social Justice An international day recognizing the need to promote social justice, which includes efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion, gender equality, unemployment, human rights, and social protections.
February 25-26 Purim Jewish celebration that marks the time when the Jewish community living in Persia was saved from genocide. On Purim, Jewish people offer charity and share food with friends.
February 26 Lantern Festival A Chinese festival that marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations.
February 27 Maghi-Purnima Hindu festival especially for worshippers of Lord Vishnu. Millions of devotees take a holy bath on this day. Devotees also carry out charity work on this day.
Last Wednesday of February Pink Shirt Day (Anti-Bullying) – CKNW Kids’ Fund
Month of March Women’s History Month
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
National Women’s History Month
Ethnic Equality Month
National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness and Education Month
Gender Equality Month
National Kidney Month
Greek-American Heritage Month
National Colon Cancer Awareness Month
Irish-American Heritage Month
Deaf History Month
March 1 Zero Discrimination Day
March 5 Employee Appreciation Day
March 8 International Women’s Day A time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
The world has made unprecedented advances, but no country has achieved gender equality.
March 10 Harriet Tubman Leader of the Underground Railroad who helped slaves escape to freedom
March 11 Maha Shivarati Hindu: One of the major festivals in Hinduism dedicated to worshipping Lord Shiva. People celebrate Maha Shivratri by fasting, keeping vigil and doing pujas at homes and temples.
March 14 Pi Day Pay tribute to the most famous constant in math and physics: the number you get when you divide the circumference of a circle by its diameter. It’s represented by the Greek letter “π” — in English, “pi.” Museums and science centers mark the day with educational programs, music, pi memorization challenges and at least one parade, though many math fans celebrate simply by enjoying a slice of pie.
March 17 St Patrick’s Day Irish: Marks the birthday of this Irish saint, who brought Christianity to the Emerald Isle
March 19 Naw-Ruz Baha’I New Year
March 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 25 International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
March 27 Passover begins Jewish: From how to host online to how to make a digital Haggadah.
March 28 Holi Hindu
March 28 Palm Sunday Christian
March 31 Equal Pay Day

Month of April Arab-American Heritage Month
Tartan (Scottish-American) Heritage Month
Autism Awareness Month
National Volunteer Month
Celebrate Diversity Month
National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Earth Month
April 2 World Autism Awareness Day
April 2 Good Friday Christian
April 4 Easter Christian
April 4 Refugee Rights Day Canadian Council for Refugees
April 8 Yom Hashoah Jewish
Second Wednesday of April International Day of Pink Anti-Bullying
Early April Early Apr (varies) Equal Pay Coalition
April 12 Ramadan begins Muslim
April 20 Start of Rivdan Baha’i
April 22 International Earth Day
April 23 National Day of Silence (LGBTQIAA+)
April 22-24 Gathering of Nations More than 500 Native American tribes meet to celebrate their traditions and cultures
April 28 National Day of Mourning
Month of May ALS Awareness Month
Asian Heritage Month
South Asian American Heritage Month
Haitian Heritage Month
Older Americans Month
Indian Heritage Month
National Asian American and South Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Jewish-American Heritage Month
Mental Health Month
May 5 Red Dress Day National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
May 5 Cinco de Mayo Commemorates Mexico’s defeat of the French army, observed primarily by Mexican Americans
May 9 Laylat al-Qadr Muslim
May 11 Ramadan ends Muslim
May 12 Eid al-Fitr Muslim
May 17 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
May 19 Birthday of Malcolm X The civil rights leader
May 20 Asian Gold Ribbon Day Stand in Solidarity against Anti-Asian Racism
May 21 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
May 22 Declaration of the Bab Baha’i
May 29 Ascension of Baha’u’llah Baha’i
May 31 Memorial Day
Month of June AIDS Awareness Month
Pride Month (LGBTQIAA+)
Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
National Caribbean American Heritage Month
Black Music Month
National Aboriginal History Month/Indigenous People’s Month (Canada)
Caribbean American Heritage Month
June 2 Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 Native American
June 5 World Environment Day
June 8 Race Unity Day
June 12 Loving Day
June 13 International Albinism Awareness Day
June 14 Puerto Rican Day Parade Puerto Rican
Dragon Boat Festival The history and evolution of the Dragon Boat Festival
June 19 International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
June 19 Juneteenth Black American; Commentates the liberation of slaves in Texas, and celebrated nationwide
June 20 National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 20 World Refugee Day
June 21 National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21 Litha, Summer Solstice Pagan
June 24 Pride Day (LGBTQIAA+) (varies by city and country)
June 27 Canadian Multiculturalism Day
June 27 Birthday of Helen Keller People With Disabilities; the pioneer in advocating for those with disabilities

Month of July French-American Heritage Month
First Monday of July National Injury Prevention Day Parachute
July 2 Birthday of Thurgood Marshall Black American; the civil rights leader and first Black Supreme Court justice
July 4 Independence Day
July 6 14th Dalai Lama Tibetan; marks the birth of Tibet’s leader in exile, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient
July 9 Martyrdom of the Bab Baha’i)
July 11 World Populace Day
July 14 Bastille Day
July 17 The Hajj Islamic; annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, required by all able Muslims at least once in their lifetime
July 18 International Nelson Mandela Day
July 19 Eid al-Adha Muslim
July 22 Glioblastoma Awareness Day National Brain Tumor Society
July 24 Pioneer Day Mormon
July 24 International Self-Care Day International Self-care Foundation
July 26 National Disability Independence Day
July 26 Americans with Disabilities Act  Outlawed discrimination against people with disabilities
July 28 World Hepatitis Day World Health Organization
July 30 International Day of Friendship
Month of August National Civility Month
August 1 Emancipation Day Canadians are invited to reflect, educate and engage in the ongoing fight against anti-Black racism and discrimination
August 4 Barack Obama The first Black President of the United States
August 9 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples United Nations
August 9 Hijri New Year Muslim
August 19 Al-Hijri Islamic
August 12 International Youth Day United Nations
August 15 Feast of the Assumption Roman Catholic; celebrating the belief of the entry into heaven of the Virgin Mary
August 17 Marcus Garvey Day
August 19 World Humanitarian Day United Nations
August 24 Birthday of Marlee Matlin The only hearing-impaired actor to win the Oscar for best actor/actress
August 26 Women’s Equality Day
August 29 Krishna Janmashtami Hindu
August 30 Janmashtami One of the great Hindu festivals, celebrating popular deity
Month of September Hispanic Heritage Month
National Guide Dog Month
National Recovery Month
September 5 International Day of Charity United Nations
September 5 International Day of Charity United Nations
September 6 Labor Day
September 6 – 9 Rosh Hashanah The Jewish New Year
September 7 Rosh Hashanah begins Jewish
September 10 Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu
September 11 Patriot Day US
September 15 International Day of Democracy
September 16 Mexican Independence Day
4th week of September Gender Equality Week Canada
September 20 Sukkot begins Jewish
September 20 HeForShe Promotes gender equality, initiated by the United Nations
September 21 International Day of Peace
September 22 Autumnal Equinox
September 23 Bi Visibility Day Canada
September 23 International Day of Sign Language United Nations
September 26 European Day of Languages
September 27 World Tourism Day
September 30 Orange Shirt Day

Month of October Global Diversity Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Bullying Prevention Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Filipino-American Heritage Month
Italian-American Heritage Month
LGBTQ History Month
National Work and Family Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Polish-American Heritage Month
Family History Month
Islamic History Month
Healthy Workplace Month
Women’s History Month
October 2 International Day of Nonviolence
October 6 Navrati begins Hindu
October 10 World Mental Health Day
October 11 National Coming Out Day LGBTQIAA+
October 11 Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebrates the indigenous peoples of North America
October 11 National Native American Day
October 11 International Day of the Girl Child United Nations
October 15 White Cane Safety Day Blind awareness
October 16 Bosses’ Day
October 17 Spirit Day LGBTQIAA+ anti-bullying
October 18 National Persons Day (celebrates Women recognized as people) Canada
October 19 Eid Milad ul-Nabi Muslim
October 20 Sikh Holy Day Birth of Guru Granth
October 21 Spirit Day LGBTQ2+; observers wear purple to support LGBTQ youth and prevent bullying
October 22 International Stuttering Awareness Day International Stuttering Association
October 26 Intersex Awareness Day InterACT
October 31 Halloween
October 31 Dia de los Muertos begins
Month of November Movember

National Native American, American Indian, and Alaskan Native Heritage Month

Awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer
1st week of November Treaties Recognition Week Ministry of Indigenous Affairs
November 4 Diwali Hindu
November 6 Birth of the Bab Baha’i
November 7 Birth of Baha’u’llah Baha’i
November 9 World Freedom Day
November 10 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations
November 11 Veterans Day
November 16 Dutch American Heritage Day
November 16 International Day for Tolerance
November 20 Transgender Day of Remembrance GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)
November 20 National Child Day Canada
November 24 Day of the Covenant Baha’i
November 25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women United Nations
November 25 Thanksgiving
November 27 Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha Baha’i
November 28 Hanukkah begins Jewish; honors the Jewish triumph over Syrian Greeks and Jewish independence
Month of December Universal Human Rights Month
December 1 World AIDS Day
December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities Promotes the dignity, rights, and well-being of people with disabilities
December 6 National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women Canada
December 10 International Human Rights Day
December 10 Human Rights Day United Nations
December 16-24 Las Posadas Mexico; Commemorates events associated with the birth of Jesus
December 18 International Migrants Day United Nations
December 21 Yule Winter Solstice Pagan
December 25 Christmas Christian; celebrates the birth of Jesus, the Christian messiah
December 26 Kwanzaa begins
December 31 New Year’s Eve


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Susanne Ricee is the Diversity and Inclusion Specialist and Researcher at Diversity for Social Impact. Sue brings over 15 years of HR and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion consultation experience.
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