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 1New Year’s DayCelebrated within most Western countries
January 1Feast Day of St. BasilEastern Orthodox Church holiday
January 1Black American: Emancipation ProclamationPresident Abraham Lincoln declared all slaves to be free
January 3Feast of the Holy Name of JesusCelebrated by Christians
January 4World Braille DayCelebrate the importance of the universal touch-based communication system for the full realization of human rights for blind and partially sighted people
January 5Birthday 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 5Twelfth NightA 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 6Epiphany or Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day); Armenian Orthodox Christmas
January 7Eastern Orthodox Christmas
Christmas in Russia
January 10Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
January 13Lori-MaghiAnnual festival celebrated by the Sikhs commemorating the memory of 40 Sikh martyrs
January 14Makar Sankranti or MaghiHindu: Celebrates the harvest
January 17World Religion DayHighlight the ideas that the spiritual principles underlying the world’s religions are harmonious, and that religions play a significant role in unifying humanity
January 20Martin Luther King Jr. DayFederal holiday in the United States marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.
January 26Republic Day of IndiaNational 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 27International Holocaust Remembrance DayOfficially proclaimed, in November 2005, International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust by the United Nations General Assembly.
January 28Mahayana New YearCelebrated by the Mahayana Buddhist branch
January 29Oprah Winfrey’s birthday
End of JanuaryBell Let’s Talk Day (Mental Health)
Month of FebruaryBlack History Month
Recreation Therapy Month
LGBT+ History Month
February 1National Freedom DayCelebrates the signing of the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery in 1865.
February 1St. Brigid of KildareFeast day for St. Brigid celebrated by some Christians
February 3Setsubun-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 11Asian-American Women’s Equal Pay DayTo raise awareness about the pay gap between Asian-American women and White men
February 11International Day of Women and Girls in Science
February 12Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year)
February 14Have 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 14Pink Triangle DayHas been adopted by the larger LGBTQ community as a popular symbol of LGBTQ pride and the LGBTQ rights movement
February 14St. Valentine’s Day
February 14Birthday of Frederick DouglassRenowned abolitionist, who helped free the slaves
February 12-14LosarThe Tibetan Buddhist New Year
February 15Parinirvana or Nirvana DayRemembers Buddha’s passing in 483 BC and his final nirvana. Commemoration of Buddha’s death at the age of 80.
February 15Birthday of Susan B. AnthonyAdvocate for women’s right, who helped women gain the right to vote
February 15Presidents DayFederally recognized celebration in the United States of George Washington’s birthday, as well as every president proceeding Washington.
February 16Vasant PanchamiHindu festival that highlights the coming of spring.
February 16Mardi Graslast 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 20World Day of Social JusticeAn 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 25-26PurimJewish 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 26Lantern FestivalA Chinese festival that marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations.
February 27Maghi-PurnimaHindu 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 MarchWomen’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 1Zero Discrimination Day
March 5Employee Appreciation Day
March 8International Women’s DayA 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 10Harriet TubmanLeader of the Underground Railroad who helped slaves escape to freedom
March 11Maha 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 14Pi DayPay 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 17St Patrick’s DayIrish: Marks the birthday of this Irish saint, who brought Christianity to the Emerald Isle
March 19Naw-Ruz Baha’I New Year
March 21International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 25International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
March 27Passover beginsJewish: From how to host online to how to make a digital Haggadah.
March 28HoliHindu
March 28Palm SundayChristian
March 31Equal Pay Day
Month of AprilArab-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 2World Autism Awareness Day
April 2Good FridayChristian
April 4EasterChristian
April 4Refugee Rights DayCanadian Council for Refugees
April 8Yom HashoahJewish
Second Wednesday of AprilInternational Day of Pink Anti-Bullying
Early AprilEarly Apr (varies)Equal Pay Coalition
April 12Ramadan beginsMuslim
April 20Start of RivdanBaha’i
April 22International Earth Day
April 23National Day of Silence (LGBTQIAA+)
April 22-24Gathering of Nations More than 500 Native American tribes meet to celebrate their traditions and cultures
April 28National Day of Mourning
Month of MayALS 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 5Red Dress DayNational Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
May 5Cinco de MayoCommemorates Mexico’s defeat of the French army, observed primarily by Mexican Americans
May 9Laylat al-QadrMuslim
May 11Ramadan endsMuslim
May 12Eid al-FitrMuslim
May 17International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
May 19Birthday of Malcolm XThe civil rights leader
May 20Asian Gold Ribbon DayStand in Solidarity against Anti-Asian Racism
May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
May 22Declaration of the BabBaha’i
May 29Ascension of Baha’u’llahBaha’i
May 31Memorial Day
Month of JuneAIDS 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 2Indian Citizenship Act of 1924Native American
June 5World Environment Day
June 8Race Unity Day
June 12Loving Day
June 13International Albinism Awareness Day
June 14Puerto Rican Day ParadePuerto Rican
Dragon Boat FestivalThe history and evolution of the Dragon Boat Festival
June 19International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
June 19JuneteenthBlack American; Commentates the liberation of slaves in Texas, and celebrated nationwide
June 20National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 20World Refugee Day
June 21National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21Litha, Summer SolsticePagan
June 24Pride Day (LGBTQIAA+) (varies by city and country)
June 27Canadian Multiculturalism Day
June 27Birthday of Helen KellerPeople With Disabilities; the pioneer in advocating for those with disabilities
Month of JulyFrench-American Heritage Month
First Monday of JulyNational Injury Prevention DayParachute
July 2Birthday of Thurgood MarshallBlack American; the civil rights leader and first Black Supreme Court justice
July 4Independence Day
July 614th Dalai LamaTibetan; marks the birth of Tibet’s leader in exile, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient
July 9Martyrdom of the BabBaha’i)
July 11World Populace Day
July 14Bastille Day
July 17The HajjIslamic; annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, required by all able Muslims at least once in their lifetime
July 18International Nelson Mandela Day
July 19Eid al-AdhaMuslim
July 22Glioblastoma Awareness DayNational Brain Tumor Society
July 24Pioneer DayMormon
July 24International Self-Care DayInternational Self-care Foundation
July 26National Disability Independence Day
July 26Americans with Disabilities Act Outlawed discrimination against people with disabilities
July 28World Hepatitis DayWorld Health Organization
July 30International Day of Friendship
Month of AugustNational Civility Month
August 4Barack ObamaThe first Black President of the United States
August 9International Day of the World’s Indigenous PeoplesUnited Nations
August 9Hijri New YearMuslim
August 19Al-HijriIslamic
August 12International Youth DayUnited Nations
August 15Feast of the AssumptionRoman Catholic; celebrating the belief of the entry into heaven of the Virgin Mary
August 17Marcus Garvey Day
August 19World Humanitarian DayUnited Nations
August 24Birthday of Marlee MatlinThe only hearing-impaired actor to win the Oscar for best actor/actress
August 26Women’s Equality Day
August 29Krishna JanmashtamiHindu
August 30JanmashtamiOne of the great Hindu festivals, celebrating popular deity
Month of SeptemberHispanic Heritage Month
National Guide Dog Month
National Recovery Month
September 5International Day of CharityUnited Nations
September 5International Day of CharityUnited Nations
September 6Labor Day
September 6 – 9Rosh HashanahThe Jewish New Year
September 7Rosh Hashanah beginsJewish
September 10Ganesh ChaturthiHindu
September 11Patriot DayUS
September 15International Day of Democracy
September 16Mexican Independence Day
4th week of September Gender Equality WeekCanada
September 20Sukkot beginsJewish
September 20HeForShePromotes gender equality, initiated by the United Nations
September 21International Day of Peace
September 22Autumnal Equinox
September 23Bi Visibility DayCanada
September 23International Day of Sign LanguageUnited Nations
September 26European Day of Languages
September 27World Tourism Day
September 30Orange Shirt Day
Month of OctoberGlobal 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 2International Day of Nonviolence
October 6Navrati beginsHindu
October 10World Mental Health Day
October 11National Coming Out DayLGBTQIAA+
October 11Indigenous Peoples’ DayCelebrates the indigenous peoples of North America
October 11National Native American Day
October 11International Day of the Girl ChildUnited Nations
October 15White Cane Safety DayBlind awareness
October 16Bosses’ Day
October 17Spirit DayLGBTQIAA+ anti-bullying
October 18National Persons Day (celebrates Women recognized as people)Canada
October 19Eid Milad ul-NabiMuslim
October 20Sikh Holy DayBirth of Guru Granth
October 21Spirit DayLGBTQ2+; observers wear purple to support LGBTQ youth and prevent bullying
October 22International Stuttering Awareness DayInternational Stuttering Association
October 26Intersex Awareness DayInterACT
October 31Halloween
October 31Dia 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 NovemberTreaties Recognition WeekMinistry of Indigenous Affairs
November 4DiwaliHindu
November 6Birth of the BabBaha’i
November 7Birth of Baha’u’llahBaha’i
November 9World Freedom Day
November 10World Science Day for Peace and DevelopmentUnited Nations
November 11Veterans Day
November 16Dutch American Heritage Day
November 16International Day for Tolerance
November 20Transgender Day of RemembranceGLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)
November 20National Child DayCanada
November 24Day of the CovenantBaha’i
November 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence against WomenUnited Nations
November 25Thanksgiving
November 27Ascension of Abdu’l-BahaBaha’i
November 28Hanukkah beginsJewish; honors the Jewish triumph over Syrian Greeks and Jewish independence
Month of December Universal Human Rights Month
December 1World AIDS Day
December 3International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesPromotes the dignity, rights, and well-being of people with disabilities
December 6National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against WomenCanada
December 10International Human Rights Day
December 10Human Rights DayUnited Nations
December 16-24Las PosadasMexico; Commemorates events associated with the birth of Jesus
December 18International Migrants DayUnited Nations
December 21Yule Winter SolsticePagan
December 25ChristmasChristian; celebrates the birth of Jesus, the Christian messiah
December 26Kwanzaa begins
December 31New Year’s Eve

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Jess Man

Jessica is the Editor-in-Chief and Senior Diversity Advisor at Diversity Social. Jessica has over 10 years of working with and advising employers to be more diverse and create an inclusive working environment.
Jessica's experience spans private and non-profit sectors in multiple industries.
Jessica's expertise experience is beyond Diversity & Inclusion, she is also a certified professional IT recruiter in Data & Analytics, Database administration, Artificial Intelligence area.