April diversity calendar

April Diversity Events

Be Aware of Religious Observances, Global Business Closures, Public Holidays, and more

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No fooling: April features more than 100 diversity events that can affect work, meeting schedules and more. The month is full of public holidays, celebrations, and observances from diverse religions, cultures, and countries.

It’s essential to be aware of these events to avoid offending diversity groups and making scheduling mistakes. For a complete listing of upcoming events, please see our online diversity calendar.

Religious Holidays

The world’s largest religious group, Christians, celebrate a number of Easter holidays this month. These include Good Friday on April 14 and Easter on April 16. Easter Monday on April 17 is a major public holiday throughout much of Europe. Eastern Orthodox and Coptic Christians also honor Easter and its corresponding holidays during April, but on different dates than the Western Christian church.

Jews end the celebration of Passover the night of April 18. Members of the world’s fourth-biggest religion, Buddhism, celebrate Buddha’s birthday on April 8, while the third-biggest – Hindus – mark the Birthday of Rama (Ramanavami) on April 5.

Notable African Americans

A number of celebrated African Americans mark their birthdays in April, including

•             April 4 Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Ann Johnson) (1928-2014)
•             April 5 Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)
•             Aprl 25 Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996)

Public Holidays

April includes a number of national holidays that can impact business. These include

•             China – Tomb Sweeping Day on April 4
•             The Philippines – Valor Day on April 9
•             S. Africa – Freedom Day on April 27
•             Japan – Golden Week from April 29-May 5

New Years in April?

Hindus celebrate the new year (Bikarami Samvat) on April 14 in Cambodia and Laos, and in Thailand begins on April 13 (Songkran Festival). Those following the Sikh religion (Vaisakhi) also celebrate on April 14.

The Holocaust, Disabilities, and Environmentalism

In the United States, the week long Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust ends April 24. April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, while on April 22 people worldwide celebrate the one and only home of all diverse people with
Earth Day.

For next month’s diversity events, please see our diversity calendar for May 2017. For a complete listing of upcoming events, please see our online diversity calendar.

 

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