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Interfaith Calendar 2022

Calendar of Religious Holidays and Holy Days

Recognizing religious and holy days of various world religions is essential for respectful scheduling and inclusivity. This interfaith calendar (2022) includes all holy days, religious holidays, and festivals.

Note: The list below is just a small sampling of religious holidays in 2022, compiled from our Diversity Calendar suite. Visit the Diversity Calendar for all 200+ religious events. Please be aware that all holidays marked with an asterisk begin the evening prior.

January 2022 Religious Holidays

1/6 – Feast of the Epiphany: The day that commemorates the first manifestation of Jesus to the Gentiles for Christians. It is celebrated on January 6th as it marks 12 days after Christmas when the three kings arrived in Bethlehem.
1/7 – Coptic Orthodox Christmas: The date that Orthodox Christians celebrate Jesus’s birth in the Julian calendar.

1/10 – Bodhi Day: This day celebrates the Buddha’s enlightenment; it is celebrated by Mahãyãna Buddhists.

1/­14 – Orthodox New Year: The “Old New Year” celebrates the start of the Julian calendar.

­1/13 – Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday – The date used to celebrate the tenth Sikh Guru and spiritual master.

1/16 – World Religion Day: A day in the Baha’i faith that celebrates common themes for faiths across the world.

For more information, see our January 2022 Diversity Calendar.

February Inclusive Religious Calendar

2/1 – Imbolc: The halfway point between the winter solstice and spring equinox in the Pagan and Wiccan calendars. This day celebrates fire, light, and the return of life.

2/2 – Candlemas: A holiday in the Christian church that blesses the candle supply for that year.

2/15 – Parinirvana: Also known as Nirvana Day in Mahãyãna Buddhism, this date marks Buddha’s death and attainment of final nirvana.

2/17 – Tu Bishvat: The “New Year of Trees” in the Jewish faith.

2/25 – Festival of Ayyam-i-Ha: A multiple-day festival in the Baha’i faith that prioritizes gift-giving, hospitality, charity, and preparation for fasting ahead of the New Year.

For additional detail, visit our February 2022 Diversity Calendar.

March Religious Holidays Calendar

3/1 – Maha Shiravatri: A Hindu festival called “Shiva’s night” which honors this significant deity.

3/1 – Lailat al Miraj: A Muslim holiday commemorating Muhammad’s journey from Mecca to Jerusalem where he ascended into heaven.

3/2 – Ash Wednesday: The day in the Christian Church that marks the start of Lent, the 40-day period of prayer and fasting before Easter.

3/17 – Purium: The Feast of Lots in the Jewish faith that honors the survival of ancient Persian Jews who were marked for death.

3/17 to 3/18 – Holi- A Hindu festival of colors that welcomes spring and a new harvest in India.

3/18 to 3/20 – Hola Mohalla – The 3-day Sikh festival honoring valor, skill, and defense preparedness.

3/19 – Feast Day of St. Joseph: A day that commemorates the husband of Jesus’s mother Mary and surrogate father on Earth.

3/20 – Ostara: The celebration of the spring equinox in the Pagan and Wiccan religions.

3/21 – Naw Ruz: The Zoroastrian New Year that is celebrated at the spring equinox.

3/21 – Naw Ruz: The New Year for the Baha’i faith, marking the end of the Baha’i fast.

3/25 – The Annunciation: The day in the Christian religion when the Angel Gabriel announced that Mary would become the mother of Jesus.

Read more about March diversity days with our March 2022 Diversity Calendar.

Major Religious Holidays for April

4/2 to 5/2 – Ramadan: The holy month of fasting, introspection, and prayer celebrated by Muslims.

4/14 – Vaisakhi: An ancient festival for Hindus that simultaneously celebrates that Solar New Year and spring harvest.

4/15 to 4/23 – Passover: A 7-day holiday in the Jewish faith that honors the freeing of the Israeli slaves.

4/15 – Mahavir Jayanti: A Jain holiday celebrating the birth of Lord Mahavira, the founder of Jainism.

4/17 – Easter: The most important day in the Christian faith when they celebrate the resurrection of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

4/24 – Feast of the Divine Mercy: A feast day on the second Sunday of Easter when Christians seek Christ’s forgiveness and grace.

For more information about how to enhance diversity during the month of April, see our April 2022 Diversity Calendar.

May 2022 Religious Festivals Calendar

5/1 – Beltane: A fire festival celebrated by the Pagan and Wiccan religions that celebrate summer and the fertility of the upcoming year.

5/3* – Eid al-Fitr: An Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. As it ends fasting, its primary event is a big meal.

5/8 – Birthday of Buddha: The day that Buddhists celebrate the Buddha’s birthday.

5/16 – Vesak:  The most important Theravada Buddhist festival that signifies the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha.

5/24* – Declaration of the Bab: The day that marks the prediction of the Bab as the Messenger of God in the Baha’i faith.

5/26 – Ascension Day: A Christian holiday that marks the 40th day following Easter when Jesus ascended into Heaven.

Learn more about diversity days this month with our May 2021 Diversity Calendar.

June 2022 Religious Holidays

6/2 – Ascension Day: A day celebrated in Coptic Orthodox Christianity that marks Jesus’s ascension into heaven.

6/4 to 6/6 – Shavuot: A Jewish holiday that combines a grain harvest and the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

6/8 – Race Unity Day: A day that promotes racial harmony and understanding in the Baha’i faith.

6/12 – Trinity Sunday: A day in the Christian faith that celebrates the three personifications of God (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit).

6/12 – All Saints Day: The day in Eastern Orthodox Christianity that designates the end of the Easter season.

6/16 – Feast of Corpus Christi: The feast day that commemorates the real presence of Jesus’s body in the Eucharist in the Roman Catholic Church.

6/16 – Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib: A day observed by Sikhs to commemorate an individual who laid down his life for their people.

6/24 – Litha: A Pagan and Wiccan festival that begins on the summer solstice and celebrates midsummer.

6/24 – Feast of the Sacred Heart: A feast day in the Roman Catholic Church that celebrates Jesus’s physical heart as a representation of his love for all humanity.

See more diversity events with our June 2022 Diversity Calendar.

Major Religious Holidays for July

7/6 – Tisha B’Av: A Jewish holiday that remembers the destruction of the Jewish temple, once in 586 BCE and once in 70 CE in Jerusalem.

7/7 to 7/12 – The Hajj: The name for the annual pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca required for all Muslims at least once.

7/9 to 7/10 – Eid al-Adha: A Muslim holiday that marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage.

7/10 – Martyrdom of the Bab – The day of the execution of the co-founder of the Baha’i faith.

7/23 – Birthday of Haile Selassie: A holiday in Rastafarianism that celebrates Emperor Haile Selassie, an individual believed to be the incarnation of God.

7/24 – Pioneer Day: A Utah state holiday that celebrates the settling of the Mormon pioneers in the Great Salt Lake area where they established the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Read more about diversity days this month with our July 2022 Diversity Calendar.

August Interfaith Calendar of Holy Days

8/1 – Lughnasadh: A festival in the Pagan and Wiccan religions that marks the beginning of harvest season.

8/15 – Feast of the Assumption: A holy day that commemorates the Virgin Mary being assumed, body and soul, into heaven.

8/29* – Hijiri: Also known as Islamic New Year, this is the start of the Islamic lunar calendar, which begins when the crescent moon is sighted

Read more about what’s going on in August with our full August 2022 Diversity Calendar.

September 2022 Religious Festivals Calendar

9/10 to 9/25 – Pitru Paksha: A time when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors.

9/11 – Coptic New Year: Also known as Nayrouz, this is a feast day that commemorates both martyrs and confessors in the Coptic Orthodox Christian Church.

9/17* – Arbaeen: A day of observance for Muslims that concludes the 40-day mourning period after the Day of Ashura.

9/23 – Mabon: This day marks the autumnal equinox in the Pagan and Wiccan religions.

9/23 to 9/31 – Paryushana: A Jain festival about forgiveness that is the faith’s most important religious observance.

9/25* to 9/27 – Rosh Hashanah: The Jewish New Year beginning at sundown that encourages reflection.

9/26 to 10/4 – Navaratri: A Hindu festival that celebrates the Goddess Durga.

Ready to learn more? Visit our full September 2022 Diversity Calendar.

October World Religion Calendar

10/4* – Yom Kippur: A Jewish day of atonement to reflect on sins and seek forgiveness from God.

10/5 – Dussehra: The tenth and final day of the Hindu festival honoring Asuj Navratras.

10/8* – Mawlid: An Islamic holiday celebrating the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.

10/9* to 10/16 – Sukkot: A day in the Jewish faith that remembers when the Jews journeyed to the desert on the way to the promised land.

10/24 – Diwali: A 5-day festival of light that combines several different festivals in honor of gods, goddesses, harvests, new year’s, etc. It is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains.

10/26* – Birthday of the Bab: A day honoring the birthday of God’s messenger in the Baha’i faith.

10/27* – Birthday of Baha’u’llah: A day honoring the birthday of the prophet-founding of the Baha’i faith

Visit our October 2022 Diversity Calendar for more information on diversity events happening this month.

November 2022 Interfaith Holy Days

11/1* – Samhain: A festival in the Pagan and Wiccan religions that marks the end of the harvest season.

11/1 – All Saints Day: Also known as Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos, this day honors the saints who have attained heaven in the Christian faith.

11/2 – Anniversary of the Crowning of Haile Selassie

11/8 – Birthday of Guru Nanak Ji: A day honoring the birth of the founder of Sikhism.

11/24 – Jain New Year: A holiday always following Diwali; Jains celebrate their new year on the first day after the month of Kartika.

11/30 – Feast of St. Andrew: A day honoring the patron saint of Scotland, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Barbados, and Romania in the Roman Catholic Church.

To learn more about diversity days during the month of November, see our full November diversity calendar.

December Interfaith Calendar of Holy Days

12/8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception: A feast day celebrated by Roman Catholics that celebrate Mary’s conception without original sin.

11/18* to 12/26 – Hanukkah: The 8-day celebration of the “Festival of Lights” that honors the victory of Jews over Syrian Greeks.

12/21 – Yule: A Pagan and Wiccan holiday that begins at sundown at the winter solstice.

12/25 – Christmas: The holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

12/26 – The Feast of St. Stephen:  Also called Boxing Day, this day commemorates the life of a saint known for his service to the poor who became the first Christian martyr.

Note: All holidays marked with * begin the prior evening.

This concludes our list of all major religious, holy, and diversity days in 2022. To see more, be sure to visit our 2022 Diversity Calendar to maximize your inclusion opportunities.

Interfaith Calendar 2021

Major Religious Holidays, Inclusive Calendar of Holy Days

Having an awareness of world religions and holidays is important for respectful scheduling and inclusivity year-round. To assist you, we’ve created our 2021 interfaith calendar and inclusive religious calendar with holy days.

Our inclusive religious calendar consists of major religious holidays and festivals, compiled from our interactive Diversity Calendar suite.

Note: Below is just a small list of religious holidays 2021. For all 200+ religious events, see our Diversity Calendar suite.

Holidays marked * begin the prior evening.

January 2021 Events

1/6 – Christian: Feast of the Epiphany – marks 12 days after Christmas when the three kings arrived in Bethlehem, commemorating the first manifestation of Jesus to the Gentiles

1/7 – Coptic Orthodox Christmas – the date on which many Orthodox Christians celebrate Jesus Christ’s birth as it corresponds with the Julian calendar

1/14 – Eastern Orthodox Christian: New Year – also known as the “Old New Year” or the “Orthodox New Year” as it celebrates the start of the Julian calendar

1/14 – Hindu: Makar Sankranti – believed to be a time for peace and prosperity, this festival is celebrated to mark the beginning of spring in various parts of India

1/17 – Baha’i: World Religion Day – celebrates themes in common of the major faiths in the world

1/20 – Sikh: Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday – although born Dec 22, this date celebrates Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708), the tenth Sikh Guru and spiritual master

Major Religious Holidays for February

2/2* – Pagan and Wiccan: Imbolc – marks the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, and celebrates fire, light, and the return of life

2/2 – Christian: Candlemas – holiday on which the church blesses its supply of candles for the year

2/17 – Christian: Ash Wednesday – this holiday begins the Lenten season, a 40-day period of prayer and fasting before Easter Sunday

2/17* – Jewish: Tu Bishvat – a minor environmental holiday that Jews consider to be the “New Year of the Trees”

2/15 – Buddhist: Parinirvana or Nirvana Day in Mahãyãna Buddhism – originally occurring in 483 BCE, this holiday marks Buddha’s death and his attainment of final nirvana

2/24 – Baha’i: Festival of Ayyam-i-Ha (2/24-2/28) – a time of gift-giving, hospitality, charity, and preparation for fasting preceding the New Year

For more detail, see our February Diversity Calendar

March Religious Holidays

3/11 – Islamic: Lailat al Miraj – this Muslim holiday begins at sundown and commemorates Muhammad’s nighttime journey from Mecca to Jerusalem where he ascended into heaven

3/11 – Hindu: Maha Shivaratri (Shiva’s Night) – this Hindu festival honors Shiva, a significant Hindu deity

3/17* – Jewish: Purim (Feast of Lots) – a joyous Jewish festival that begins at sundown, and commemorates the survival of ancient Persian Jews who were marked for death

3/19 – Roman Catholic: St. Joseph’s Feast Day — honors the husband of Mary, mother of Jesus

3/20 – Pagan and Wiccan: Ostara – celebration of the spring equinox

3/20* – Baha’i: Naw Ruz (New Year) – also known as “New Day,” this holiday marks the end of the Baha’i Fast and the beginning of the new year

3/20 – Zoroastrian: Naw Ruz (New Year) – holiday celebrated at the vernal equinox

3/25 – Christian: The Annunciation – This day honors the Angel Gabriel’s announcement to the Virgin Mary that she would become Jesus’s mother

3/28* to 4/4 – Jewish: Passover – a seven-day holiday of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, commemorating the freeing of Israeli slaves in Egypt and their exodus to freedom

03/28 to 3/29 – Hindu: Holi – a festival of colors that marks the coming of spring in India as well as the new harvest

3/29 to 3/31 – Sikh: Hola Mohalla – a three-day Sikh festival held at Anandpur Sahib in Punjab

Learn more about diversity days with our March 2021 Diversity Calendar

April 2021 Inclusive Religious Calendar

4/4 – Christian: Easter – celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, this is the most important holiday in Christianity

04/11 – Roman Catholic: Feast of Divine Mercy – a feast day  celebrated on the second Sunday of Easter, wherein Christians seek Christ’s forgiveness and grace

4/12 – 5/12 – Islamic: Ramadan – celebrated by Muslims, it’s a holy month of fasting, introspection, and prayer

4/13 – Hindu: Vaisakhi – ancient festival for Hindus that marks the Solar New Year and celebrates the spring harvest

4/25 – Jain: Mahavir Jayanti – celebrates the birth of Lord Mahavira, who founded Jainism and renounced his throne and family to seek the truth of spiritual freedom and virtue

For more information about opportunities for inclusion, see our April 2021 Diversity Calendar

May Interfaith Calendar of Holy Days

5/1 – Pagan and Wiccan: Beltane – fire festival that celebrates summertime and the fertility of the coming year

5/13* – Islamic: Eid al-Fitr – marks the end of Ramadan and fasting; begins at the sight of the crescent moon, and the main event is a big meal

5/13 – Christian: Ascension Day – traditionally celebrated on the 40th day following Easter Sunday, as the day that Jesus ascended into Heaven

5/17* – 5/18 – Jewish: Shavuot – this holiday combines two major religious observances in Judaism: a grain harvest, and the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai

5/19 – Buddhist: Buddha’s Birth – Buddhists celebrate this day as Buddha’s birthday

5/23* – Baha’i: Declaration of the Bab – Baha’i views the Bab as the Messenger of God, and this day marks when he was predicted as such

5/26 – Buddhist: Vesak – the most important Theravada Buddhist festival, it marks the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha

5/30 – Christian: Trinity Sunday – celebrates the Trinity of the three personifications of God (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit)

To discover more, visit our May 2021 Multicultural Calendar

Major Religious Holidays for June

6/3 – Roman Catholic: Feast of Corpus Christi – also called the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, it honors the real presence of the body of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist

6/10 – Coptic Orthodox Christian: Ascension Day – celebrated by Coptic Orthodox and Eastern Christians to commemorate Jesus’ ascension into heaven

6/11 – Roman Catholic: Feast of the Sacred Heart – a widely practiced and popular devotion in the Roman Catholic Church that celebrates Jesus’ physical heart as the representation of his divine love for humanity

6/13 – Baha’i: Race Unity Day – established to promote racial harmony and understanding

6/16 – Sikh: Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib – observed by Sikhs to remember the martyr who gave up his life for their people

6/20 – Pagan and Wiccan: Litha – This festival begins on the summer solstice at sundown and celebrates midsummer and the power of the sun god

6/27 – Eastern Orthodox Christian: All Saints Day – designates the end of the Easter season

Learn more with our June 2021 Multicultural Calendar

July 2021 Religious Festivals Calendar

7/9 – Baha’i: Martyrdom of the Bab – commemorates the execution of the co-founder of the Baha’i faith, the Bab

7/17 -7/22 – Islamic: The Hajj –  annual pilgrimage that all Muslims must make to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia at least once

7/18* – Jewish: Tisha B’Av – this holiday commemorates the destruction of the Jewish temple in both 586 BCE and 70 CE in Jerusalem

7/19 – 7/23 – Islamic: Eid al-Adha – a Muslim celebration marking the end of the Hajj pilgrimage

7/23 – Rastafarian: Birthday of Haile Selassie – celebrates Emperor Haile Selassie, who was believed to be the incarnation of God

7/24 – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: Pioneer Day – a state holiday in Utah, celebrates Brigham Young leading Latter-day Saints to the Great Salt Lake where they established their church

Discover more diversity events with our July 2021 Diversity Calendar

August Religious Holidays Calendar

8/1 – Pagan and Wiccan: Lughnasadh – festival marking the beginning of the harvest season

8/10* – Islamic: Islamic New Year – Also called Hijiri, this day marks the beginning of the Islamic lunar calendar and begins at the sighting of the crescent moon

8/15 – Roman Catholic: Feast of the Assumption – a holy day that commemorates the Virgin Mary’s bodily ascension to Heaven

Learn more with our August 2021 Diversity Calendar

World Religion Calendar for September

9/4 to 9/11 – Jain: Paryushana – the most important Jain religious observance, this festival is about forgiveness, with “paryushana” meaning “abiding” or “coming together”

9/7* to 9/8 – Jewish: Rosh Hashanah – celebration of the Jewish New Year that begins at sundown and brings upon a period of reflection for the past year and year to come

9/11 – Coptic Orthodox Christian: Nayrouz (Coptic New Year) – a feast day when both martyrs and confessors are commemorated in the church

9/16* – Jewish: Yom Kippur – the day of atonement in Judaism where individuals reflect on their sins and seek forgiveness from God

9/21* to 9/27 – Jewish: Sukkot  – A day that commemorates the years that the Jews journeyed to the desert on their way to the promised land

9/20 to 10/6 – Hindu: Pitru Paksha – 16-day period when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors

09/21 – Pagan and Wiccan: Mabon – the Autumnal equinox

9/28* – Islamic: Arbaeen – A day of religious observance that marks the end of the 40-day mourning period following the Day of Ashura

October 2021 Interfaith Holy Days

10/7 to 10/15 – Hindu: Navratri – An important Hindu festival that honors the Goddess Durga who signifies the victory of good over evil

10/15 – Hindu: Dussehra – the tenth and final day of the festival of Asuj Navratras

10/19* – Islamic: Mawlid – celebrates the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, beginning at sundown

Major Religious Holidays in November

11/1* – Pagan and Wiccan: Samhain – festival marking the end of the harvest season

11/1 – Christian: All Saints Day – also known as the Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos, it commemorates saints who have attained heaven

11/2 – Rastafarian: Anniversary of the Crowning of Haile Selassie – The coronation day of Ras (Prince) Tafari Makonnen who became Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia

11/4 – Hindu: Diwali – a five-day festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains across the world. It combines several different festivals to honor different gods, goddesses, harvests, new year celebrations, etc.

11/5 – Jain: New Year – This holiday follows the Diwali festival, and Jains celebrate the new year on the first day following the month of Kartika.

11/7* – Baha’i: Birthday of the Bab – honors the birth of God’s messenger in the Baha’i faith

11/7* – Baha’i: Birthday of Baha’u’llah – celebrates the birthday of the prophet-founder of the Baha’i faith

11/19 – Sikh: Guru Nanak Ji’s Birthday – commemorates the birth of the founder of Sikhism

11/29* to 12/6 – Jewish: Hanukkah  – eight-day celebration commemorates the victory of the Jews over the Syrian Greeks, which ended a period of religious persecution

11/30 – Roman Catholic: Feast of St. Andrew – honors the patron saint of Scotland, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Barbados, and Romania

December Religious Multicultural Calendar

12/8 – Roman Catholic: Feast of the Immaculate Conception – This day is a Roman Catholic feast that celebrates Mary’s (the mother of Jesus) conception without original sin

12/8 – Buddhist: Bodhi Day – Mahãyãna Buddhists commemorate Buddha’s enlightenment today

12/21 – Pagan and Wiccan: Yule – this holiday begins at sundown at the winter solstice as the great horned hunter god is reborn

12/25 – Christian: Christmas – the birthday of Jesus, celebrated by countries across the world

12/26 – Roman Catholic: The Feast of St. Stephen – also called Boxing Day

Holidays marked * begin the prior evening

That concludes our list of religious holidays 2021. To discover more diversity events, inclusion opportunities, and more, see our 2021 Diversity Calendar. Or get a head start on next year, with our 2022 Interfaith Calendar.

2021 Diversity Calendar

Diversity and Inclusion Calendar, Cultural Events Calendar

In the Black Lives Matter era, we have learned that racism, discrimination and harassment can be very costly indeed – or worse. Many have discovered what diversity professionals have known all along: it’s essential to practice inclusion, everywhere.

A Harvard University report concluded that the key to effective diversity programs is daily inclusion. Being mindful of diverse holidays – and opportunities for inclusion – is the key to create workplaces, schools and communities where are people feel included, every day.

To help you, here’s our year-long Diversity Calendar for 2021, a list of religious holidays with monthly diversity themes, religious and ethnic holidays, and more.

Note: below is just a small sampling of 2021 diversity events. To enjoy all 1,300+ inclusion events and religious holy days, see our Diversity Calendar Suite

January 2021 Diversity Calendar

1/1 – Black American: Emancipation Proclamation – President Abraham Lincoln declared all slaves to be free
1/4 – People with Disabilities: Louis Braille – birthday of the blind pioneer, who invented the most widely-used form of writing for the blind
1/6 – Christian: Epiphany – commemorates the arrival of the three kings, with gifts for the baby Jesus
1/14 – Hindu: Makar Sankranti or Maghi – celebrates the harvest
1/20 – Black American: Martin Luther King Jr. Day – national holiday celebrating the birthday of this social justice leader
1/27 – United Nations: International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
1/29 – Black American: Oprah Winfrey – the highly influential media billionaire was born on this day

Multicultural Calendar for February

Black History Month
2/11 – LGBTQ+: Tammy Baldwin – birthday of first openly LGBTQ+ Senator and Congressperson
2/12 – Chinese New Year – three-day festivity, beginning the Year of the Ox
2/14 – Black American: Frederick Douglass (1817-1895) – birthday of renowned abolitionist, who helped free the slaves
2/15 – Buddhist: Parinirvana or Nirvana Day – remembers Buddha’s passing in 483 BC and his final nirvana
2/15 – Women: Susan B. Anthony – birthday of advocate for women’s right, who helped women gain the right to vote
2/17 – Christian: Ash Wednesday – the beginning of Lent, a period of fasting for 40 days until Easter Sunday

Discover more with our February 2021 Diversity Calendar

March 2021 Ethnic Holidays

Women’s History Month – honors our nation’s women and their accomplishments
3/8 – Women: International Women’s Day – began in 1910 to advocate for greater women’s rights, particularly the right to vote
3/10 – Black American: Harriet Tubman – leader of the Underground Railroad, she helped slaves escape to freedom
3/17 – Irish: St Patrick’s Day – marks the birthday of this Irish saint, who brought Christianity to the Emerald Isle
3/21 – United Nations: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
3/27 – Jewish: Passover – start of holiday, commemorating the freeing of Israeli slaves in Egypt
3/28 – Hindu: Holi – celebrates the winter harvest, and the coming of spring

For more religious holidays, see our 2021 Interfaith Calendar.

 

April Diversity Month

Celebrate Diversity Month – launched in 2004, seeks to help diverse people gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of each other
4/2 – People with Disabilities: World Autism Awareness Day – seeks to improve the lives of people with the disorder so they can lead full and meaningful lives
4/4 – Christian: Easter – a key holy day in the #1 most-practiced faith, it honors the resurrection of Jesus
4/8 – Buddhist: Buddha’s Birth – royalty who became a spiritual leader and launched Buddhism, one of the most popular religions
4/12 – Islamic: Ramadan – first day of Islam’s most sacred month, during which Muslims are not allowed to eat or drink from dawn until dusk
4/22 – International: Earth Day – celebrated internationally in more than 192 countries
4/22-24 – Native American: Gathering of Nations – more than 500 Native American tribes meet to celebrate their traditions and cultures

Discover more with our April 2021 Diversity Calendar

Multicultural Holidays Calendar for May

Mental Health Awareness Month – raises awareness of people with mental or behavioral health issues, and seeks to reduce their stigma
Older Americans Month – celebrates the accomplishments of older citizens
Jewish American Heritage Month – recognizes the history of American Jews, and their valuable contributions to society
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
5/5 – Mexican American: Cinco de Mayo – commemorates Mexico’s defeat of the French army, observed primarily by Mexican Americans
5/17 – LGBTQ+: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia – raises awareness of LGBT rights, commemorated in more 132 countries
5/19 – Black American/Muslim: Malcolm X – birthday of the civil rights leader

Find out more with our May 2021 Diversity Calendar

June Multicultural Calendar

LGBT Pride Month
Caribbean American Heritage Month – recognizes the importance of Caribbeans in the history and culture of the United States.
6/2 – Native Americans: Indian Citizenship Act of 1924
6/12 – Black American: Loving Day – anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, ending bans on interracial marriage
6/14 – Puerto Rican: Puerto Rican Day Parade – festivities are planned across the country, to celebrate Puerto Ricans’ accomplishments and contributions
6/19 – Black American: Juneteenth – commentates the liberation of slaves in Texas, and celebrated nationwide
6/27 – People With Disabilities: Helen Keller – birthday of the pioneer in advocating for those with disabilities

Explore more with our June 2021 Diversity Calendar

July 2021 Diversity Holidays Calendar

7/2 – Black American: Thurgood Marshall – birthday of the civil rights leader and first Black Supreme Court justice
7/6 – Tibetan: 14th Dalai Lama – marks the birth of Tibet’s leader in exile, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient
7/6 – Women, Mexican: Frida Kahlo – birthday of painter, one of the best-known artists of the 20th century
7/17 – Islamic: The Hajj – annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, required by all able Muslims at least once in their lifetime
7/18 – South African: Nelson Mandela – birthday of civil rights leader, and South Africa’s first black president
7/24 – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Pioneer Day – official holiday celebrated in Utah, marking the arrival of founder Brigham Young in the Salt Lake area
7/26 – Americans with Disabilities Act – outlawed discrimination against people with disabilities

Find out more with our July 2021 Diversity Calendar

August Ethnic Calendar

8/4 – Black American: Barack Obama – first Black President of the United States
8/9 – United Nations: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, celebrates unique cultures of indigenous peoples worldwide
8/10 – Islamic: Al-Hijri (New Year) – begins the prior evening
8/15 – Roman Catholic: Feast of the Assumption – celebrating the belief of the entry into heaven of the Virgin Mary
8/24 – People with Disabilities: Marlee Matlin – birthday of the only hearing-impaired actor to win the Oscar for best actor/actress
8/26 – Women’s Equality Day – commemorates US women gaining the right to vote
8/30 – Hindu: Janmashtami (Birth of Lord Krishna) – one of the great Hindu festivals, celebrating popular deity

Discover more with our August 2021 Diversity Calendar

September 2021 Multicultural Holidays

National Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15 to 10/15)
National Recovery Month – increases awareness of substance abuse disorders and celebrates recovery
9/6-9/9 Jewish: Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year, a time for reflecting on the past year, and the year to come
9/10 Hindu: Ganesh Chaturthi – festivities in praise of this elephant-headed deity
9/22 Autumnal Equinox – a time for various religious observances worldwide
9/20 Women: HeForShe – promotes gender equality, initiated by the United Nations

October Diversity Holidays

Global Diversity Awareness Month – promotes knowledge of and respect for different cultures
National Disability Employment Awareness Month – advocates for people with disabilities, and their full inclusion in the workforce
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Polish-American Heritage Month
10/10 – People with Disabilities: World Mental Health Day – promotes mental health education and awareness, and advocacy against social stigma
10/11 – United States: Indigenous Peoples’ Day – celebrates the indigenous peoples of North America
10/21 – LGBTQ+: Spirit Day – observers wear purple to support LGBTQ youth and prevent bullying

November 2021 Multicultural Holidays

Native American Heritage Month
Movember- raises awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s suicide
10/31-11/2 – All Saints Day/All Souls Day/Día de los Muertos – Christian holidays, and the Mexican/Aztec descendent thereof
11/4 – Hindu: Diwali – a key Hindu celebration, in praise of diverse deities
11/16 – United Nations: International Day for Tolerance – promotes respect for diverse religions, languages, cultures, and ethnicities
11/16 – Dutch American Heritage Day
11/20 – LGBTQ+: Transgender Day of Remembrance – memorialize those murdered as a result of transphobia
11/28 – 12/6 – Jewish: Hanukkah – honors the Jewish triumph over Syrian Greeks and Jewish independence

2021 Diversity Calendar for December

12/1 – World AIDS Day – increase education and awareness of AIDS
12/3 – United Nations: International Day of Persons with Disabilities – promotes the dignity, rights, and well-being of people with disabilities
12/10 – United Nations – International Human Rights Day
12/16-12/24 – Mexico: Las Posadas – commemorates events associated with the birth of Jesus
12/21 – Winter Solstice/Yule – the Pagan and Wiccan winter sabbat
12/25 – Christian: Christmas – celebrates the birth of Jesus, the Christian messiah
12/26 – Black: Kwanzaa (12/26-1/1) – inspired by African harvest celebrations

We hope you’ve found our year-long diversity calendar fun and informative. To find out more, see our 2021 Interfaith Calendar. To discover more diversity events, inclusion tips and more, see our Diversity Calendar Suite.

April 2020 Diversity Calendar

For the most current events, see our April 2021 Diversity Calendar

Below you’ll find a small sampling of this month’s diversity events. To view all 100+ events and religious observances, see our Diversity Calendar suite.

March can still be a bit chilly, but you can always count on April to bring more sunshine! The month brings the blooming of flowers – and the celebration of numerous religious holidays and recognition of diversity.

Our April 2020 diversity calendar focuses on a variety of significant religious holidays as well as some multicultural events. Here are some big dates to keep in mind.

Celebrate Diversity Month

One of the top April diversity celebrations! Our country would not be what it is if it weren’t for the diversity that defines us. The people all around you — your neighbors, best friends, classmates, fellow citizens, and coworkers — all come from various walks of life. April is the month to recognize and honor them. Looking for a good way to celebrate? Perhaps pick another holiday from the list below and learn more about it. And to help your employees be more aware and inclusive, check out our online diversity training.

4/4: Maya Angelou’s Birthday

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made the feel.” Our April diversity days including the birthday of a true diversity leader, Maya Angelou. She’s remembered for being a writer, poet, civil rights activist, Renaissance women, and winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. As a Black American, Angelou gained international recognition and acclaim for her work. In her honor, search online for a poem or two of hers (or check out one of her books from the library!).

4/8: The Birth of Buddha

April diversity topics include a number of religious observances. Around the world, more than 535 million people are Buddhist. Yet it all started with a single prince who turned into a monk. Named Siddhartha Gautama, he realized that peace could be found through spiritual discipline. Thus he renounced his worldly life and sought a spiritual quest. For more interfaith events, see our religious calendar 2020.

4/9: Passover Begins

April diversity events also include Passover, a Jewish holiday that lasts for eight days. It marks the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Passover begins the previous evening with a Seder, or a meal, where the Haggadah (the book of Exodus and related writings) are recited in order. During this holiday, it is forbidden to eat leavened food products (think bread, pasta, etc.). If you’ve never tried matzah, give it a try during this week to recognize Passover! This is an unleavened bread that Jewish families often eat during this time.

4/12: Easter

Christians (except Greek Orthodox) will celebrate Easter on this day. This is the most important Christian holiday in the world’s largest religion. Easter always falls on Sunday, with the preceding Friday the day Jesus was crucified. Then, according to scripture, “On the third day He rose again from the dead.” The third day is Easter Sunday, and Christians rejoice!

4/24: Ramadan

Our April multicultural calendar includes the first day of Ramadan, which is considered the holiest month of the Muslim year. During this month, no water or food may be taken from sunrise to sunset. It is during this month that the Quran was first revealed to the prophet Muhammad by Allah. If you are curious about the fasting process that Muslims undertake during Ramadan, try it for a day!

4/23: Native American Gathering of Nations

Our April multicultural month concludes with this event, at which over 500 tribes will gather for three days to honor the culture of Native Americans. It is an annual gathering, and tribes travel from both the United States and Canada to participate. There are different events like dance competitions, Miss Indian World, knowledge of tribal traditions, and Indian Traders Markets for different crafts and art.

April is absolutely blossoming with diversity days and events! Our April multicultural calendar speaks to the variety of different topics and celebrations occurring this month. Get a head start on next month, with our May 2020 Diversity Calendar. If you’re curious for what else is coming up, check out our 2020 Diversity Calendar.

March 2020 Diversity Calendar

For the most current events, see our March 2021 Diversity Calendar

Below you’ll find a small sampling of this month’s diversity events. To view all 100+ events and religious observances, see our Diversity Calendar suite.

March marks the beginning of spring, bringing warmer weather, new growth, and a colorful variety of events celebrating diverse ethnicities, cultures and religions.

Our March 2020 Diversity Calendar commemorates influential individuals and multicultural festivities that make this month diverse and inclusive. Greater respect and inclusion is one of the benefits of diversity training in the workplace.

March – Women’s History Month

One of the key March diversity celebrations is Women’s History Month, honoring the powerful females that fought for equality, freedom and acceptance. Help ensure a respectful and safe workplace for women, with our online interactive harassment training.

March 3rd – Hispanic American/Women: Geisha Williams

March diversity topics highlight the accomplishments of women. Geisha Williams is the first Latina woman to run a Fortune 500 company. Immigrating from Cuba over 50 years ago, Williams received an engineering degree at the University of Miami, after which she climbed the ladder to success. She was named one of Fortune’s most powerful women in 2017 and, up until January of 2019, she was the CEO of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

March 6th – Black American/Muslim: Shaquille O’Neal

March diversity month includes the birthday of Shaquille O’Neal. An American NBA superstar, O’Neal revealed in 2010 that he’s a practicing Muslim, as was his step-father. He plans to to partake in the Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. O’Neal played professionally for the NBA for 19 years, before announcing his retirement.

March 9th – Hindu: Holi

One of the most colorful of March multicultural holidays, Holi is a traditional Hindu festival. Referred to as the “Festival of Spring”, it’s celebrated widely in India. This social event marks the beginning of the spring harvest and is a time for forgiveness, friendship, love, and a commemoration of personal and seasonal growth. For more interfaith events, see our religious calendar 2020.

March 10th – Black American: Harriet Tubman

One of the key March diversity days. Born into slavery in the early 1800s, Tubman escaped her captors in 1849 and became one of America’s best-known heroes. She aided hundreds of slaves to freedom through the complex tunnels in the Underground Railroad. She later dedicated her life to aiding former plantation workers and the elderly.

March 14th – Jewish German American: Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was a theoretical physicist. He created the theory of relativity and received the Nobel Peace Prize for Physics in 1921 for his involvement in the development of quantum theory. His contribution to science is legendary, allowing for generations of education and technological advancements.

March 17th – Irish: St Patrick’s Day

One the more beloved March diversity events, this celebration honors the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Traditionally it’s held on March 17th, the official day of his death. Although a festive occasion for many, St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and is a religious observance within many sects of Christianity and Catholicism.

March 31st – Mexican American: Cesar Chavez

Our March multicultural calendar concludes with Cesar Chavez.  A Latino American civil rights activist, Chavez fought for freedom and equality, and co-founded the “The United Farm Workers (UFW) Union.” His work within the community helped improve the lives of countless union labor workers.

March blossoms with celebrations, commemorating the people who made history and changed the world. Each diverse individual and holiday celebrated in March has shaped history and positively influenced generations that followed. Get a head start on next month, with our April 2020 Diversity Calendar. To discover more upcoming diversity events, see our 2020 Diversity Calendar

November 2019 Diversity Calendar

November brings the start of the US holiday season. So that makes this month a great time give thanks and celebrate the diversity that makes our world so dynamic and interesting.

Below you’ll discover our multicultural calendar of events for November 2019, featuring 7 diversity events and multicultural holidays. Some impact work schedules, while others provide an opportunity to celebrate diverse groups.

And be sure to check out our Online Diversity Calendar™ to see all upcoming 2019 diversity holidays and get helpful inclusion tips for your employees.

National Native American Heritage Month

Native Americans incorporate hundreds of different tribes and approximately 250 languages. This observance was launched in 1976 as Native American Awareness Week. In 1990, Congress and President George H. W. Bush expanded the observance, designating November as National Native American Heritage Month.

Movember

Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s suicide. By encouraging men to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides annual check-ups, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of family history of cancer and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

November 1, 2019 – Mexico : Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos)

Diversity Calendar Nov 2019
Our multicultural calendar also features Día de los Muertos. Beginning on the evening of October 31 and celebrated through November 2 by Mexicans and Mexican Americans, this holiday has its roots in two traditions: the Christian observance of All Saints and All Souls Day, and two Aztec festivals in which the souls of the dead were welcomed back to visit those who remembered them.

November 1 – LGBTQ+ : Tim Cook

‘I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me. We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick.” -Tim Cook

Our November diversity and inclusion calendar includes Timothy Donald Cook (November 1, 1960 – ). Cook is the Chief Executive Officer of Apple Inc., previously serving as the company’s Chief Operating Officer, under its founder Steve Jobs. In 2014, he became the first chief executive of a Fortune 500 company to publicly identify as gay.

November 10, 2019 – Islamic: Mawlid 

Our 2019 interfaith calendar features this important Muslim holiday. Occurring on the 12th day of the Muslim month of Rabi ul-Awwal, Mawlid marks the birth of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, in 570 A.C.E. For more religious holidays, see our 2020 Interfaith Calendar

November 20 – LGBTQ+: Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 2019 Diversity and Inclusion CalendarTransgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is observed annually on November 20. It’s a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of anti-transgender violence, and to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. To create a more inclusive workplace, check out our LGBT training videos.

November 30 – Black American: Shirley Chisholm 

Our November diversity and inclusion calendar also features this pioneering politician, educator and author. Chisholm was the first Black American woman elected to the U.S. Congress in 1968, where she served seven terms. While in Congress, she spoke out for civil rights, women’s rights and the poor, and against the Vietnam War. In 1972 Chisholm became a Democratic candidate for President of the United States, the first major party Black American candidate for the U.S. presidency.

To find out more multicultural holidays and events, see our Online Diversity Calendar™ to enjoy all upcoming 2019 diversity holidays and get helpful inclusion tips for your employees.

Interfaith Calendar 2020

Major Religious Holidays, Inclusive Calendar of Holy Days

For the most current events, see our 2021 Interfaith Calendar

Being aware of world religions and holidays is key for respectful scheduling and creating inclusion, 365 days a year. To help you, here’s our 2020 interfaith calendar, and inclusive religious calendar of holy days.

This major religious holidays calendar and list of world religious festivals is compiled from a list of all events – as well as inclusion tips, diet restrictions and more – you’ll find in our interactive Electronic Diversity Calendar.

Note: below you’ll find a small sampling of this year’s religious observances. To view all 200+ events and religious observances, see our Diversity Calendar suite

January 2020 Events

01/02 – Sikh: Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday – honors Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708), the Sikhs’ tenth great master and teacher

01/06 – Christian: Epiphany – celebrated in Hispanic and some European countries, marking 12 days after Christmas and the three kings arriving in Bethlehem with gifts for baby Jesus

01/07 – Coptic Orthodox Christian: Christmas – observed on this date by the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt and several Eastern Orthodox Christian communities (Eastern Europe)

01/14 – Eastern Orthodox Christian: New Year

01/15 – Hindu: Makar Sankranti – harvest festival, marking the beginning of spring in India

01/19 – Baha’i : World Religion Day- celebrates oneness of world religions and a motivating force for world unity

February Inclusive Religious Calendar

02/01 – Pagan and Wiccan: Imbolc begins at sundown, celebration of fire and light and the return of life

02/02 – Christian: Candlemas – the blessing of the church’s supply of candles for the year

02/10  – Jewish: Tu Bishvat begins at sundown – a minor holiday, New Year of the Trees is widely celebrated to renew the land and plant trees

02/15 – Buddhist: Parinirvana or Nirvana Day – in Mahãyãna Buddhism, marks Buddha’s death in 483 BCE and attainment of final nirvana

02/21 – Hindu: Maha Shivaratri (Shiva’s Night) – honors Shiva, one of the most important Hindu deities

02/25 – Baha’i: Festival of Ayyam-i-Ha (2/25-2/29) – gifts, charity and preparation for fasting preceding the New Year

02/26 – Christian: Ash Wednesday – marks the beginning of Lent, 40 days of prayer and fasting before Easter Sunday

List of Religious Holidays in March

03/09 – Jewish: Purim (Feast of Lots) – begins at sundown, celebrates the rescue of ancient Persian Jews from a plot to destroy them

03/10 – Hindu: Holi – festival of colors, marking the coming of spring in India and new harvest of winter crop

03/10 – Sikh: Hola Mohalla – three-day Sikh festival celebrated in Punjab

03/19 – Pagan and Wiccan: Ostara – begins at sundown, sabbat observed on the vernal equinox

03/19 – Roman Catholic: Feast of St Joseph – honors St Joseph, the husband of Mary

03/20 – Baha’i: Naw Ruz (New Year) begins at sundown – marks the end of the Baha’i Fast and beginning of new year

03/22 – Islamic: Lailat al Miraj begins at sundown – the Night of the Ascension commemorates the journey of Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Jerusalem, where he ascended to heaven

03/20 – Zoroastrian: Naw Ruz (New Year) – celebrated at the vernal equinox

03/25 – Christian: The Annunciation – honors the Angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary of Galilee that she would become the mother of Jesus

Find out about more diversity celebrations, with our March 2020 Diversity Calendar

April 2020 Interfaith Calendar of Holy Days

04/06 – Jain: Mahavir Jayanti – most important holiday in Jainism, celebrated with prayer and visits to shrines

04/08 – Buddhist: Buddha’s Birth

04/09 – Jewish: Passover – begins at sundown, observed for eight days and celebrates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt

04/12 – Christian: Easter – celebrates the resurrection of Jesus after he was crucified and died in Jerusalem

04/13 – Hindu: Vaisakhi (New Year)

04/19 – Roman Catholic: Feast of Divine Mercy – on this Sunday, all those who go to Confession and receive Holy Communion will be forgiven of sins and receive divine grace

04/19 – Coptic Orthodox Christian: Ascension Day – Coptic Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox Christians mark the anniversary of Jesus rising to heaven

04/24 – Islamic: Ramadan (4/24-5/23) – begins at sighting of crescent moon, the first day of Ramadan, a month of fasting and the holiest time of the Muslim year

04/30 – Pagan and Wiccan: Beltaine begins at sundown – the second most important Sabbat, marking the beginning of summer and celebrating life and fertility

For more diversity events, see our April 2020 Diversity Calendar

Major Religious Holidays for May

05/07 – Buddhist: Vesak – also called Buddha Day, commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha

05/21 – Christian: Ascension Day – marks the anniversary of the day Jesus rose to heaven

05/23 – Baha’i: Declaration of the Bab – commemorates the Bab’s prediction of the new messenger of God

05/23 – Islamic: Eid al-Fitr – begins at sighting of crescent moon, the Feast of Breaking the Fast marking the end of Ramadan

05/29 – Jewish: Shavuot – begins at sundown, festival of first fruits, following the key harvest season

To find out about more inclusion opportunities, enjoy our May 2020 Diversity Calendar

June Religious Festivals Calendar

06/07 – Christian: Trinity Sunday – celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

06/11 – Roman Catholic: Feast of Corpus Christi – Latin for ‘Body of Christ’, this movable Christian feast commemorates the Holy Eucharist

06/14 – Baha’i: Race Unity Day – celebrated worldwide to promote racial harmony and understanding

06/14 – Eastern Orthodox Christian: All Saints Day – marks the close of the Easter season

06/16 – Sikh: Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib

06/19 – Roman Catholic: Feast of the Sacred Heart – one of the most popular of all devotions in the Roman Catholic Church

06/20 – Pagan and Wiccan: Litha (Summer Solstice) begins at sundown – sabbat observed on the summer solstice

For more information, see our June 2020 Diversity Calendar

July 2020 Religious Holidays Calendar

07/10 – Baha’i: Martyrdom of the Bab – commemorates the arrest, torture, imprisonment and execution of the Bab

07/23 – Rastafarian: Birthday of Haile Selassie – one of the holiest Rastafarians holidays, it celebrates Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, believed to be the incarnation of God

07/24 – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: Pioneer Day – commemorates Brigham Young leading believers to the Great Salt Lake, where they would establish their church and Salt Lake City

07/28 – Islamic: The Hajj (7/29-8/2) – begins at sundown, an annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia; all able Muslims must make the pilgrimage at least once

07/29 – Jewish: Tisha B’Av begins at sundown – marks the destruction of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem in 586 BCE and again in 70 CE

07/30 – Islamic: Eid al-Adha – three-day festival ending the Hajj pilgrimage

Get more diversity events, with our July 2020 Diversity Calendar

World Religion Calendar for August

08/01 – Pagan and Wiccan: Lughnasadh – also known as the festival of the first fruits, it’s the first of three harvest sabbats, celebrating the ripening of grains and corn

08/15 – Roman Catholic: Feast of the Assumption – honors the belief by Roman Catholics in Mary’s assumption to heaven

08/19 – Islamic: Islamic New Year – beginning  at the sighting of crescent moon, it’s also known as the Hijri or Arabic New Year

08/16 – Jain: Paryushana – also know as the Festival of Forgiveness, it’s the most important Jain religious observance

Discover more diversity holidays, with our August 2020 Diversity Calendar 

September Interfaith Holy Days

09/01 – Hindu: Pitru Paksha begins – 16 days when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors, especially through food offerings

09/11 – Coptic Orthodox Christian: Nayrouz (Coptic New Year) – begins the new year for the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt

09/18 – Jewish: Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown – begins the Jewish New Year and the Days of Awe, a period of reflection on the past year and the year to come

09/21 – Pagan and Wiccan: Mabon (Autumnal Equinox) begins at sundown – Sabbat observed on the autumnal equinox

09/28 – Jewish: Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) – ends the Days of Awe or Days of Repentance, 10 days during which Jews reflect on their sins and seek forgiveness

Discover more diversity events with our September 2020 Diversity Calendar 

October 2020 Inclusive Calendar

10/02 – Jewish: Sukkot (10/3-10/9) begins at sundown, celebrating the end of the holiday season that began with Rosh Hashanah

10/07 – Islamic: Arbaeen begins at sundown – marks the end of the 40-day mourning period following Ashura, the anniversary of the martyrdom of Hussein ibn Ali, grandson of Islam’s prophet Muhammad

10/17 – Hindu: Navratri begins – one of the greatest Hindu festivals, honoring the Goddess Durga

10/19 – Baha’i: Birthday of the Bab – marks the birthday of the Bab (1819-1850), who is honored by the Baha’is as the one who announced God’s messenger would soon appear

10/25 – Hindu: Dussehra –  meaning ‘the tenth day,’ it’s celebrated at the culmination of the ‘nine nights’ festival of Asuj Navratras

10/28 – Islamic: Mawlid (Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday) begins at sundown, marks the birth of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam

10/31 – Pagan and Wiccan: Samhain – the most important sabbat, it marks the end of the year’s final harvest, a time to remember the dead and celebrate the cycle of life

Unlock more diversity events with our October 2020 Diversity Calendar 

Major Holy Days in November

11/01 – Christian: All Saints Day – Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) celebrates the memory of the Christian saints and martyrs, and deceased family members

11/02 – Rastafarian: Anniversary of the Crowning of Haile Selassie – commemorates the coronation of Ras (Prince) Tafari Makonnen as Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia

11/12 – Baha’i: Birthday of Baha’u’llah – marks the birthday of Baha’u’llah (1817-1892), prophet-founder of the Baha’i faith

11/14 – Hindu: Diwali – one of the most important Hindu festivals, combines a number of festivals to honor different gods and goddesses

11/15 – Jain: New Year – also known as Veer Samvat, a joyful celebration the day following the Diwali festival

11/30 – Roman Catholic: St Andrew’s Day – feast honoring the patron saint of Scotland, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Barbados, and Romania

11/30 – Sikh: Guru Nanak Ji’s Birthday – celebrates the birth of the founder of Sikhism

Find out more diversity holidays with our November 2020 Diversity Calendar 

December Religious Holidays Calendar

12/08 – Roman Catholic: Feast of the Immaculate Conception – celebrates the Roman Catholic belief that Mary, the mother of Jesus, conceived without original sin

12/08 – Buddhist: Bodhi Day (Buddha’s Enlightenment) – Mahãyãna Buddhists celebrate Buddha’s attainment of understanding

12/10 – Jewish: Hanukkah (12/11-12/18) begins at sundown – commemorates the Jewish victory over the Syrian Greeks, ending a three-year period of religious persecution

12/20 – Pagan and Wiccan: Yule begins at sundown – sabbat celebrated on the winter solstice, often observed as the rebirth of the great horned hunter god and the newborn solstice sun

12/25 – Christian: Christmas – celebrates the birth of Jesus, a public holiday in many countries worldwide

12/26 – Roman Catholic: St Stephen’s Day – public holiday

For more diversity events, see our December 2020 Diversity Calendar

We hope you’ve enjoyed highlights from our interfaith calendar for 2020.  To see our list of major religious holidays – and get inclusion tips, religious dietary restrictions and more – see our interactive, online Electronic Diversity Calendar.

 

2020 Diversity Calendar

Multicultural Holidays, Ethnic Inclusion Calendar

Get a head start on 2021, with our 2021 Diversity Calendar

According to a Harvard University study, diversity initiatives don’t work unless awareness and inclusion is a daily practice. Being aware of ethnic holidays is key for respectful scheduling and creating inclusion, 365 days a year.

A multicultural calendar with monthly themes and events is an essential tool for diversity in the workplace training. Here’s our year-long Diversity Calendar for 2020, compiled from our interactive online diversity calendar.

Note: below you’ll find a small sampling of this year’s diversity events. To view all 1,200+ events and religious observances, see our Diversity Calendar suite

January 2020 Diversity Holidays Calendar

1/1 – Black American: Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the slaves

1/8 – People With Disabilities: Stephen Hawking – Birthday of one of most influential physicists in history, paralyzed most of his life

1/17 – Black American, Muslim: Muhammed Ali -Birthday of activist, one of the most significant and celebrated athletes of 20th century

1/20 – Black American: Martin Luther King, Jr, Day – Birthday of national holiday celebrating civil rights leader

1/25 – Chinese New Year – three-day celebration, starting the Year of the Rat

1/26 – LGBTQ+: Ellen DeGeneres – Birthday of television host, leading influencer on public attitudes toward LGBTQ+ rights

1/29 – Women, Black American: Oprah Winfrey – Birthday of billionaire media pioneer, often ranked the world’s most influential woman

Multicultural Calendar for February

Black History Month

2/11 – LGBTQ+: Tammy Baldwin – Birthday of first openly LGBT politician elected to the U.S. Congress, and first elected to U.S. Senate

2/15 – Buddhist: Parinirvana or Nirvana Day – commemorates Buddha’s death in 483 BC and his final nirvana – for more religious holidays, see our 2020 Interfaith Calendar

2/15 – Women: Susan B. Anthony – Birthday of leader of women’s rights and the effort to enable women to vote

2/21 – Black: Barbara Jordan – Birthday of first Black woman elected to the Texas State Senate

2/26 – Christian: Ash Wednesday – the start of Lent, prayer and fasting for 40 days until Easter Sunday

March 2020 Ethnic Holidays

Women’s History Month – celebrates the achievements of women

March 1 – Hispanic American/Women: Geisha Williams – Birthday of first female Hispanic CEO of a Fortune 500 company

3/ 6  – Black American/Muslim: Shaquille O’Neal – Birthday of considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time, and a practicing Muslim

3/9 – Hindu: Holi – honors the winter crop harvest, and advent of spring

3/10 – Black American: Harriet Tubman – abolitionist leader on the Underground Railroad, aided slaves in their journey to freedom

3/14 – Jewish German American: Albert Einstein -Birthday of leading theoretical physicist of the 20th century

3/17 – Irish: St Patrick’s Day – Birthday of celebrates the patron saint of Ireland, who brought Christianity to island

3/31 – Mexican American: Cesar Chavez – Birthday of social activist for Mexicans and Mexican Americans, fighting for equality and economic justice

April Multicultural Holiday Calendar

2020 diversity holidays

Celebrate Diversity Month

4/4 – Black American: Maya Angelou – Birthday of writer, poet and renaissance woman, winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

4/8 – Buddhist: Buddha’s Birth – prince turned monk, who established Buddhism, one of the world’s top religions

4/9 – Jewish: Passover begins – marks the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, begins previous evening with a Seder or meal

4/12 – Christian: Easter – one of the most important holiday days in the world’s largest religion, celebrates the resurrection of Jesus

4/21 – Jewish: Yom Hashoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day

4/21 – Cancer Survivor: David Servan Schreiber – Birthday of given six months to live, he survived cancer for 15 years, as documented in books such as Anticancer: A New Way of Life

4/24 – Islamic: Ramadan – first day of Ramadan, holiest month of the Muslim year; during this month, no water or food may be taken from sunrise to sunset

4/23 – Native American: Gathering of Nations – over 500 tribes gather for three days to honor the culture of Native Americans

For more details, see our April 2020 Diversity Calendar

2020 Diversity and Inclusion Calendar for May

Mental Health Awareness Month – reaches millions of people in the United States through the media, local events, and screenings

Jewish American Heritage Month – honors the important history of American Jews, and their multifaceted accomplishments

Older Americans Month – honors the contributions of older Americans to society

5/4 – LGBT: Keith Haring – Birthday of artist, created iconic images for AIDS awareness

5/5 – Mexican American: Cinco de Mayo – Birthday of celebrated mostly by Mexican-Americans, honors the Mexican defeat of French army

5/13 – Black American/People With Disabilities : Stevie Wonder – Birthday of one of the most acclaimed and successful musicians of the 20th century, blind since shortly after birth

To discover more, see our May 2020 Diversity Calendar 

June Multicultural Calendar

Diversity and Inclusion Calendar 2020LGBT Pride Month

6/1 – LDS Church: Brigham Young – Birthday of 2nd president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

6/2 – Native Americans: Indian Citizenship Act of 1924

6/14 – Puerto Rican: Puerto Rican Day Parade – parades are held nationwide to honor the contributions and achievements of Puerto Ricans

6/19 – Black American: Juneteenth – marks the freeing of slaves in Texas, and celebrated by Black communities nationwide

6/25 – Hispanic American: Sonia Sotomayor – Birthday of Supreme Court’s first justice of Hispanic descent

6/27 – People With Disabilities: Helen Keller – Birthday of blind and deaf, Keller spent her life advocating for people with disabilities

For more information, see our June 2020 Diversity Calendar

July 2020 Diversity Holidays Calendar

7/6 – Tibetan: 14th Dalai Lama – Birthday of exiled head of Tibet, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

7/6  – Women, Mexican: Frida Kahlo – Birthday of painter, one of the best-known artists of the 20th century

7/14 – France: Bastille Day – commemorates the start of the French Revolution in 1789 and the eventual end of monarchical rule

7/14 – Hispanic American: Susan Martinez – Birthday of first Latina governor in the United States, and first woman to be elected governor of New Mexico

7/18 – South African: Nelson Mandela – Birthday of anti-apartheid activist and first black president of South Africa

7/26 – Americans with Disabilities Act – prohibits discrimination based on disabilities

7/28 – Islamic: The Hajj – annual pilgrimage to the Saudi holy city of Mecca, able Muslims must make the journey at least once in their lives

For more details, enjoy our July 2020 Diversity Calendar

August Ethnic Calendar

8/4 – Black American: Barack Obama – first Black American to assume the presidency, promoted inclusiveness for LGBT Americans, left office in January 2017 with a 60% approval rating

8/8 – Mexican: Emiliano Zapata – Birthday of revolutionary hero, who fostered democracy and economic justice

8/15 – Roman Catholic: Feast of the Assumption – honors the Roman Catholics belief in Mary’s ascension to heaven

8/20- Islamic: Al-Hijri (New Year) – starting the previous evening, this begins the new year 1440 based on the Islamic lunar calendar

8/22 – Hindu: Ganesh Chaturthi – celebrated in honor of the elephant-headed God

8/24 – People with Disabilities: Marlee Matlin – Birthday of won the Academy Award for Best Actress, the only deaf performer to win the award

8/25 – Jewish American: Leonard Bernstein – Birthday of composer, conductor and performer, one of the great figures of music in the 20th century

8/26 – Women’s Equality Day

Discover more with our August 2020 Diversity Calendar 

September 2020 Multicultural Holidays

Multicultural Calendar 2020

National Hispanic Heritage Month (9-15 to 10/15)

9/5 – Native American (Oglala Sioux): Tashunka Witko (Crazy Horse)

9/19- Jewish: Rosh Hashanah – beginning at sunset the previous day, this launches the Jewish New Year 5780, and reflection about the past year and year to come

9/22 – Autumnal Equinox

9/25 – People With Disabilities: Christopher Reeve – Birthday of actor turn advocate, paralyzed by fall from a horse, he prompted research on spinal cord injuries

Find out more with our September 2020 Diversity Calendar 

October Diversity Holidays

Global Diversity Awareness Month  – increase awareness and acceptance of diverse cultures

National Disability Employment Awareness Month – promotes awareness of those with disabilities and inspire their full integration into the workplace

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Italian American Heritage Month

10/2 – India : Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (Gandhi Jayanti) – Birthday of honors the leader of the Indian struggle for independence

10/6 – United States: German American Heritage Day

10/6 – Black American: Fannie Lou Hamer – Birthday of civil rights advocate, and one of the first Black Americans to register to vote

10/29 – Islamic : Mawlid (Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday)

Discover more with our October 2020 Diversity Calendar 

November 2020 Multicultural Holidays

Native American Heritage Month

11/1 – LGBTQ+: Tim Cook – Birthday of first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company

10/31-11/2 – Mexico: Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) – rooted in two traditions: the Christian observance of All Saints and All Souls Day, and two Aztec festivals of souls of the dead

11/14 – Hindu: Diwali – one of the most important Hindu festivals, celebrating different gods and goddesses; discover more major religious holidays in 2020

11/16 – Dutch American Heritage Day

11/18 – Hispanic American: Roberto Goizueta – Birthday of first Hispanic Fortune 500

11/20 – LGBTQ+: Transgender Day of Remembrance – build respect in your workplace with our Online Harassment Prevention Training

11/30 – Black: Shirley Chisholm – Birthday of first Black woman to win election to the United States Congress

Find out more with our November 2020 Diversity Calendar 

2020 Diversity Calendar for December

12/1 – World AIDS Day

12/10-18 – Jewish: Hanukkah – commemorates the Jewish victory over Syrian Greeks in 165 B.C.E., restoring Jewish independence

12/12 – Italian American: Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) – (birthday of) first worldwide pop superstar, with a career lasting more than half a century

12/12 – Mexico: Fiesta de Guadalupe Feast – Mexico’s patron saint

12/21 – Pagan and Wiccan: Yule – begins at sundown

12/25 – Christian: Christmas – marks the birth of the savior Jesus Christ

12/26 – Black: Kwanzaa (12/26-1/1) – a tribute to African festivals of harvest

We hope you’ve enjoyed our year-long diversity calendar. To enjoy daily diversity events, inclusion tips and more, see our Online Diversity Calendar.

October 2019 Diversity Calendar

October heralds the wonderful colors of autumn. That makes October an ideal time to better see – and appreciate – our colorful differences and similarities. Indeed, there are three major October diversity month themes below.

To help you, here are 7 multicultural events in October 2019. These diversity holidays might respectful scheduling – such as Yom Kippur. Others offer an opportunity to give a shout out to diverse groups, ranging from LGBTQ+ to people with disabilities. Check out our Online Diversity Calendar™ to see all upcoming 2019 diversity holidays and get inclusion tips for your employees.

October 2019: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, also called National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the USA, is an annual international health campaign. It’s promoted by major breast cancer charities every October, to increase awareness of the disease, and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

Global Diversity Awareness Month

October 2019 Diversity Calendar

Another October diversity event in 2019 is Global Diversity Awareness Month. Global diversity awareness focuses on understanding differing cultural perspectives, and valuing the diverse perspectives of all people from all places. Fueled by the belief that workforce diversity is a major business advantage, global diversity awareness promotes cultural diversity training and an inclusive global environment.

 

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Designate by President Reagan in 1988, this October diversity month seeks to enhance public awareness of those with disabilities, and encourage their full integration into the workforce. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor National Disability Employment Awareness Month webpage.

 

October 9, 2019 – Jewish : Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)

October Multicultural Events

A key October multicultural holiday is Yom Kippur. The ten days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur are known as the Days of Awe or the Days of Repentance. During this time Jews are to remind themselves of their sins, and seek forgiveness for their wrongdoings. Many Jews observe Yom Kippur, the holiest Jewish holiday, by taking no food or water from sundown the day before through sundown the following day. It is also common for Jews not to work the night before or day of Yom Kippur. For more religious holidays, see our 2020 Interfaith Calendar

 

October 10 – People with Disabilities : World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health. The federation is a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. Every October 10, advocates promote this annual awareness program to bring attention to mental illness, as well as promote workplace wellness training .

 

October 11 – LGBTQ+ : National Coming Out Day/March on Washington 

The key LGBTQ+ diversity event in October. On this day in 1987, saw the largest gay and lesbian gathering in history, with estimates ranging from 200,000 to 600,000 protestors. The crowd protested anti-gay discrimination, and demanded a stronger government response to the AIDS crisis.

 

October 27, 2019 – Hindu : Diwali

Diversity Holidays October 2019A major October diversity holiday, Diwali is one of the most important annual festivals in the Hindu religion. Lasting five days, Diwali encompasses a variety of festivals, celebrating various gods and goddesses, and events in their lives. Since Diwali is a ‘festival of lights,’ candles are an appropriate gift.

Get a head start, and check out our November 2019 diversity calendar. Or better yet, discover our Online Diversity Calendar™ to see all upcoming 2019/2020 diversity holidays and get inclusion tips for your employees.

September 2019 Diversity Calendar

September bring autumn, and the leaves of change. So it’s a great time to inspire your people to be more aware and respectful of our differences – and similarities.

Here you’ll find our diversity calendar for September 2019, featuring 7 events and multicultural holidays. Some might impact the workplace, while others are a time to celebrate diverse groups. See our Online Diversity Calendar™ to see all upcoming 2019 diversity holidays and get helpful inclusion tips for your employees.

National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15

Leading our September multicultural calendar is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Launched in 1968 as National Hispanic Heritage Week, the celebration includes September 15 and 16, the independence days for Central American nations and Mexico, respectively. In 1988, the period was expanded to National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Each year the National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers and the Hispanic Foundation select a theme for the month, and commission a poster to reflect that theme. An important part of respecting Hispanics is being aware of communication differences, as explored in this training video on cross cultural communication.

 

September 2, 2019 – Hindu : Ganesh Chaturthi

September multicultural diversity
This Hindu festival is a key diversity holiday in Sept. 2019. It’s celebrated in honour of the elephant-headed god, Ganesha, usually in August or September. The festival generally lasts ten days, and is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi. For more religious holidays, see our 2020 Interfaith Calendar

 

September 16 – Mexico : Independence Day (El Día de Independencia)

On September 16, 1810, in the town of Dolores in the province of Guanajuato, a handful of people were summoned by a parish priest to take up arms against the Spanish colonial government. This began the fight for independence that ended 350 years of Spanish rule. Celebrated by people of Mexican origin throughout the world, this is a day when Mexican Americans often hang Mexican flags at their homes.

 

September 20 – Black American : Ursula Burns

Multicultural Events Sept 2019
‘I’m a black lady from the Lower East Side of New York. Not a lot intimidates me. Believe that there are no limitations, no barriers to your success — you will be empowered and you will achieve.’

-Ursula Burns

Diversity events include the birthdays of diversity leaders, such as Ursula M. Burns (September 20, 1958 – ). Burns is an American business executive, and the first black woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company. In 2014, Forbes rated her the 22nd most powerful woman in the world.

 

September 20 – Women : HeForShe

HeForShe is a solidarity campaign for the advancement of gender equality, initiated by the United Nations. Founded on September 20th, 2014, it’s backed by a number of celebrities, notably actress Emma Watson.

Its goal is to achieve equality by encouraging all genders as agents of change and take action against negative stereotypes and behaviors, faced by people with feminine personalities/genders. Sexual harassment prevention training is key to gender equality.

 

September 25 – People with Disabilities : Christopher Reeve (1952-2004)

Christopher Reeve was an actor, including starring in the hist Superman, as well as acting in 17 feature films, a dozen TV movies, and more than 150 plays. His career was cut short after an equestrian accident. Reeve landed head first, fracturing the uppermost vertebrae in his spine, instantly paralyzing him from the neck down. After a grueling effort to regain his ability to breathe and speak, Reeve became an advocate for research on healing spinal cord injuries. He became Chairman of the American Paralysis Association and Vice Chairman of the National Organization on Disability. He also became a national spokesperson for and raised funds in support of stem cell research.

 

September 30, 2019 – Jewish : Rosh Hashanah (New Year) (9/30-10/1)

September multicultural holidays

Rounding out our September 2019 diversity calendar is Rosh Hashanah. Like most Jewish holidays, it begins at sundown the evening before the first (full) day of the holiday. Rosh Hashanah signifies the beginning of the Days of Awe, a period of serious reflection about the past year and the year to come. This period, which continues until Yom Kippur, is a time for asking forgiveness from both God and other people, and committing oneself to live a better life in the year to come.

To find out more multicultural holidays and events, see our Online Diversity Calendar™ to enjoy all upcoming 2019 diversity holidays and get helpful inclusion tips for your employees.

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