2020 Diversity Calendar

Multicultural Holidays, Ethnic Inclusion 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.

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

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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

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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

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6/1 – Mormon: Brigham Young – Birthday of founder of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as Mormons

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

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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

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

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)

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

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

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.

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