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April 2021 Diversity Calendar

Our April multicultural calendar brings together a diverse group of days that can help your inclusion efforts blossom this spring. Below you’ll discover a variety of must-know diversity topics, celebrations, and multicultural holidays.

Note: below is a small sampling of diversity events. To enjoy all 100+ events, inclusion tips and more, see our diversity awareness calendar suite

Celebrate Diversity Month

April diversity month is our theme for 2021. Established in 2004, it’s designated as a time to help diverse people gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of each other. Throughout this month, you’ll have the opportunity to gain a greater appreciation for the diversity that surrounds you. Take time to recognize the diversity in your workplace, school, neighborhood or home. One of the ways you can do this is by supporting minority-owned businesses. Or boost inclusion in your workplace by exploring diverse types of diversity training in the workplace.

4/2: World Autism Awareness Day

In 2021, the international community will celebrate the 14th annual World Autism Awareness Day. This April diversity day seeks to recognize people with autism and improve their lives so they can live fully and meaningfully. On this day and throughout the month, educational activities will take place to increase the understanding and acceptance of people with autism. The goal is fostering worldwide support and inspiring a more inclusive world.

4/4: Easter

April diversity events include this major religious holy day. Also called Resurrection Sunday, Easter is a festival and holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. It’s one of the two most important holy days in Christianity, the world’s #1 most-practiced religion. For more religious holidays, see our 2021 Interfaith Calendar.

4/8: Buddha’s Birth

Our April multicultural calendar includes the Buddha’s birthday. It’s a holiday for both celebration and reflection for Buddhists. Prince Siddhartha Gautama was first royalty and later became a spiritual leader. He launched Buddhism, which remains one of the most popular religions today. The exact date of Buddha’s birth depends on the calendar you’re looking at. However, the Gregorian calendar always places Buddha’s birth on April 8.

4/12: Ramadan

April multicultural holidays include the first day of Islam’s most sacred month. During Ramadan, Muslims are expected to observe a strict fast from dawn until dusk, which means they’re not allowed to eat, drink, chew gum, smoke cigarettes, or engage in sexual activity. Often, Muslims will eat both a pre-fast meal (shur) and a post-fast meal (iftar) with a snack in between. Help create a more respectful workplace for Muslims and others with online interactive harassment training for employees

4/22: Earth Day

April diversity topics include our home, the Earth! Every year on this day, 192 countries celebrate the modern environmental movement. Earth Day was first established in 1970, and that means we’ve just passed more than 50 years of environmental advocacy. Today, pick one thing that you can do for the environment: go pick up litter in your community, conserve water, or stop consuming meat/dairy for the day.

4/23-24: Gathering of Nations

The Gathering of Nations is considered North America’s biggest “pow wow” for more than 500 Native American tribes. Each year, these tribes meet to celebrate their traditions and cultures. Due to COVID-19, this year’s event will be virtual. You can find out more about the virtual live-streamed event here.

Final thoughts

That concludes our April 2021 Diversity Calendar, an opportunity to engage with diverse communities. Mark these April multicultural holidays on your calendar and take action to remind yourself of the importance of diversity.

Explore next month with our May 2021 Diversity Calendar. Or get a ahead start on the rest of the year, with our 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Calendar

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.

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