The Complete 2023-24 Diversity Calendar, Dates and Celebration Events

FREE Diversity Calendar 2024 GLOBAL DIVERSITY CALENDAR. A complete listing of important dates to celebrate equity, diversity, and inclusion around the world

Celebrating Diversity, Equity, and inclusion in 2023 & 2024 is as important as promoting them. Here is a list of important dates announced and supported by major diversity-related organizations around the world. If we have missed any dates, let us know!

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Diversity & Multicultural Calendar 2024

Looking to make 2024 a standout year for diversity, equity and inclusion at your workplace? Our Diversity and Multicultural Calendar 2024 is more than just a way to keep track of the days. It’s a guide to celebrating holidays and key moments from cultures around the world.

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January 2024 Diversity Calendar

January 1: New Year’s Day – The first day in the Gregorian calendar celebrated by most Western countries.

January 7: Orthodox Christmas Day – A special day when many Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

January 14: Orthodox New Year – Also known as the Julian New Year, it’s a time for Eastern Orthodox communities to celebrate the start of their new year.

January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day – A day to honour civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and to reflect on the ongoing fight for racial equality in America.

January 27: International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust – A day to remember and honour the millions lost in the Holocaust and to reaffirm a commitment to prevent such atrocities.

February 2024 Diversity Calendar 2024

February 1: Black History Month Begins – The start of a month-long celebration and study of the achievements and history of African Americans in the U.S.

February 10: Lunar New Year – The start of the new year on the lunar calendar, a big celebration for many East Asian cultures.

February 11: International Day of Women and Girls in Science – A day to recognize and celebrate the critical role women and girls play in science and technology, aiming for greater equity in these fields.

February 13: Mardi Gras – A lively festival known for parades and costumes, traditionally celebrated before the Christian season of Lent begins.

February 20: World Day of Social Justice – A day to focus on fairness and equality, advocating for social justice issues like poverty, unemployment, and human rights.

March 2024 Diversity Calendar 2024

March 8: International Women’s Day – A day dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women globally and advocating for gender equality across all sectors.

March 10: Ramadan – The start of a sacred month in Islam where fasting from dawn to sunset, reflection, and community are emphasized.

March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – A day focused on combating racial discrimination and promoting unity and equal opportunity for all.

March 25: Holi – A Hindu festival of colours celebrating the arrival of spring and the triumph of good over evil, marked by joyful gatherings and colour-throwing.

March 31: Transgender Day of Visibility – A day to honour the transgender and non-binary communities, celebrating their resilience while also raising awareness about the discrimination they still face.

March 31: Easter – A significant Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, often marked by gatherings, feasts, and traditions like egg hunts, recognized widely across Western cultures.

April 2024 Diversity Calendar 2024

April 2: World Autism Awareness Day – A day to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, celebrating their unique talents and contributions.

April 7: World Health Day – A day to focus on global health issues, advocating for equal access to healthcare services for everyone, everywhere.

April 9: Eid al-Fitr – The Islamic festival marking the end of Ramadan, a time of feasting and giving thanks celebrated by Muslims worldwide.

April 13: Vaisakhi – An important festival in the Sikh and Hindu calendars, celebrating the start of the harvest season and the Sikh New Year.

April 22: Earth Day – A day of action and advocacy for environmental protection and sustainability, emphasizing the social justice aspects of environmentalism.

April 22: Passover – A Jewish holiday commemorating the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, marked by special meals and rituals.

May 2024 Diversity Calendar 2024

May 5: Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) – A day to solemnly remember the lives lost in the Holocaust and to educate future generations about the dangers of bigotry.

May 17: International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia – A day to rally against LGBTQ+ discrimination and promote a more inclusive and accepting world.

May 19: Malcolm X Day – A day to honour civil rights leader Malcolm X, reflecting on his advocacy for African American rights and social justice.

May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development – A day to celebrate cultural diversity and to encourage dialogue that leads to better mutual understanding and cooperation.

May 23: Vesak (Buddha Day) – A significant day for Buddhists, commemorating the birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha, usually marked by prayer and meditation.

June 2024 Diversity Calendar 2024

June 1: Pride Month Begins – The kickoff for a month-long celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, focusing on history, rights, and advocacy.

June 15: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – A day to spotlight the often-overlooked issue of elder abuse, promoting the welfare and rights of the older generation.

June 16: Eid al-Adha – One of the holiest days in Islam, Eid al-Adha commemorates Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) willingness to sacrifice his son for God, marked by prayers, charity, and community gatherings.

June 19: Juneteenth – Commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, focusing on education and reflection about African American history.”

June 27: Birthday of Helen Keller – A day to honour Helen Keller, an advocate for people with disabilities, emphasizing the importance of accessibility and equal opportunity.

July 2024 Diversity Calendar 2024

July 4: Independence Day – A U.S. holiday celebrating the nation’s freedom, providing a platform to discuss the complexities and challenges of achieving true equality for all.

July 18: Nelson Mandela International Day – A global observance to honour Mandela’s legacy, encouraging individual and collective actions to fight injustice and promote social equality.

July 24: International Self-Care Day – A day promoting the importance of self-care for mental and physical well-being, emphasizing how self-care practices vary across cultures.

July 28: World Hepatitis Day – A day to elevate awareness about viral hepatitis, aiming to reduce the disease’s unequal impact on marginalized communities around the world.

July 30: International Day of Friendship – A United Nations-recognized day that celebrates friendships across borders and cultures, fostering global unity and understanding.

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August 2024 Diversity Calendar 2024

August 9: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples – A day focused on recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of Indigenous peoples while also addressing the challenges they face.

August 12: International Youth Day – A day to spotlight the energy, initiatives, and aspirations of young people worldwide while discussing the unique challenges they face in different cultural contexts.

August 24: Birthday of Marlee Matlin – Celebrating the birthday of Marlee Matlin, an Oscar-winning deaf actress and advocate, this day prompts conversations about representation and accessibility in the arts and media.

August 26: Women’s Equality Day – Commemorating the adoption of the 19th Amendment in the U.S., granting women the right to vote, and sparking conversations on the ongoing fight for gender equality globally.

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September 5: International Day of Charity – A day to celebrate and promote charitable giving, focusing on how philanthropy can address systemic inequities globally.

September 8: International Literacy Day – A day highlighting the importance of literacy as a human right while acknowledging the varied literacy challenges across different cultures and communities.

September 11: Patriot Day – A U.S. observance to honour the victims of the 9/11 attacks, serving as a platform to discuss the complexities of national security and civil liberties.

September 15: Mawlid al-Nabi – Commemorating the birth of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad, this day is an opportunity to explore the rich diversity within Islamic traditions and their global impact.

October 2024 Diversity Calendar 2024

October 2: Rosh Hashanah – The Jewish New Year, a day to reflect and renew, providing a space to discuss Jewish traditions and their contributions to global culture

October 10: World Mental Health Day – A day to highlight the importance of mental well-being, recognizing that mental health issues manifest differently across cultures and social contexts.

October 11: Yom Kippur – The Jewish Day of Atonement, emphasizing the importance of repentance and forgiveness, sparking conversations about these universal themes across different faiths.

October 11: National Coming Out Day – A day to celebrate coming out as LGBTQ+, encouraging discussions about the varying challenges and triumphs experienced in different cultural settings.

October 16: Bosses’ Day – A day to acknowledge leadership in the workplace, serving as an entry point to discuss power dynamics and equitable management styles.

November 2024 Diversity Calendar 2024

November 1: Diwali – The Hindu Festival of Lights, a celebration of good over evil that offers a vibrant lens into the richness of Indian culture while inspiring conversations about the universal theme of hope.

November 2: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) – A Mexican tradition celebrating deceased loved ones, sparking conversations about how different cultures approach death and remembrance.

November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance – A solemn day to memorialize those lost to anti-transgender violence, advocating for safer and more inclusive environments.

November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – A global day to combat gender-based violence, emphasizing the pressing need for collective action and intersectional feminism.

December 2024 Diversity Calendar 2024

December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities – A day to focus on the rights and well-being of people with disabilities, sparking dialogue about accessibility and inclusion in diverse cultural contexts.

December 25: Christmas – A Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, which has also evolved into a global cultural event, offering a platform to discuss the commercialization and universal themes of peace and goodwill.

December 25: Hanukkah – An eight-day Jewish festival of lights, offering an opportunity to explore Jewish traditions, resilience, and their impact on global culture.

December 26: Kwanzaa – A seven-day African-American and Pan-African celebration emphasizing communal values and heritage, encouraging conversations about the diaspora and its cultural contributions.

Diversity Calendar 2023

DATESDIVERSITY & CULTURALCELEBRATIONEXPLANATIONJanuaryAlzheimer’s Awareness Month (Canada)Learn more about dementia and its impactJanuary 1New Year’s DayCelebrated within most Western countriesJanuary 1Shogatsu / Gantan-sai (New Year)The most important holiday in JapanJanuary 1Feast Day of St. BasilEastern Orthodox Church holidayJanuary 2World Introvert DayIntroverts are usually misunderstood, and this day honors the accomplishments and contributions of those born this way. Among the world s notable people were originally introverts.January 4World Braille DayEnable the full knowledge of human rights for the blind and partially sighted to become accomplished through the universal touch-based communication system.January 5Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh A celebration honoring the birthday of the 10th Sikh Guru commemorates a man who emulated God. Individuals pray during the event, praying for prosperity and well-being.January 6Epiphany or Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day); Armenian Orthodox ChristmasProtestant Christian and Roman Catholic celebrate Epiphany and Armenian Christmas.January 6Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)Bodhi Day (Buddhist)January 7Eastern Orthodox ChristmasChristmas in RussiaJanuary 13Lori-Maghi; Makar Sankranti or MaghiA month-long religious festival is organized by the Sikhs each year to commemorate the memory of 40 martyrs who were slain. Hindu: Celebrates the harvest.January 14Eastern Orthodox New YearJanuary 15World Religion DayHighlight how the ideas within many of the world’s religious systems are harmonious in nature, and that religions play an important role in all countries’ addressing of societal issues.January 16Martin Luther King Jr. DayFederal holiday in the United States marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.January 20TimkatOrthodox Tewahedo celebration of EpiphanyJanuary 22Lunar New Year (Year of Rabbit)Lunar New Year is celebrated in many different countries. There are twelve zodiac signs associated with the Lunar New Year, and each one has a different meaning.January 24International Day of EducationWithout inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, countries will not succeed in achieving gender equality and breaking the cycle of poverty that is leaving millions of children, youth and adults behind.January 24World Day for African and Afrodescendant CultureCelebrate the many vibrant cultures of the African continent and African Diasporas around the world.January 25Bell Let’s Talk Day (Canada Mental Health)Spread the word about mental health.January 26Vasant PanchamiHindu festival that highlights the coming of springJanuary 27International Holocaust Remembrance DayRegistered by the United Nations General Assembly on November 1, 2005, as a day to raise remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust.January 29Oprah Winfrey’s birthdayLet’s All Win: How Oprah Helps Inclusive Leaders Grow?January 29National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia (Canada)Islamophobia is an extreme fear of and hostility toward Islam and Muslims. It often leads to hate speech and hate crimes, social and political discrimination, can be used to rationalize policies such as mass surveillance, incarceration, and disenfranchisement, and can influence domestic and foreign policy.
January Diversity and Cultural Events
DATESDIVERSITY & CULTURALCELEBRATIONEXPLANATIONMonth of FebruaryBlack History MonthRecreation Therapy Awareness MonthLGBT+ History MonthHeart MonthPsychology MonthFebruary 1National Freedom DayCelebrates the signing of the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery in 1865.February 1Imbolc Imbolc is a pagan holiday celebrated from February 1 through sundown February 2.February 3Setsubun-Sai (Beginning of Spring)Roshomon (the Japanese lunar calendar)-based: One day before the beginning of spring. It is not a countrywide holiday. In many centuries, people have been performing rituals to chase away evil spirits at the beginning of spring.February 4World Cancer DayFebruary 5Lantern FestivalMarks the end of the Lunar New Year periodFebruary 5Maghi-PurnimaA Hindu festival especially for worshippers of Lord Vishnu. Millions of devotees take a holy bath on this day. They also perform charity work on this day.February 6Tu B’ShevatThe Jewish new year for trees – a day for environmental awareness.February 11International Day of Women and Girls in ScienceEncourage access and participation for women and girls in science.February 14Have a Heart Day (Canada)Have a Heart Day is a child and youth-led reconciliation event that brings together caring Canadians to help ensure First Nations children have the opportunity to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and be proud of who they are.February 14Pink Triangle DayThe lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) community has appropriated the national emblem in celebration of its rights movement.February 14St. Valentine’s DayThe history of Valentine’s DayFebruary 14Birthday of Frederick DouglassRenowned abolitionist, who helped free the slavesFebruary 15Parinirvana or Nirvana DayRemembers Buddha getting born in 483 BC and celebrating his birthday. Commemorative commemoration of Buddha s death at the age of 80.February 15Birthday of Susan B. AnthonyThe women’s rights advocate who helped women gain the right to vote.February 18Lailatal MirajMuslims celebrate the Prophet Muhammad’s nighttime journey from Mecca to Jerusalem, where he ascended to heaven.February 18Maha ShivaratiHindu: One of the major festivals in Hinduism dedicated to worshipping Lord Shiva. People celebrate Maha Shivratri by fasting, keeping vigil and doing pujas at homes and temples.February 20Presidents Day (US)Federally recognized holiday commemorating the birthday of the first President of the United States, George Washington, every year.February 20World Day of Social JusticeThe observance of the day should contribute to the further consolidation of the efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.February 21LosarThe Tibetan Buddhist New YearFebruary 21Mardi GrasNew Orleans, Louisiana, is renowned for Mardi Gras. The last day of merrymaking before it begins the more modest, but longer, sober weeks (Lent) of fasting for Catholics.February 21Shrove TuesdayThe big hurrah before Christians start Lent, a season of prayer, penance and fasting in preparation for the Easter season.February 21International Mother Language DayRecognizes that languages and multilingualism can advance inclusion, and the Sustainable Development Goals’ focus on leaving no one behind.February 22Ash WednesdayChristians, especially Catholics, wearing a smudge of ashes on their foreheads.February 22Pink Shirt Day (Canada)National Anti-Bullying DayFebruary 26Intercalary/Ayyam-i-ha These days are devoted to spiritual preparation for the month long fast, Alá that follows. These days are festive times in the community, characterized by hospitality, charity, service and gift-giving. (Bahá’í)February 27Clean Monday – Lent Begins“Kathara Deftera,” Greek for “Clean Monday,” is considered one of the most important annual feasts in Greece, commencing the 40-day period of Great Lent, or “Sarakosti,” for the Greek Orthodox Church.
February Diversity and Cultural Events
DATESDIVERSITY & CULTURALCELEBRATIONEXPLANATIONMonth of MarchDevelopmental Disabilities Awareness MonthNational Women’s History Month Ethnic Equality MonthNational Multiple Sclerosis Awareness and Education MonthGender Equality MonthNational Kidney MonthGreek-American Heritage MonthNational Colon Cancer Awareness MonthIrish-American Heritage MonthDeaf History MonthMarch 1Zero Discrimination DayZero Discrimination Day highlights how people can become informed about and promote inclusion, compassion, peace and, above all, a movement for change. Zero Discrimination Day is helping to create a global movement of solidarity to end all forms of discrimination.March 3Employee Appreciation DayMarch 7HoliWhat is the Festival of Colors?March 7PurimTheir Jewish community in Persia was saved from genocide on the festival of Purim. Purim entails celebrating and giving charity, and Jewish people do all of this with their friends.March 8Hola MohallaA three-day long Sikh festival which normally falls in March.March 8International Women’s DayBy celebrating all women and their remarkable contributions to collective progress, it is possible to record the progress we’ve made for posterity while our historical battle to eradicate gender inequality, and no nation has reached that goal.March 10Harriet Tubman DayLeader of the Underground Railroad who helped slaves escape to freedomMarch 14Pi DayPay tribute to the symbol that constant in mathematics and physics gets when you divide the diameter of the circle by its circumference. It is expressed by the Greek letter π in English, pi. Museums and science centers celebrate this day with educational programs, songs, pi memorization challenges and at least one event, though many mathematical lovers celebrate simply through enjoying.March 17St Patrick’s DaySt. Patrick’s Day is commemorated by the Irish community in honor of .March 21Naw-Ruz ; NowruzBaha’I New Year; Ismaili Muslims worldwide observe Navroz (Nowruz), a festival that marks the beginning of the Persian New Year and the first day of spring.March 21International Day for the Elimination of Racial DiscriminationMarch 23Ramadan BeginsRamaḍān is the month of fasting during which physically able Muslims do not eat or drink from the first sign of dawn until sunset.March 25International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave TradeMarch 31International Transgender Day of VisibilityMarch 31Equal Pay Day
March Diversity and Cultural Events
DATESDIVERSITY & CULTURAL CELEBRATIONEXPLANATIONMonth of AprilArab-American Heritage MonthTartan (Scottish-American) Heritage MonthAutism Awareness MonthNational Volunteer MonthCelebrate Diversity MonthNational Child Abuse Prevention MonthEarth MonthApril 2World Autism Awareness DayThroughout its history, the United Nations family has celebrated diversity and promoted the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities, including learning differences and developmental disabilities.April 2Palm SundayChristians throughout the world celebrate the day Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem days before his crucifixion.April 5 – 13Pesach*/PassoverPassover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is one of the Jewish religion’s most sacred and widely observed holidays.

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April 6Maundy ThursdayWhat is Maundy Thursday and how is it celebrated?April 7Good FridayWhat Is Good Friday and Why Do We Celebrate It?April 9EasterEaster, Easter eggs and Easter bunniesApril 9Palm Sunday OrthodoxApril 14VaisakhiWhat is Vaisakhi, or Baisakhi and how is it celebrated?April 14Good FridayOrthodoxApril 16Pascha/EasterOrthodoxApril 17Easter MondayOrthodoxApril 17Yom HashoahThis annual day of remembrance of the victims is observed by Jewish communities worldwide.Second Wednesday of AprilInternational Day of Pink Anti-BullyingApril 17Laylat al QadrWhat Is The Significance Of This Night In Islam?April 21Start of RiḍvánThe First Day of Ridván is an important Baha’i holiday. Riḍván is a twelve-day festival that celebrates the beginnings of the Bahá’í Faith.April 21Eid al-FitrEid-ul-Fitr: Know Its History, Traditions And SignificanceApril 22International Earth DayApril 25Yom Ha’AtzmautThe celebration of Israeli independence is marked each year on the fifth day of the Hebrew month of Iyar.April 23National Day of Silence (LGBTQIAA+)Spread awareness about the effects of the bullying and harassment of LGBTQ2+ people.April 22-24Gathering of Nations More than 500 Native American tribes meet to celebrate their traditions and culturesMonth of MayALS Awareness MonthAsian Heritage MonthSouth Asian American Heritage MonthHaitian Heritage MonthOlder Americans MonthAsian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthJewish American Heritage MonthMental Health Awareness MonthMay 1BeltaneA fire festival that celebrates the coming of summer and the fertility of the coming year.May 3Asian-American Women’s Equal Pay DayTo bring about greater awareness of racial pay disparities, the Japanese-American community has organized events.May 5Red Dress Day (Canada)National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and GirlsMay 5Wesak (Buddha Day)What is Wesak and how is it celebrated?May 17International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and BiphobiaMore than one-third of all countries criminalize same-sex relationships. LGBTQIA+ people face prejudice, discrimination, stigma, hostility, violence. They are denied legal protections, essential health care, civil and human rights, including a right to bodily autonomy when forced to go through medical treatment or needless surgery.May 18Ascension DayAscension Day is traditionally celebrated the 40th day after Easter Sunday, that commemorates Jesus Christ’s ascension into heaven.May 19Birthday of Malcolm XThe civil rights leaderMay 20Asian Gold Ribbon DayStand in Solidarity against Anti-Asian RacismMay 21World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and DevelopmentProtect the diversity of cultural expressionsMay 23Declaration of the BabBaha’iMay 25ShavuotShavuot, the feast of weeks, is celebrated seven weeks after the second Passover seder. Although Shavuot began as an ancient grain harvest festival, the holiday has been identified since biblical times with the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.May 25AscensionOrthodoxMay 28PentecostMay 28Ascension of Baha’u’llahBaha’iMonth of JunePride Month (LGBTQIAA+)Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness MonthNational Caribbean American Heritage MonthBlack Music MonthNational Indigenous History Month (Canada)June 4Trinity SundayWhat is Trinity Sunday and how is it celebrated?June 5World Environment DayWorld Environment Day is the largest global platform for environmental public outreach and is celebrated by millions of people across the world.June 8Corpus ChristiWhat is Corpus Christi and how is it celebrated?June 13International Albinism Awareness DayAlbinism is a rare, non-contagious, genetically inherited difference present at birth.June 11National Puerto Rican Day Parade10 Caribbean Festivals Worth Traveling For June 19International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in ConflictJune 19JuneteenthBlack American; Commentates the liberation of slaves in Texas, and celebrated nationwideJune 21Litha or Summer SolsticeLitha is a pagan holiday and celebrates the beginning of summer.June 21National Indigenous Peoples Day (Canada)This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.June 22Dragon Boat FestivalThe history and evolution of the Dragon Boat FestivalJune 26The HajjHajj in Mecca is specific to Muslims, and it is required of all able Muslims at least once in their life.June 27Canadian Multiculturalism DayCanadian Multiculturalism Day was marked in various ways by people across the countryJune 27Birthday of Helen KellerPeople With Disabilities; the pioneer in advocating for those with disabilitiesJune 28Eid al-AdhaOne of Islam’s most important holidays

DATEDIVERSITY & CULTURAL CELEBRATIONEXPLANATIONMonth of OctoberGlobal Diversity Awareness MonthBreast Cancer Awareness MonthBullying Prevention MonthDomestic Violence Awareness MonthDown Syndrome Awareness MonthFilipino-American Heritage MonthItalian-American Heritage MonthLGBTQ History MonthNational Work and Family MonthNational Disability Employment Awareness MonthPolish-American Heritage MonthFamily History MonthOctober 1National Seniors Day (Canada)All Canadians to join in celebrating older adults across Canada.October 2International Day of NonviolenceOctober 6Shmini AtzeretWhat is Shemini Atzeret?October 7Simchat TorahThe two holidays at the conclusion of Sukkot.October 10World Mental Health DayOctober 11National Coming Out DayLGBTQIAA+October 9Indigenous Peoples’ DayCelebrates the indigenous peoples of North AmericaOctober 11International Day of the Girl ChildUnited NationsOctober 15White Cane Safety DayBlind awarenessOctober 15Navrati beginsHindu – What is Navratri all about?October 16Bosses’ DayOctober 16Birth of the B’abBahá’íOctober 17Birth of Bahá’u’lláhBahá’íOctober 18National Persons Day (celebrates Women recognized as people)CanadaOctober 19Spirit DayLGBTQ2+; observers wear purple to support LGBTQ youth and prevent bullyingOctober 20Birth of Guru Granth SahibSikhOctober 22International Stuttering Awareness DayInternational Stuttering AssociationOctober 26Eid Milad ul-NabiMuslimOctober 26Intersex Awareness DayOctober 31HalloweenMonth of November MovemberNational Native American, American Indian, and Alaskan Native Heritage MonthAwareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer1st week of NovemberTreaties Recognition WeekMinistry of Indigenous AffairsNovember 1All Saints DayHow to celebrate All Saints DayNovember 2Dia de los Muertos beginsDía de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration of life and death. While the holiday originated in Mexico, it is celebrated all over Latin America with colorful calaveras (skulls) and calacas (skeletons).HinduNovember 6Birth of the BabBaha’iNovember 7Birth of Baha’u’llahBaha’iNovember 9World Freedom DayNovember 10World Science Day for Peace and DevelopmentUnited NationsNovember 10Veterans Day (US)What is Veterans DayNovember 12DiwaliHindu, Jain and Sikh celebration – What to Know About Diwali, and How It’s CelebratedNovember 13World Kindness DayThe occasion is observed in countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, Italy, and JapanNovember 16Dutch American Heritage DayNovember 16International Day for ToleranceNovember 20Transgender Day of RemembranceGLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)November 20National Child DayCanadaNovember 23Thanksgiving (US)November 25Day of the CovenantBaha’iNovember 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence against WomenUnited NationsNovember 28Ascension of Abdu’l-BahaBaha’iIDecember 1World AIDS DayDecember 3International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesPromotes the dignity, rights, and well-being of people with disabilitiesDecember 3 – 24AdventWhat is Advent? And what traditions do people follow worldwide?December 6National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against WomenCanadaDecember 8Bodhi DayBuddhists Prepare To Observe Bodhi Day, When Siddhartha Gautama Became BuddhaDecember 8Hanukkah beginsLasting eight days, the joyous Jewish holiday celebrates a miracle from more than 2,000 years ago.December 10International Human Rights DayDecember 10Human Rights DayUnited NationsDecember 16-24Las PosadasLas Posadas is a Christmas festival celebrated in Latin America, especially Mexico, and in Hispanic communities in the United States.December 18International Migrants DayUnited NationsDecember 21Yule Winter SolsticeThe pagan celebration of the winter solstice is known as Yule, and it’s one of the oldest winter celebrations in the world.December 25ChristmasChristian; celebrates the birth of Jesus, the Christian messiahDecember 26Kwanzaa beginsKwanzaa celebrates African-American heritage. Here’s how it came to be—and what it means today.December 31New Year’s Eve24 Best New Year’s Movies To Watch As You Ring In 2023

What is a Diversity and Inclusion Calendar?

A diversity and inclusion calendar is a tool that lists various cultural, religious, and social events, holidays, and awareness days from different groups throughout the year. The purpose of this calendar is to help people learn about and respect the unique backgrounds, beliefs, and customs of others. This calendar can be used in schools, workplaces, or personal life to promote a more inclusive and diverse environment.

How to teach children the importance of a Diversity and Inclusion Calendar?

A diversity and inclusion calendar is like a special planner or schedule that highlights different cultural, religious, and social events, holidays, and awareness days from various groups of people throughout the year. The main goal of having this calendar is to help everyone understand and appreciate the uniqueness of each other’s backgrounds, beliefs, and traditions.

It’s kind of like if you had a calendar that showed not just the big holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving, but also included celebrations from different cultures, like Diwali, Ramadan, or Lunar New Year. It also helps to make sure everyone feels included and respected, no matter their background. This calendar can be used at schools, workplaces, or even in your own personal life to create a more inclusive and diverse environment.

Why is a Diversity Calendar important to building a diverse workplace?

A diversity calendar is important to a workplace for several reasons:

Fosters inclusivity. By recognizing various cultural, religious, and social events, the calendar helps create an inclusive environment where employees from different backgrounds feel respected and valued.

Raises awareness. The calendar educates employees about the diversity of their colleagues, which can lead to greater understanding, empathy, and collaboration.

Encourages engagement. Celebrating diverse events can encourage employees to participate in activities, share their own traditions, and learn about others, which can strengthen team bonds.

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