Diversity calendar 2021

January

1 - New Year's Day/Hogmanay

1 - Feast of St Basil (Orthodox Christian)

1 - Gantan-sei (Shinto)

1 - Mary, Mother of God (Catholic Christian)

5 - Twelfth Night (Christian)

6 - Epiphany and Feast of Theophany (Orthodox Christian)

7 - Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christian)

10 - Baptism of the Lord Jesus (Christian)

11 - Seijin no hi (Shinto)

13 - Maghi/Lohri (Sikhism, Hinduism)

14 - Orthodox New Year (Orthodox Christian)

14 - Makar Sankranti (Hinduism)

19 - Timkat (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian)

20 - Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh (Sikhism)

20 - Bodhi Day (Buddism)

25 - Burn's Night

28 - Tu B'Shevat (Judaism)

28 - Mahayana New Year (Buddism)

31 - Birthday of Guru Har Rai (Sikhism)

Awareness Days

4 - World Braille Day

17 - World Religion Day

18 - Martin Luther King Day

18-24 - Big Energy Saving Week

27 - Holocaust Memorial Day

February

2 - Candlemas (Christian)

2 - Imbolc Lughassad (Wicca, Pagan)

2 - Setsubun (Shinto)

11 - Our Lady of Lourdes (Christian)

12 - Chinese New Year

14 - St Valentine's Day (Christian)

14 - Zacchaeus Sunday (Orthodox Christian)

15 - Parinirvana (Buddism, Jainism)

16 - Shrove Tuesday (Christian)

16 - Vasant Panchami (Hinduism)

17 - Ash Wednesday (Christian)

25 - Fast of Esther (Judaism)

25 - Intercalary Days begin (Baha'i)

26 - Purim (Judaism)

27 - Magha Puja (Buddism)

28 - Intercalary Days end (Baha'i)

Awareness Days

LGBT History Month

1 - World Hijab Day

1-7 - Race Equality Week

4 - World Cancer Day

6 - Time to talk Day 

6 - International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

15 - International Childhood Cancer Day

20 - World Day of Social Justice

21 - International Mother Language Day

26 - International stand up to bullying day

March

1 - St David's Day (Christian)

1 - Nineteen Day Fast begins (Baha’i)

7 - Meatfare Sunday (Orthodox Christian)

11 - Maha Shivaratri (Hinduism)

11 - Lailat al Miraj (Islam)

14 - Daylight Saving Time Begins

14 - Mothering Sunday (Christian)

15 - Great Lent begins (Orthodox Christian)

17 - St Patrick's Day

19 - St Joseph’s Day

19 - Nineteen Day Fast ends (Baha’i)

20 - Spring Equinox

20 - Naw Rúz (Baha’i)

20 - Nowruz (Persian/Zoroastrian)

21 - Sunday of Orthodoxy (Orthodox Christian)

25 - Fast of Firstborn (Judaism)

27 - Lazarus Saturday (Orthodox Christian)

28 - Holika Dahan (Hinduism)

28 - Pesach/Passover begins (Judaism)

28 - Palm Sunday (Christian)

29 - Daylight Saving Time starts

29 - Holi (Hinduism)

29 - Hola Mohalla (Sikhism)

29 – Lailat al Bara’ah (Islam) 

Awareness Days

International Women’s History Month

1 - Zero Discrimination Day

1 - Self harm Awareness Day

3 - World Hearing Day

8 - International Women's Day

21 - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

21 - World Down Syndrome Day

22 - World Water Day

24 - World Tuberculosis Day

26 - Purple Day (epilepsy)

31 – International Transgender Day of Visibility

April

1 - Maundy Thursday (Christian)

2 - Good Friday (Christian)

3 - Holy Saturday (Christian)

4 - Easter Sunday (Christian)

4 - Pesach/Passover ends (Judaism)

5 - Easter Monday (Christian)

9 - Yom HaShoah (Judaism)

13 - Ramadan begins (Islam)

13 -Songkran/Thai New Year (Buddhism) 

14 - Vaisakhi/New Year (Sikhism)

18 - Birthday of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Sikhism)

18 - Birthday of Guru Angad Dev (Sikhism)

20 - First Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)

21 - Rama Navami (Hinduism)

23 - St George’s Day (Christian)

24 - Lazarus Saturday (Orthodox Christian)

25 - Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)

25 - Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)

27 - Theravada New Year (Buddhism)

27 - Hanuman Jayanti (Hinduism)

28 - Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)

30 - Holy Friday (Orthodox Christian)

30 – Lag B’Omer (Judaism)

Awareness Days

Stress Awareness Month

2 - World Autism Awareness Day

7 - World Health Day

8 - International Romani Day

22 - Earth Day

22 - Steven Lawrence Day

25 – World Malaria Day

26-2 National Gardening Week

May

1 -  Beltane (Wicca/Pagan)

1 - Twelfth Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)

1 - Great Lent ends (Orthodox Christian)

1 - Holy Saturday (Orthodox Christian)

2 -  Birthday of Guru Arjan Dev (Sikhism)

2 - Pascha/Easter (Orthodox Christian)

7 - Vesak Buddha Day (Buddhism)

9 - Laylat al Qadr/Night of Power (Islam)

12-13 - Eid al Fitr (Islam)

13 - Ascension Day (Christian)

14 - Akshaya Tritiya (Hinduism, Jainism)

17 - Shavuot/Pentecost (Judaism)

23 - Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)

23 - Pentecost (Christian)

24 - Whit Monday (Christian)

25 - Birthday of Guru Amar Das (Sikhism)

28 - Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Baha’i)

30 - Trinity Sunday (Christian)

Awareness Days

3-9 Deaf Awareness Week

8 - World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

10-16 Mental Health Awareness Week

10-16 Black Inclusion Week

15 - International Day of Families

17 - International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

17-23 – Dementia Action Week

20 - Global Accessibility Awareness Day

21 - World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

22 - International Day for Biological Diversity

June

3 - Corpus Christi (Catholic Christian)

10 - Ascension Day (Orthodox Christian)

11 - Feast of the Sacred Heart (Catholic Christian)

16 - Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev (Sikhism)

20 - Pentecost (Orthodox Christian)

20 - Father’s Day

21 - Summer Solstice Northern Hemisphere

21 – Litha Yule (Wicca/Pagan)

24 - Nativity of Saint John the Baptist (Christian)

27 - Fast of 17 Tammuz (Judaism)

29 - Feast of Sts Peter and Paul (Christian)

Awareness Days

Pride Month 

Gypsy Roma and Traveller History Month 

1-7 Volunteers Week

1 - Global Day of Parents

4 - International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

5 - World Environment Day

8-13 Carers Week

12 - World Day Against Child Labour

13 - Race Unity Day

14 - World Blood Donor Day

15 - World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

18 - Autistic Pride Day

20 - World Refugee Day

21–27 – Learning Disability Week

21 - World Humanist Day

26 - London Pride

July

3 - St Thomas the Apostle (Christian)

4 - US Independence Day

5 - Birthday of Guru Hargobind (Sikhism)

9 - Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha‘i)

11 - St Benedict Day (Christian)

12 - Battle of the Boyne (Orangemen’s Day)

18 - Tish’a B’Av/Fast of 9 Av (Judaism)

19 - Waqf al Arafa (Islam)

20-23 Eid al Adha (Islam)

22 - Feast Day of St Mary (Christian)

23 - Birthday of Guru Har Krishan (Sikhism)

23 - Birthday of Emperor Haile Selassie (Rastafari)

24 - Pioneer Day Mormon (Christian)

24 – Asalha Puja/Dharma Day (Buddhism)

25 - St James the Great Day (Christian)

Awareness Days

11 - World Population Day

14 - International Non-Binary Peoples's Day

15 - World Youth Skills Day

18 - Nelson Mandela International Day

28 - World Hepatitis Day

30 - International Friendship Day

30 - World Day against Trafficking Persons

August

1 - Lammas (Christian)

1 – Lughnassadh Imbolc (Wicca/Pagan)

6 - Feast of the Transfiguration (Christian)

6 - Transfiguration of the Lord (Orthodox Christian)

10 - Al Hijra/Muharram New Year (Islam)

10 - Feast of St Lawrence (Christian)

15 - Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary (Catholic Christian)

15 - Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)

15 - Parshvanath Moksha (Jain)

19 – Ashura (Islam)

22 - Raksha Bandhan (Hinduism)

24 - Feast of St Bartholomew the Apostle (Christian)

30 - Krishna Janmashtami (Hinduism)

Awareness Days

6 - Cycle to work Day

9 - International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

12 - International Youth Day

19 - World Humanitarian Day

22 - International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

23 - International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

30 - Grief Awareness Day

September

4 - Paryushan begins (Jain)

7–8 - Rosh Hashanah (Judaism)

8 - Nativity of Virgin Mary (Christian)

9 - Fast of Gedaliah (Judaism)

10 - Ganesh Chaturthi (Hinduism)

11 - Ethiopian New Year’s Day (Rastafari)

11 – Samvatsari (Jain)

14 - The Triumph of the Cross (Christian)

16 - Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement (Judaism)

19 - Anant Chaturdashi (Jain)

21 – 27 - Sukkot/Tabernacles (Judaism)

22 - Autumn Equinox

22 - Mabon Ostara (Wicca/Pagan)

27 - Meskel (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian)

28 - Shmini Atzeret/8th Day of Assembly (Judaism)

29 - Michaelmas (Christian)

29 - Simchat Torah/Celebration of the Torah (Judaism)

Awareness Days

World Alzheimer's Month 

Shared Ownership Week

5 - International Day of Charity

8 - International Literacy Day

10 - World Suicide Prevention Day

11-26 Great British Spring Clean

13–19 – Gas Safety Week

15 - International Day of Democracy

18 - International Equal Pay Day

21 - World Alzheimer's Day

21 - International Day of Peace

21–27 – Recycling Week

23 - Bi Visibility Day 

26 - European Day of Languages

26 - World Deaf Day

27–3 National Inclusion Week

29 – World Heart Day

October

2 - Feast of the Guardian Angels (Christian)

4 - St Francis Day (Christian)

7–14 - Navaratri (Hinduism)

9 - Birthday of Guru Ram Das (Sikhism)

15 - Dussehra (Hinduism)

18 - Feast of St Luke (Christian)

19 - Milad un Nabi/Mawlid (Islam)

31 - All Hallows' Eve/Halloween (Christian)

31 - Samhain/Halloween (Wicca/Pagan)

Awareness Days

Black History Month

Global Diversity Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

1 - International Day of Older Persons

2 - International Day of Non-Violence

4 - World Smile Day

4- World Dyslexia Day

6 - World Cerebral Palsy Day

8 - World Sight Day

10 - World Mental Health Day

10 - World Homeless Day

11 - National Coming Out Day

15 - World Values Day

16 - World Food Day

17 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

22 - International Stammering Awareness Day

25 - International Disability Awareness Day

27 - National Mentoring Day 

29 - World Stroke Day

November

1 - All Saints' Day (Christian)

2 - All Soul’s Day (Christian)

2 - Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I (Rastafari)

4 - Diwali/Deepavali (Hinduism, Sikhism, Jain)

4 – Bandi Chhor Divas (Sikhism)

5 - Guy Fawkes Night

6 - Birth of the Báb (Baha’i)

7 - Birth of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)

14 – Remembrance Sunday

15 - Nativity Fast begins (Orthodox Christian)

19 - Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev (Sikhism)

21 - Presentation of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)

21 - Feast of Christ the King (Christian)

24 - Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Sikhism)

25 - Day of the Covenant (Baha’i)

25 - Thanksgiving Day Interfaith USA

27 - Ascension of Abdu'l Baha (Baha’i)

28 - Advent Sunday (Christian)

29 - Chanukah begins (Judaism)

30 - St Andrew's Day (Christian)

Awareness Days

Islamophobia Awareness Month starts

1-5 International Stress Awareness Week

11 - Armistice Day

13 - World Kindness Day

8-14 Interfaith Week

14 - World Diabetes Day

19 - International Men's Day

20 - Transgender Day of Remembrance

20 - Universal Children’s Day

25 - International Day for Elimination of Violence Towards Women 

December

6 - Chanukah ends (Judaism)

6 - St Nicholas Day (Christian)

8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Christian)

14 - Fast of 10 Tevet (Judaism)

21 - Winter Solstice

21 - Yule Litha (Wicca/Pagan)

24 - Christmas Eve (Christian)

25 - Christmas Day (Christian)

26 - Boxing Day

26 - St Stephen’s Day (Christian)

26 - Feast of the Holy Family (Catholic Christian)

28 - Holy Innocents (Christian)

31 - Hogmanay/New Year’s Eve

Awareness Days

1 - World Aids Day

1-8 National Grief Awareness Week

2 - International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

3 – International Day of People with Disabilities

9 - International Anti Corruption Day

10 - Human Rights Day

18 - International Migrants Day

20 - International Human Solidarity Day