Equality and Diversity calendar

Our equality and diversity calendar provides information on key cultural and religious dates and celebrations of achievement in different communities across the county. 

January 2019

1st 

New Year's Day (Secular)
Festival of Basil the Great (Orthodox Christian)
Gantan-sai (Shinto New Year)

4th 

World Braille Day (Secular)

5th

Guru Gobind Singh Parkash (Sikh)

6th

Epiphany (Christian)

7th 

Christmas Day (Orthodox Christian) 

13th

Maghi (Sikh) 

14th 

Makar Sankranti/Lohri/Pongal (Hindu)

20th

Tu b'Shevat - New Year for trees (20-21 January) (Jewish)
World Religion Day (Secular)

21st

Mahayan New Year (Buddhist)

 27th

Holocaust Memorial Day (Secular)

February 2019

 1st

LGBT History Month - February 2019 (Secular)

 2nd

Candlemass (Christian)
Imbolc (Pagan)

 3rd

Setsubun-sai (Shinto)

5th

Chinese New Year (Chinese)

6th

International Day or Zero Tolerance to Female Gential Mutilation (Secular)

10th

Vasant Panchami (Hindu)

14th

St Valentine's Day (Christian)

15th

Parinirvana (Buddhist)

 26th Feb

Ayyam-i-Ha (26-1 March) (Baha'i)

February is Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month -Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month takes place every year in February and celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. For more information see LGBT History Month.

March 2019

2nd

Nineteen Day Fast begins (Baha'i)

4th

Maha Shivratri (Hindu)

5th

Shrove Tuesday (Christian)

6th

Ash Wednesday/Lent begins (Christian)

 8th

International Women's Day (Secular)

14th

Nanakshahi New Year (Sikh)

20th

Spring Equinox (Secular and Pagan)  
Fast of Esther - Daylight fast (Jewish)
Norouz (New Year) (Zoroastrian)

21st

Naw-Ruz, Baha'i New Year (Baha'i)
Holi (Hindu)
Dhuleti (Hindu)
Purim (Jewish)
International Day for the elimination of racial discrimination (Secular)
Hola Mohala (Sikh)

25th

The Annunciation (Christian)

26th

Purple Day  - The International Day of Epilepsy Awareness (Secular)
Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranhushtra) (Zoroastrian)

31st

Mothering Sunday (Christian)
British Summertime ends

April 2019

1st

Autism Awareness Week (1-7) (Secular)

 2nd

World Autism Awareness Day (Secular)

6th

Gudi Padwa (Hindu)

7th

World Health Day (Secular)

8th

International Romani Day (Secular)

9th

Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)

 14th

Palm Sunday (Christian)
Ram Navami (Hindu)
Vaisakhi (Sikh)

17th

Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)

18th

Theravada New Year (18-21) (Buddhist)
Maundy Thursday (Christian)

19th

Good Friday (Christian)

20th

Lailat al Bara'ah (20-21) (Islam)
Pesach/Passover (20-21) (Jewish)
Lent ends (Christian)

21st

Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
Easter Day (Christian)

 22nd

Easter Monday (Christian)

26th

End of Pesach/Passover (26-27) (Jewish)

29th

First Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)

National Autism Awareness Month is a chance to highlight autism, a condition which is thought to affect 1 in 110 children. The month was first established in the 1970s to keep the public informed about autism and how to help within the community. Visit the National Autistic Society for more information.

May 2019

1st

Yom Hashoah (1-2) (Jewish)
Beltane (Pagan)

2nd

12th day of Ridvan (Baha'i)

5th

Ramadan begins (Islam)

6th

Early May Bank Holiday (Secular)
Deaf Awareness Week (6-12) (Secular)

7th

Akshay Tritia/Akha Trij (Hindu)

13th

Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19) (Secular)

 17th

International Day Against Homophobia (Secular)

19th

Wesak/Vesak/Buddha Day (Buddhist)

20th

Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)

 21st

World Cultural Diversity Day (Secular)

23rd

33rd Day of the counting of the Omer - Lag b'Omer (Jewish)

 24th

Declaration of the Bab (Baha'i)

27th

Spring Bank Holiday (Secular)

28th

Lailat-ul-Qadr (Shi'a) (Islam)

29th

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers (Secular)

30th

The Ascension of the Lord (Christian)

31st

Lailat-ul-Qadr (Sunni) (Islam)

June 2019

1st

Gay and Lesbian Pride month (Secular)

4th

Eid-Ul-Fitr (end of Ramadan) (Islam)

5th

World Environment Day (Secular)

8th

World Friendship Day (Secular)

9th

Pentecost (Whit Sunday) (Christian)
Shavout - 1st day (Jewish)

10th

Shavout - 2nd day (Jewish)
Carers' Week UK (Secular)

16th

Fathers' Day UK (Secular)

20th

Corpus Christi - Thanksgiving for Communion Christ (Christian)
World Refugee Day (Secular)

21st

Summer Solstice (Pagan)

Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month (GRTHM) GRTHM celebrates the richness that Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities bring to our everyday lives here in the UK through their many and varied academic and artistic achievements. Also the contributions they have made to British Society.

July 2019

4th

Ashadhi bij - Puri Rath Yatra, Kutchi New Year (Hindu)

10th

Martyrdom of the Báb (Baha'i)

16th

Ashalha Day (Dharma Day) (Buddhist)
Guru Purnima (Hindu)

21th

Fast of Tammuz - daylight fast (A three week period of mourning starts) (Jewish)

August 2019

1st

Lughnasadh/Lammas Day (Pagan)

9th

Hajj (9-14) (Islam)

11th

Eid-Al-Adha (11-15) (Islam)
Tisha B'Av Fast of Av.25 hr fast (Jewish)

13th

Obon (13-15) (Ulambana) (Buddhist)

15th

The Blessed Virgin Mary (Christian)
Rakshabandhan (Hindu)

24th

Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)

26th

Summer Bank Holiday (Secular)

30th

AI-Hijra (30-31) (Islam)

September 2019

 1st

Onam (Hindu)

2nd

Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)

 8th

International Literacy Day (Secular)

 9th

 Ashura (9-10) (Islam)

 13th

Pitra Paksha starts (Hindu)

15th

International Day of Democracy (Secular)

21st

World Alzheimer's Day (Secular)
International Day of Peace (Secular)

23rd

Autumn Equinox (Pagan and Secular)

27th

Paryushana Parva begins (Jain)

29th

Navratri starts (Hindu)

30th

Eve of Rosh Hashana (Jewish)

October 2019

1st 

Rosh Hashana (Jewish)
Black History Month (Secular)
International Day of Older Persons (Secular)

2nd

International Day of Non-Violence (Secular)

3rd

Samvatsari (Jain)

7th

Dussera (Hindu)
Yom Kippur (7-8) (Jewish)

10th

World Mental Health Day (Secular)

13th

Eve of Yom Kippur - Koi Nidre (Jewish)
Eve of Sukkot (Jewish)

17th

Karwa Chauth (Hindu) 

21th

Shemini Atzereth (Jewish)

22th

Simchat Torah (Jewish)

24th

United Nations Day

27th

Diwali (Hindu)

28th

Gowardhan Puja/Bestu Varas (Hindu)

29th

Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab (Baha'i)

30th

Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
Bandi Chhorh Divas (Sikh)

31st

Samhain (Pagan)

Black History Month - October is Black History Month which promotes positive contributions by the Black community to British Society in order to heighten the confidence and awareness of Black people to their cultural heritage.

November 2019

1st

All Saints' Day (Christian)

2nd

All Souls Day (Christian)

10th

Milad un Nabi (Shi'a) (Islam)

11th

Armistice Day (Secular)
Remembrance Day (Secular)

12th

 Birthday of Guru Nanak (Sikh)

13th

Interfaith Week (Secular)

14th

World Diabetes Day (Secular)

20th

Milad un Nabi (20-21) (Sunni) (Islam)
Universal Children's Day (Secular)

December 2019

1st

Advent Sunday (Christian)

8th

Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary (Christian)
Geeta Jayanti (Hindu)

22nd

Hanukkah (22-30) (Jewish)
Yule - Winter Solstice (Pagan and Secular)

18th

Fast of Tivet (Jewish)

 24th

 Christmas Eve (Christian)

25th

Christmas Day (Christian)

31st

Hogmanay (Christian)
Omisoka (Shinto)