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 2018

1st 

New Year's Day (Secular)

Festival of Basil the Great (Christian)

Gantan-sai (Shinto New Year)

2nd

Mahayan New Year (Buddhist)

4th 

World Braille Day (Secular)

5th

Guru Gobind Singh Parkash (Sikh)

6th

Epiphany (Christian)

7th 

Christmas Day (Orthodox Christian) 

13th

Makar Sankranti (Hindu)

13th

Maghi (Sikh) 

14th 

Pongal (Hindu)

21st

World Religion Day (Secular)

22nd

Vasant Panchami (Hindu)

 27th

Holocaust Memorial Day (Secular)

 31st

Tu b'Shevat - New Year for trees (Jewish)

February 2018

 1st

Imbolc (Pagan)

 2nd

Candlemass (Christian)

 3rd

Setsubun-sai (Shinto)

6th

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

8th

Parinirvana (Buddhist)

 13th

Shrove Tuesday (Christian)
Maha Shivratri (Hindu)

14th Feb

St Valentine's Day (Christian)
Ash Wednesday (Christian)
Lent (Christian)

 16th

Chinese New Year (Chinese)

 26th Feb

Ayyam-i-Ha (Baha'i)

 28th

Fast of Esther - Daylight fast (Jewish)

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 2018

1st

Purim (Jewish)

2nd

Nineteen Day Fast begins (Baha'i)
Holi (Hindu)
Hola Mohala (Sikh)

3rd

Dhuleti (Hindu)

 8th

International Women's Day (Secular)

 10th

Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)

11th

Mothering Sunday (Christian)

14th

Nanakshahi New Year (Sikh)

18th

Gudi Padwa (Hindu)

20th

Spring Equinox (Secular and Pagan)  
International Day for the elimination of racial discrimination (Secular)
Norouz (New Year) (Zoroastrian)

21st

Naw-Ruz, Baha'i New Year (Baha'i)

25th

Palm Sunday (Christian)
British Summertime ends (Secular)
Ram Navami (Hindu)

26th

Purple Day  - The International Day of Epilepsy Awareness (Secular)

29th

Maundy Thursday (Christian)

30th

Good Friday (Christian)
Pesach/Passover (Jewish)

31st

Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)

April 2018

1st

Easter Day (Christian)

 2nd

Easter Monday (Christian)
World Autism Awareness Day (Secular)

7th

End of Pesach/Passover (Jewish)
World Health Day (Secular)

8th

Pascha (Christian)
International Romani Day (Secular)

 12th

Yom Hashoah (Jewish)
Lailat al Bara'ah (Islam)

 14th

Vaisakhi (Sikh)

18th

Akshay Tritia/Akha Trij (Hindu)

21st

First Day of Festival of Ridvan (Baha'i)

 29th

Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)

30th

Theravada New Year (Buddhist)

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 2018

1st

Beltane (Pagan)

2nd

12th day of Ridvan (Baha'i)

3rd

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

7th

Early May Bank Holiday (Secular)
Mental Health Awareness Week (Secular)

15th - 21st

Deaf Awareness Week (Secular)

16th

Ramadan begins (Islam)

 17th

International Day Against Homophobia (Secular)

20th

Shavout - 1st day (Jewish)

 21st

World Cultural Diversity Day (Secular)
Shavout - 2nd day (Jewish)

 24th

Declaration of the Bab (Baha'i)

28th

Spring Bank Holiday (Secular)

29th

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers (Secular)
Wesak/Vesak/Buddha Day (Buddhist)
Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)

June 2018

3rd

Copurs Christi - Body & Blood of Christ (Christian)

5th

World Environment Day

7th

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

11th

Lailat-ul-Qadr (Sunni) (Islam)
Carers' Week UK

15th

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

17th

Fathers' Day UK (Secular)

19th - 25th

Learning Disabilities Week 2017

20th

World Refugee Day

21st

Summer Solstice (Pagan)

24th - 30th

Deafblind Awareness week

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 2018

1st

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

10th

Martyrdom of the Báb (Baha'i)

14th

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

22nd

Tisha B'Av Fast of Av.25 hour fast (Jewish)

23rd

Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranhushtra) (Zoroastrian)

27th

Ashalha Day (Dharma Day) (Buddhist)

 30th

World Friendship Day

August 2018

1st

Lughnasadh (Pagan)

12th

International Youth Day - United Nations

13th - 15th

Obon (Ulambana) (Buddhist)

15th

The Assumption of Mary (Christian)

20th - 24th

Hajj (Islam)

22nd - 25th

Eid-Al-Adha (Islam)

27th

Guru Purnima (Hindu)
Summer Bank Holiday

29th

Rakshabandhan (Hindu)

September 2018

 2nd

Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)

 6th - 13th

 Paryushana Parva (Jain)

 8th

International Literacy Day 

 9th

 Eve of Rosh Hashana

 10th

 Rosh Hashana (Jewish)

 11th

 Rosh Hashana (Jewish)

 12th

 Al-Hijra (Islam)

 13th

 Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)
 Samvatsari (Jain)

15th

International Day of Democracy (Secular)

 18th

 Eve of Yom Kippur - Koi Nidre (Jewish)

21st

World Alzheimer's Day (Secular) 

International Day of Peace (Secular)

22nd

Autumn Equinox (Secular)
Eve of Sukkot (Jewish)
Ashura (Islam)

24th

Pitra Paksha starts (Hindu)

30th

Sukkot ends

October 2018

1st 

International Day of Older Persons (Secular)
Shemini Atzereth (Secular)

2nd

International Day of Non-Violence (Secular)

9th - 17th

Navratri (Hindu)

10th

World Mental Health Day (Secular)

15th - 27th

Onam (Hindu)

19th

Dussera (Hindu)     

24th

United Nations Day

28th

Karwa Chauth (Hindu)

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 2018

1st

All Saints' Day (Christian)

 2nd

 Simchat Torah (Jewish)

7th

Diwali (Hindu)
Deepawali (Jain)
Bandi Chhorh Divas (Sikh)

 8th

 Gowardhan Puja/Bestu Varas (Hindu)

 9th

 Birth of the Bab (Baha'i)

 10th

 Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)

11th

Armistice Day (Interfaith)
Remembrance Day (Interfaith)
National Inter-Faith Week

12th

 Birthday of Guru Nanak (Sikh)

14th

World Diabetes Day (Secular)

20th

Universal Children's Day (UN)

Transgender Day of Remembrance/Awareness

21st 

 Milad un Nabi (Sunni) (Islam)

24th

Carers' Rights Day

26th

Milad un Nabi (Shi'a) (Islam)

December 2018

2nd

Advent Sunday (Christian)
Hanukah (Jewish)

8th

Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
Immaculate Conception (Christian)

12th-20th

Hanukkah (Jewish)

18th

Fast of Tivet (Jewish)
Geeta Jayanti (Hindu)

21st

Yule - Winter Solstice (Secular and Pagan)

 24th

 Christmas Eve (Christian)

25th

Christmas Day (Christian)

31st

Hogmanay (Christian)
Omisoka (Shinto)