Culturally Significant Dates

Below is a list of awareness months and days that may be celebrated by our community for a specific group, culture, population, religion, cause or event that may be celebrated on campus or in our community. These awareness months and days are intended to help raise awareness and understanding, not to trivialize. If you have additional days or causes you would like recognized, please contact Julie Nash to have them added.

January 2021

Day(s)

Group, Culture or Cause Recognized

All Month

Poverty in America Awareness Month

All Month

National Mentoring Month

All Month

Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month

1

New Year's Day

1

Global Family Day/World Peace Day

1

Emancipation Proclamation

1

Solemnity of Mary (Roman Catholic)

4

World Braille Day

6

Epiphany (Christian)

7

Christmas (Eastern Orthodox)

10

Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)

14

Makar Sankranti or Maghi (Hindu)

17

World Religion Day

18

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

26

International Customs Day

27

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

 

February

Day(s)

Group, Culture or Cause Recognized

All Month

American History Month

All Month

Black History Month

All Month

Canadian History Month

All Month

Human Relations Month

1

National Freedom Day

12

Chinese New Year (Year of the Ox)

14

St. Valentine's Day

15

Nirvana Day (Buddhist)

15

Presidents Day

16

Mardi Gras

17

Ash Wednesday (Christian)

20

World Day of Social Justice

25-26

Purim (Jewish)

 

March

Day(s)

Group, Culture or Cause Recognized

All Month

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

All Month

Ethnic Equality Month

All Month

Gender Equality Month

All Month

Greek-American Heritage Month

All Month

Irish-American Heritage Month

All Month

National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

All Month

National Kidney Month

All Month

National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month

All Month

National Women's History Month

5

Employee Appreciation Day

8

International Women's Day

8

United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace

11

Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)

11

World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film

14

Pi Day

16

St. Urho day 28

17

St. Patrick's Day

21

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

19-20

Naw-Ruz (Baha'i New Year)

21

World Down Syndrome Day

25

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

27-April 4

Passover (Jewish)

28

Holi (Hindu)

31

Palm Sunday (Christian)

31

Equal Pay Day

31

International Transgender Day of Visibility

 

April

Day(s)

Group, Culture or Cause Recognized

All Month

Arab-American Heritage Month

All Month

Autism Awareness Month

All Month

Celebrate Diversity Month

All Month

Community Service Month

All Month

Earth Month

All Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

All Month

National Volunteer Month

All Month

Tartan (Scottish-American) Heritage Month

2

World Autism Awareness Day

2

Good Friday (Christian)

4

Easter (Christian)

7

International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda

8

Yom Hashoah (Jewish)

8

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) (U.S.)

8

Buddha’s Birth (Buddhist)

12

Ramadan (Islamic)

20

First Day of Ridvan—Festival of Ridvan (Baha’i)

22

Earth Day

22-24

Gathering of Nations (Native American)

23

National Day of Silence

24-25

Youth Homelessness Matters Day

28

Ninth day of Ridvan (Baha’i)

 

May

Day(s)

Group, Culture or Cause Recognized

All Month

ALS Awareness Month

All Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

All Month

Haitian Heritage Month

All Month

Indian Heritage Month

All Month

Jewish-American Heritage Month

All Month

Mental Health Month

All Month

National Asian American and South Pacific Islander Heritage Month

All Month

Older Americans Month

All Month

Personal History Awareness Month

All Month

South Asian Heritage Month

1

The Twelfth Day of Ridvan

2
 
Easter (Orthodox)
 

4

Star Wars Day

5

Cinco de Mayo

8-9

Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for those who Lost their Lives during WWII

9

Laylat al-Qadr (Muslim)

11

Ramadan ends (Muslim)

12

Eid al-Fitr (Muslim)

13

Ascension of Jesus (Roman Catholic)

17

International Day Against homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

21

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

22

International Day for Biological Diversity

23

Declaration of the Bab in Shiraz, Shavuot (Baha’i)

28

Ascension of Bahau'llah (Baha’i)

31

Memorial Day

 

June

Day(s)

Group, Culture or Cause Recognized

All Month

AIDS Awareness Month

All Month

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

All Month

Black Music Month

All Month

Caribbean American Heritage Month

All Month

LGBT Pride Month

2

Indian Citizenship Act of 1924

8

Race Unity Day

12

Loving Day (Black American)

19

Juneteenth (Black American)

21

National Indigenous Peoples Day (Canada)

21

Litha, Summer Solstice (Pagan)

 

July

Day(s)

Group, Culture or Cause Recognized

All Month

French-American Heritage Month

4

Independence Day

4

Filipino-American Friendship Day

9

The Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)

11

World Population Day

14

Bastille Day (France)

17

The Hajj (Islamic)

17-18

Tisha B'Av (Jewish)

19-20

Eid al-Adha (Muslim)

24

Pioneer Day (Mormon)

26

Disability Independence Day

30

International Day of Friendship (UN)

 

August

Day(s)

Group, Culture or Cause Recognized

All Month

National Civility Month

9

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

9

Hijri New Year (Muslim)

10

Al-Hijri (New Year) (Islamic)

13

International Lefthanders Day

15

Feast of the Assumption (Roman Catholic)

17

Marcus Garvey Day

19

World Humanitarian Day

23

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

26

Women’s Equality Day

29

Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)

30

Janmashtami (Birth of Lord Krishna) (Hindu)

 

September

Day(s)

Group, Culture or Cause Recognized

All Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

All Month

National Guide Dog Month

All Month

National Recovery Month

6

Labor Day

6-8

Rosh Hashanah

10

Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)

11

Patriot Day

11

National Native American Day

15

International Day of Democracy

15-16

Yom Kippur

16

Mexican Independence Day

19

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

20

HeForShe (Woman)

20-27

Sukkot (Jewish)

21

International Day of Peace

22

Autumn Equinox

26

European Languages Day

27

World Tourism Day

 

October

Day(s)

Group, Culture or Cause Recognized

All Month

Bullying Prevention Month

All Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

All Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

All Month

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

All Month

Family History Month

All Month

Filipino-American Heritage Month

All Month

Global Diversity Month

All Month

Italian-American Heritage Month

All Month

LGBTQ History Month

All Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

All Month

National German-American Heritage Month

All Month

National Work and Family Month

All Month

Polish-American Heritage Month

2

International Day of Non-Violence

6

German American Heritage Day

7-14

Sharad Navratri (Hindu)

10

World Mental Health Day

11

National Coming Out Day

11

National Native American Day/Indigenous Peoples Day

15

White Cane Safety Day

16

Bosses’ Day

16

Spirit Day–Anti Bullying

17

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

18

Women in Military Service for America Memorial Anniversary

18-19

Eid Milad ul-Nabi (Muslim)

19

World Humanitarian Action Day

21

Spirit Day (LGBTQ+)

22

International Stuttering Awareness Day

31

Halloween

31

Day of the Dead

 

November

Day(s)

Group, Culture or Cause Recognized

All Month

Movember (Men’s Health Issues)

All Month

National Native American Heritage Month

All Month

National American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month

1

All Saints Day (Roman Catholic)

4

Diwali (Hindu)

6

Birth of the Bab in Shiraz (Baha’i)

7

Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha’i)

9

World Freedom Day

11

Veterans Day/Armistice Day

13

World Kindness Day

16

International Day for Tolerance

16

Dutch-American Heritage Day

17

International Students' Day

20

Transgender Day of Remembrance

25

Day of the Covenant (Baha’i)

25

Thanksgiving

27

Ascension of Abdul-Baha (Baha’i)

28-Dec 6

Hanukkah (Jewish)

 

December

Day(s)

Group, Culture or Cause Recognized

All Month

Universal Human Rights Month

1

World AIDS Day

3

International Day for People with Disability

8

The Immaculate Conception (Roman Catholic)

10

International Human Rights Day

16-24

Las Posadas (Mexico)

20

International Human Solidarity Day

21

Yule Winter Solstice (Pagan)

25

Christmas (Christian)

26–1

Kwanzaa

31

New Year's Eve

 

Sources:

https://www.kazoohr.com/resources/library/inclusive-workplace-calendar

https://www.tmcc.edu/diversity/awareness-calendar

https://www.diversityresources.com/march-2021-diversity-calendar/

https://diversity.missouristate.edu/Observances.htm#2021

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