September 2023 language and cultural dates for your diary

Calendar snapshots

25th – Yom Kippur, Jewish

A festival of atonement, Yom Kippur is the most sacred day in the Jewish calendar. It is marked by a 25-hour fast, continuous prayer and abstention from wearing leather shoes, make up or perfume.

23rd – International Day of Sign Languages

This UN awareness day is celebrated during the International Week of the Deaf (the last full week of September each year). It promotes the use of sign language as central to Deaf people’s human rights, and celebrates the diversity of sign languages and Deaf culture worldwide.

28th – Meskel, Ethiopian Orthodox

Meskel marks the 4th century discovery of the crucifixion cross in Jerusalem. Celebrants hold a big bonfire in Meskel Square, Addis Ababa. Worshippers from different churches across Ethiopia gather, wearing colours that represent their churches and playing musical instruments, each of which holds special meaning.


This month’s dates at a glance


7 –         Krishna Janmashtami, Hindu

8 –         Feast of the Birth of the Virgin Mary, Christian

Nativity of The Theotokos, Orthodox Christian

11 –       Paryushana Parvarambha begins, Jain

14 –       Feast of the Cross, Christian

16-17 – Rosh Hashanah, Judaism

18 –       Fast of Gedaliah, Judaism

19 –       Ganesh Chaturthi, Hindu

Samvatsari, Jain

21 –       Feast of Saint Matthew, Christian

23 –       Mabon, Wicca and Pagan

25 –       Yom Kippur, Judaism

27 –       Mawlid Al-Nabi, Islam

28 –       Meskel, Ethiopian Orthodox Christian

Anant Chaturdashi, Hindu

29 –       Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels, Christian

30 Sept-6 Oct – Sukkot, Judaism

Awareness And Events

5 – International Day of Charity

10 – World Suicide Prevention Day

18 – International Equal Pay Day

Professional Care Workers Week

19 – International Week of the Deaf

Adult Learners Week

21 – World Alzheimer’s Day

23 – Autumn Equinox

23 – International Day of Sign Languages

25 Sept-1 Oct – UK National Inclusion Week

30 Sept – National Non-Verbal Awareness Day UK