December 2023 language and cultural dates for your diary


3 –      Advent Sunday, Christian

8 –      Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Catholic Christian

Rohatsu (Bodhi day) Buddhist

8-15 – Hanukkah, Judaism

Hanukkah is a very special celebration in the Jewish calendar, which takes place over eight days. Children are given gifts of money, or Gelt, and some receive a gift on each of the eight days of Hanukkah. The dreidel, a kind of spinning top, is also symbolic of this festival. Every night, a candle on the nine-stemmed menorah is lit and delicious fried foods, such as latkes, are enjoyed.

16 –    Dhanu Sankranti, Hindu

21 –    Yule, Wicca and Pagan

22 –    Gita Jayanti, Hindu

24 –    Christmas Eve, Christian

25 –    Christmas Day, Christian

Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord, Orthodox Christian

26 –    Feast of Saint Stephen, Christian

Zarathosht diso, Zoroastrian

28 –    Holy Innocents’ Day, Christian

31 –    Feast of the Holy Family, Catholic Christian

Watch Night, Christian


Awareness Events

1 –      World AIDS Day

This day of remembrance has taken place annually since 1988, when the world was in the grip of the AIDS epidemic. On World AIDS Day, we remember lives lost and share awareness of HIV and AIDS, to reduce stigma around sufferers. The theme this year is Rock the Ribbon; a call to everyone to wear the famous red ribbon, to show your support.

2 –      International Day for The Abolition of Slavery

3 –      International Day of Persons with Disabilities

10 –    Human Rights Day

18 –    International Migrants’ Day

As the number of displaced people globally grows, due to climate change, hunger, war and oppression, this UN-led day raises awareness of the positive contributions migrants make to their new homes, and of the importance of upholding their dignity and rights, regardless of their motivations for leaving their homes.

20 –    International Human Solidarity Day


November 2023 language and cultural dates for your diary


1 – Samhain: A Pagan and Wiccan festival marking the end of the harvest season

1 – All Saints Day/Feast of the All Saints: A day to honor all holy men and women who have been canonized in the Catholic Church

2 – Anniversary of the Crowning of Haile Selassie: The day when Haile Selassie ascended the Ethiopian throne. This is one of the holiest days in the Rastafarian year

All Souls’ Day, Christian

Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I, Rastafari

9 –      Feast of the Dedication of the Archbasilica, Catholic Christian

12 – Diwali: A 5-day festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains. It honors gods, goddesses, harvests, New Years, etc.

15 –    Nativity Fast begins, Orthodox Christian

19 –    Chhath Puja, Hindu

21 –    Presentation of the Theotokos, Orthodox Christian

23 –  Thanksgiving (US Independence)

24 –    Martyrdom of Guru Tegh, Bahadur Sikh

26 –    Feast of Christ the King, Christian

Day of the Covenant, Baha’i

27 – Guru Nanak Ji’s Birthday: A day commemorating the birth of Guru Nanak Ji who founded Sikhism

27 – Jain New Year: A day celebrated on the first day after the month of Kartika.

28 –    Ascension of Abdu’l–Bahá, Baha’i

30 – St. Andrew’s Feast Day (patron saint of Scotland, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Barbados, and Romania), Christian


Awareness Events

Movember – Men’s Health Awareness Month

National Family Caregivers’ Month

National Diabetes Month

National Career Development Month

2 – National Stress Awareness Day

5 – World Tsunami Awareness Day

6-10 – Talk Money Week

Living Wage Week

8 –  Intersex Day of Solidarity

9 – International Day against Fascism and AntiSemitism

9 – World Adoption Day

10 – World Science Day for Peace and Development

11 –    Armistice Day

12 –   Remembrance Sunday

12-19 –    UK Inter Faith Week

13 –    World Kindness Day

13-19 Transgender Awareness Week

14 –    World Diabetes Day

16 –    International Day for Tolerance

16 Nov-15 Dec – Disability History Month

19 –    International Men’s Day

20 –    World Children’s Day

Transgender Day of Remembrance

23 – Carers Rights Day

24 – National Day of Listening

25 –    International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

28 – Giving Tuesday

October 2023 language and cultural dates for your diary


30 Sept-6 Oct – Sukkot - Judaism

The first day (and first and second days in the Diaspora) are celebrated as full holidays with prohibitions against work. The following days are called Chol Hamoed (weekdays of the festival), during which work is generally allowed and observances of Sukkot continue. This is followed by Shemini Atzeret (the “Eighth Day of Assembly”) and Simchat Torah (“Rejoicing in Torah”), which are celebrated as one day in Israel and two days in the Diaspora.

4 –    Baptism of the Prophet (Umm al-Qura) - Islam

6-8 –  Shmini Atzeret / Simchat Torah - Judaism

12 –   Bandi Chhor Divas - Sikhism

15-24 – Navaratri: A Hindu festival celebrating the Goddess Durga

16 –  Birth of the Bab: A day honoring the birthday of a co-founder of the Baha’i faith

17 –  Birth of Baha’u’llah: One of the nine holy days in the Baha’i faith that honors the birthday of one of the co-founders

20 –  Birth of the Guru Granth - Sikhism

24 –  Dussehra: The final day of 10 Hindu holy days that honors Asuj Navratras

23 –  Vijayadasham - Hinduism

31 –  All Hallows’ Eve / All Saints' Eve - Christianity

31 – Samhain (end of harvest/beginning of winter) - Pagan

Awareness And Events

Black History Month

3 – The Children's Trust's Pyjama Day (find out more about our work with the charity)

5 – World Teachers Day

10 – World Mental Health Day

10 – National Braille Week

12 – World Sight Day

18 – World Menopause Day

22 – International Stuttering/Stammering Day

22 – Wear Red Day (Show racism the red card)

September 2023 language and cultural dates for your diary

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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

August 2023 dates for your diary

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13th-15th – Obon

This is the Buddhist celebration of ancestors. During Obon, it is thought that the dead visit the living, so celebrants hang out lanterns to guide spirits, perform dances, visit graves and make food offerings to the dead. Mainly celebrated in Japan, Obon is one of the country’s three major holidays.

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

This day was started by Haitians and people in Gorée Island, Senegal, and then adopted by UNESCO. The date was chosen to commemorate uprisings in Haiti in 1791, led by the now legendary Toussaint Louverture, and the touchpaper for other uprisings, all of which eventually led to abolition of the Transatlantic trade. Find out more and download resources on the UNESCO site.

30th – Raksha Bandhan, Hindu/Sikh/Jain

Raksha Bandhan is tradition honouring the love and bond between siblings, referencing a legend showing love and devotion between Lord Krishna and his sister. Siblings tie a ‘rakhri’ (red thread bracelet) to each other’s wrists. This symbolises protection.


This month’s dates at a glance


1 – Lammas, Christian

Lughnasadh, Wicca and Pagan

Fast in Honour of the Holy Mother of The Lord Jesus, Orthodox Christian

2 – The 15th of Av, Judaism

6 – Feast of Transfiguration, Christian

Transfiguration of The Lord, Orthodox Christian

10 – Feast of Saint Lawrence, Christian

13-15- Obon, Buddhist

15 – Assumption of Mary, Catholic Christian

Dormition of The Theotokos, Orthodox Christian

22 – Feast of The Queenship of Mary, Catholic Christian

24 – Feast of Saint Bartholomew The Apostle, Christian

29 – Beheading of Saint John The Baptist, Christian

30 – Raksha Bandhan, Hindu


Awareness And Events

9 – International Day of The World’s Indigenous People

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

July 2023 dates for your diary

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10th – Martyrdom of the Báb

Martyrdom of the Báb remembers the execution of Sayyed ʻAlí Muḥammad Shírází, aka the Báb and one of the founders of the Bahai religion. In 1850, he was charged with apostasy by the Persian Empire and imprisoned along with his followers. He was killed by a firing squad.

14th – International Non Binary People’s Day

Since its launch in 2012, this day raises awareness of the specific issues facing non binary people. The date was chosen as it falls exactly halfway between International Women’s Day in March and International Men’s Day in November.

19th – Islamic New Year

The Islamic calendar month of Muharram is the first of the year and it renews in 2023 in the Gregorian month of July, though this changes every year. Muslims do not generally hold big celebrations on this day, however in some Muslim-majority countries it is a national holiday.

This month’s dates at a glance


3 – Feast of The Saint Thomas the Apostle, Christian

3 – Asalha Puja (Dharma Day), Buddhist

5 – Birthday of Guru Hargobind, Sikh

10 – Martyrdom of The Báb, Baha’i

15 – Saint Vladimir the Great Day, Orthodox Christian

19 – Islamic New Year, Islam

22 – Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene, Christian

23 – Birthday of Guru Har Krishan, Sikh

23 – Birthday of Emperor Haile Selassie, Rastafari

24 – Pioneer Day, Mormon Christian

25 – Saint James the Great’s Day, Christian

27 – Tish’a B’av, Judaism

28 – Ashura, Islam

 Awareness and events

14 – International Non-Binary People’s Day

18 – Nelson Mandela International Day

28 – World Hepatitis Day

June 2023 dates for your diary

Language and cultural calendar snapshots

4th – Pentecost

Pentecost celebrates the Holy Spirit appearing to Christ’s Apostles and other followers while they were celebrating the Feast of Weeks, or Shavuot. Celebrants pray all night and feast the following day – overindulgence is encouraged!

22nd  – UK Windrush Day

Marking the 75th anniversary since the famous ship’s arrival to UK shores, this day honours the contribution of Caribbean migrants to this country, and raises awareness of the scandal where so many have in recent years been illegally deported and stripped of their rights in this country.

24th – Litha

Litha is the Pagan and Wicca name for the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Those celebrating believe that faeries cross over to our realm and offer blessings. It is also a time to rejoice in the abundance of early summer. Traditionally, fires were lit to encourage the sun in its journey and to welcome the second half of the year.


This month’s dates at a glance



4 –      Pentecost, Orthodox Christian

Trinity Sunday, Christian

8 –      The Feast of Corpus Christi, Catholic Christian

12 –    The Apostles’ Fast, Orthodox Christian

16 –    Feast of The Sacred Heart of Jesus, Catholic Christian

Martyrdom Of Guru Arjan Dev, Sikh

24 –    Litha, Wicca and Pagan

Nativity Of Saint John the Baptist, Christian

27 -1 Jul – Hajj, Islam

28 – Waqf Al Arafa, Islam

29 – Feast of Saints Peter And Paul, Christian

29 -2 Jul – Eid Al-Adha, Islam

 Awareness and events

4 –      International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

10 –    Global Wellness Day

11 –    Race Unity Day

12 –    World Day Against Child Labour

12-18 – Men’s Health Week

15 –    World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

18 –    Autistic Pride Day

Father’s Day

19-25 – Refugee Week

20 –    World Refugee Day

21 –    Summer Solstice

22 –    UK Windrush Day

26-30 – School Diversity Week

May dates for your diary

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5th – Vesak, Buddhism

Sometimes called Buddha Day, Vesak celebrates the Buddha’s birthday. Celebrations vary from country to country but are colourful and joyful. People clean and decorate their homes. Some hold ceremonies where water is poured over statues of the Buddha, to signify purification of thoughts and deeds.

8th – 14th – Mental Health Awareness Week

The Mental Health Foundation has held this awareness raising week every year since 2001, with the aim of helping to remove the stigma around mental health problems. Each year has its own theme; this year it is anxiety. Go to to find out more.

28th – Pentecost, Christian

Celebrated by Western and Orthodox Christian churches, Pentecost commemorates the Holy Spirit appearing to Christ’s Apostles and other followers while they were celebrating the Feast of Weeks, or Shavuot. It is considered by some to be the birthday of the Christian faith.

This month’s dates at a glance


1 –      Beltane, Wicca and Pagan

2 –      Twelfth day of Ridvan, Baha’i

Birthday of Guru Arjan Dev Sikh

3 –      Feast of Saints Philip and James, Catholic Christian

5 –      Vesak, Buddhist

9 –      Lag BaOmer, Judaism

14 –    Feast of Saint Matthias, Catholic Christian

18 –    Feast of the Ascension, Christian

19 –    Yom Yerushalayim, Judaism

23 –    Birthday of Guru Amar Das, Sikh

24 –    Declaration of the Báb, Baha’i

25 –    Feast of the Ascension, Orthodox Christian

26-27 – Shavuot, Judaism

28 –    Pentecost, Christian

29 –    Ascension of Baha‘u’llah, Baha’i

31 –    Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Catholic Christian

 Awareness and events

1 -       Bank Holiday UK (May Day)

1-7 –   Deaf Awareness Week

7 –      International Family Equality Day

8 –      Bank Holiday UK (King’s Coronation)

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

8-14 – Coeliac UK Awareness Week

8-14 – Mental Health Awareness Week

15 –    International Day of Families

17 –    International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

18 –    Global Accessibility Awareness Day

21 –    World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

22 –    International Day for Biological Diversity

24 –    Pansexual Visibility Day

29 -     Bank Holiday UK (Spring Bank Holiday)

April dates for your diary

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4th – Mahavir Janma Kalyanak, Jain

This is one of the most important Jain festivals, celebrating the birth of Mahavir, the 24th and last spiritual teacher of the dharma in our current time cycle. Across India, statues of Mahavir are anointed and special prayers are said, with many Jains giving extra to charity on and around this day.

6-13th – Passover, Judaism

Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is the Jewish festival celebrating the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt where they were held as slaves under Pharoah Ramses II. In a battle with the Egyptians to secure the slaves’ freedom, God had sent the Angel of Death to kill all the firstborn children. The Israelites were told to mark their doors so that their children were spared by the passing Angel; hence ‘passover’.

22nd – Eid al-Fitr, Islam

The festival that marks the end of Ramadan, Muslims believe that Eid al-Fitr was created by the Prophet Muhammed himself. It is a very lively and joyous celebration, where people dress up in new clothes, give extra to charity and share their first daytime meal for a month.

This month’s dates at a glance


2 – Palm Sunday, Christian

4 – Mahavir Janma Kalyanak, Jain

6 – Maundy Thursday, Christian

6 – Hanuman Jayanti, Hindu

6-8 – Theravada new year, Buddhist

6-13 – Passover, Judaism

7 – Good Friday, Christian

8 – Lazarus Saturday, Orthodox Christian

9 – Palm Sunday, Orthodox Christian

Easter Sunday, Christian

10 – Easter Monday, Christian

13 – Songkran, Thai new year, Buddhist

14 – Vaisakhi, Hindu and Sikh

14 – Puthandu, Hindu

Holy Friday, Orthodox Christian

16 – Pascha (Easter), Orthodox Christian

18 – Birthday of Guru Angad Dev, Sikh

Laylat al-Qadr, Islam

Yom HaShoah,Judaism

21 – First day of Ridvan, Baha’i

22 – Akshaya Tritiya, Hindu and Jain

Eid al-Fitr, Islam

23 – Saint George’s Day, Christian

25 – Yom HaZikaron, Judaism

25 – Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist, Catholic Christian

26 – Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Judaism

29 – Ninth day of Ridvan, Baha’i

30 – Saint James the Great’s Day, Orthodox Christian

Awareness and events

1 – April Fool’s Day

2 – World Autism Awareness Day

6 – International Asexuality Day

7 – World Health Day

8 – International Romani Day

22 – Earth Day

24-30 – Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week

25 – World Malaria Day

26 – Lesbian Visibility Day

28 – World Day for Health and Safety At Work

March dates for your diary

Calendar snapshots

7th – Purim, Judaism

Purim celebrates an ancient victory of the Jewish people over their enemies and persecutors. People dress up, give money to charity and share a Purim feast and gifts with family and friends.

14th – Nanakshahi, Sikhism

The Sikh Nanakshahi calendar was introduced in 2003, so that celebrations always fall on the same date in the Gregorian calendar. It is named after Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. Special prayers are held in Gurdwaras to usher in the new year.

23nd  - Ramadan, Islam

Muslims fast during this holy month, to feel closer to God and remember the suffering of others. Muslims also attend special services at their mosque, endeavour to read the entire Qur’an and give more to charity (Zakat).

This month’s dates at a glance


1 – St David’s day, Christian

2 – Nineteen day fast begins, Baha’i

5 – Feast of Orthodoxy, Orthodox Christian

6 – Magha Puja, Buddhist

7 – Holika Dahan, Hindu

7 – Purim, Judaism

8 – Lailat al Bara’ah, Islam

8 – Holi, Hindu

8-10 – Hola Mohalla Sikh

14 – Nanakshahi (new year), Sikh

17 – St Patrick’s day, Christian

19 – Feast of Saint Joseph, Christian

20 – Ostara, Wicca and Pagan

20 – Nowruz (new year), Persian and Zoroastrian

21 – Naw-Rúz, Bahá’í

22 – Chaitra Navratri begins, Hindu

22 – Ugadi (new year), Hindu

23 – Ramadan begins, Islam

25 – Annunciation to the Theotokos, Orthodox Christian

25 – Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, Christian

26 – Khordad Sal, Zoroastrian

28 – Navpad Oli begins, Jain

30 – Rama Navami, Hindu

 Awareness and events

1 –      Zero Discrimination Day

Self-Injury Awareness Day (SIAD)

International Wheelchair Day

3 – World Hearing Day

8 – International Women’s Day

8-10 – TUC’s Women’s Conference

19 – Mother’s Day

20 – Spring Equinox

20 – International Day of Happiness

21 – International Day for The Elimination of Racial Discrimination

21 – World Down Syndrome Day

24 – World Tuberculosis (TB) Day

25 – International Day of Remembrance of The Victims of Slavery and The Transatlantic Slave Trade

27 Mar-2 Apr – World Autism Acceptance Week

30 – World Bipolar Day

31 – International Trans Day of Visibility