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Inclusion Event Calendar

 January Events
Date Event Information
01/01/2021 Emancipation Proclamation, New Year’s Day
01/04/2021 National Braille Day
01/17/2021 World Religion Day
01/18/2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
01/19/2021 National Day of Racial Healing
01/20/2021 Guru Gobind Singh Gurpurab (Sikh holiday)- Celebration of the birth of the tenth and last guru of the Sikh religion
01/27/2021 International Holocaust Remembrance Day
01/28/2021 Mahayana New Year (Buddhist New Year)
 February Events: Black History Month
Date Event Information
All Month Black History Month
02/11/2021 Tibetan and Mongolian New Year
02/12/2021 Chinese New Year (Year of the Ox)
02/15/2021 Nirvana Day- Buddhist Holiday commemorating the death of the historical Buddha and his entry into final or complete Nirvana. It is a time for contemplation of the Buddha’s teachings.
02/16/2021 Mardi Gras (Christian holiday)- Also called Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras refers to the events of the Carnival celebration, beginning with Epiphany and ending the day before Ash Wednesday. It is called Fat Tuesday because it is the last night to eat decadent foods before the sacrifices and fasting of Lent.
02/17/2021 Ash Wednesday (Christian holiday)- Christian holy day of prayer and fasting, also marks the beginning of Lent
02/20/2021 World Day of Social Justice
02/25/2021 Purim- Jewish holiday which commemorates the saving of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian empire from Haman’s plot of destruction
 March Events
Date Event Information
All Month Women’s History Month
All Month Gender Equality Month
All Month Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
All Month Greek American Heritage Month
All Month Irish American Heritage Month
03/08/2021 International Women’s Day
03/10/2021 Recognition of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
03/11/2021 Maha Shivarati- Hindu festival celebrated annually in honor of the god Shiva. It is a major festival within the Hinduism culture because it marks remembrance of overcoming darkness and ignorance in the world. On this day Shiva is said to have saved the world from destruction on the condition that people worshipped him with great pride and enthusiasm.
03/17/2021 St. Patrick’s Day- Commemorates the feast day of Saint Patrick, a Christian missionary who later became the Patron Saint of Ireland.
03/19/2021 Naw-Ruz – One of nine holy days for adherents of the Baha’I faith and the first day of the Baha’I calendar. Also, the celebration of the traditional Iranian new year holiday.
03/22/2021 Emancipation Day Puerto Rico- Commemorates the end of slavery in Puerto Rico in 1873. Puerto Ricans celebrate this holiday by learning to dance plena and bomba and by honoring famous black Puerto Ricans.
03/25/2021 International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
03/27/2021 Jewish Passover begins- marks the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt
03/28/2021 Holi- Hindu holiday honoring the winter crop harvest and advent of spring
03/31/2021 Cesar Chavez Day- Day honoring the American labor leader, community organizer, businessman, and Latino American civil rights activist
03/31/2021 International Transgender Day of Visibility
 April Events
Date Event Information
All Month Celebrate Diversity Month
All Month Arab American Heritage Month
All Month Autism Awareness Month
All Month Earth Month
All Month Scottish American Heritage Month
04/02/2021 World Autism Awareness Day
04/02/2021 Good Friday (Christian holiday)- holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary.
04/04/2021 Easter (Christian holiday)-also called Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead
04/07/2021 Yom Hashoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed as Israel’s day of commemoration for the approximately 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust
04/09/2021 National Day of Silence- Created in 1996 and held the second Friday of every April, Day of Silence is a campaign that seeks to shed light on what many LGBTQ youth experience daily. Initially intended to focus on this problem within the school system, it has since expanded into workplaces, university campuses, and sporting events
04/12/2021 First Day of Ramadan- celebrates the holiest month of the Muslim year. It is observed as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. A commemoration of Muhammad’s first revelation, the annual observance of Ramadan is regarded as on of the five pillars of Islam.
04/12/2021 Hindi New Year- The Hindu New Year is celebrated in accordance with the Hindu Lunar Calendar. This day also marks the end of one agricultural harvest and the beginning of a new one.
04/13/2021 Vaisakhi- Celebration of the founding of the Sikh community and the birth of the Khalsa (community that considers Sikhism as its faith)
04/15/2021 Yom Ha’Atzmaut or Israel’s Independence Day
04/20/2021 Start of Ridvan (Baha’I Holiday)- 12 day festival in the Baha’I faith, commemorating Baha’ullah’s declaration that he was a Manifestation of God
04/21/2021 Rama Navami (Hindu)- Celebrates the Hindu festival of the birthday of the God, Lord Rama. Devotees typically wear red and place extravagant flowers on the shrine of the God.
04/22/2021 Earth Day- Marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970 that gave a voice to an emerging public consciousness about the state of our planet
04/23/2021 Gathering of Nations – Largest pow-wow in the United States where over 500 tribes gather for 3 days in Albuquerque, New Mexico to celebrate & honor their culture
 May Events
All Month Mental Health Awareness Month
All Month Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
All Month Haitian Heritage Month
All Month South Asian American Heritage Month
All Month Jewish American Heritage Month
05/01/2021 Beltane, an ancient Celtic festival celebrated on May Day, signifying the beginning of summer
05/02/2021 Orthodox Easter (also called Pascha)
05/05/2021  Cinco de Mayo- Commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862 during the Franco-Mexican War. It has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage in the United States.
05/09/2021 Laylat al-Qadr (Muslim holiday)- The holiest night of the year for Muslims, is traditionally celebrated on the 27th day of Ramadan. It is known as the Night of Power and commemorates the night that the Quran was first revealed to the prophet Muhammad.
05/12/2021 Eid al-Fitr- “Festival of Breaking the Fast”, end of Ramadan
05/16 - 18 Shavuot (Jewish holiday)- This holiday has double significance. It signifies the wheat harvest in Israel and commemorates the anniversary of the day when God gave the Torah to the nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai.
05/17/2021 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia
05/19/2021 Buddha Day (Vesak or Visakha Puja)- A Buddhist festival that marks Gautama Buddha’s birthday, enlightenment, and death.
05/21/2021 World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
05/31/2021 Memorial Day- Federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the military personnel who had died while serving in the United States Armed Forces
 June Events
Date Event Information
All Month Pride Month - The commemorative month is meant to recognize the sweeping impact that LGBTQ+ individuals, advocates, and allies have on history in the United States and around the globe.
All Month AIDS Awareness Month
All Month Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
All Month Black Music Month
All Month National Caribbean American Heritage Month
06/12/2021 Loving Day- Celebration of the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court Decision Loving v. Virginia which struck down all anti-miscegenation laws remaining in sixteen U.S. states
06/13/2021 Puerto Rican Day Parade (NYC)- Held annually on the second Sunday in June, this celebration honors the 3.2 millions inhabitants of Puerto Rico and all people of Puerto Rican birth or heritage residing on the U.S. mainland
06/14/2021 Guru Arjan Gurpurab (Sikh holyday)- A Sikh festival or holyday is called Gurpurab, which means the Guru’s Remembrance Day. This usually refers to the birth or death of certain Gurus.
06/19/2021 Juneteenth - Holiday celebrating the emancipation of African-Americans from slavery in the U.S. On June 19th 1865, Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army landed in Galveston Texas and informed slaves that the Civil War had ended and slavery had been abolished.
06/20/2021 World Refugee Day
06/20/2021 National Indigenous Peoples Day
06/21/2021 Litha, Summer Solstice
06/24/2021 Pride Day (Varies by City and Country)
 July Events
Date Event Information
07/04/2021 American Independence Day
07/18/2021 International Nelson Mandela Day- This day commemorates Mandela’s achievements in working towards human rights, peace, resolution, democracy, and reconciliation. It was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009.
07/19/2021 Eid al-Adha (Muslim Holiday)- Also called Tabaski, it honors the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to God’s command, only to have God intervene and substitute a ram or lamb instead.
07/26/2021 Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act- This legislation prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government programs and services.
07/30/2021 International Day of Friendship
 August Events
Date Event Information
08/09/2021 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples- Pronounced by the United Nations in December 1994, this day is observed each year to raise awareness and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population, as well as to recognize the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues.
08/09/2021 Hijri or the Islamic New Year (Muslim Holiday)- The Islamic New Year or Hijri, meaning flight, commemorates when the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, migrated from Mecca to Medina with his disciples to evade a conspired prosecution.
08/19/2021 World Humanitarian Day
08/26/2021 Women’s Equality Day
08/29/2021 Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu Holiday)- Celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He is considered a hero, protector, teacher, and friend. Celebrations are marked by devotional songs, dances, Pujas, and Aarti.
 September Events
Date Event Information
All Month Hispanic Heritage Month
All Month National Guide Dog Month
09/06/2021 Labor Day
09/07/2021 Rosh Hashanah begins- Rosh Hashanah is also known as the Jewish New Year and is held on the first and second days of the Jewish month of Tishrei. Rosh Hashanah literally means “head of the year” in Hebrew.
09/09/2021 Ganesh Chaturthi- Hindu, 10-day celebration of the elephant-headed deity, Ganesha, the god of prosperity and wisdom
09/15/2021 International Day of Democracy
09/15/2021 Yom Kippur- Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the year in Judaism.
09/16/2021 Mexican Independence Day- Celebrates the “Cry of Independence” on September 16th, 1810, which started a revolt against the Spaniards
09/20/2021 Sukkot begins (Jewish Holiday)- Weeklong holiday that celebrates the gathering of the harvest and commemorates the miraculous protection God provided for the children of Israel when they left Egypt
09/21/2021 International Day of Peace
 October Events
Date Event Information
All Month Bullying Prevention Month
All Month Filipino-American Heritage Month
All Month Down Syndrome Awareness Month
All Month Global Diversity Awareness Month
All Month National Disability Employment Awareness Month
All Month Italian American Heritage Month
All Month Polish American Heritage Month
All Month LGBTQ History Month
All Month Family History Month
10/02/2021 International Day of Nonviolence
10/06/2021 Navrati begins (Hindu Holiday)- Hindu festival that spans nine nights and is celebrated every autumn. Theoretically, there are four seasonal Navarati, however, in practice, it is the post-monsoon autumn festival called Sharada Navaratri that is most observed in honor of the divine feminine Devi.
10/06/2021 German American Heritage Day
10/10/2021 World Mental Health Day
10/11/2021 Indigenous People’s Day (Native American Day)
10/11/2021 National Coming Out Day
10/17/2021 Spirit Day (LGBTQ+ and Anti-bullying)- LGBTQ youth disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. Each year, millions go purple for Spirit Day to support LGBTQ youth in a united stand against bullying.
10/19/2021 Eid e Milad or Milad un Nabi (Muslim Holiday)- Celebrates the birth of Muhammad, the central prophet of Islam. Muslims celebrate the life and death of the Prophet Muhammad depending on their beliefs and preferences. Some people treat this festival as a holiday, but others regard it as a solemn day.
10/20/2021 Guru Teg Bahadur Gurpurab (Sikh holyday)- A Sikh festival or holyday is called Gurpurab, which means the Guru’s Remembrance Day. This usually refers to the birth or death of certain Gurus.
10/22/2021 International Stuttering Awareness Day
10/31/2021 Dia de los Muertos- The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday associated with the Catholic All Saints’ Day that involves family and friends gathering to pray for and remember loved ones who have died.
 November Events
Date Event Information
All Month Movember (Awareness of Men’s Health Issues)
All Month National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month
11/04/2021 Diwali- Important Hindu festival celebrating different gods and goddesses
11/09/2021 World Freedom Day
11/11/2021 Veterans Day
11/16/2021 Dutch American Heritage Day
11/19/2021 Guru Nanak Gurpurab (Sikh holyday)- One of the most sacred ceremonies in Sikhism commemorates the birth of Guru Nanak
11/20/2021 Transgender Day of Remembrance
11/25/2021 American Thanksgiving
11/28/2021 First day of Hanukkah (Jewish holiday)- Celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in the 160s BC. After the Jewish religion and Jewish practices were outlawed by King Antiochus, Jewish priest Mattathias, his son Judah Maccabee, and their army revolted, ultimately forcing Antiochus out of Judea.
 December Events
Date Event Information
12/01/2021 World AIDS Day
12/03/2021 International Day for People with Disabilities
12/06/2021 Last day of Hanukkah
12/10/2021 International Human Rights Day
12/12/2021 Fiesta de Guadalupe Feast- This festival honors Mexico’s patron saint with music, dancing, and performances
12/21/2021 Yule- celebration of the Winter Solstice
12/25/2021 Christmas (Christian holiday)- annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25th as a religious and cultural celebration
12/26/2021 First day of Kwanzaa- a tribute to African festivals of harvest
12/31/2021 New Years Eve
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