Cultural Calendar

 January 2023  •  February 2023  •  March 2023  •  April 2023  •  May 2023  •  June 2023  •  July 2023  •  August 2023  •  September 2023  •  October 2023  •  November 2023  •  December 2023

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January 2023
  • January 1: Emancipation Proclamation Day: President Lincoln declared all individuals held in slavery free on this day in 1863
  • January 6: Feast of the Epiphany: this Christian feast day celebrates the star leading the three wise men to baby Jesus closing the Christmas season
  • January 15 : Makar Sankranti: Hindu festival dedicated to the god of the sun, Surya
  • January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day: celebrates one of the best-known civil rights activists, MLK Jr.
  • January 22: Lunar New Year: this festival marks the start of the new year in the lunar calendar used in East Asia, Southeast Asia and elsewhere
  • January 27: International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of the Holocaust: a United Nations holiday that remembers the approximately 6 million Jews murdered during World War II
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February 2023

Black History Month February was chosen to celebrate African American History because it holds the birthdays of two men who helped eliminate slavery: Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. 

  • February 15: Nirvana Day: an annual festival that remembers the death of the Buddha after reaching nirvana; also called Parinirvana
  • February 22: Ash Wednesday: a day of prayer and fasting that begins the Christian season of Lent
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March 2023

Women’s History Month Honors the role of women in American history

  • March 8: International Women’s Day: Aaday highlighting the political, social, cultural, and economic achievements of women
  • March 8: Holi: Hindu holiday that celebrates the winter harvest and onset of spring
  • March 17: St. Patrick’s Day: feast day of a Catholic saint who inspires cultural and religious celebrations around the world
  • March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • March 22 to April 21: Ramadan: the start of Islam’s sacred month — during this time Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until dusk
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April 2023

Celebrate Diversity Month Highlights unique backgrounds, cultures, and traditions

  • April 2: World Autism Awareness Day: raises awareness for those with autism that seeking to improve their lives and the acceptance of them in society
  • April 5 to April 13: Passover: major Jewish festival that celebrates the freeing of Israeli slaves
  • April 9: Easter: the most important Christian holiday, which celebrates Jesus’ resurrection
  • April 22: Earth Day: holiday that applauds the planet we live on and all it does for us; Earth Day is observed by more than 192 nations.
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May 2023

Mental Health Awareness Month Raises awareness for those living with mental and behavioral issues. This month also seeks to support families or communities who are impacted by mental illness.

Older Americans Month Celebrates how older Americans contribute to the United States

Jewish American Heritage Month Honors American Jews and their contributions to the United States throughout history

Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage Month Commemorates people with Asian and Pacific Island ancestry and their contribution to the United States

  • May 1: International Workers Day:  a celebration of laborers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labor movement 
  • May 5: Cinco de Mayo: Mexican-American holiday that celebrates Mexico’s defeat of the French Army
  • May 17: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia: this event seeks to raise awareness for the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals.
  • May 19: Malcolm X’s Birthday: well-known Muslim minister and civil rights activist, who was assassinated in 1965
  • May 26: Buddha’s Birthday: celebrates the Buddha, who founded one of the world’s most practiced faiths
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June 2023

LGBT Pride Month Pride Month recognizes LGBT people and the effect they’ve had on the world. June was selected to commemorate the Stonewall Riots. 

Caribbean American Heritage Month This month recognizes those of Caribbean descent and the impact their accomplishments have had throughout American history

  • June 2: Indian Citizenship Act of 1924: This act granted Native Americans born in the U.S. citizenship. However, they were not given the right to vote until 1957
  • June 12: Loving Day: This day is the anniversary of the court decision that legalizes interracial marriage
  • Puerto Rican Day Parade: This parade is a demonstration of cultural pride that seeks to raise awareness of issues in the Puerto Rican community
  • June 19: Juneteenth: This day commemorates when the last African Americans learned of the Emancipation Proclamation (over two years after it was originally issued)
  • June 26 to July 1: The Hajj: This day begins the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that all Muslims must take once in their lives
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July 2023
  • July 25: Pioneer Day: This Utah state holiday marks the arrival of LDS church founder Brigham Young to the Salt Lake area
  • July 26: Americans with Disabilities Act: This law protects people with disabilities from being discriminated against
  • July 30: Al-Hijri: this day marks the start of the Muslim New Year — beginning the prior evening
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August 2023
  • August 9: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People: This day was created by the UN to celebrate the culture of indigenous people on a global scale
  • August 15: Feast of the Assumption: This Roman Catholic feast day marks the entry of the mother Mary into Heaven (body and soul)
  • August 26: Women’s Equality Day: This day marks the anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the year 1920
  • August 31: Ganesh Chaturthi: This Hindu festival celebrates Lord Ganesha’s birth
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September 2023

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) This month honors Hispanic and Latino Americans for their contributions to U.S. culture.

National Recovery Month This awareness month seeks to educate Americans on treatment and health services for individuals with substance use disorder.

  • September 20: HeForShe: This movement was started by the UN with the goal of promoting gender equality
  • September 22: Autumnal Equinox: This date marks a variety of religious observances across the globe
  • September 15 to September 17: Rosh Hashanah: This holiday is the Jewish New Year when Jews reflect on their faith
  • September 24 to September 25: Yom Kippur: Primarily centered on atonement and repentance, the day's observances consist of full fasting accompanied by prayer and confessions. Alongside the related holiday of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur is one of the two components of the High Holy Days of Judaism.
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October 2023

Global Diversity Awareness Month An awareness month with the goal of promoting respect toward various cultures.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month This awareness month aims to advocate for individuals with disabilities and their inclusion in the workforce.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Breast cancer is a leading cause of death in women; this month seeks to boost awareness of the disease.

National Polish American Heritage Month A month selected to honor those with Polish heritage.

  • October 10: World Mental Health Day: A day that advocates for mental health awareness and education; on this day, you can support the efforts by reflecting on your own biases regarding mental health and advocating against social stigma related to it.
  • October 10: Indigenous People’s Day: This day honors the indigenous people of North America; the holiday was formerly called Columbus Day
  • October 14: ­Defender of Ukraine Day: This day celebrates those who have fought for the freedom of Ukraine
  • October 17: Spirit Day: This day is aimed specifically at LGBTQ youth and what their community can do to support them. You can participate in this day by wearing purple and speaking out against bullying
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November 2023

National American Heritage Month This month celebrates the contributions — cultures, traditions, histories — of Native people to the United States

Movember A month-long fundraiser that seeks to raise awareness for men’s issues like suicide as well as prostate and testicular cancer

  • November 1: All Saints’ Day, All Souls Day, Día de Los Muertos: These days are dedicated to all those who have passed away in the Christian faith as well as the Mexican and Aztec communities
  • November 16: International Day for Tolerance: The UN holiday was founded to encourage respect among various people regardless of culture, language, religion, or ethnicity
  • November 12: Diwali: An important celebration in the Hindu faith in which a variety of deities are praised
  • November 16: Dutch American Heritage Day: This day applauds the long friendship between the Netherlands and the United States
  • November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance: This day is held as a remembrance for all those murdered because of transphobia
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December 2023
  • December 1: World AIDS Day: This day highlights the importance of HIV/AIDs awareness and raises money for its cure.
  • December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities: This United Nations holiday raises awareness for the rights of individuals with disabilities.
  • December 10: International Humans Rights Day: A holiday adopted by the UN in 1948 following the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • December 16 to December 24: Las Posadas: A religious festival celebrated in Mexico and parts of the U.S. during the Christmas season.
  • December 7 to December 15: Hanukkah: A Jewish holiday celebrating Jews rising up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.
  • December 22: Winter Solstice/Yule: A festival celebrated by Pagan and Wiccan faiths.
  • December 25: Christmas: A Christian holiday marking the birth of their lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
  • December 26: Kwanzaa: An 8-day holiday often celebrated by Black Americans that was inspired by African harvest celebrations.
  • December 29: Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was signed into law by U.S. President Nixon
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Some data sourced from:
Diversity Resources