The calendar that follows was prepared to broaden the University community's recognition of its diverse ethnic perspectives.  The listing is not exhaustive and some variances of dates will exist due to regional differences.  It was prepared based on calendars or information posted on the web.   

Questions regarding the calendar or the University's policy may be directed to:
The Office of the Vice President for Equity and Diversity
(205) 934-8762


                           
                       

JANUARY

                     

Diversity in the Workforce Month
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Crime Stoppers Month 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Blood Donor Month

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Mentoring Month

 
1st New Year's Day / Gantan-sai Gregorian; Shinto
1st Feast of Saint Basil (Commemorates the death of St. Basil) Orthodox Christian
5th Birth of Guru Gobindh Singh (Last Sikh spiritual master) Sikh
5th Twelfth Night (festival marking the coming of the Epiphany and concluding the Twelve Days of Christmas) Christian
6th Feast of the Theophany (Commemorates the baptism of our Lord) Orthodox Christian
6th Epiphany/Three Kings Day (Celebrates the Three Kings' visit to baby Jesus) Christian
6th Festival of the Three Kings/Dia de los Reyes (Celebrates the visit of the Magi) Hispanic Christian
7th Nativity of Jesus Christ (Account of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth) Orthodox Christian
7th Feast of the Nativity Orthodox Christian
7th Eid-al-adha-(Festival of Sacrifice) Islamic
13th Mawlid al Nabi (The Prophet Muhammad's Birthday) Islamic
14th Makar Sankranti (Festival that signifies the beginning of the Harvest Season) Hindu
15th*  Tu B'Shevat (New Year of the Trees) Judaism
16th - 19th Mahayana New Year Buddhist
17th Blessing of the Animals Hispanic Christian
18th - 25th Week of prayer for Christian Unity Christian
19th World Religion Day (In celebration of unity and oneness of all world religions) Bahá'í
20th Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday Observed United States
31st Chinese New Year Cufucian, Daoist, Buddhist
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FEBRUARY

                     

African American History Month
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American Heart Month

 
1st National Freedom Day (Honors the signing of the 13th Amendment) United States
2nd Candlemas (Celebration of the presentation of Jesus at the Temple) Christian
2nd Ground Hog Day United States
3rd Setsubun Sai (Celebration of the change of season with the coming of Spring) Shinto
4th Vasant Panchami (Hindu festival celebrating Saraswati, the Goddess of Learning) Orthodox Christian
8th /15th Parinirvana (Festival marking the anniversary of Buddha's death - Nirvana Day) Buddhist
9th Triodion Begins (Lenten Period) Orthodox Christian
14th St. Valentine's Day (Day in which lovers express their love for one another) Christian
14th Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week (Reaffirmation of human brotherhood) Interfaith
14th Maghi (Commemorates the martyrdom of the "Forty Immortals") Sikh
14th St. Valentine's Day (Day in which lovers express their love for one another) Christian
15th Nirvana Day Buddhist
17th President's Day (in honor of great American presidents born in February) United States
16th - 22nd Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week (Reaffirmation of human brotherhood) Interfaith
17th President's Day (In honor of great American presidents born in February) United States
25th - Mar. 1st Ayyam-I-Ha (Intercalary Day in the Bahá'í calendar) Bahá'í
28th Maha Shivaratri (Festival celebrated in honor of Lord Shiva)  Orthodox Christian
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MARCH

                     

National Women's History Month

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irish-American and Greek-American Heritage Month
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American Red Cross Month

 
1st St. David's Day (Commemorates St. David, Patron Saint of Wales) Christian
2nd Meatfare Sunday (Last day for eating meat before the Great Lent) Orthodox Christian
2nd - 20th Nineteen-Day Fast (Observed to reinvigorate the soul and bring one closer to God) Bahá'í
                      3rd Lent Begins (40-day period of fasting and prayer before Easter) Christian
3rd Clean Monday (Lent Begins) Orthodox Christian
4th  Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday) Christian
                      5th Ash Wednesday Christian
8th International Women's Day (Celebrates women's achievements throughout history) -
15th* Purim (Commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from destruction) Judaism
16th Magha Puja Day (Celebration in honor of the Sangha or Buddhist community) Buddhist
17th St. Patrick's Day Christian
17th Holi (Celebrating the joyful spring Festival of Colors) Hindu
17th Hola Mohallal Sikh
19th St. Joseph's Day (In remembrance of Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary) Christian
20th Vernal Equinox (Spring)
21st Naw Ruz (Baha'i New Year) Bahá'í
23rd Hindu New Year Hindu
25th Feast of Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Christian
31st Hindu New Year Hindu
31st Daylight Savings Time
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APRIL

 
                       

Holocaust Remembrance Month

 

 

Celebrate Diversity Month

 

National Arab-American Heritage Month

 

National Autism Awareness Month
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3rd Palm Sunday Christian
                      8th Hana Matsuri (Flower Festival celebrating the birth of Buddha) Buddhist
8th Ramanavami (Celebration of the birth of Rama) Judaism
13th Mahavir Jayanti (Festival honoring the birth of Lord Mahavira) Jain
14th-22nd Bisakhi/Vaisakhi (Ancient Harvest Festival which marks the beginning of a New Solar Year) Sikh/Hindu
14th-22nd Passover (Pesach) Judaism
15th Armenian Martyr's Day(day of remembrance for the one million Armenians) Armenian
15th Hanuman Jayanti (Celebration of the birth of Lord Hanuman, Hindu Deity of Power and Energy) Hindu
18th Good Friday (Commemorates the crucifixion and eventual death of Jesus) Christian
20th Easter Christian
20th* Yom Hasho'ah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Judaism
21st Ridvan Begins (12 Days) (Baha'ullah's Prophethood)
22nd  Earth Day (Promotes Environmental Awareness) United Nations
29th Ninth Day of Ridvan (Celebration of the arrival of Baha'ullah at a sacred garden) Bahá'í
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MAY

 

South Asian Heritage Month

 
                       

Haitian Heritage Month

 
                       

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jewish American Heritage Month

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Cancer Research Month

 
1st May Day (Celebration of the coming of Spring) United States; Canada
1st National Day of Prayer
2nd Twelfth Day of Ridvan Bahá'í
3rd National Day of Prayer Interfaith USA
4th Yom HaZikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) Judaism
6th Yom Ha'atzmaut (Commemorates Israel's Declaration of Independence in 1948) Judaism
11th Mother's Day
13th Wesak/Buddha Day (Birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) Buddhist
15th Theravadin New Year Buddhist
17th Armed Forces Day United States 
17th Lag B'Omer (Holiday celebrated on the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer) Judaism
23rd Declaration of the Bab Bahá'í
26th Memorial Day (Commemorates veterans who have died in military service to their country) United States
27th Lailat al Miraj (Recall the journey of Muhammad) Islamic
28th Jerusalem Day (Commemorates the Reunification of Jerusalem) Judaism
29th Ascension of Baha'ullah (Founder of the Bahá'í Faith) Bahá'í
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JUNE

 
                       

Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caribbean American Heritage Month

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Safety Month

 
3rd Shavout (Commemorating the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the entire Israelite nation assembled a Mount Sinai) Judaism
                      5th  World Environment Day (Day to stimulate awareness of the environment) United Nations
8th Pentecost Day (Commemorating the descent of the Holy spirit upon the disciples) Christian
                      12th Lailat al Bara'at (Night of Repentance) Islam
                      14th Flag Day (Commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States) United States
15th Trinity Sunday (The first Sunday after Pentecost) Christian
15th Father's Day United States
16th Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib (5th of the 10 gurus of Sikhism) Sikh
19th Corpus Christi Day (Celebrates the Body of Christ, consecrated in the Mass) Anglican; Catholic; Lutheran
19th Juneteenth (Abolishment of slavery in Texas) United States
                      21st First Nation's Day (Recognition of the Aboriginal people in Canada) Canadian Native People
21st Summer Solstice (The day of the year with the longest period of daylight) United States
24th Nativity of St. John the Baptist (Celebrates the birthday of the cousin of Jesus) Christian
27th Martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith Judaism
28th Ramadan Begins Islamic
29th St. Peter and St. Paul Day (Liturgical feast in honor of the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul) Christian
29th Rath Yatra in Puri (Festival commemorates the journey of Krishna from Gokul to Mathural) Hindu
                        JULY  
                       
Celebrate Freedom Month
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 Mental Illness Awareness Month
1st
Canada Day
Canadian National Day 
4th
Independence Day
United States
5th
Birth of Guru Hargobind (Sixth Sikh Guru) 
Sikh
9th
Martyrdom of the Bab (Anniversary of the Bab's execution in 1850)
Bahá'í
9th
Ramadan Begins
Islamic
10th 
Rath Yatra in Puri (Festival commemorates the journey of Krishna from Gokul to Mathura)
Hindu
13th
Asalha uja (Honors Buddha's 1st Sermon)
Buddhist
13th - 15th 
Obon (Festival to honor deceased spirits of one's ancestors) 
Buddhist/Shinto
                     
23rd
Birth of Guru Harkrishn (Eight Sikh Guru)
Sikh
                     
23rd
Lailatur-Qadr (Anniversary of the night that the Qur'an is believed to have been revealed)
Islamic
24th
Pioneer Day (Commemorates the arrival of the first group of Morman Pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley)
Mormon
25th St. James the Great (Disciple of Jesus) Christian
29th Eid-al-Fitr (Three-day Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan) Islamic
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AUGUST

 

Equal Opportunity Month

National Immunization Awareness Month

 
1st Lammas (Festival of the 1st Fruits of the Harvest) Christian
6th Transfiguration of the Lord Islamic
10th Raksha Bandhan (Celebrates Brother and Sisters) Hindu
15th Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic; Christian
17th Krishna Janmashtami (Celebrates Birth of Krishna) Hindu
29th Beheading of John the Baptist Catholic; Christian
29th Ganesh Chaturthi (Celebration of the birth of Ganesh-God of Wisdom) Hindu
29th Beheading of John the Baptist Christian
                      30th Paryushana- Parva (8 day festival signifying human emergence into a new world of spiritual and moral refinement) Jain
                       

SEPTEMBER

 

                     

 

National Hispanic Heritage Month
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 Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

 
                     

 

National Preparedness Month

 
1st Ecclesiastical Year Begins Orthodox Christian
1st Labor Day United States
11th Patriot Day (Designated in memory of the 2,977 killed in the September 11, 2011 attacks) United States
16th 16 de Septiembré (Mexican Independence Day) Mexico
17th Constitution Day (Recognizes the ratification of the U.S. Constitution) United States
17th Citizenship Day (Recognizes those who have become U.S. citizens) United States
19th San Gennaro Day (Commemorates the day Saint Gennaro was martyred for the faith) Italian American
22nd Autumnal Equinox (First day of Fall) Judaism
24th-25th Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) Judaism
25th Navaratri (Festival of the Divine Mother) Hindu
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OCTOBER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

German-American (Sept 15th - Oct 15), Italian-American and Polish-American Heritage Month

American Culture and Heritage Month

 

LGBT History Month

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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1st-7th Eid-al-Adha-(Festival of Sacrifice) Islamic
2nd -6th Hajj (Annual Pilgrimage to Mecca) Islamic
3rd Yom Kippur (Day of the Atonement) Judaism
                      3rd Birthday of Guru Ram Das, Fourth of the Sikh Gurus Sikh
3rd Wagf al arafa (Observance day during Hajj when Muslim pilgrims pray for forgiveness and mercy) Islamic
4th Dussehra (Dasera) (10 day celebration of Lord Rama's victory over  Evil Ravana) Hindu; Jain
4th St. Francis Day (Commemorates the life of St Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment) Catholic
11th National Coming Out Day (Celebrating individuals who publicly identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender) Worldwide
13th Columbus Day Observance United States
15th Simchart Torah (Celebration marking the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings Judaism
18th Sukkoth (7 day Feast of Tabernacles) Judaism
20th Birth of the Bab (Birth of Siyyid Ali-Muhammad) Bahá'í
23rd Diwali/Deppavali (Festival of Lights) Hindu; Jain; Sikh
24th United Nations Day Worldwide
25th-Nov 22nd Al Hijra/Muharram (First month of the Islam Year) Islamic
27th Reformation Day (the great rediscovery of the doctrine of justification) Lutheran; Protestant Christian
31st All Hallows Eve Christian
                     

 

NOVEMBER

 

                     

 

National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month
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National Alzheimer's Disease Month

 
1st All Saints Day (Honors all Saints who do not have their own special Feast Day) Christian
2nd All Soul's Day (Solemn feast commemorating the faithful departed) Christian
2nd Ashural (Day of mourning commemorating the martyrdom of Iman Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad) Islamic
12th Birth of Bahá'u'lláh (Founder of the Bahá'í faith) Bahá'í
17th  Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (Founder of the Sikhism) Sikh
22nd Veteran's Day (Armistice Day) United States
24th Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sikh
25th  Nativity Fast (Period of abstinence and penance in preparation for the Nativity of Christ) Orthodox Christian
26th Day of the Covenant (Festival celebrating the appointment of 'Abdu'l-Bahá as the Centre of Bahá'u'lláh's Covenant) Bahá'í
27th Thanksgiving United States
28th Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Bahá (Commemorates the passing of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, the eldest son and successor of Bahá’u’lláh) Bahá'í
30th Saint Andrew's Day (Coming of Christianity to area now known as Scotland) Christian
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DECEMBER

 
                       

World AIDS Awareness Month

 

                       

 National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

 
                           
6th St. Nicholas Day (Celebrates the life of Saint Nicholas of Myra) Christian
7th Pearl Harbor Day (National observance of the attacks on Pearl Harbor) -
8th Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) (Buddha's Enlightenment) Buddhist
8th Immaculate Conception of Mary Roman Catholic
12th Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic
17th-24th Hanukkah (Chanukah) Festival of Lights Judaism
21st Winter Solstice (The shortest day and the longest night of the year) -
25th Christmas (Celebrates the Birth of Jesus) Christian
26th Boxing Day (Giving of gifts to the less fortunate and those in service positions) Canada; United Kingdom
26th Kwanzaa (7 day ceremony honoring African Heritage) African/Interfaith
28th Holy Innocents (Celebrates the memory of the infant Christian martyrs)  
30th Feast of the Holy Family (Celebrates the family unit and the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph) Christian
31st Watch Night (Occasion to thank God for bringing people safely through the year) Christian