2013 Ethnic and Religious Calendar

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




Diversity in the Workforce Month














Crime Stoppers Month 














National Blood Donor 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
                      13th Maghi (Commemorates the martyrdom of the "Forty Immortals") Sikh
                      14th Makar Sankranti (Festival that signifies the beginning of the Harvest Season) Hindu
                      15th World Religion Day (In celebration of unity and oneness of all world religions) Bahá'í
                      17th Blessing of the Animals Hispanic Christian
                      18th - 25th Week of prayer for Christian Unity Christian
                      21st Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday Observed United States
                      24th Mawlid al Nabi (The Prophet Muhammad's Birthday) Islamic
                      25th*  Tu B'Shevat (New Year of the Trees) Judaism
                      27th - 30th Mahayana New Year Buddhist















African American History Month














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
                      5th Triodion Begins (Lenten Period) Orthodox Christian 
                      8th / 15th Parinirvana (Festival marking the anniversary of Buddha's death - Nirvana Day) Buddhist
                      10th Chinese New Year Cufucian, Daoist, Buddhist
                      12th  Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday) Christian
                      13th Ash Wednesday Christian
                      13th  Lent Begins (40-day period of fasting and prayer before Easter) Christian
                      14th Nirvana Day Buddhist
                      14th St. Valentine's Day (Day in which lovers express their love for one another) Christian
                      15th Vasant Panchami (Hindu festival celebrating Saraswati, the Goddess of Learning) Hindu
                      17th - 23rd Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week (Reaffirmation of human brotherhood) Interfaith
                      18th President's Day (In honor of great American presidents born in February) United States
                      23rd* Purim (Commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from destruction) Judaism
                      24th Triodion Begins (Lenten Period) Orthodox Christian
                      26th - Mar. 1st Ayyam-I-Ha (Intercalary Day in the Bahá'í calendar) Bahá'í



National Women's History Month














Irish-American and Greek-American Heritage Month
irish           Greek














American Red Cross Month

                      1st St. David's Day (Commemorates St. David, Patron Saint of Wales) Christian
                      2nd - 20th Nineteen-Day Fast (Observed to reinvigorate the soul and bring one closer to God) Bahá'í
                      8th International Women's Day (Celebrates women's achievements throughout history) -
                      10th Meatfare Sunday (Last day for eating meat before the Great Lent) Orthodox Christian
                      10th Maha Shivaratri (Festival celebrated in honor of Lord Shiva)  
                      17th St. Patrick's Day Christian
                      18th Clean Monday (Lent Begins) Orthodox Christian
                      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
                      24th  Palm Sunday Christian
                      25th Feast of Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Christian
                      25th - April 2nd*  Passover (Pesach) Judaism
                      27th Holi (Celebrating the joyful spring Festival of Colors) Hindu
                      27th Magha Puja Day (Celebration in honor of the Sagnha or Buddhist community) Buddhist
                      28th Hola Mohalla (Lunar New Year) Sikh
                      29th Good Friday (Commemorates the crucifixion and eventual death of Jesus) Christian
                      31st Easter Christian



Holocaust Remembrance Month














Celebrate Diversity Month














National Autism Awareness Month

                      6th* Yom Hasho'ah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Judaism
                      8th Hana Matsuri (Flower festival celebrating the birth of Buddha) Buddhist 
                      11th Hindu New Year Hindu
                      14th Baisakhi/Vaisakhi (Ancient Harvest Festival which marks the beginning of a New Solar Year) Sikh/Hindu
                      14th* Yom HaZikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) Judaism
                      15th* Yom Ha'atzmaut (Commemorates Israel's Declaration of Independence in 1948) Judaism
                      20th Ramanavami (Celebration of the birth of Rama) Hindu
                      21st Ridvan Begins (12 Days) (Baha'ullah's Prophethood)  
                      22nd  Earth Day (Promotes Environmental Awareness) United Nations
                      23rd Mahavir Jayanti  (Festival honoring the birth of Lord Mahavira) Jain
                      24th Armenian Martyr's Day (Day of remembrance for the one million Armenians who died in the Turkish massacre of 1915-16) Armenian
                      25th Theravadin New Year Buddhist
                      25th Hanuman Jayanti (Celebration of the birth of Lord Hanuman, Hindu Deity of Power and Energy) Hindu
                      27th*  Lag B'Omer (Holiday celebrated on the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer) Judaism
                      29th Ninth Day of Ridvan (Celebration of the arrival of Baha'ullah at a sacred garden) Bahá'í















Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month














Judaism American Heritage Month














National Cancer Research Month

                      1st May Day (Celebration of the coming of Spring) United States; Canada
                      2nd Twelfth Day of Ridvan Bahá'í
                      3rd National Day of Prayer Interfaith USA
                      5th Cinco de Mayo (Mexican victory over the French Army in 1862) Mexican
                      8th Jerusalem Day (Commemorates the Reunification of Jerusalem) Judaism
                      9th Ascension Day (Celebrates the day that Christ ascended into Heaven) Christian
                      12th Mother's Day -
                      14th - 16th* Shavuot (Commemorating the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the entire Israelite nation assembled at Mount Sinai) Judaism
                      18th Armed Forces Day United States
                      19th Pentecost Day (Commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples) Christian
                      23rd Declaration of the Bab Bahá'í
                      24th Wesak/Buddha Day (Birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) Buddhist
                      26th Trinity Sunday (The first Sunday after Pentecost) Christian
                      27th Memorial Day (Commemorates veterans who have died in military service to their country) United States
                      29th Ascension of Baha'ullah (Founder of the Bahá'í Faith) Bahá'í
                      30th Corpus Christi Day (Celebrates the Body of Christ, consecrated in the Mass) Anglican; Catholic; Lutheran





Gay and Lesbian Pride Month














Caribbean American Heritage Month














National Safety Month

                      5th World Environment Day (Day to stimulate awareness of the environment) United Nations
                      5th Lailat al Miraj (Recall the journey of Muhammad) Islamic
                      14th Flag Day (Commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States) United States
                      16th Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib (5th of the 10 Gurus of Sikhism) Sikh
                      16th Father's Day United States
                      19th Juneteenth (Abolishment of slavery in Texas) United States
                      21st Summer Solstice (The day of the year with the longest period of daylight) -
                      21st First Nation's Day (Recognition of the Aboriginal people in Canada) Canadian Native People
                      24th Nativity of St. John the Baptist (Celebrates the birthday of the cousin of Jesus) Christian
                      27th Martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith Judaism
                      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
Celebrate Freedom Month
 Mental Illness Awareness Month
Canada Day
Canadian National Day 
Independence Day
United States
Birth of Guru Hargobind (Sixth Sikh Guru) 
Martyrdom of the Bab (Anniversary of the Bab's execution in 1850)
Ramadan Begins
Rath Yatra in Puri (Festival commemorates the journey of Krishna from Gokul to Mathura)
13th - 15th 
Obon (Festival to honor deceased spirits of one's ancestors) 
Tisha B'Av (Annual day of fasting to commemorate the destruction of two Temples)
Asalha Puja (Honors Buddha's 1st Sermon) 
Lailat al Bara'at (Night of Repentance) 
                      23rd Birth of Guru Harkrishn (Eighth Sikh Guru) Sikh
                      24th Pioneer Day (Commemorates the arrival of the first group of Mormon Pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley) Mormon
                      25th St. James the Great (Disciple of Jesus) Christian















Equal Opportunity Month














National Immunization Awareness Month

                      1st Lammas (Festival of the 1st Fruits of the Harvest) Christian
                      2nd Raksha Bandhan (Celebrates Brother and Sisters) Hindu
                      3rd Lailatur-Qadr (Anniversary of the night that the Qur'an is believed to have been revealed)  Islamic
                      6th Transfiguration of the Lord Orthodox Christian
                      8th Eid-al-Fitr (Three-day Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan) Islamic
                      15th Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic; Christian
                      28th Krishna Janmashtami (Celebrates Birth of Krishna) Hindu 
                      29th Beheading of John the Baptist Christian





Hispanic Heritage Month



 Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month



National Preparedness Month

                      1st Ecclesiastical Year Begins Orthodox Christian
                      4th - 6th* Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) Judaism
                      5th Labor Day United States
                      9th  Ganesh Chaturthi (Celebration of the birth of Ganesh - God of Wisdom) Hindu
                      10th Paryushana - Parva (8 day festival signifying human emergence into a new world of spiritual and moral refinement) Jain
                      11th Patriot Day (Designated in memory of the 2,977 killed in the September 11, 2011 attacks) United States
                      13th* Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Judaism 
                      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
                      18th - 25th*  Sukkoth (7 day Feast of Tabernacles) Judaism
                      22nd Autumnal Equinox (First day of Fall) -
                      26th*  Simchat Torah (Celebration marking the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings) Judaism















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














Filipino American History Month














National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

                      4th St. Francis Day (Commemorates the life of St Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment) Catholic
                      5th - 13th Navaratri (Festival of the Divine Mother) Hindu
                      9th Birthday of Guru Ram Das, Fourth of the Sikh Gurus Sikh
                      11th National Coming Out Day (Celebrating individuals who publicly identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender) Worldwide
                      14th Columbus Day Observance United States
                      14th Dussehra (Dasera) (10 day celebration of Lord Rama's victory over Evil Ravana) Hindu; Jain
                      14th Hajj (Annual Pilgrimage to Mecca) Islamic
                      14th Waqf al Arafa (Observance day during Hajj when Muslim pilgrims pray for forgiveness and mercy)  Islamic
                      15th - 18th Eid-al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) Islamic 
                      20th Birth of the Bab (Birth of Siyyid Ali-Muhammad) Bahá'í
                      24th United Nations Day Worldwide
                      27th Reformation Day (the great rediscovery of the doctrine of justification) Lutheran; Protestant Christian
                      31st All Hallows Eve Christian






National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month




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
                      3rd - 7th Diwali/Deepavali (Festival of Lights) Hindu; Jain; Sikh
                      5th - Dec. 3rd  Al Hijra/Muharram (First month of the Islam year) Islamic
                      11th Veteran's Day (Armitice Day) United States
                      12th Birth of Bahá'u'lláh (Founder of the Bahá'í faith) Bahá'í
                      13th  Ashura (Day of mourning commemorating the martyrdom of Iman Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad) Islamic 
                      17th  Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (Founder of the Sikhism) Sikh
                      24th Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sikh
                      25th - Jan 6th 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
                      28th Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Bahá (Commemorates the passing of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, the eldest son and successor of Bahá’u’lláh) Bahá'í
                      28th  Thanksgiving  United States
                      27th - Dec. 5th* Hanukkah Judaism
                      30th Saint Andrew's Day (Coming of Christianity to area now known as Scotland) Christian



World AIDS Awarenss Month



 National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

                      5th Ashura (Day of mourning commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of The Prophet Muhammad) Islam
                      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
                      9th Hanukkah (Chanukah) Festival of Lights Judaism
                      12th Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic
                      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