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














National Mentoring Month














National Blood Donor Month

Asarah B’Tevet (Jewish) January 1
Japanese New Year January 1 
New Year's Day (U.S. International) January 1
Shogatsu (Shinto New Year) January 1
Mawlid al-Nabi (Islamic) January 2-3
Dia de los Santos Reyes/Three Kings Day (Latin America) January 6
Epiphany (Christian) January 6
Makar Sanranti (Hindu) January 14
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (U.S.) January 19
Saraswati Puja (Hindu) January 24





African American History Month














American Heart Month

Tu B'Shevat (Jewish) February 4
National Founding Day (Shinto) February 11
Valentine's Day (U.S.) February 14
Presidents' Day (U.S.) February 16
Maha Shivaratri (Hindu) February 17
Mardi Gras (U.S.) February 17
Ash Wednesday/Lent begins (Christian) February 18
Chinese New Year February 19
International Mother Language Day (International) February 21
Lent Begins (Orthodox Christian) February 23





National Women's History Month




National Nutrition Month



Save Your Vision Month














Irish-American and Greek-American Heritage Month           


Hunamatsuri (Japan) March 3
Fast of Esther (Jewish) March 4
Purim (Jewish) March 5
                      Shushan Purim (Jewish) March 6
Daylight Savings Time Start March 8
St. Patrick's Day (Christian) March 17
                      First Day of Spring March 20
Rosh Chodesh Nisan (Jewish) March 21
  Nowruz (Iranian New Year) March 21
  Ram Navami (Hindu) March 28
Palm Sunday (Christian) March 29





Celebrate Diversity Month


National Poetry Month


National Arab-American History Month


Holocaust Remembrance Month

Mahavir Javanti (Jainism) April 2
                      Good Friday (Christian) April 3
Passover (Jewish) April 4-11
Easter (Christian) April 5
Great Friday (Orthodox Christian) April 10
Great and Holy Pascha (Orthodox Christian) April 12
Tax Day April 15
Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) (Jewish) April 16
Earth Day April 22
Administrative Professionals Day (U.S.) April 22
Yom Ha'atzmaut (Jewish) April 23
Arbor Day April 24





Jewish-American Heritage Month



South-Asian Heritage Month



Haitian Heritage Month














National Physical Fitness Month














National Cancer Research Month

Cinco de Mayo (Mexican/Mexican-American) May 5
Tango no Sekku (Shinto) May 5
National Teacher Day May 5
Lag B'Omer (Jewish) May 7
Mother's Day (U.S.) May 10
Lailat al Miraj/Shab-E-Miraj (Islamic)                          May 16
Armed Forces Day May 16 
Declaration of the Bab (Bahá’í)                                May 23                         
Shavuot (Jewish) May 24-25
Memorial Day (U.S.) May 25 
Ascension of the Baha’u’llah (Bahá’í) May29








Gay and Lesbian Pride Month














National Safety Month














Caribbean American Heritage Month


                      Lailat al Bara'a/ Shab-E-Barat (Islamic) June 3
                      Flag Day  June 14
Rosh Chodesh Tammuz (Jewish) June 16
                      Ramadan Starts (Islamic) June 18
Father's Day June 21
First Day of Summer June 21

National Parks Month

Canada Day
July 1 
Independence Day (U.S.)
July 4
Fast of Shiva Asar B"Tammuz (Jewish)
July 5
Martyrdom of the Bab (Bahá’í)
July 9
Lailat al Qadr (Islamic)
July  14
Flag Day (U.S.)
July  14
Bastille Day (France)
July  15
Quds Day (Islamic)
July  17
Eid al-Fit (Islamic)
July  18
Tisha B'Av (Jewish)
July  25-26





Equal Opportunity Month


National Immunization Awareness Month

International Friendship Day August 2
Rosh Chodesh Elul (Jewish) August 15
Raksha Bandham (Hindu, Jainism) August 29






National Hispanic Heritage Month




National Preparedness Month

Labor Day (U.S.) September   7
Rosh Hashanah/Jewish New Year September 14
Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu) September 17
Citizenship Day (U.S.) September 17
Yom Kppur September  23
First Day of Autumn September  23
Eid al-Adha (Islamic) September  23-24
















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

Chong Yang (China) October 2
Waqf al Arafa (Islamic) October 3
                      Dassehra/Dussehra (Hindu) October 4
Sukkot(Feast of Tabernacles) (Jewish) October 4
Karva Chauth (Buddhist, Hindu) October 11
Cirio de Nazare (Brazil) October 12
Columbus Day (U.S.) October 13
Navaratri (Hindu) October 14
Muharran October 16
Shemini Atzeret (Jewish) October 17
Simchat Torah (Jewish) October 20
Birth of the Bab Bahá'í October 23
Ashura October 31
All Hallows Eve/Halloween





National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month



American Diabetes Month



National Alzheimer's Disease Month

All Saints Day (Christian) November 1
Daylight Savings Time Ends (Christian) November 1
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) (Latin America) November 1
All Souls' Day (Roman Catholic) November 2
Bunka No Hi (Japan) November 3
  Election Day (U.S.) November 3
Ashura (Islamic) November 11
Diwali (Hindu) November 11
Veterans' Day (U.S.) November 12
  Birth of Baha'u'llah Bahá'í November 15
                        Shichigosan Matsuri (Shinto) November 26
Day of the Covenant Bahá'í November 26
Thanksgiving (U.S.) November 29
Advent (Christian) Christian



Universal Human Rights Month




World AIDS Awareness Month



 National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

Chanukah/Hanukkah (Jewish) December 7-14
Bodhi Day (Huddhist, Hindu) December 8
Human Rights Day December 10
Feast Day-Our Lady of Guadalupe (Latin America) December 12
Las Posadas (Mexico) December 16-24
Winter Solstice / Yule (Pagan, International) December 22
Rosh chodeshTevet (Jewish) December 22
Christmas Eve (Christian) December 24
Christmas (Christian) December 25
Kwanzaa (African American) December 26-Jan 1
                        New Year's Eve (U.S.) December 31