Diversity Calendar: Multicultural Celebrations

2014-2015 Academic Year Global Diversity Calendar

Kid World Citizen Diversity Calendar Academic Year 2014-2015 Multicultural holidays celebrations around the world global religious festivalsOur Diversity Calendar is a month-by-month, thorough collection of holidays around the world, including multicultural festivals and religious celebrations. Teachers can create cultural awareness in their classroom, as they use the multicultural calendar to plan time-appropriate activities related to seasonal global celebrations. It’s the perfect complement to a world religions unit, lessons about cultural diversity, or any social studies class focused on global learning.

In the packet, you will receive a list of each month’s holidays around the world, including religions celebrations, cultural festivals, and global holidays. Please note that this Diversity Calendar is specific to the school year of August 2014 – July of 2015, and will be updated in subsequent years to account for the changing dates of many holidays.

To purchase the 2014-2015 Academic Year Global Diversity Calendar, visit the Kid World Citizen store at Teachers Pay Teachers! >


Sep 1 Labor Day*
Sep 8 International Literacy DayMid-Autumn (Moon) Day Festival (China)*
Tết Trung Thu (Vietnam)*
Chuseok (추석, Korean Harvest Festival)*
Kshamavani (Jain)*
Sep 11 Enkutatash (Ethiopian New Year)
Sep 15 Independence Day for: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua
Sep 16 Mexican Independence Day
Sep 18 Fiestas Patrias (Chile)
Sep 21 International Day of Peace
Sep 23 Fall Equinox
Sep 25 Rosh Hashana (Jewish)*
Navratri (Hindu)*
Sep 27 Meskel (Ethiopia, Orthodox)
Sep 28 Birthday of Confucius (K’ung Fu-Tzu, 551 BCE)
Sep 30 Durga Puja (Hindu)

72 responses to “Diversity Calendar: Multicultural Celebrations

  1. Awesome list! Maybe add a few Russian/Greek/Bulgarian Orthodox holidays/traditions? Or perhaps that falls under Christian…I’m sure it’s hard to know when to stop adding to a list like this. You’ve done a fantastic job!

  2. In El Salvador we celebrate “Dia de la Cruz” or cross day on May 3. This is tradition that combines ancient Christian and indigenous rites that celebrates the arrival of the rainy season and the birth of the new agricultural season. The cross is made from the native jicote tree and is decorated with colorful paper tissue flowers, seasonal fruits like, coconuts, oranges, mangoes, cashews, avocados and jocotes.
    The neighbors visit each other to honor and pray to the cross and to eat a piece of fruit or two.

  3. Thank you for such a comprehensive list of festivals/holidays around the world! Father’s day in Taiwan is on August 8th. The word “eight” in Mandarin Chinese is “bā” and it sounds like “bà” – Dad/father. So August 8, ba ba Father’s Day.

    • kidworldcitizen

      That is SO cool Amanda!!! Thank you so much for sharing- I will add it, and also share with my cousins who have 2 little Taiwanese sons:).

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  7. ROCK ON! Transferring over the dates into my planner now…. Thanks for compiling this list!

  8. This is delightful, I especially like the idea of sharing with others as I see at least two new additions. Wondered if you want to add Maundy Thursday as it’s the celebration of the Last Supper in some Christian religions I think it’s on March 28th this year. Also, my Irish nana used to refer to Mother’s Day the Irish way “Mothering Day” which was really nice because it meant we celebrated all the people who mothered us (used to make them loaves of Irish bread) whether they were our real mums or not. Anyway, just some thoughts
    Will happily pass this on to some of my teacher friends. Thanks for all the work!!

  9. Love this! My daughter was born in Kazakhstan. It is an amazing country. Not sure you captured the Kazakh national holidays but if these fit into the scope of what you are doing, here they are (there will be some overlap of course):
    January 1: New Years Day
    January 7: Christmas (i.e. Russian Orthodox Christmas)
    March 8: Women’s Day
    March 22: Nauryz
    May 1: Unity Day
    May 9: Victory Day
    July 6: Astana Day
    August 30: Constitution Day
    December 16: Independence Day

    There is also Qurban Ayt, but that holiday is determined by the muslim calendar, which is a lunar calendar, and thus moves around the Western Calendar from year to year (in 2010 it was on November 16th, in 2011, it was on November 6th). The Holiday is known by its arabic name, “Eid al-adha” in the rest of the muslim world, so you can find out more info about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eid_al-Adha

    How many days each public holiday is celebrated in a given year is usually determined by a presidential proclamation issued about a week or two before the holiday.

    Thank you!

    • THANK YOU!!!! :) I am so excited to add Kazakh holidays to the calendar!! Thank you so much- I know we have several readers who have adopted from Kazakhstan and they will appreciate these additions (along with the rest of us!:)>

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  11. Thank you for compiling this list – it’s so wonderful to learn about so many festivities from around the world!
    I wanted to clarify that Vaisakhi (on April 14th) is a Sikh celebration and represents the birth of the Khalsa. Kid-friendly resources for this celebration can be found here: http://www.navjotkaur.com/curriculum-guide (see “Countdown to Vaisakhi”).
    Also, there’s often some misconceptions between cultural and religious holidays. Lohri and Rakhi, for example are more cultural or traditional celebrations – they do not have any religious basis.
    Vasant Panchami is the festival of flying kites and I believe this again would be more of a cultural/traditional celebration.

    Truly appreciate your effort and generosity in sharing this list:)

    • kidworldcitizen

      Thank you so much for your comments- I linked up to your curriculum guide for Vaisakhi, and have changed the details to “India” instead of the religious notes. Please check it over and let me know if there is anything else I should change:). I love learning from the experts and welcome all changes/comments/suggestions! Also if you would ever like to share details about any of the celebrations, we could collaborate on a post together!:)

  12. Thank you so much!
    I would love to collaborate on a post with you – please do let me know more details. Feel free to email me :)

  13. El día de los niños, El día de los libros/Children’s Day, Book Day is a family literacy initiative founded by author Pat Mora and celebrated nationally on or around April 30. More information is on Pat’s website — http://www.patmora.com/dia/.

    • kidworldcitizen

      Thank you so much! I love Pat Mora- such great bilingual books. I will add these to the calendar!:)

  14. Last year I was a mathematics teacher in an Italian school in Ethiopia and that allowed me to come in close contact with the culture award ancient of the people. In particular, with reference to caliendario, I learned that there are celebrating the anniversary of the Battle of Adwa, May 28. They are very proud to have defended their culture as an invader arrogant that he thought to find only wild convinced that civilization is restricted to the small European garden.

    • kidworldcitizen

      This is wonderful- do you know how the anniversary of the battle was celebrated? I saw some beautiful paintings of the Battle of Adwa while in Ethiopia.

  15. I am absolutely THRILLED to have found your site! What an amazing job you’ve (& others?) done! I have a 3 & 5 yr old & live in picturesque, but sheltered New England. I’ve been quite desperate to find ways to introduce my children to the REAL world and all the amazing differences that exist outside of our home area. Some day i hope to be able to travel more with them but for now, with the help of your site, i believe i will be able to expose them to cultures & science & world causes & more. THANK YOU! & KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

    • Thank you so much Karen!! No matter where you live, families can learn about the world together. Keep looking for varying perspectives and showing your kids that there are so many ways of doing things: language, art, music, food, celebrations- and yet we all share the same human emotions:). I’m so glad to “meet” you! I love meeting other globally-minded parents and teachers!

  16. Could you make this a printable calendar or at least a printable list so we could keep the resource at hand more easily. This is a great resource!

    • Yes- that is a great idea!!! I am in Mexico right now, but will be home at the end of August- I will create printable then!:) Thanks for the suggestion- and let me know if I am missing any holidays!

  17. Hmong New Year – traditionally in Loas and SE Asia it is celebrated at the time of the harvest but here in MN (where we have the 2nd largest population of hmong), they celebrate hmong new year around the same time as Thanksgiving; it is usually celebrated in November or December.  The hmong are people who helped the US fight “The Secret War” in Laos during the Vietnam war.  After the war many hmong received refugee status in the US and families are now born and raised here.

  18. I also noticed there are not many Native American Tribes mentioned for their holidays/traditional ceremonies…

  19. mlasche You are spot on- I need to investigate more Native American special dates. If you know of any, I would love some help! Please leave them in the comments. I have a couple of friends who might be able to help as well- I will ask them!:)

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  22. will this be updated for 2014???

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  24. This is a fantastic resource!

  25. Since the US Thanksgiving is included, shouldn’t the Canadian Thanksgiving be included as well? It is on October 13th in 2014. Second Monday of October each year.

  26. Monica Cardenas

    Hi. July 28 is the independence day of Peru, and June 24 is the Inti Raymi day, an ancient Inca festival celebrate in Cuzco (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inti_Raymi).

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  28. It is very useful collection! May I add that 1 March is Martenitca day in Bulgaria and actually historically it originates there, then Romania and Moldova liked the tradition:)

  29. great list, thanks for your work.

    here’s two scottish ones to help you – january 25 – burns night, november 30 – st andrews night

    awra bests!

  30. just an addendum, if you can put these links into that other comment that would be great

    burns night – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burns_supper

    st andrews day – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Andrews_Day

  31. April 30th is El Dia del Niño in Mexico

  32. What a great list, this will help me introduce some different cultural festivals to our children. St. Piran’s Day (Cornish Festival) is on 5th March 2014.

  33. it is a great list, I would like to reproduct it with your authorization and crediting you, on our site (multiligual spanish – english) littlewhizzkid.com
    Please let me know if this is possible.

  34. Hi I am a Hindu and Feb 28th Shivratri is a hindu festival. It may be celebrated by buddhist too but Shivratri means the night of Shiva who is a Hindu god atleast to my knowledge.

    Also please add Jan 26th- Indian Republic day
    Aug 15th – Independence day for India

    This calendar does miss a lot of other indian holidays and festivals and is very representative of Northern India. I will make a comprehensive list of other Indian holidays and festivals for 2014, add it to the comments soon.

  35. Thank you so much… this is helping me so much with coming up with a program of topics for 6 – 8 year olds. Any suggestions on where to find a 2015 calendar? Thank you again. Love your work!

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  38. This is soooo fantastic. I do have just one suggestion. With the seasonal date e.g solstices etc you could put the Southern Hemisphere dates on as well, its an interesting concept that what is happening on one side over the other is the total opposite :)

  39. May 29 (or June 1) Ascension of Christ (Christian)

  40. Andrew Gustafson

    Do you think you can put some Taiwanese specific holidays & traditions PLEASE????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  41. Yasmin Hameed

    it is amazing top find a list for festivals and celebrations. but you forgot two important festival for Muslims Eid Al-Fiter and Eid Ul-Adhaa

  42. OK- I had Eid-al-Adha for Oct 4th, and I have Eid-al-Fitr (Ramadan ends) on July 28th. I am assuming now that these are the wrong dates? Can you please help me- what should the correct dates be? THANK YOU!!!! :)

  43. Great list, I’ll come back later for more research and ideas. If you add to it in the future, be sure to include November 3rd as Culture Day in Japan (it’s a national holiday!)

  44. Stumbled upon this list and think it’s great and briliant that people are adding to it. How about some pagan festivals

    Name AKA
    Imbolc Candlemass February 1
    Ostara The Vernal Equinox/ Lady Day March 21
    Beltane Roodmas /May Day Apr / May 30/1
    Litha Summer Solstice June 21
    Lammas Lughnasadh (Loo-nasa) Jly / Aug 31/1
    Mabon Autumn Equinox September 21
    Samhain End of Summer/Day of the Dead Oct / Nov 31/2
    Yule The Winter Solstice December 21

  45. They are mainly Wiccan but have roots throughout europe. Also came across another festival – Chinese Valentines day or Daughters day celebrated on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month (Aug 2nd 2014) has a lovely story to it …..
    The Goddess of Heaven (also known as the Queen of Heaven) had seven beautiful, young daughters. The seven daughters came down to earth. They decided to bathe in a pristine river, leaving their clothes on the shore. Along came a cow herder (the herd were actually ox) named “Niu Lang”. He took their clothes to see what they would do. The daughters decided that the youngest, and most beautiful, named Zhi Nü should go out of the water and recover their clothes. Because Niu Lang saw her naked, they had to get married. They fell madly in love, and shared several years of marital bliss.
    Finally, her mother became irritated by her absence from Heaven, and ordered her to return. Seeing how much Zhi Nü missed her husband, the Jade Emperor of Heaven brought the couple back together. Ultimately, Zhi Nü was allowed to visit her husband, Niu Lang just once a year. The annual reunion occurs on the 7th day of the 7th month of the Lunar Calendar.
    Also know as
    Festival of Seven Daughters
    Seventh Sister’s Birthday
    Festival of Double Sevens
    Night of Sevens

    Just noticed it is on the list under another name Qixi Festival

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