2014 Diversity Calendar: Multicultural Celebrations

Diversity Multicultural Calendar Festivals- Kid World Citizen2014 Global Diversity Calendar

Use this 2014 Diversity Calendar to identify religious holidays, non-religious celebrations, and multicultural festivals from around the world. This is not an entirely comprehensive list, so please help me add holidays I may have forgotten!:) Add them in the comments below and I will add them into the calendar. Thanks!

January

Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Oshogatsu (Shinto New Year)
Haitian Independence Day
Feast of St. Basil (Orthodox Christian)
Jan 5 Guru Gobind Singh’s birthday (Sikh)
Jan 6 Epiphany (Christian)
Reyes Magos (Spanish-speaking, Catholic)
Feast of Theophany (Eastern Orthodox Christianity)
Jan 7 Orthodox/Coptic Christmas Day (many countries!)
Jan 10 Ati Atihan (Philippines, Catholic)
Jan 13 Lohri (Sikh)
Milad un Nabi (Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday, Islam)*
Jan 14 Orthodox New Year
Makar Sankranti (Hindu)
Jan 15 Tu B’Shevat (“New Year for Trees,” Jewish)*
Jan 16 Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)*
World Buskers Festival (Christchurch, New Zealand)*
Tu B’Shevat (Jewish)*
Jan 19 Timkat (Epiphany, Ethiopian Orthodox)*
World Religion Day (Bahá’í)*
Jan 20 World Religion Day (Bahá’í)
Penguin Awareness Day
Festa das Fogaceiras (Portugal, Catholic)
Martin Luther King Day (US)*
Jan 25 Conversion of St. Paul (Christian)
Hot Air Balloon Festival (Château-d’Œx, Switzerland)*
Burns Night (Scotland)
Jan 26 Australia Day
Indian Republic Day
Jan 30 Tet (Viet Nam) East Asian Lunar New Year
(Year 4711: the Horse)*
Jan 31 Chinese New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)/Hangul 설날 (Korea) begins*

February

Feb 2 Candlemas (Christian)
La Chandeleur (Fête des crêpes, France)
Feb 3 Haru Matsuri (Spring festivals, Shinto)
Feb 4 Saraswati Puja (Hindu)*
Vasant Panchami (India: Festival of Flying Kites)*
Feb 6 Waitangi Day (New Zealand)
Feb 8 Parinirvana – Nirvana Day  (Buddhist)
Feb 14 Valentine’s Day
International Book Giving Day
The Great Backyard Bird Count*Lantern Festival (China)*
Feb 15 Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
World Whale Day (Hawaii)*
Feb 21 International Mother Language Day
Feb 26 Ayyám-i-Há (Bahá’í)
Feb 28 Shivratri (Hindu)*

March

Mar 1 Martenitca day (Bulgaria)
Mărţişor (Beginning of Spring, Romania and Moldova)
Mar 2 Bahá’í Fast begins
Mar 3 Hina-matsuri (Festival of Dolls, Japan)
Clean Monday (Orthodox Christian)*
Mar 4 Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras/Carnaval (Christian)*
Mar 5 Ash Wednesday (Christian)*
Mar 8 International Women’s Day
Mar 14 Sikh New Year
Mar 16 Purim (Jewish)
Mar 17 St. Patrick’s Day
Holi (Hindu, Sikh)*
Hola Mohalla (Sikh)*
Mar 20 Spring Equinox
Mar 21 International Day of Nowruz (Naw-Rúz, Bahá’í, Zoroastrian)
Nauryz (Kazakhstan)
World Day to Eliminate Racial Discrimination
World Forest Day
World Poetry Day
Battle of Adwa (Ethiopia)
Mar 22 World Water Day
Mar 25 Annunciation (Christian)
Waffle Day (Sweden)
Mar 30 Mothering Sunday/Mother’s Day (Ireland, Nigeria, UK)*

April

Apr 1 April Fool’s Day/Le Poisson d’Avril (US, France, Italy, others)
Apr 7 United Nations’ World Health Day
Apr 8 Ram Navami (Hindu)*
Apr 11 Global Youth Service Day*
Apr 13 Palm Sunday (Christian)*
Songkran/Water Festival (Thai New Year)
Vaisakhi (Sikh: represents the birth of the Khalsa)
Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)*
Apr 15 First day of Passover (Jewish)*
Theravada New Year (Buddhist)*
Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)*
Apr 17 Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday, Christian)*
Apr 18 Good Friday (Christian)*
Apr 20 Easter Sunday (Christian)*
Orthodox Easter*
Apr 21 Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday (1926, UK + Commonwealth)
Ridvan Festival (Bahá’í)
Apr 22 Earth Day
Apr 23 Last day of Passover (Jewish)*
Apr 25 World Malaria Day
ANZAC Day (Australia, New Zealand)
Apr 26 Save the Frogs Day*
Apr 27 Yom Hashoa (Jewish)*
Apr 30 “Children’s Day” (Mexico)*

May

May 17Nasjonaldagen (Norway’s National Day)

May 1 International Labor Day (especially post-Soviet bloc countries + China)
Unity Day (Kazakhstan)
May 2 Akshaya Tritiya (Hindu, Jain)*
May 3 Fiesta de la Cruces (Spain, El Salvador, and other Latin American countries; Catholic)
May 5 Kodomo no Hi こどもの日 (Japan’s Children’s Day)
Korean Children’s Day 어린이날
May 9 Victory Day (Former Soviet Republics)
May 10 World Migratory Bird Day
May 11 Mother’s Day (many countries!)*
May 14 Wesak/Buddha Day (Buddhist)*
May 16 Endangered Species Day*
May 19 Victoria Day (Canada)*
May 20 Aboriginal Awareness Week (Canada)*
May 21 World Day for Cultural Diversity
May 22 World Biological Diversity Day
May 23 International Turtle Day
Declaration of the Bab (Bahá’í)
May 25 African Liberation Day
May 26 Memorial Day (US)*
May 27 Isra and Mi’raj (Muslim)*
May 28 Battle of Adwa (Ethiopia)
May 29 Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’í)
Ascension of Christ (Christian)

June

June 1 Children’s Day (over 45 countries!)
Jun 2 Surit-nal (수릿날, Dano Spring Festival, Korea)*
Dragonboat Festival (China)*
Jun 4 Shavuot (Jewish)*
Jun 8 World Oceans Day
Pentecost (Christian)*
Jun 12 Race Unity Day (Bahá’í)*
Jun 14 Flag Day
Jun 15 Father’s Day (many countries!)*
Jun 19 Corpus Christi (Catholic, esp Latin America)*
Jun 20 World Refugee Day
Jun 21 Summer Solstice
Midsummer (Scandinavia, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia)
Jun 23 Festa de São João do Porto (Portugal)
Jun 24 Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day/Quebec’s National Holiday
Inti Raymi (Peru)
Jun 28 Ramadan begins (Muslim)*
Jun 29 St. Peter and St. Paul’s Day (Christian & Orthodox)

July

Jul 1 Canada Day
Jul 3 International Plastic Bag Free Day
Jul 4 Independence Day (US)
Jul 6 San Fermin/Running of the Bulls (Spain)
Astana Day (Kazakhstan)
Jul 9 Martyrdom of the Bab (Bahá’í)
Jul 11 World Population Day
Naadam Festival (Mongolia)
Jul 12 Asala: Dharma Day (Buddhist)
Jul 13 Obon (Japan, Buddhist)
Jul 14 Bastille Day (France)
Shark Awareness Day
Jul 18 Nelson Mandela Day
Jul 24 Laylat al-Qadr (Muslim)*
Jul 28 Eid-al-Fitr (Ramadan ends, Muslim)*
Independence Day (Peru)
Jul 30 World Friendship Day

August

Aug 2 Qixi Festival (China): known as Tanabata (Japan), Chisi (Taiwan), Chilseok (Korea), Ngưu Lang Chức Nữ (Vietnam)*
Aug 5 Tisha B’Av (Jewish)*
Aug 8 Father’s Day in Taiwan
Aug 9 World Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Aug 10 Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)*
Aug 15 Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)
Independence Day for India
Aug 19 World Humanitarian Day
Aug 27 La Tomatina (Spain)
Aug 29 Anant Chaturdashi (Jain)*
Aug 30 Paryusana (Jain)*

September

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)

October

Oct 13Thanksgiving Day (Canada)*

Oct 4 Feast of St Francis of Assisi
World Animal Day
Dussehra (Hindu)*
Yom Kippur (Jewish)*
Eid-al-Adha (Muslim)*
Oct 5 World Teachers’ Day
Oct 6 World Habitat Day*
Oct 9 Sukkot (Jewish)*
Oct 12 Día de la Raza (Latin America)
Oct 11 International Day of the Girl Child
Oct 15 Al-Hijira (Islamic New Year)*
Oct 16 World Food Day
Oct 17 World Day for Poverty Eradication
Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah (Jewish)*
Oct 20 Birth of the Bab (Bahá’í)
Oct 23 Diwali/Deepavali (Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, Sikh)*Bandi Chhor Divas (Sikh)*
Oct 24 United Nations Day
Muharram (begins Muslim New Year)
Oct 28 Jnan Panchami (Jain)*
Oct 31 Halloween

November

Nov 1 All Saints’ Day (Christian)
Día de los Inocentes (Catholic, Mexico)
Nov 2 All Souls’ Day (Christian)
Día de los Muertos (Catholic, Mexico, Latin America)
Nov 3 Ashura (Muslim)*
Nov 6 Birthday of Guru Nanak (Sikh)
Nov 7 Loy Krathong (Thailand, Laos, Burma)*
Nov 10 World Science Day
Nov 12 Birth of Baha’u’llah (Bahá’í)
Nov 15 Surin Elephant Round-Up (Thailand)
Shichi-Go-San 七五三 (Shinto)
Nov 20 Universal Children’s Day
Nov 23 Niinamesei (Shinto)
Nov 26 Day of the Covenant (Bahá’í)
Nov 27 Thanksgiving (US)*
Nov 28 Ascension of Abdu’l-Bahá (Bahá’í)
Hmong New Year (Laos/SE Asia community in Minnesota, US and other areas)
Nov 30 First Sunday Advent (Christian)*
St. Andrew’s Night (Scotland)

December

Dec 4 World Wildlife Conservation
Dec 6 St. Nicholas Day (Christian)
Dec 7 First Day of Hanukkah (Jewish)*
Dec 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Christian)
Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
Dec 11 International Mountain Day
Dec 12 Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico, Catholic)
Dec 16 Kazakhstan’s Independence Day
Dec 21 Winter Solstice
Dōngzhì Festival 冬至 (Winter Solstice Festival, China, Japan, Viet Nam, Korea)
Dec 24 Christmas Eve (Christian)Last day of Hanukkah (Jewish)*
Dec 25 Christmas Day (Christian)
Dec 26 Kwanzaa (until Jan 1)
St. Stephen’s Day (Christian)
Boxing Day (UK + Commonwealth)
Junkanoo (Bahamas)
Dec 31 New Year’s Eve

68 Responses to 2014 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!!
    Lisabeth

  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. 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

What do you think? I love to hear from my readers:).