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For HR professionals committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, creating welcoming workplaces is a year-round initiative. So take note of the following professional, cultural, religious, and secular holidays as you build out your workplace DE&I calendar.

January 2023

Month-long observances:

  •         National Mentoring Month
  •         Poverty in America Awareness Month
  •         Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month

 Important DE&I calendar dates:

  •         January 1 – New Year’s Day
  •         January 4 – National Braille Day
  •         January 6 – Coptic Orthodox Christmas
  •         January 7 – Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
  •         January 13 – Maghi (Sikh)
  •         January 15 – World Religion Day
  •         January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  •         January 22 — Chinese New Year (Year of the Rabbit)
  •         January 24 – International Day of Education
  •         January 26 – International Customs Day
  •         January 27 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day

 

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February 2023

Month-long observances: 

  •         American Heart Month
  •         Black History Month

Important DE&I calendar dates: 

  •         February 1 – National Freedom Day
  •         February 4 — Rosa Parks Day
  •         February 8 — Safer Internet Day
  •         February 11 – International Day of Women & Girls in Science 
  •         February 13 – International Epilepsy Day 
  •         February 14 – Valentine’s Day
  •         February 15 – Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
  •         February 15 – International Childhood Cancer Day
  •         February 18 – Maha Shivarati (Hindu)
  •         February 20 – World Day of Social Justice
  •         February 20 – FamilyDay (Canada)
  •         February 21 – Mardi Gras
  •         February 22 – Ash Wednesday

 

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March 2023

Month-long observances:

  •         Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
  •         Ethnic Equality Month
  •         Gender Equality Month
  •         Greek-American Heritage Month
  •         Irish-American Heritage Month
  •         National Colon Cancer Awareness Month
  •         National Kidney Month
  •         National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness and Education Month
  •         National Women’s History Month

Important DE&I calendar dates:

  •         March 3 – Employee Appreciation Day
  •         March 6 – Purim (Jewish)
  •         March 8 – International Women’s Day
  •         March 8 – Holi (Hindu)
  •         March 14 – Pi π Day
  •         March 15 – Equal Pay Day
  •         March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
  •         March 21 – World Down Syndrome Day
  •         March 21 – Naw-Ruz (Baha’I New Year)
  •         March 23 –  Ramadan begins (Islam)
  •         March 23 – International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
  •         March 31 – International Transgender Day of Visibility

 

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April 2023

Month-long observances:

  •         Arab-American Heritage Month
  •         Autism Awareness Month
  •         Celebrate Diversity Month
  •         Earth Month
  •         National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  •         National Volunteer Month

Important DE&I calendar dates:

  •         April 2 – World Autism Awareness Day
  •         April 2 – Palm Sunday (Christian)
  •         April 5 – Passover begins (Jewish)
  •         April 7 – Good Friday (Christian)
  •         April 14 – National Day of Silence (LGBTQ+)
  •         April 9/10 – Easter (Christian)
  •         April 13 – Passover ends
  •         April 17 – Laylat al-Qadr (Muslim)
  •         April 18 – Yom Hashoah (Jewish)
  •         April 20 – Start of Ridvan (Baha’i)
  •         April 21 – Eid-al-Fitr/End of Ramadan (Muslim)
  •         April 22 – Earth Day        

 

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May 2023

Month-long observances:

  •         ALS Awareness Month
  •         Haitian Heritage Month
  •         Indian Heritage Month
  •         Jewish-American Heritage Month
  •         Mental Health Month
  •         National Asian American and South Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  •         Older Americans Month
  •         South Asian American Heritage Month

 Important DE&I calendar dates:

  •         May 5 – Cinco de Mayo
  •         May 17 – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
  •         May 21 – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
  •         May 22 – Victoria Day (Canada)
  •         May 23 – Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)
  •         May 29 – Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)
  •         May 29 – Memorial Day

 

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June 2023

Month-long observances:

  •         Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
  •         Black Music Month
  •         National Caribbean American Heritage Month
  •         Pride Month (LGBTQ+)

Important DE&I calendar dates:

  •         June 5 – World Environment Day
  •         June 11 — Race Unity Day
  •         June 12 – Loving Day
  •         June 19 – Juneteenth
  •         June 20 – World Refugee Day
  •         June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day (Canada)
  •         June 21 – Litha, Summer Solstice (Pagan)
  •         June 24 St-Jean-Baptiste Day (Quebec)
  •         June 28– Eid al-Adha (Muslim)
  •         June Pride Day (LGBTQ+) (varies by city and country)

 

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 July 2023

Month-long observances:

  •         French-American Heritage Month

 Important DE&I calendar dates:

  •         July 1 – Canada Day (Canada)
  •         July 4 – Independence Day (USA) 
  •         July 9 – Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)
  •         July 11 – World Populace Day
  •         July 14 – Bastille Day
  •         July 18 – International Nelson Mandela Day
  •         July 19 – Muharram Islamic New Year
  •         July 24 – Pioneer Day (Mormon)
  •         July 26 – National Disability Independence Day (commemorates the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act)
  •         July 30 – International Day of Friendship

 

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 August 2023

Month-long observances:

  •         National Civility Month

Important DE&I calendar dates:

  •         August 7 – Purple Heart Day
  •         August 9 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
  •         August 13 – Left-Handers Day
  •         August 17 – Marcus Garvey Day (Jamaican)
  •         September 6-7 – Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)
  •         August 19 – World Humanitarian Day
  •         August 21 – Senior Citizens Day
  •         August 22 – American Business Women’s Day
  •         August 26 – Women’s Equality Day

 

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September 2023

Month-long observances:

  •         Hispanic Heritage Month
  •         National Guide Dog Month
  •         Suicide Prevention Month

 Important DE&I calendar dates:

  •         September 4 – Labor Day
  •         September 5 – International Day of Charity
  •         September 11 – Patriot Day (U.S.A.)
  •         September 15 – International Day of Democracy
  •         September 15 – Rosh Hashanah begins (Jewish)
  •         September 16 – Mexican Independence Day
  •         September 21 – International Day of Peace
  •         September 21 – World Gratitude Day
  •         September 22 – National Native American Day
  •         September 24 – Yom Kippur (Jewish)
  •         September 29 – Sukkot (Jewish)
  •         September 30 – National Day for Truth & Reconciliation (Canada)

 

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October 2023

Month-long observances:

  •         Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  •         Bullying Prevention Month
  •         Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  •         Filipino-American Heritage Month
  •         German-American Heritage Month
  •         Italian-American Heritage Month
  •         LGBTQ History Month
  •         National Work and Family Month
  •         Polish-American Heritage Month
  •         Family History Month

 Important DE&I calendar dates:

  •         October 2 – International Day of Nonviolence
  •         October 9 – National Indigenous Peoples’ Day (United States)
  •         October 10 – Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
  •         October 10 – World Mental Health Day
  •         October 11 – National Coming Out Day (LGBTQ+)
  •         October 12 – World Sight Day
  •         October 15 – Navrati begins (Hindu)
  •         October 16 – Birth of the Bab (Baha’i)
  •         October 16 – Waste Reduction Week
  •         October 16 – Bosses’ Day
  •         October 19 – Spirit Day (LGBTQ+ anti-bullying)
  •         October 20 – Sikh Holy Day (birth of Guru Granth)
  •         October 22 – International Stuttering Awareness Day
  •         October 25 – Birth of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)
  •         October 31 – Halloween
  •         October 31 – Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

 

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November 2023

Month-long observances:

  •         Diabetes Awareness Month
  •         Movember (awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer)
  •         National Native American, American Heritage Month

Important DE&I calendar dates:

  •         November 1 – All Saints’ Day (Roman Catholic)
  •         November 1 – National Stress Awareness Day
  •         November 9 – Diwali (Hindu)
  •         November 9 – World Freedom Day
  •         November 9 – World Adoption Day
  •         November 11 – Remembrance/Veterans Day
  •         November 13 – World Kindness Day
  •         November 16 – International Day for Tolerance
  •         November 19 – International Men’s Day
  •         November 20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance
  •         November 20 – Universal Children’s Day (Human Rights, U.N.)
  •         November 23 – Thanksgiving
  •         November 25 – Day of the Covenant (Baha’i)
  •         November 27 – Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha (Baha’i)

 

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December 2023

Month-long observances:

  •         HIV/AIDS Awareness Month
  •         Universal Human Rights Month

Important DE&I calendar dates:

  •         December 1 – World AIDS Day
  •         December 3 – International Day for People with Disabilities
  •         December 5 – International Volunteer Day
  •         December 7 – Hanukkah begins at sunset (Jewish)
  •         December 9 – International Genocide Prevention Day
  •         December 10 – International Human Rights Day
  •         December 8 – Hanukkah begins at sunset (Jewish)
  •         December 21 – Yule Winter Solstice (Pagan)
  •         December 25 – Christmas (Christian)
  •         December 26 – Kwanzaa week (Celebration of African Customs & Cultures)
  •         December 26 – Boxing Day
  •         December 31 – New Year’s Eve

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