Diversity calendar

Our diversity calendar shows the many days across the year when significant religious, cultural, and legal developments or celebrations are taking place.


We're likely to be marking some of these days through specific activities with employees, the general public or local communities. This is noted at the side of these specific events.

The calendar shows a rolling eight months at a time, moving forward.

Whilst it is not possible to note and provide information about every date, event, ceremony of festival, and the issues around them, we have produced a calendar which lists a range of these.

This calendar is used to complement our work in relation to equality and diversity, with some significant dates being celebrated or used as the basis for activity to promote equality, tackle discrimination and harassment, and encourage good relations between people from all groups and communities.

We are happy to listen to suggestions for other significant diversity based dates which could be added to our calendar as it is our intention to regularly update and to refresh the diversity calendar.

January 2018

  • 1 January New Year's Day
  • 6 January Epiphany (Christian)
  • 13 January Maghi (Sikh)
  • 15 January Martin Luther King Junior Day
  • 21 January World Religion Day
  • 22 January Vasant Paanchami (Hindu)
  • 25 January Burn's Night (Scottish)
  • 27 January National Holocaust Memorial Day (marked for specific activities)

February 2018

  • 1 to 28 February Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans History Month (marked for specific activities)
  • 4 February World Cancer Day
  • 6 February Safer Internet Day
  • 6 February International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
  • 13 February Shrove Tuesday
  • 14 February Valentine's Day
  • 16 February Chinese New Year
  • 28 February Purim (Judaism)

March 2018

  • 1 March St David's Day (Welsh)
  • 3 March Hol (Hindu)
  • 8 March International Women's Day (marked for specific activities)
  • 17 March St Patrick's Day (Irish)
  • 20 March International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • 26 March Ramanarmi (Hindu)
  • 26 March World Autism Day (marked for specific activities)
  • 29 March Maundy Thursday (Christian)
  • 30 March Pesach (Judaism)
  • 30 March Good Friday
  • 31 March Hanuman Jayani (Hindu)

April 2018

  • 1 April Easter Sunday
  • 2 April World Autism Awareness Day
  • 2 April Easter Monday (Bank Holiday)
  • 13 April Lailat al Miraj (Islam)
  • 14 April Vaisakhi (Sikh)
  • 23 April St George's Day (English)
  • 23 April Yom Ha Shoar (Judaism)
  • 29 April Second Passover (Judaism)

May 2018

  • 1 May Lailat al Bara'ah (Islam)
  • 3 May Lag B'Omer (Judaism)
  • 8 to 14 May Mental Health Awareness Week (marked for specific activities)
  • 15 May International Day of Families
  • 16 May Ramadan begins (Islam) (marked for specific activities)
  • 17 May International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) (marked for specific activities)
  • 19 to 21 May Shavuot (Judaism)
  • 20 May Pentecost (Christian)
  • 7 and 28 May May Bank Holidays (first date used to be known as May Day and marked workers rights)

June 2018

  • 5 June World Environment Day (marked for specific activities)
  • 11 June Lailat al Kadr (Islam)
  • 15 to 17 June EID al Fitr (Islam) (marked for specific activities)
  • 16 June Guru Arjan Matajdan (Sikh)
  • 17 June Father's Day
  • 20 June World Refugee Day (marked for specific activities)
  • 21 June Summer Solstice

July 2018

  • 1 to 22 July The Three Weeks (Judaism)
  • 13 to 15 July Oban (Buddhist)
  • 27 July Dharma Day (Buddhist)
  • 27 July The 15th of Av (Judaism)

August 2018

  • 22 to 25 August EID al Adha (Islam)
  • 29 August Rakisha Bandhan (Hindu)

Other key events for later in 2018

  • October 2018 Black History Month
  • December 2018 International Day of Disabled People and World AIDS Day