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MPA DEI Calendar 2022

 

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 January
5 January   Birthday of Guru Gobindh Singh – Sikhism
6 January   Epiphany – Christianity
18 January   Mahayana New Year – Buddhism
27 January   Holocaust Memorial Day

 

February
LGBT+ History Month
1 February   Chinese New Year/ New Lunar Year
5 February   
Basant Panchami-Saraswati Puja – Hinduism
7 February   UK Race Equality Week
15 February   Nirvana Day – Buddhism
16 February   Magha Puja Day – Buddhism
25 February – 1 March   Intercalary Days – Bahai

 

March
1 March   Shrove Tuesday – Christianity
2 March   Ash Wednesday – Christianity
2 – 20 March   Nineteen Day Fast – Bahai
7 – 13 March Islam Awareness Week
8 March   International Women’s Day
16 – 17 March   Purim – Judaism *
18 March   Holi – Hinduism
18 March   Hola Mohalla – Sikhism
20 March   Naw Rúz (New Year) – Bahai
21 March International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
21 March World Down Syndrome Day
27th March Mother’s day
29 March – 4 April   World Autism Awareness Week
31 March   International Transgender Day of Visibility

*Please note the major Jewish festivals begin in the evening of the festival start date.

 

April`
Autism Awareness Month, Stress Awareness Month
2 April   Ramadan begins – Islam*
2 April   
World Autism Awareness Day
10 April   Palm Sunday – Christianity
10 April   Rama Navami – Hinduism
14 April   Vaisakhi – Sikhism
15 April   Good Friday – Christianity
15 – 23 April   Pesach (Passover) – Judaism**
16 April   Theravada New Year – Buddhism
17 April   Easter Sunday – Christianity
21 April   First Day of Ridván – Bahai
22 April   Stephen Lawrence Day
27 – 28 April    Yom HaShoah – Judaism**
28 April  Lailat al Qadr – Islam
29 April   Ninth Day of Ridván – Bahai
31 April   International Transgender Day of Visibility

 

May
Mental Health Awareness Month
1 May   Ramadan ends – Islam*
2 May  
Eid al-Fitr – Islam*
2 May   
Last Day of Ridván /Twelfth Day of Ridván – Bahai
4 – 9 May   Deaf Awareness Week
9 – 15 May  Black Inclusion Week
9 – 15 May   Mental Health Awareness Week
12 May   National Day for Staff Networks
16 May   Ascension Day – Christianity
16 May   Vesak (Buddah Day) – Buddhism
17 May   International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
21 May  World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development,
23 May   Pentecost – Christianity
24 May   Declaration of the Báb – Bahai
28 May   Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh – Bahai 

*Please note the exact dates of the major Islamic festivals will depend on the moon sightings based on the lunar calendar.

 June
LGBTQ Pride Month, Men’s Health Awareness Month

5  June  Pentecost – Christian
5 June  World Environment Day
5 June   Shavuot – Judaism*
7 – 14 June  Carers Week
12 June   Pentecost – Orthodox Christian,
16 June   Corpus Christi – Christianity
16 June   Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev – Sikhism
18 June  Autistic Pride Day
22 June   Windrush Day
29 June   St Peter and St Paul Day – Christianity
30 June   Puri Ratha Yatra – Hinduism

 *Please note the major Jewish festivals begin in the evening of the festival start date.

July
South Asian Heritage Month begins
1- 12 July   Hajj – Islam*
UK Black Pride (dates to be confirmed)
9 or 10 July   Eid al-Adha – Islam*
10 July   Martyrdom of the Bab – Bahai
13 July   Dharma Day (Asalha Puja) – Buddhism
14 July   International Non-Binary People’s Day
18 July – 17 August   South Asian Heritage Month
30 July   Muharram/Islamic New Year – Islam*

*Please note the exact dates of the major Islamic festivals will depend on the moon sightings based on the lunar calendar.

 August
South Asian Heritage Month ends
8 August   Ashura – Islam*
11 August   Raksha Bandhan – Hinduism
12 August   International Youth Day
15 August   Assumption – Christianity
19 August   Krishna Janmashtami – Hinduism

*Please note the exact dates of the major Islamic festivals will depend on the moon sightings based on the lunar calendar.

 September
World Alzheimer’s Month, World Dementia Awareness Month

 1 September   First Parkash – Sikhism
6 September  Colour Blind Awareness Day
21  September  Feast of Saint Matthew – Christian
21 September   International Day of Peace
21 September  World Alzheimer’s Day
23 September   Bi Visibility Day
25 September  World Deaf Day,
25 – 27 September Rosh Hashanah – Judaism*
26 September – 2 October   National Inclusion Week
26 September – 5 October  Navratri – Hinduism

*Please note the major Jewish festivals begin in the evening of the festival start date.

October
Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Black History Month (UK), Lupus Awareness Month, Global Diversity Awareness Month, Menopause Awareness Month

 1 October  International Day of Older Persons,
4 – 5 October   Yom Kippur – Judaism*
8 October   Mawlid an-Nabi (Prophet Muhammad’s birthday) – Islam**
9 – 16 October   Sukkot – Judaism*
10 October   World Mental Health Day
16 – 18 October   Simchat Torah – Judaism*
18 October   World Menopause Day
19 October  International Pronouns Day,
20 October   Installation of the Scriptures as Guru Granth – Sikhism
24 October   Diwali – Hinduism
26 October   Birth of the Báb – Bahai
27 October    Birth of Bahá’u’lláh – Bahai

*Please note the major Jewish festivals begin in the evening of the festival start date.

**Please note the exact dates of the major Islamic festivals will depend on the moon sightings based on the lunar calendar. 

November
Movember Men’s Health Awareness Month, Islamophobia Awareness Month, UK Disability History Month

1 November   All Saints – Christianity
2 November   
All Souls  – Christianity
8 November   
Guru Nanak Dev Sahib – Sikhism
13 – 19 November   
Trans Awareness Week 
13 – 20 November   
Inter Faith Week
18 November   LGBTQ+ STEM Day
18 November – 18 December   UK Disability History Month
18  November  International STAND UP to Bullying Day
19 November   International Men’s Day
25  November  International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women,
20 November   Trans Day of Remembrance 
25 November   White Ribbon Day
26 November   Carers Rights Day
28 November   Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá – Bahai

 December
AIDS Awareness Month, Decembeard

1 December World AIDS Day
2  December  International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
3  December  International Day of Persons with Disabilities
18 – 25 December   Hanukkah – Judaism*
24 December   Christmas Eve – Christianity
25 December   Christmas Day – Christianity

*Please note the major Jewish festivals begin in the evening of the festival start date.

 

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