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We’ve created a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Calendar for 2021 that you should keep handy for the year to come. This list doesn’t just cover 2021 US Holidays, but holidays and celebrations from all over the world. Let’s get right into it!

January

  1. January 1, New Year’s Day: This is the first day of the year, and a globally recognized holiday. 
  2. January 1, Kwanzaa ends: This day marks the end of Kwanzaa, which is a celebration of African heritage and an occasion to feast and exchange gifts. 
  3. January 6, Armenian Orthodox Christmas Day: This day celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ on Epiphany. 
  4. January 7, Eastern Orthodox Christian Day: On this day, the birth of Jesus Crist is celebrated according to the Julain calendar by Eastern Orthodix Christians.
  5. January 17, World Religion Day: This day was initiated by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States, but now it is recognized internationally.
  6. January 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (US): This 2021 US Holiday is observed in the remembrance of MLK, who was the face of the nonviolent civil rights movement in the US. 
  7. January 27, International Holocaust Rememberance Day: This day commemorates the tragedies that occured during the Second World War. 
  8. January 28, Mahayana New Year: This day is celebrated by Mahayana Buddhists, who celebrate the New Year on the first full moon day in January.

February

  1. February 4, World Cancer Day: This day is internationally recognized as a day to raise awareness of cancer and support efforts towards eradicating cancer.
  2. February 12, Lunar New Year: According to the traditional Chinese calendar, this day is marked as the beginning of the new year.
  3. February 15, Susan B. Anthony Day (US): This day is marked as a celebration of women’s suffrage in the US.
  4. February 16, Mardi Gras: This is a celebration of carnival, which ends on the day before Ash Wednesday.
  5. February 17, Ash Wednesday: Western Christians recognize this first day of Lent as a holy day for fasting and praying.
  6. February 21, International Mother Language Day: This day promotes multilingualism and promotes linguistic and cultural diversity.  
  7. Black History Month (US and Canada): This month celebrates the role of people African ancestry in the history of the US and Canada.  
  8. LGBT History Month (UK): This month is to raise awareness of the civil rights movements related to the LGBT group in the UK.

March

  1. March 1, Zero Discrimination Day: This day promotes equality before the law throughout all the member countries of the United Nations.
  2. March 5, National Employee Appreciation Day (US): On the first Friday of March, employers celebrate this day to support, thank, and reward their employees.
  3. March 8, International Women’s Day: This day marks the celebration of all the political, social, and economic achievements of women.
  4. March 13, National Deaf History Month Begins (US): This month raises awareness of all the contributions from the deaf community. 
  5. March 14, Mother’s Day (UK): This day celebrates the joy of motherhood and all the contributions made by mothers.
  6. March 17, St. Patrick’s Day: A celebration of Irish heritage.
  7. March 20, Persian New Year: This day has its roots in Iranian and Zorastrian communities but is celebrated by a number of diverse communities worldwide. 
  8. March 21, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discriminiation: This day calls to end all discrimination based on race.
  9. March 21, World Down Syndrome Day: This day is observed by the United Nations to raise awareness about how people with Down Syndrome play significant roles in our communities. 
  10. March 27 - April 3, Passover Day: This day commemorates the liberation of Jewish people from slavery by God.
  11. March 28-29, Holi: Known as the festival of colors, this Hindu festival is celebrated by a number of communities like Hindus, Jains, Newar Buddists, and Sikhs. 
  12. March 31, Cesar Chavez Day: This day honors Cesar Chavez, a Mexican American activist who worked on the upliftment of farm workers and Hispanic Americans.
  13. Women’s History Month (US): This annual observance honors the contributions of women in the history of the US.
  14. Irish-American Heritage Month (US): This day celebrates the contributions of Irish-American community and their heritage and culture.

April

  1. April 2, World Autism Awareness Day: This day is observed to raise awareness about the people on the Autism spectrum. 
  2. April 2, Good Friday: This day commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus on the Friday before Easter. 
  3. April 4, Easter: This festival and holiday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead as described in the Old Testament. As always, 2021 Easter will be celebrated on a Sunday.
  4. April 8, Vesak: This day celebrates the birth, awakening, and death of Buddha.
  5. April 12, Ramadan begins: This is the ninth month according to the Islamic calendar, celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. 
  6. April 15, Deaf History Month ends (US): Marks the end of Deaf History Month.
  7. April 20 - May 1, Festival of Ridvan: This 12-day festival is celebrated by the Baha’is in honor of the prophet-founder of the Baha’i faith.
  8. Sikh Heritage Month (Canada): This month honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of Sikh-Canadians in Canada.
  9. Arab American Heritage Month (US):  This month honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of Arab-Americans in the US.
  10. Scottish-American Heritage Month (US): This month honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of Scottish-Americans in the US.

May

  1. May 1, International Workers Day: This day commemorates the past struggles of the working class and celebrates their contributions. This day is celebrated by every country except the US and Canada, who have their separate Labor Day holidays. 
  2. May 5, Cinco de Mayo (US): A day to celebrate the Mexican culture and heritage.
  3. May 9, Mother’s Day (US): This day celebrates the joy of motherhood and all the contributions made by mothers.
  4. May 12-13, Eid al-Fitr: This day marks the end of Ramadan.
  5. May 21, World Day for Cultural Diversity: This day highlights the need of cultural exchange and celebrates the world’s diversity.
  6. May 31, Memorial Day (US): This day is to remember all those who have died in military service. 
  7. National Military Appreciation Month (US): A month to pay tribute to the United States Armed Forces, and all those who serve and served the country.
  8. Mental Health Awareness Month (US): This month calls to raise awareness about mental health and the stigma surrounding it.
  9. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (US): This month honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in the US.
  10. Haitian Heritage Month (US): This month honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of Haitians in the US.
  11. Jewish American Heritage Month (US): This month honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of Jewish-Americans in the US.

June

  1. June 6, National Cancer Survivors Day (US): This day is observed to celebrate the people who survived cancer, inspire those who are still battling, and provide support to the community. 
  2. June 8, Race Unity Day: This day aims to promote racial harmony.
  3. June 19, Juneteenth (US): This day marks the end of slavery in Texas in 1865, and honors the African-American freedom. This 2021 US Holiday is falling on a Saturday the coming year.
  4. June 20, World Refugee Day: This day is dedicated to raise awareness about refugees worldwide.
  5. June 20, Father’s Day (US): This day celebrates the joy of fatherhood and all the contributions made by fathers.
  6. LGBTQ+Pride Month: This month commemorates the Stonewall Riots in New York in 1969.
  7. Caribbean-American Heritage Month (US): This month honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of Caribbean-Americans in the US.

July

  1. July 5 - 12, National Aboriginals and Islanders Day Observance Week (Aus): This week honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of Aborignal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples.
  2. July 26, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Day: On this day, the United States government signed the act that prohibited any discrimination on account of disabilites, and promoted equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilites. 
  3. July 30, International Friendship Day: Promoted by the United Nations, this day promoted friendship among people from diverse backgrounds. 
  4. French-American Heritage Month (US): This month honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of French-Americans in the US.

August

  1. August 9, International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples: This day promotes the rights of the Indigenous people worldwide.
  2. August 21, World Senior Citizen’s Day: This day recognizes and honors the contributions of senior citizens worldwide.
  3. August 26, Women’s Equality Day (US): This day commemorates the day women of the United States were given the right to vote in 1920.

September

  1. September 6, Labor Day (US and Canada): This day commemorates the past struggles of the working class and celebrates their contributions in the upliftment of communities.
  2. September 6-8, Rosh Hashanah: This day celebrates the Jewish New Year.
  3. September 15, Yom Kippur: This is the 10th day from Rosh Hashanah, which marks the end of Ten Days of Repentance. 
  4. September 10, World Suicide Prevention Day: This day raise awareness about suicides and calls to take definitive actions to prevent suicides. 
  5. September 11, Patriot Day (US): This day remembers those who were injured or killed on September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the US. 
  6. September 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month begins (US): This month honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of Hispanics and Latin-Americans in the US.
  7. September 23, International Day of Sign Language: This day raises awareness about the importance of sign language worldwide. 
  8. September 23, Bi Visibility Day: This day celebrates bi+ individuals and communities worldwide.  

October 

  1. October 10, World Mental Health Day: This day is observed to raise awareness about mental health and to dismantle the social stigma surrounding it. 
  2. October 11, National Coming Out Day (US): This annual observance celebrates the LGBT community.
  3. October 11, Indeginious People’s Day (US): This day honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of Indeginious peoples in the US.
  4. October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month ends (US): Marks the end of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
  5. October 16, Boss’ Day (US): This day is celebrated by employees to thank their bosses for their support.
  6. Breast Cancer Awareness Month: This month highlights the importance of breast cancer awareness and research.
  7. Black History Month (UK): This month is an annual celebration of the contributions and achievements of the people of African heritage.
  8. National Disability Employment Awareness Month (US): This month is celebrated to highlight the contributions of people with disabilities in workplaces.  
  9. National Work and Family Month (US): In this month, businesses are asked to promote work-life balance and flexible work environments.
  10. LGBT History Month (US): This annual observance of civil rights movements of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people in history of the United States.
  11. German-American Heritage Month (US): This month honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of German-Americans in the US.
  12. Filipino-American History Month (US): This month honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of Filipino-Americans in the US.
  13. Italian-American Heritage Month (US): This month honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of Italian-Americans in the US.
  14. Polish-American Heritage Month (US): This month honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of Polish-Americans in the US.

November 

  1. November 4, Diwali: This day is celebrated as a festival of lights by millions of Hindus worldwide.
  2. November 11, Veterans Day (US): This day commemorates the hostilities of the First World War and celebrates those who served in the war.
  3. November 11, Armistice Day (UK): This day commemorates the hostilities of the First World War and celebrates those who served in the war.
  4. November 11, Remembrance Day (Aus): This day commemorates the hostilities of the First World War and celebrates those who served in the war.
  5. November 16, International Day for Tolerance: Initiated by UNESCO, this day promotes the principles of tolerance.
  6. November 20, International Transgender Day of Rememberance: This day honors those who lost their lives in anti-transgender attacks.
  7. November 25, Thanksgiving (US): This day is celebrated to offer thanks for harvest and spend time with friends and family. The 2021 US Holiday is on a Thursday.
  8. November 26, Native American Heritage Day: This day is celebrated a day after Thanksgiving to celebrate the history and culture of Native Americans in the United States.
  9. November 28 - December 6, Hanukkah: This Jewish festival commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem to the service of God in 164 BCE.
  10. American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month (US): This month honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of the original inhabitants and explorers of the United States.
  11. National Family Caregivers Month (US): This month celebrates the selflessness of family members and volunteers who support their loved ones with their health or managing a disability.  

December 

  1. December 3, International Day of Persons with Disabilities: This day aims to promote the rights and well-being of peoples with disabilities. 
  2. December 10, Human Rights Day: The day commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly.
  3. December 25, Christmas: This day celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. 
  4. December 26, Kwanzaa begins: This celebration honors African heritage and culminates with a feast. 

We hope this list of holidays help you in 2021!

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Tanvi Sharma
Tanvi Sharma
Tanvi Sharma is a Content Strategist at iMocha. A seasoned marketer and branding consultant, she likes sewing stories together to help brands find their true and unique voice. A perfection enthusiast, she believes each and every word should serve a purpose while writing. When she’s not writing for work, she is writing fan fictions and theories, and volunteering at local animal shelters.
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