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Key Equality Dates for 2019-2020

September 2019

Date Event Religion / Other
2 Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu
3-9 Organ Donation Week Other
10 World Suicide Prevention Day Other
10 Ashura Muslim
21 Mabon (Autumn Equinox) Pagan
29 Sep - 1 Oct Rosh Hashanah Jewish

October 2019

Black History Month

Date Event Religion / Other
8 Dasara Hindu
9 Yom Kippur Jewish
10 World Mental Health Day Other
14-20 Succoth Jewish
27 End of British Summer Time  
27 Diwali Sikh, Hindu, Jain
28 Twin holy days celebrating birth of the Bab and Baha’u’llah Baha’i
31 Samhain Pagan
31 Halloween/All Hallow’s Eve Christian

November 2019

Date Event Religion / Other
2 Crowning of Emperor Haile Selassie I Rastafarian

Interfaith Week

10 Remembrance Sunday Other
12 Birthday of Guru Nanak Sikh
25 White Ribbon Day - International Day for the Eradication of Violence against Women  Other

December 2019

Date Event Religion / Other

World AIDS Day

1-24 Advent Christian
3 International Day for Persons with Disabilities Other
8 Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) Buddhist
10 Human Rights Day Other
21 Yule – Litha (Winter Solstice) Pagan
23-30 Hanukkah Jewish
25 Birth of Christ (Christmas) Christian

January 2020

Dry January
Go alcohol free for 31 days

Date Event Religion / Other
5 Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s birthday Sikh
6 Epiphany Christian
7 Orthodox new year Orthodox Christian
20 World Religion Day Other
25 Chinese New Year – year of the Rat Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
27 Holocaust Memorial Day Other

February 2020

LGBTQ+ History Month

Date Event Religion / Other
2 Imbolc Pagan
4 World Cancer Day Other
7 Time to Talk about Mental Health Day Other
14 St Valentine’s Day Christian
25 Shrove Tuesday – pancake day Christian
26 Ash Wednesday – Lent begins for 40 days Christian

March 2020

International Women’s Day
8 March

Date Event Religion / Other
10 Purim Jewish
10 Holi, festival of colours and spring Hindu
13 No Smoking Day Other
17 St Patrick’s Day Christian
21 Naw-Ruz (Baha’i New Year) Baha’i
21 Eostar – Spring equinox Pagan
21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Other
29 British Summer Time begins Other

April 2020

Stress Awareness Month

Date Event Religion / Other
5 Palm Sunday Christian
8-16 Passover Pesach Jewish
10 Good Friday (Orthodox one week later) Christian
12 Easter Sunday Christian
13 Easter Monday Christian
13 Vaisakhi Sikh
21 Apr - 2 May Festival of Ridvan Baha’i
23 sunset Ramadan begins until 23 May Muslim

May 2020

Date Event Religion / Other
1 Beltane Pagan
7 Vishakha Puja Buddhist
24 Eid Al Fitr - end of Ramadan Muslim
29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah Baha’i
29-30 Shavuot Jewish
31 Pentecost/Whitsun Christian

June 2020


Date Event Religion / Other
10-14 Healthy Eating Week Other
20 Litha – Midsummer Solstice Pagan
20 World Refugee Day  Other

July 2020

Date Event Religion / Other
9 Martyrdom of The Bab Baha’i
23 Birthday of Haile Selassie Rastafarian
31 Eid al-Adha Muslim

Islamic, Jewish, Othodox and Baha’i holidays begin at sunset on the evening before the date given. Islamic holidays are based on a lunar calendar, and the actual dates are determined by direct observation of the moon and announced by the mosque

Ramadan: Be sensitive to the fact that students and employees celebrating Ramadan will be fasting during the day (continuously for 30 days) and will likely have less stamina as a result. If planning an evening event, provide food accommodations if requested (Islamic dietary restrictions apply).

We acknowledge that not all dates and faiths are shown above. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, it is difficult to accurately predict the date of some key faiths and we understand that some festivals are celebrated by more than one faith.