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Key Equality Dates for 2018

January 2018

Date Event Religion / Other
01-Jan New Year's Day/Hogmanay OTHER
04-Jan World Braille Day OTHER
05-Jan Birthday of Guru Gobindh Singh SIKH
06-Jan Epiphany CHRISTIAN
13-Jan Maghi SIKH
14-Jan Makar Sankranti HINDU
21-Jan Vasant Panchami HINDU
27-Jan Holocaust Memorial Day OTHER
30-Jan Tu B'Shevat JEWISH
31-Jan Birthday of Guru Har Rai (Nanakshahi calendar) SIKH

February 2018

LGBT History Month

Date Event Religion / Other
01-Feb Imbolc PAGAN
04-Feb World Cancer Day OTHER
08-Feb Chinese New Year (Year of the Monkey) OTHER
14-Feb Ash Wednesday CHRISTIAN
14-Feb Maha Shivaratri HINDU
16-Feb Losar (Tibetan New Year); Chinese New Year BUDDHIST

March 2018

Date Event Religion / Other
01-Mar Purim JEWISH
01-Mar Self-Injury Awareness Day OTHER
02-Mar Hola Mohalla (Lunar Calendar) SIKH
02-Mar Holi HINDU
06-Mar Mothering Sunday OTHER
08-Mar International Women's Day OTHER
14-Mar Sikh New Year (Nanakshahi calendar) SIKH
18-Mar Ugadi HINDU
20-Mar Ostara (Spring Equinox) PAGAN
21-Mar International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination OTHER
21-Mar Nowruz OTHER
25-Mar Palm Sunday CHRISTIAN
25-Mar Ram Navami HINDU
25-Mar Swaminarayan Jayanti HINDU
27-Mar British Summer Time Begins OTHER
28-Mar Khordad Sal OTHER
29-Mar Maundy Thursday CHRISTIAN
30-Mar Good Friday CHRISTIAN
31-Mar Passover (first day) JEWISH

April 2018

Date Event Religion / Other
01-Apr Easter Sunday CHRISTIAN
02-Apr World Autism Awareness Day OTHER
07-Apr Passover (last day) JEWISH
11-Apr Yom Hashoah JEWISH
14-Apr Vaisakhi SIKH
18-Apr Birthday of Guru Angad Dev SIKH
18-Apr Birthday of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Nanakshahi calendar) SIKH
18-Apr Yom Hazikaron JEWISH
19-Apr Yom Ha'atzmaut JEWISH
21-Apr Ridvan (first day) BAHA'I

May 2018

Date Event Religion / Other
01-May Beltane PAGAN
02-May Birthday of Guru Arjan Dev (Nanakshahi Calendar) SIKH
02-May Ridvan (last day) BAHA'I
03-May Lag B'Omer JEWISH
10-May Ascension Day CHRISTIAN
16-May Ramadan (start) MUSLIM
17-May International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia OTHER
20-May Pentecost (Whitsun) CHRISTIAN
20-May Shavuot (first day) JEWISH
21-May Shavuot (last day) JEWISH
22-May Vesak, Wesak or Buddha Day: Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana (in a.o. Thailand) BUDDHIST
23-May Birthday of Guru Amar Das (Nanakshahi Calendar) SIKH
27-May Trinity Sunday CHRISTIAN

June 2018

Date Event Religion / Other
10-Jun Laylat al Qadr MUSLIM
14-Jun World Blood Donor Day OTHER
14-Jun Ramadan (end) MUSLIM
15-Jun Eid-Ul-Fitr MUSLIM
16-Jun Martydom of Guru Arjan Dev (Nanakshahi Calendar) SIKH
19-Jun Father's Day OTHER
20-Jun Litha (Summer Solstice) PAGAN
20-Jun World Refugee Day OTHER

July 2018

Date Event Religion / Other
05-Jul Birthday of Guru Hargobind (Nanakshahi Calendar) SIKH
14-Jul Emmeline Pankhurst Day OTHER
18-Jul Nelson Mandela Day OTHER
22-Jul Tisha B'Av JEWISH
23-Jul Birthday of Guru Har Krishen (Nanakshahi Calendar) SIKH
23-Jul Birthday of Haile Selassie RASTAFARIAN

August 2018

Date Event Religion / Other
01-Aug Lammas PAGAN
06-Aug Transfiguration CHRISTIAN
15-Aug Assumption of Mary CHRISTIAN
22-Aug Eid-Ul-Adha MUSLIM
25-Aug 'Ghost' Festival (China, Japan: Chūgen/Shichigatsu Bon) EAST ASIAN FOLK RELIGION
26-Aug Raksha Bandhan HINDU

September 2018

Date Event Religion / Other
01-Sep Selichot JEWISH
03-Sep Krishna Janmashtami HINDU
10-Sep Al-Hijra MUSLIM
10-Sep Rosh Hashanah (first day) JEWISH
10-Sep World Suicide Prevention Day OTHER
11-Sep Rosh Hashanah (last day) JEWISH
13-Sep Ganesh Chaturthi HINDU
19-Sep Yom Kippur JEWISH
20-Sep Ashura MUSLIM
22-Sep Mabon (Autumn Equinox) PAGAN
24-Sep Sukkot JEWISH

October 2018

Black History Month

Date Event Religion / Other
02-Oct Simchat Torah JEWISH
03-Oct Hanukkah JEWISH
09-Oct Birthday of Guru Ram Das (Nanakshahi Calendar) SIKH
09-Oct Navaratri (start) HINDU
10-Oct World Mental Health Day OTHER
17-Oct Navaratri (end) HINDU
19-Oct Dussehra HINDU
30-Oct Bandi Chhor Divas SIKH
30-Oct End of British Summer Time OTHER
31-Oct Samhain PAGAN

November 2018

Date Event Religion / Other
02-Nov All Souls' Day CHRISTIAN
02-Nov Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie RASTAFARIAN
04-Nov Birthday of Guru Nanak SIKH
07-Nov Diwali SIKH
13-Nov Remembrance Sunday OTHER
20-Nov Milad un Nabi (Birthday of the Prophet Mohammed) MUSLIM
20-Nov Transgender Day of Remembrance OTHER
24-Nov Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Nanakshahi Calendar) SIKH
25-Nov International Day for the Elimination of Violence Towards Women OTHER

December 2018

Date Event Religion / Other
01-Dec World AIDS Day OTHER
02-Dec First Sunday of Advent CHRISTIAN
03-Dec International Day for Persons with Disabilities OTHER
10-Dec Human Rights Day OTHER
21-Dec Yule (Winter Solstice) PAGAN
24-Dec Christmas Eve CHRISTIAN
25-Dec Christmas Day CHRISTIAN
31-Dec New Year's Eve OTHER

We acknowledge that not all dates and faiths are shown above.  For a more comprehensive list please click here.

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.