When you think of holidays, there are a handful of days that first come to mind. However, now a days if companies are committed to diversity and inclusion, they must celebrate and incorporate all-inclusive holidays that go beyond the ones we know. Take a note of the following cultural, religious, professional and secular holidays as you build out your strategy and D&I calendar.

We want to start at the beginning of the year, to make sure that you take a note of what holidays you’ve already missed this year.

January 2022Month-long observances:

     National Mentoring Month
     Poverty in America Awareness Month
     Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

    January 1 – New Year’s Day
    January 4 – National Braille Day
    January 7 – Christmas (Eastern Orthodox)
    January 16 – World Religion Day
    January 17 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    January 18 – Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
    January 24 – International Day of Education
    January 26 – International Customs Day
    January 27 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day

February 2022Month-long observances:

     American Heart Month
     Black History Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

     February 1 – National Freedom Day
     February 1 — Chinese New Year (Year of the Tiger)
     February 4 — Rosa Parks Day
     February 8 — Safer Internet Day
     February 14 – Valentine’s Day
     February 15 – Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
     February 15 – International Childhood Cancer Day
     February 20 – World Day of Social Justice

March 2022Month-long observances:

    Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
     Ethnic Equality Month
     Gender Equality Month
     Greek-American Heritage Month
     Irish-American Heritage Month
     National Colon Cancer Awareness Month
     National Kidney Month
     National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness and Education Month
     National Women’s History Month

Important D&I calendar dates:
March 1 – Mardi Gras
 March 1 – Maha Shivarati (Hindu)
 March 2 – Ash Wednesday
 March 4 – Employee Appreciation Day
 March 8 – International Women’s Day
 March 11 – Maha Shivarati (Hindu)
 March 14 – Pi Day
 March 16-17 – Purim (Jewish)
 March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
 March 19 – Holi (Hindu)
 March 21 – World Down Syndrome Day
 March 21-22 – Naw-Ruz (Baha’I New Year)
 March 25 – International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
 March 31 – International Transgender Day of Visibility

April 2022Month-long observances:

    Arab-American Heritage Month
     Autism Awareness Month
     Celebrate Diversity Month
     Earth Month
     National Child Abuse Prevention Month
     National Volunteer Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

     April 2 – Ramadan begins (Muslim)
     April 2 – World Autism Awareness Day
     April 2 – Equal Pay Day
    April 6 – National Tartan Day (Scottish)
     April 10 – Palm Sunday (Christian)
     April 15 – Good Friday (Christian)
     April 15-23 – Passover (Jewish)
     April 17 – Easter (Christian)
     April 20 – Start of Rivdan (Baha’i)
     April 22 – Earth Day
     April 23 – National Day of Silence (LGBTQIAA+)
     April 27-28 – Yom Hashoah (Jewish)
     April 8 – Laylat al-Qadr (Muslim)
     April 30 – Ramadan ends (Muslim)

May 2022Month-long observances:

    ALS Awareness Month
     Haitian Heritage Month
     Indian Heritage Month
     Jewish-American Heritage Month
     Mental Health Month
     National Asian American and South Pacific Islander Heritage Month
     Older Americans Month
     South Asian American Heritage Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

    May 3 – Eid al-Fitr (Muslim)
    May 5 – Cinco de Mayo
     May 17 – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
     May 21 – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
    May 24 – Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)
     May 29 – Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)
     May 30 – Memorial Day

June 2022Month-long observances:

    Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
     Black Music Month
     National Caribbean American Heritage Month
     Pride Month (LGBTQIAA+)

Important D&I calendar dates:

     June 8 — Race Unity Day
     June 12 – Loving Day
     June 19 Juneteenth
     June 20 – National Indigenous Peoples Day (Canada)
     June 20 – World Refugee Day
     June 21 – Litha, Summer Solstice (Pagan)
     June 24 – Pride Day (LGBTQIAA+) (varies by city and country)

July 2022
Month-long observances:


    French-American Heritage Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

     July 1 – Canada Day (Canada)
     July 4 – Independence Day (USA)
     July 9 – Eid al-Adha (Muslim)
     July 10 – Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)
     July 11 – World Populace Day
     July 14 – Bastille Day
     July 18 – International Nelson Mandela Day
     July 24 – Pioneer Day (Mormon)
     July 26 – National Disability Independence Day (commemorates the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act)
     July 30 – International Day of Friendship
     July 30 – Hijri New Year (Muslim)

August 2022
Month-long observances:

     National Civility Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

    August 7 – Purple Heart Day
     August 9 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
     August 13 – Left-Handers Day
     August 17 – Marcus Garvey Day
     August 18-19 – Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)
     August 19 – World Humanitarian Day
     August 21 – Senior Citizens Day
     August 22 – American Business Women’s Day
     August 26 – Women’s Equality Day

September 2022
Month-long observances:

    Hispanic Heritage Month
     National Guide Dog Month
     Suicide Prevention Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

    September 6 – Labor Day
     September 11 – Patriot Day (U.S.A.)
     September 15 – International Day of Democracy
     September 16 – Mexican Independence Day
     September 21 – International Day of Peace
     September 23 – National Native American Day
     September 25 – Rosh Hashanah begins (Jewish)
     September 26 – European Day of Languages
     September 26 – Navrati begins (Hindu)
     September 27 — World Tourism Day

October 2022
Month-long observances:

    Breast Cancer Awareness Month
     Bullying Prevention Month
     Domestic Violence Awareness Month
     Filipino-American Heritage Month
     German-American Heritage Month
     Italian-American Heritage Month
     LGBTQ History Month
     National Work and Family Month
     Polish-American Heritage Month
     Family History Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

    October 2 – International Day of Nonviolence
     October 5 – Yom Kippur (Jewish) (begins sundown October 4)
     October 9 – Sukkot begins (Jewish)
     October 10 – World Mental Health Day
     October 11 – National Coming Out Day (LGBTQIAA+)
     October 11 – National Indigenous Peoples’ Day (United States)
     October 15 – White Cane Safety Day (Blind awareness)
     October 16 – Bosses’ Day
     October 17 – Spirit Day (LGBTQIAA+ anti-bullying)
     October 20 – Sikh Holy Day (birth of Guru Granth)
     October 22 – International Stuttering Awareness Day
     October 24 – Diwali (Hindu)
     October 25 – Birth of the Bab (Baha’i)
     October 25 – Birth of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)
     October 31 – Halloween
     October 31 – Dia de los Muertos begins

November 2022
Month-long observances:

    Diabetes Awareness Month
     Movember (awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer)
     National Native American, American Indian, and Alaskan Native Heritage Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

     November 1 – All Saints’ Day (Roman Catholic)
     November 2 – National Stress Awareness Day
     November 9 – World Freedom Day
     November 9 – World Adoption Day
     November 11 – Veterans Day
     November 13 – World Kindness Day
     November 16 – National Day for Tolerance
     November 19 – International Men’s Day
     November 20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance
     November 20 – Universal Children’s Day (Human Rights, U.N.)
     November 24 – Thanksgiving
     November 26 – Day of the Covenant (Baha’i)
     November 28 – Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha (Baha’i)

December 2022
Month-long observances:

    HIV/AIDS Awareness Month
    Universal Human Rights Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

     December 1 – World AIDS Day
     December 3 – International Day for People with Disabilities
     December 5 – International Volunteer Day
     December 9 – Genocide Prevention Day
    December 10 – International Human Rights Day
    December 18 – Hanukkah begins at sunset (Jewish)
     December 21 – Yule Winter Solstice (Pagan)
     December 25 – Christmas (Christian)
     December 26 – Kwanzaa begins
     December 26 – Boxing Day (Great Britain and Commonwealth countries)
     December 31 – New Year’s Eve

This list may seem overwhelming and hard to incorporate into your plan. Note, that one of our services is to help companies produce these awareness months.

This is our opportunity to help you develop and design inclusive awareness months such as, Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, Native American History Month, PRIDE month to name a few. We build everything from the content calendar, graphic design and creativity, Speaker Suggestions, Activities, Book and Article write ups. Building a month where people can feel seen, appreciated and acknowledged. Make sure to email us at contact@notainclusion.com to learn more about how we can help ease your year!