The 2021 D&I Calendar

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January 2021

Month-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 10 – Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
  • January 17 – World Religion Day
  • January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • January 26 – International Customs Day
  • January 27 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • January 28 — Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)

February 2021

Month-long observances:

  • American Heart Month
  • Black History Month
  • Human Relations Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

  • February 1 – National Freedom Day
  • February 12 — Chinese New Year (Year of the Ox)
  • February 14 – Valentine’s Day
  • February 15 – Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
  • February 15 – Presidents’ Day (U.S.A.)
  • February 16 – Mardi Gras
  • February 17 – Ash Wednesday
  • February 20 – World Day of Social Justice
  • February 25 — Purim (Jewish)

March 2021

Month-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 5 – Employee Appreciation Day
  • March 8 – International Women’s Day
  • March 11 – Maha Shivarati (Hindu)
  • March 14 – Pi Day
  • March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
  • March 19 – Naw-Ruz (Baha’I New Year)
  • March 25 – International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • March 27 – Passover begins (Jewish)
  • March 28 – Holi (Hindu)
  • March 28 – Palm Sunday (Christian)
  • March 31 – Equal Pay Day
  • March 31 – International Transgender Day of Visibility

April 2021

Month-long observances:

  • Arab-American Heritage Month
  • Autism Awareness Month
  • Celebrate Diversity Month
  • Earth Month
  • National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • National Volunteer Month
  • Tartan (Scottish-American) Heritage Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

  • April 2 – World Autism Awareness Day
  • April 2 – Good Friday (Christian)
  • April 4 – Easter (Christian)
  • April 8 – Yom Hashoah (Jewish)
  • April 12 – Ramadan begins (Muslim)
  • April 20 – Start of Rivdan (Baha’i)
  • April 22 – Earth Day
  • April 23 – National Day of Silence (LGBTQIAA+)

May 2021

Month-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 5 – Cinco de Mayo
  • May 9 – Laylat al-Qadr (Muslim)
  • May 11 – Ramadan ends (Muslim)
  • May 12 – Eid al-Fitr (Muslim)
  • May 17 – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
  • May 21 – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
  • May 22 – Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)
  • May 29 – Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)
  • May 31 – Memorial Day

June 2021

Month-long observances:

  • AIDS Awareness Month
  • 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
  • June 21 – Litha, Summer Solstice (Pagan)

July 2021

Month-long observances:

  • French-American Heritage Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

  • July 4 – Independence Day
  • July 9 – Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)
  • July 11 – World Populace Day
  • July 14 – Bastille Day
  • July 18 – International Nelson Mandela Day
  • July 19 – Eid al-Adha (Muslim)
  • July 24 – Pioneer Day (Mormon)
  • July 26 – National Disability Independence Day
  • July 30 – International Day of Friendship

August 2021

Month-long observances:

  • National Civility Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

  • August 9 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
  • August 9 – Hijri New Year (Muslim)
  • August 17 – Marcus Garvey Day
  • August 19 – World Humanitarian Day
  • August 26 – Women’s Equality Day
  • August 29 – Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)

September 2021

Month-long observances:

  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • National Guide Dog Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

  • September 6 – Labor Day
  • September 7 – Rosh Hashanah begins (Jewish)
  • September 11 – Patriot Day (U.S.A.)
  • September 15 – International Day of Democracy
  • September 16 – Mexican Independence Day
  • September 20 – Sukkot begins (Jewish)
  • September 21 – International Day of Peace
  • September 26 – European Day of Languages
  • September 27 — World Tourism Day

October 2021

Month-long observances:

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Bullying Prevention Month
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Down Syndrome Awareness Month
  • Filipino-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 6 – Navrati begins (Hindu)
  • October 10 – World Mental Health Day
  • October 11 – National Coming Out Day (LGBTQIAA+)
  • October 11 – National Native American Day
  • October 15 – White Cane Safety Day (Blind awareness)
  • October 16 – Bosses’ Day
  • October 17 – Spirit Day (LGBTQIAA+ anti-bullying)
  • October 19 – Eid Milad ul-Nabi (Muslim)
  • October 20 – Sikh Holy Day (birth of Guru Granth)
  • October 22 – International Stuttering Awareness Day
  • October 31 – Halloween
  • October 31 – Dia de los Muertos begins

November 2021

Month-long observances:

  • 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 4 – Diwali (Hindu)
  • November 6 – Birth of the Bab (Baha’i)
  • November 7 – Birth of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)
  • November 9 – World Freedom Day
  • November 11 – Veterans Day
  • November 20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • November 24 – Day of the Covenant (Baha’i)
  • November 25 – Thanksgiving
  • November 27 – Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha (Baha’i)
  • November 28 – Hanukkah begins (Jewish)

December 2021

Month-long observances:

  • Universal Human Rights Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

  • December 1 – World AIDS Day
  • December 3 – International Day for People with Disabilities
  • December 10 – International Human Rights Day
  • December 21 – Yule Winter Solstice (Pagan)
  • December 25 – Christmas (Christian)
  • December 26 – Kwanzaa begins
  • December 31 – New Year’s Eve