Calendar of Events

Here is a list of the national celebrations throughout 2020/21!

Calendar Of Observances / Liberation Days (Academic Year 20/21)

The following table lists the holidays/days of observances that KeeleSU is able to celebrate in the academic year 20/21. If you want us to support you in organising an event below, just let us know! Societies can also promote these events in order to achieve their 'campaigns society stripe'.

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Month/ Date Event Notes


18th-20th Rosh Hashanah Jewish New Year, Observed through Praying in Synagogue, Personal Reflection, and hearing the shofar.
27-28th Yom Kippur Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services.


1st Black History Month Begins "For Many, Black History Month is a way of reflecting on the diverse histories of those from African and Caribbean descenet, taking not of the achievements and contributions to the social, political, economic and culutural development of the UK."
2nd-9th  Sukkot Sukkot is known as the “Festival of Tabernacles” and the “Feast of Booths.” It is one of Judaism’s three central pilgrimage festivals, along with Passover and Shavuot.
10th World Mental Health Day World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.
11th National Coming Out Day "Every year on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally."
17th International Day of Eradication of Poverty The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed every year since 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly, by resolution 47/196, designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries.
25th Dussehrra Vijayadashami also known as Dasahara, Dusshera, Dasara, Dussehra or Dashain is a major Hindu festival celebrated at the end of Navratri every year. Observances : Putting Tika on forehead, Prayers, Religous rituals like burning an effigy.


1st Movember Begins Movember, is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide.
TBC KeeleSU World Festival

We are a diverse, exciting campus university which attracts students and staff from over 120 countries. We have thriving partnerships with universities across the Globe, which are influencing the work that we do and the opportunities our students enjoy.



Remembrance Sunday 

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day (sometimes known informally as Poppy Day owing to the tradition of the remembrance poppy) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.
16th Alcohol Awareness Week Alcohol Awareness Week is a chance for the UK to get thinking about drinking. It’s a week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more.
13th Anti Bullying Week Anti-Bullying Week is an annual UK event held in the third week in November which aims to raise awareness of bullying of children and young people, in schools and elsewhere, and to highlight ways of preventing and responding to it.
14th Diwali Diwali, Deepavali or Dipavali is the festival of lights, which is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists every autumn in the northern hemisphere. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance."
19th International Men's Day 

The day exists to raise awareness of the high rates of the following instances which occur:

The high male suicide rate

The issues surrounding educational attainment

Men’s health (including male cancers), shorter life expectancy and workplace deaths

Male victims of violence, including sexual violence

20th Trans Day of Remberance The Transgender Day of Remembrance, also known as the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, has been observed annually on November 20 as a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia
TBC Islamaphobia Awareness Week Week aimed at challenging social stereotypes and educating our community surrounding the Muslim Faith
26th Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in Canada, the United States, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.
30th Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Birthday Guru Nanak Gurpurab, also known as Guru Nanak's Prakash Utsav and Guru Nanak Jayanti, celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru and Sindhi Community in Guru Guru Nanak. This is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism, or Sikhi and Sindhis.


1st World AIDS Day World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.
3rd International Day for Disabled People "On this International Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to work together for a better world that is inclusive, equitable and sustainable for everyone, where the rights of people with disabilities are fully realized." — António Guterres, UN Secretary-General
5th International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development 2019 "The diverse and dynamic role of volunteerism in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals merits strong support from Governments and other stakeholders. On this International Day, I thank volunteers for their efforts to leave no one behind." — António Guterres, UN Secretary-General
10th Human Rights Day This year, Human Rights Day marks the 72nd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being -- regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
10th-18th Hanukkah Begins Hanukkah is a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. It is also known as the Festival of Lights.
14th  Christmas Jumper Day Christmas Jumper Day is an annual charity event it is held on December 14th, with 100% of proceeds going to the charity 'Save the Children'.
24th / 25th Christmas Eve/ Day Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.
26th Boxing Day Boxing Day is a secular holiday celebrated the day after Christmas Day. It originated in the United Kingdom and is celebrated in a number of countries that previously formed part of the British Empire.
31st New Years Eve In the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Eve, the last day of the year, is on 31 December. In many countries, New Year's Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drink alcoholic beverages, and watch or light fireworks to mark the new year. Some Christians attend a watchnight service.


1st New Years Day First Day of the Gregorian year.
6th Epiphany Epiphany, also Theophany, Denha, Little Christmas, or Three Kings' Day, is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ.
15th Makar Sankranti Makara Sankranti, or Maghi, is a festival day in the Hindu calendar, dedicated to the deity Surya. It is observed each year in January. It marks the first day of the sun's transit into the Makara, marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days.
17th World Religon Day World Religion Day is an observance initiated in 1950 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States, celebrated worldwide on the third Sunday in January each year. Though initiated in the United States, World Religion Day has come to be celebrated internationally.
20th Bodhi Day Bodhi Day is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali. According to tradition, Siddhartha had recently forsaken years of extreme ascetic practices and resolved to sit under a peepal tree and simply meditate until he found the root of suffering, and how to liberate oneself from it. Guru Gobind Singh, The event marks the birth anniversary of the tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh.
25th Burns Supper A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, the author of many Scots poems. The suppers are normally held on or near the poet's birthday, 25 January, occasionally known as Robert Burns Day but more commonly known as Burns Night.
27th  Holocaust Memorial Day Holocaust Memorial Day is a national commemoration day in the United Kingdom dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in The Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.
27th-28th Tu B'Shevat Also known as the “New Year of the Trees”, Tu B’Shevat is literally the fifteenth day of the Hebrew month of Shvat. It is one of the four ‘New Years’ of the Jewish calendar, mentioned in the Talmud, along with the first day of Tishrei (the month in which we celebrate Rosh Hashana, the most well-known new year); the first day of Nissan (during which month we celebrate Passover), the first day of Elul (the month before the High Holy Days), and the fifteenth day of Shvat.


1st LGBT+ History Month LGBT History Month is an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.
12th Chinese New Year Chinese New Year is the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The festival is usually referred to as the Spring Festival in mainland China, and is one of several Lunar New Years in Asia.
25th-26th Purim a lesser Jewish festival held in spring (on the 14th or 15th day of Adar) to commemorate the defeat of Haman's plot to massacre the Jews as recorded in the book of Esther.


1st Saint David's Day Wales' patron saint. First of March is a day where Welsh people celebrate the culture, traditions and language.
5th Shrove Tuesday Shrove Tuesday is the day in February or March immediately preceding Ash Wednesday, which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes.
6th Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer and fasting. It is preceded by Shrove Tuesday and falls on the first day of Lent, the six weeks of penitence before Easter. Ash Wednesday is traditionally observed by Western Christians
8th  International Womens Day International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. It is a focal point in the movement for women's rights.
11th Maha Shivaratri The festival is celebrated on the new moon day in the month of Maagha according to the Hindu calendar. The day is celebrated to venerate Lord Shiva, an important deity in Hindu culture. ... From that day onwards, the night came to be known as Maha Shivratri and people began worshipping Shiva with a great enthusiasm.
17th St Patricks Day St. Patrick's Day 2020 (also known as Saint Patrick's Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick) is a holiday that remembers one of Ireland's patron saints, St. Patrick and as a day of recognition of Irish and Irish American culture. St. Patrick's Day 2020 is observed on March 17.
21st  International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid pass laws.
27th Passover Begins The major Jewish spring festival which commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, lasting seven or eight days from the 15th day of Nisan.
28th Palm Sunday Palm Sunday commemorates the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1–9), when palm branches were placed in his path, before his arrest on Holy Thursday and his crucifixion on Good Friday. It thus marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent.
31st Trans Day of Visibility International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual event occurring on March 31 dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide, as well as a celebration of their contributions to society.


2nd World Autism Day World Autism Day, Every 2 April is a UN observance called “World Autism Awareness Day”. It was instituted in 2007 to increase world awareness of the millions of autistic children in our world, and there are reports that awareness and research have indeed greatly increased as a result of the awareness day.
2nd Good Friday the Friday before Easter Sunday, on which the Crucifixion of Christ is commemorated in the Christian Church. It is traditionally a day of fasting and penance.
4th Easter Easter Sunday is a Christian festival which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
7th World Health Day The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization, as well as other related organizations. In 1948, the WHO hold the First World Health Assembly.
12th Ramadan Begins Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community.
14th Vaisaki It marks the Sikh new year and commemorates the formation of Khalsa panth of warriors under Guru Gobind Singh in 1699. Vaisakhi is also an ancient festival of Hindus, marking the Solar New Year and also celebrating the spring harvest.
21st Rama Navami Rama Navami is a spring Hindu festival that celebrates the birthday of lord Rama. He is particularly important to the Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism, as the seventh avatar of Vishnu. The festival celebrates the descent of god Vishnu as Rama avatar, through his birth to King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya in Ayodhya.
22nd Earth Day Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries.
23rd  St George's Day  Saint George's Day, also known as the Feast of Saint George, is the feast day of Saint George as celebrated by various Christian Churches and by the several nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint including England, and regions of Portugal and Spain. 


1st May Day May Day is a public holiday usually celebrated on 1 May. It is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival and a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the festivities.
8th Vesak Vesak, also known as Buddha Jayanti, Buddha Purnima and Buddha Day, is a holiday traditionally observed by Buddhists and some Hindus
12th-13th Eid al-Fitr Eid al-Fitr, also called the "Festival of Breaking the Fast", is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. This religious Eid is the first and only day in the month of Shawwal during which Muslims are not permitted to fast.
16th-18th Shavuot Shavuot, or Shovuos in Ashkenazi usage, is known as the Feast of Weeks in English and as Pentecost in Ancient Greek. It is a Jewish holiday that occurs on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan.
17th Internation Day Against Homophobia, Trans Phobia and Biphobia The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is observed on May 17 and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide. By 2016, the commemorations had taken place in 132 countries across the globe.
21st World Day For Cultural Diversity For Dialogue and Development World Day for Cultural Diversity, for Dialogue and Development provides an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to “live together” better. Further information is available on the UN World Day for Cultural Diversity web pages.