Calendar of Events

Here is a list of the national celebrations throughout 2022/23!

Calendar Of Observances / Liberation Days

The following table lists the holidays/days of observances that KeeleSU is able to celebrate in this academic year. If you want us to support you in organising an event below, just let us know!

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6th-8th Rosh Hashanah - Jewish New Year, Observed through Praying in Synagogue, Personal Reflection, and hearing the shofar.

15th-16th 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.

20th-27th 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.

Black History Month "For Many, Black History Month is a way of reflecting on the diverse histories of those from African and Caribbean descent, taking note of the achievements and contributions to the social, political, economic and culutural development of the UK."

7th-15th Navratri - One of the major Hindu festivals, Navarati celebrates the triumph of good over evil and on the tenth day ends with Dasera.

10th World Mental Health Day - 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 or queer (LGBTQ)."

17th International Day of Eradication of Poverty - Every year since 1993, 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.

Movember This 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.

Islamophobia Awareness Month A week aimed at challenging social stereotypes and educating our community surrounding the Muslim Faith.

4th Diwali - The festival of lights, also known as Deepavali or Dipavali, 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."

11th/14th Rememberance Day/Rememberance Sunday - 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.

15th Guru Nanak Jayanti - Guru Nanak Gurpurab, also known as Guru Nanak's Prakash Utsav and Guru Nanak Dav Ji's Birthday, 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.

15th-21st Alcohol Awareness Week - A chance for the UK to get thinking about drinking. It’s a week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more.

19th International Men's Day - This raises awareness of issues such as male suicide, men's health, shorter life expectancy, and male victims of violence.

20th Transgender Day of Rememberance - 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.

25th 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.

28th-6th December Hanukkah - 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.

1st St Andrew's Day - A day where Scottish people celebrate their culture, traditions and language.

1st World AIDS Day - 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 - "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.

8th Bodhi Day - Bodhi Day is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that Gautama Buddha (Shakyamuni) is said to have 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, also known as a Bodhi tree, and simply meditate until he found the root of suffering, and how to liberate oneself from it.

10th Human Rights Day - This year, Human Rights Day marks the 73nd 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.

14th Christmas Jumper Day - Christmas Jumper Day is an annual charity event, with 100% of proceeds going to the charity 'Save the Children'.

24th/25th Christmas Eve/Christmas 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, or St. Stephen's 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 Year's 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 Year's Day - First Day of the Gregorian year.

5th Guru Gobind Singh Birthday - The event marks the birth anniversary of the tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh.

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.

13th Makar Sankranti (Maghi) - 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.

16th-17th 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.

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.

25th Burns Night - 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 - 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.

LGBT+ History Month A month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.

1st 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.

5th Vasant Panchami - also called Saraswati Puja in honor of the Hindu goddess Saraswati, is a festival that marks the preparation for the arrival of spring. The festival is celebrated by people of Dharmic religions in the Indian subcontinent and Nepal in different ways depending on the region. Basant Panchami also marks the start of preparation for Holika and Holi, which take place forty days later. The Basant Utsava (festival) on Panchami is celebrated forty days before spring, because any season's transition period is 40 days, and after that, the season comes into full bloom.

8th Nirvana Day - Nirvana Day, also known as Parinirvana is a Mahayana Buddhist holiday celebrated in East Asia, Vietnam and the Philippines. By some it is celebrated on 8 February, but by most on the 15 February. It celebrates the day when the Buddha is said to have achieved Parinirvana, or complete Nirvana, upon the death of his physical body.

16th-17th Purim - 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.

16th Magha Puja - is the second most important Buddhist festival. It celebrates a gathering that was held between the Buddha and 1,250 of his first disciples, which, according to tradition, preceded the custom of periodic recitation of discipline by monks.

28th-1st Maha Shivaratri - Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of the god Shiva. The name also refers to the night when Lord Shiva performs the heavenly dance. This festival is solemn and marks a remembrance of "overcoming darkness and ignorance" in life and the world. It is observed by remembering Lord Shiva and chanting prayers, fasting, and meditating on ethics and virtues such as honesty, non-injury to others, charity, forgiveness, and the discovery of Lord Shiva.

1st St David's Day - A day where Welsh people celebrate their culture, traditions and language.

1st Shrove Tuesday - The day immediately preceding Ash Wednesday, which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes.

1st Lailat al-Mi'raj - also known as Shab-e-Mi'raj in Iran, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, and Miraç Kandili in Turkish, is the Muslim holiday celebrating the Isra and Mi?raj. Some Muslims celebrate this event by offering optional prayers during this night, and in some Muslim countries, by illuminating cities with electric lights and candles.

2nd Ash Wednesday - 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.

4th University Mental Health Day - Brings together the university community to make mental health a university-wide priority and create ongoing year round change to the future of student mental health.

8th International Women's Day - Recognising the accomplishments of women across the world as well as the widespread discrimination faced by women in society, International Women's Day a focal point in the movement for women's rights.

17th St Patrick's Day - Also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick, this is a holiday that remembers Ireland's patron saint, St Patrick and is a day of recognition of Irish and Irish American culture.

18th-20th Hola Mohalla - Hola Mohalla, also called Hola, is a three day long Sikh festival which normally falls in March and takes place on the second day of the lunar month of Chett, a day after the Hindu spring festival Holi but sometimes coincides with Holi. Hola Mohalla is a big festive event for Sikhs around the world.

18th Holi - A popular ancient Hindu festival, also known as the "Festival of Love", the "Festival of Colours" and the "Festival of Spring". The festival celebrates the eternal and divine love of Radha Krishna. It also signifies the triumph of good over evil, as it celebrates the victory of Vishnu as Narasimha Narayana over Hiranyakashipu.

20th Nowruz - Nowruz is the Iranian New Year, also known as the Persian New Year, which begins on the spring equinox, marking the first day of Farvardin, the first month of the Iranian solar calendar. The moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year, and families gather together to observe the rituals.

21st International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - This day takes place in rememberance of March 21st 1960, when police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid pass laws.

31st Trans Day of Visibility - This international event is 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.

Ramadan Taking place from sundown on April 1st until sundown on April 30th in 2022, Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community.

2nd 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.

7th World Health Day - 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.

10th Rama Navami - 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.

10th Palm Sunday - This 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.

14th Vaisaki - 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.

15th 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.

15th-23rd Passover - 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.

17th Easter Sunday - Easter is a Christian festival which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

22nd Earth Day - 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 - 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 - 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.

2nd-3rd Eid al-Fitr - 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.

2nd-8th Deaf Awareness Week - Promotes the positive aspects of living with deafness. Its objective is to raise awareness of how isolated deaf people can sometimes feel. It also promotes the importance of social inclusion across the deaf community. During Deaf Awareness Week, the UK Council on Deafness celebrates all the initiatives that happen locally around the UK in order to support deaf people, their families and friends.

6th Vesak - Also known as Buddha Jayanti, Buddha Purnima and Buddha Day, Vesak is a holiday traditionally observed by Buddhists and some Hindus.

17th International Day Against HOmophobia, BIphobia and Transphobia - IDAHOBIT 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.

19th Global Accessibility Awareness - An awareness day focusing on digital access and inclusion for the more than one billion people with disabilities and impairments. The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.

21st 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.

22nd Harvey Milk Day - Organized by the Harvey Milk Foundation and celebrated each year on May 22 in memory of Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist assassinated in 1978. Harvey Milk was a prominent gay activist during the twentieth century. He ran for office three times before becoming the first openly gay person elected into California public office, where he acted as a city supervisor. Harvey Milk Day came about as a day to remember and teach about Milk's life and his work to stop discrimination against gays and lesbians.

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