Diversity and Inclusion Calendar 2022

The GARE Steering Committee is excited to share with you this Diversity and Inclusion Calendar. This calendar has been developed to help to raise awareness, understanding, and appreciation for dates and events that are important to a wide range of cultural causes and interests of our multicultural workforce. This calendar includes a mixture of widely recognized cultural/religious festivals as well as diversity and inclusion related awareness months and key dates, and are not intended as a prescriptive list.

GARE asks that you share with us any widely recognized cultural or religious observances you believe should be included on this calendar. Staff are welcome to contact GARE at GARE@cdcr.ca.gov to suggest other noteworthy dates to add to this calendar. Questions or concerns can also be sent to the GARE email inbox.

Color Shape Key

Green Triangle icon Green Triangle – Diversity Leaders’ Birthdays
Blue circleBlue Circle – United States Holidays
Red bar icon Red Bar – Religious / Cultural Holidays
Purple star icon Purple Star- International Holidays
black squareBlack Square – Equinoxes
  • January 2022

    1/1 Blue circle New Year’s Day Emancipation Proclamation (Black American)
    1/4 Green Triangle icon Birthday of Louis Braille (Creator of system of reading and writing for visually impaired)
    1/4 Blue circle National Braille Day
    1/6 Red bar icon Epiphany (Christian)
    1/7 Red bar icon Feast of the Epiphany (Christian)
    1/9 Red bar icon Guru Gobind Singh Birthday (Sikh)
    1/11 Green Triangle icon Birthday of Alice Paul (Women’s Rights Pioneer)
    1/13 Red bar icon Lohri- Maghi (Sikh)
    1/14 Red bar icon Makar Sankranti (Hindu)
    1/16 Blue circle National Religious Freedom Day
    1/17 Blue circle Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    1/18 Red bar icon Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
    1/18 Purple star icon World Religion Day
    1/20 Red bar icon Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
    1/24 Purple star icon International Day of Education
    1/26 Purple star icon International Customs Day
    1/27 Purple star icon International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
    1/31 Red bar icon Guru Har Rai Birthday (Sikh)


  • February 2022

    2/1 Red bar icon Lunar New Year (Year of Tiger)
    2/1 Blue circle National Freedom Day
    2/3 Red bar icon Korean New Year
    2/4 Green Triangle icon Rosa Parks Day
    2/6 Purple star icon International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
    2/11 Green Triangle icon Birthday of Frederick Douglass (Black American leader)
    2/12 Blue circle Lincoln’s Birthday
    2/12 Purple star icon International Day of Action on Women’s Health
    2/14 Blue circle Valentine’s Day
    2/14 Green Triangle icon Frederick Douglas Day
    2/15 Green Triangle icon Birthday of Susan B. Anthony (Women’s suffrage Leader)
    2/15 Red bar icon Nirvana Day (Buddist)
    2/15 Purple star icon International Childhood Cancer Day
    2/20 Purple star icon World Day of Social Justice
    2/21 Blue circle President’s Day Washington’s Birthday
    2/21 Purple star icon International Mother Language Day


  • March 2022

    3/1 Red bar icon Maha Shivatri (Hindu)
    3/1 Red bar icon Shrove Tuesday (Christian)
    3/1 Blue circle Mardi Gras
    3/1 Purple star icon Zero Discrimination Day (UN)
    3/2 Red bar icon Ash Wednesday (Christian)
    3/4 Blue circle Employee Appreciation Day
    3/8 Purple star icon International Women’s Day (UN)
    3/10 Green Triangle icon Harriet Tubman Day
    3/13 Blue circle Day Light Saving Begins
    3/16 Red bar icon Purim (Jewish)
    3/17 Red bar icon St Patrick’s Day (Irish)
    3/19 Red bar icon Holi, Festival of Colors (Hindu)
    3/20 black square Vernal Equinox
    3/20 Purple star icon International Happiness Day (UN)
    3/21 Purple star icon International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN)
    3/21 Purple star icon World Down Syndrome Day
    3/22 Red bar icon New-Ruz (Baha’l New Year)
    3/22 Purple star icon World Water Day
    3/25 Purple star icon International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
    3/28 Red bar icon Nowruz (Persian)
    3/31 Purple star icon International Transgender Day of Visibility
    3/31 Green Triangle icon Cesar Chavez Day


  • April 2022

    4/2 Purple star icon World Autism Awareness Day
    4/2 Red bar icon Ramadan begins (Islam)
    4/2 Blue circle Equal Pay Day
    4/5 Green Triangle icon Birthday of Booker T. Washington (Early Dominant Leader)
    4/6 Red bar icon National Tartan Day (Scottish)
    4/7 Purple star icon World Health Day (UN)
    4/8 Red bar icon Laylat al-Qadr (Islam)
    4/10 Red bar icon Palm Sunday (Christian)
    4/10 Green Triangle icon Dolores Huerta Day
    4/14 Red bar icon Holy Thursday (Christian)
    4/10 Red bar icon Ram Naumi
    4/14 Red bar icon Vaisakhi (Sikh)
    4/15 Red bar icon Passover (Jewish)
    4/15 Red bar icon Good Friday (Christian)
    4/16 Red bar icon Theravadin New Year (Buddhist)
    4/16 Blue circle Emancipation Day
    4/17 Red bar icon Easter (Christian)
    4/18 Red bar icon Guru Angad Dev Birthday (Sikh)
    4/20 Red bar icon Start of Rivdan (Baha’i)
    4/22 Purple star icon Earth Day
    4/23 Blue circle National Day of Silence (LGBTQIAA+)
    4/27 Red bar icon Yom Hashoah (Jewish)
    4/28 Purple star icon World Day for Safety and Health at Work
    4/28 Blue circle Gathering of Nations begins (Native American)
    4/30 Red bar icon Ramadan Ends (Islam)
    4/30 Blue circle Gathering of Nations (ends)


  • May 2022

    5/1 Purple star icon May Day
    5/3 Red bar icon Eid al- Fitr (Islam)
    5/5 Red bar icon Cinco de Mayo (Mexican American)
    5/6 Red bar icon Shavout (Jewish)
    5/7 Blue circle National Day of Prayer
    5/8 Red bar icon Birthday of Buddha (Buddhist)
    5/8 Blue circle Mother’s Day
    5/9 Blue circle National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
    5/15 Red bar icon Visakha Bucha/ Wesak Day (Buddhist)
    5/15 Purple star icon International Day of Families (UN)
    5/16 Purple star icon International Day of Living Together in Peace
    5/17 Purple star icon International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia
    5/19 Green Triangle icon Malcolm X Day
    5/21 Purple star icon World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
    5/22 Green Triangle icon Harvey Milk Day (LGBTQ/Civil Rights Activist)
    5/22 Purple star icon International Day for Biological Diversity
    5/24 Red bar icon Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)
    5/25 Purple star icon African Freedom Day
    5/29 Red bar icon Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)
    5/30 Blue circle Memorial Day
    5/30 Purple star icon World Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Day


  • June 2022

    6/1 Purple star icon Global Day of Parents
    6/2 Blue circle Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 (Native American)
    6/5 Purple star icon World Environment Day
    6/8 Blue circle Race Unity Day
    6/12 Blue circle Loving Day (Interracial Marriage anniversary)
    6/12 Blue circle National Puerto Rican Day Parade
    6/12 Blue circle National Children’s Day
    6/15 Blue circle Native American Citizenship Day
    6/16 Red bar icon Martyrdom of Guru Arjan (Sikh)
    6/18 Purple star icon International Day for Countering Hate Speech
    6/19 Blue circle Father’s Day
    6/19 Blue circle Juneteenth
    6/20 Purple star icon World Refugee Day
    6/21 Red bar icon Litha, Summer Solstice (Pagan)
    6/23 Purple star icon UN Public Service Day
    6/24 Blue circle Pride Day
    6/27 Green Triangle icon Helen Keller Day (Disability Rights Activist)
    6/28 Blue circle Christopher Street Liberation Day (Anniversary of Stonewall Riots/LGBT Civil Rights Movement)


  • July 2022

    7/2 Green Triangle icon Birthday of Thurgood Marshall (Black American)
    7/4 Blue circle Independence Day
    7/6 Green Triangle icon Birthday of 14th Dalai Lama
    7/7 Red bar icon The Hajj (Islamic)
    7/9 Red bar icon Eid al-Adha (Islam)
    7/10 Red bar icon Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)
    7/11 Purple star icon World Populace Day
    7/13 Red bar icon Asahna Bucha Day
    7/14 Purple star icon Bastille Day
    7/14 Purple star icon International Non-Binary People’s Day
    7/17 Purple star icon World Day of International Justice
    7/18 Green Triangle icon Nelson Mandela International Day
    7/24 Red bar icon Pioneer Day (Mormon)
    7/25 Red bar icon Pioneer Day (Christian)
    7/26 Blue circle National Disability Independence Day
    7/30 Purple star icon International Day of Friendship
    7/30 Red bar icon Hijri New Year (Islam)


  • August 2022

    8/4 Red bar icon Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)
    8/7 Blue circle Purple Heart Day
    8/9 Purple star icon International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (UN)
    8/13 Purple star icon Left Handers Day
    8/15 Red bar icon Feast of the Assumption (Christian)
    8/17 Green Triangle icon Marcus Garvey Day
    8/18 Red bar icon Krishna Janamastami (Hindu)
    8/19 Purple star icon World Humanitarian Day
    8/21 Purple star icon Senior Citizens Day
    8/22 Blue circle American Business Women’s Day
    8/22 Purple star icon International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief
    8/23 Purple star icon International Day for the Remembrances of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition
    8/24 Green Triangle icon Marlee Martlin Day (People with Disabilities)
    8/26 Purple star icon Women’s Equality Day
    8/30 Red bar icon Al-Hijri (Islamic)
    8/31 Red bar icon Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)


  • September 2022

    9/5 Blue circle Labor Day
    9/7 Purple star icon Literacy Day (UN)
    9/11 Blue circle Patriot Day
    9/11 Red bar icon Shemini Atzaret/Simchat Torah (Jewish)
    9/12 Blue circle Grandparents Day
    9/15 Purple star icon International Day of Democracy
    9/17 Purple star icon World Patient Safety Day
    9/20 Purple star icon HeForShe (women)
    9/21 Purple star icon International Day of Peace
    9/22 black square Autumnal Equinox
    9/22 Red bar icon Mabon (Pagan)
    9/23 Blue circle National Native American Day
    9/23 Purple star icon International Day of Sign Languages
    9/25 Red bar icon Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
    9/26 Purple star icon European Day of Languages
    9/26 Red bar icon Navratri Begins (Hindu)
    9/27 Purple star icon World Tourism Day
    9/30 Purple star icon International Translation Day


  • October 2022

    10/2 Green Triangle icon Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi
    10/2 Purple star icon International Day of Nonviolence
    10/5 Red bar icon Yom Kippur (Jewish)
    10/5 Red bar icon Dusshera (Hindu)
    10/9 Red bar icon Sukkot begins (Jewish)
    10/10 Purple star icon World Mental Health Day
    10/11 Blue circle National Coming Out Day (LGBTQIAA+)
    10/11 Purple star icon National Indigenous Peoples’ Day
    10/15 Blue circle White Cane Safety Day (Blind Awareness)
    10/16 Purple star icon World Food Day
    10/16 Blue circle Bosses Day
    10/17 Blue circle Multicultural Diversity Day
    10/17 Blue circle Spirit Day (LGBTQIAA+ anti-bullying)
    10/17 Purple star icon International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
    10/20 Red bar icon Sikh Holy Day (birth of Guru Granth)
    10/22 Purple star icon International Stuttering Awareness Day
    10/24 Red bar icon Diwali (Hindu)
    10/25 Red bar icon Birth of the Bab (Baha’i)
    10/25 Red bar icon Birth of Bah’u’llah (Baha’i)
    10/25 Green Triangle icon Larry Itliong Day
    10/28 Blue circle National Immigrants Day
    10/29 Blue circle National Organization for Women (NOW)
    10/31 Blue circle Halloween
    10/31 Red bar icon All Souls Day Dia de los Muertos


  • November 2022

    11/1 Red bar icon All Saints’ Day (Christian)
    11/2 Blue circle National Stress Awareness Day
    11/8 Red bar icon Guru Nanak Birthday (Sikh)
    11/9 Purple star icon World Freedom Day
    11/9 Purple star icon World Adoption Day
    11/10 Purple star icon World Science Day for Peace and Development
    11/11 Blue circle Veterans Day
    11/13 Purple star icon World Kindness Day
    11/16 Blue circle Dutch American Heritage Day
    11/16 Purple star icon International Day for Tolerance
    11/19 Purple star icon International Men’s Day
    11/20 Purple star icon Transgender Day of Remembrance
    11/20 Purple star icon Universal Children’s Day
    11/24 Blue circle Thanksgiving
    11/24 Red bar icon Martydom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib (Sikh)
    11/25 Purple star icon International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
    11/26 Red bar icon Day of the Covenant (Baha’i)
    11/27 Red bar icon Advent (Christian)
    11/28 Red bar icon Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha (Baha’i)


  • December 2022

    12/1 Purple star icon Worlds Aid Day
    12/3 Purple star icon International Day of Persons with Disabilities
    12/5 Purple star icon International Volunteer Day
    12/7 Blue circle Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
    12/8 Red bar icon Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
    12/9 Purple star icon Genocide Prevention Day
    12/10 Purple star icon International Human Rights Day
    12/12 Red bar icon Our Lady of Guadalupe- Feast Day (Christian)
    12/16 Red bar icon Las Posadas begins (Mexican)
    12/18 Red bar icon Hanukkah begins at Sunset (Jewish)
    12/18 Purple star icon International Migrants Day
    12/21 Red bar icon Yule Winter Solstice (Pagan)
    12/24 Red bar icon Las Posadas ends (Mexican)
    12/25 Blue circle Christmas
    12/26 Red bar icon Kwanzaa begins
    12/26 Red bar icon Hanukkah ends at Nightfall (Jewish)
    12/31 Blue circle New Year’s Eve

Disclaimer: This GARE Diversity and Inclusion Calendar highlights and showcases a number of nationally recognized months and events not limited to: religious, cultural, heritage, gender identity and expressions, disability, recognition of diversity leaders, United Nations (UN) international days, etc. This is not an all-inclusive list.