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Yearly Calendar of Cultural Celebrations

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As part of the children’s program it’s important to undertake cultural celebrations in acknowledging rights and traditions. This yearly calendar has a variety of monthly cultural celebrations which can be acknowledged within the program and adapted to suit the needs of the children and their families within the service.

When selecting festivals or religious celebrations it’s important to choose those that are relevant to the children and families within the setting and that enable children to become aware of each other’s cultures.

January

  • 1st 
  • Badu Gili, Sydney Opera House Illuminations of First Nations stories
  • Ganjitsu - Japan
  • Independence Day - Haiti
  • Liberation Day – Cuba
  • National Day – Sudan
  • 4th 
  • Independence Day - Myanmar
  • World Braille Day
  • 5th
  • Guru Gobind Singh’s birthday festival - Sikh
  • Twelfth Night - Christian
  • 6th
  • Christmas Day - Armenian Orthodox Christian
  • Three Kings Day - Christian
  • 7th
  • Christmas Day - Orthodox Christian
  • 9th
  • Sydney Festival - starts
  • 13th
  • Maghi - Sikh
  • 14th
  • Orthodox New Year- Christian
  • 18th
  • Country Music Festival - Tamworth
  • 20th
  • World Religion Day
  • 21st
  • Mahayana New Year -Buddhist - Mahayana Tradition
  • Martin Luther King Day - USA

  • 24th
  • Bodhi Day - Buddhist -Theravadin Tradition

February

  • 1st
  • World Interfaith Harmony Week - UN
  • 2nd
  • Groundhog Day - USA
  • Vietnamese New Year Celebrations 
  • World Wetlands Day
  • 3rd
  • Independence Day - Sri Lanka
  • World Cancer Day - UN
  • 5th
  • Safer Internet Day 
  • Solnal - Korea
  • Tet - Vietnam
  • Xin Nian - China
  • 6th
  • Waitangi Day - New Zealand
  • 10th
  • Vasant Panshami - Hindu
  • 11th
  • National Day - Iran

  • 13th
  • NSW Seniors' Festival
  • World Radio Day - UN

  • 14th
  • St Valentine’s Day

  • 15th
  • National Multicultural Festival - Canberra
  • National Day – Serbia
  • Nirvana Day - Buddhist -Mahayana Tradition

  • 20th
    World Day of Social Justice - UN

  • 21st
  • International Mother Language Day - UN

March

  • 2nd
  • Greek Festival of Sydney - Darling Harbour
  • Thirlmere Festival of Steam

  • 3rd
  • Clean Up Australia Day
  • Liberation Day - Bulgaria
  • World Wildlife Day - UN

  • 4th
  • Maha Shivaratri - Hindu

  • 5th
  • Shrove Tuesday/ Pancake Day - Christian

  • 6th
  • Ash Wednesday - Lent begins - Christian
  • Foundation Day Norfolk Island
  • 8th
  • International Women’s Day - UN
  • United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace - UN

  • 9th
  • Sydney Children's Festival
  • 11th
  • Commonwealth Day

  • 14th
  • Pi Day - Mathematics

  • 16th
  • National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence 

  • 17th
  • St Patrick’s Day - Ireland

  • 20th
  • French Language Day - UN
  • International Day of Happiness - UN

  • 21st
  • Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination
  • Holi - Hindu
  • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - UN
  • International Day of Forests - UN
  • International Day of Nowruz - UN
  • World Poetry Day - UN

  • 22nd
  • World Water Day - UN

  • 23rd
  • World Meteorological Day - UN

  • 24th
  • World Tuberculosis Day - UN

  • 25th
  • Independence Day – Greece

April

  • 1st
    April Fools’ Day

  • 2nd
  • International Children's Book Day

  • 5th
  • Quingming/ Tomb Sweeping Festival - China

  • 6th
  • Bundanoon in Brigadoon
  • International Day of Sport for Development and Peace - UN

  • 7th
  • Hana Matsuri - Buddhist – Japan
  • World Health Day - UN

  • 10th
  • National Youth Week

  • 12th
  • Sydney Royal Easter Show
  • International Day of Human Space Flight - UN

  • 14th
  • Hunter Valley Steamfest -Maitland
  • New Year festivals Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand
  • Palm Sunday - Christian
  • Ram Navami - Hindu

  • 20th
  • Maclean Highland Gathering
  • Chinese Language Day - UN
  • First day of Passover - Jewish

  • 21st
  • Blessing of the Fleet - Ulladulla Harbour

  • 22nd
  • International Mother Earth Day - UN

  • 23rd
  • English Language Day - UN
  • National Sovereignty and Children’s Day – Turkey
  • Spanish Language Day - UN
  • St George’s Day – England

  • 24th
  • International Guide Dog Day

  • 25th
  • ANZAC Day 

  • 26th
  • Orthodox Good Friday - Christian

  • 27th
  • Freedom Day - South Africa
  • Independence Day - Sierra Leone
  • King’s birthday - Netherlands
  • National Day – Togo
  • Orthodox Easter Saturday - Christian

  • 28th
  • Orthodox Easter Sunday - Christian

  • 29th
  • Sydney Writers' Festival
  • Orthodox Easter Monday - Christian
  • 30th
  • International Jazz Day - UN

May

  • 1st
  • International Labour Day
  • May Day - Northern Hemisphere
  • World Asthma Day

  • 2nd
  • Australian Celtic Festival - Year of Scotland

  • 3rd
  • Bathurst Royal Show
  • Constitution Day – Poland
  • World Press Freedom Day - UN

  • 4th
  • Motor Neurone Disease Week
  • International Firefighters’ Day

  • 5th
  • Kodomo no Hi/ Children’s Day - Japan and Korea

  • 6th
  • Ramadan begins

  • 8th
  • World Red Crescent Day
  • World Red Cross Day
  • 10th
  • Stewart House Day
  • World Lupus Day

  • 12th
  • Buddha's birthday
  • International Nurses Day
  • Mother's Day

  • 15th
  • National Families Week
  • International Day of Families - UN

  • 16th
  • National Families Week
  • International Day of Living Together in Peace - UN

  • 18th
  • International Museum Day
  • 19th
  • RSPCA Million Paws Walk
  • Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon - Sydney
  • United Nations Day of Vesak - UN

  • 20th
  • National Volunteer Week
  • Dehwa Daymaneh - Mandaean

  • 21st
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development - UN

  • 22nd
  • International Day for Biological Diversity - UN
  • Unification Day – Yemen

  • 23rd
  • Australia's Biggest Morning Tea, Cancer Council
  • Public Education Day
  • 25th
  • Gai-mariagal Festival
  • Blacktown City Festival Week
  • Red Shield Doorknock Appeal
  • Africa Day - African Union
  • Vivid Sydney

  • 26th
  • National Sorry Day

  • 27th
  • Blacktown City Festival Week
  • National Reconciliation Week

  • 29th
  • International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers - UN

June

  • 1st
  • Blacktown Streets Alive and Parade Day
  • First day of winter
  • Global Day of Parents - UN

  • 3rd
  • Mabo Day

  • 4th
  • International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression - UN

  • 5th
    Sydney Film Festival
    Eid Al Fitr - Muslim
    World Environment Day - UN
  • 6th
    National Day – Sweden
    Russian Language Day - UN
  • 7th
    Tuen Ng/ Dragon Boat Festival - China

  • 8th
  • Bounty Day - Norfolk Island
  • Matsuri Festival - Japan - Parramatta
  • World Oceans Day - UN
  • 9th
  • Blacktown Eid Festival
  • Pentecost/ Whitsunday - Christian
  • Shavuot/ Feast of Weeks - Jewish

  • 12th
  • World Day Against Child Labour - UN

  • 14th
  • World Blood Donor Day - WHO

  • 15th
  • National Buddy Day

  • 16th
  • National Refugee Week
  • Guru Arjan’s Martyrdom - Sikh
  • International Day of the African Child
  • Mini-Mos Community Fun Run and Fair - Mosman

  • 17th
  • World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought - UN

  • 20th
  • World Refugee Day - UN

  • 21st
  • Cornflower Blue Day
  • Winter solstice

  • 23rd
  • International Olympic Day

  • 28th
  • Red Nose Day

July

  • 2nd
  • Salvation Army Founder's Day - Christian

  • 6th
  • Dalai Lama’s birthday

  • 7th
  • NAIDOC Week

  • 10th
  • Way Out West (WOW) Children's Festival, Casula Powerhouse

  • 11th
  • World Population Day - UN

  • 14th
  • Bastille Day – France

  • 15th
  • World Youth Skills Day - UN

  • 18th
  • Nelson Mandela International Day - UN

  • 26th
  • National Tree Day for schools

  • 27th
  • Bankstown Bites Festival

  • 30th
  • International Day of Friendship - UN

August

  • 1st
  • Wattle Day – NSW

  • 2nd
  • Jeans for Genes Day

  • 4th
  • National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day

  • 6th
  • Hiroshima Peace Day - Japan

  • 9th
  • International Day of the World’s Indigenous People - UN

  • 10th
  • National Science Week

  • 11th
  • Sun-Herald City to Surf

  • 12th
  • International Youth Day - UN

  • 13th
  • Obon - Buddhist - Japan
  • International Left-Handers Day

  • 15th
  • Independence Day – India
  • Raksha Bandhan - Hindu
  • Utambana - Ghost Festival - Buddhist - China, Vietnam

  • 18th
  • Children's Book Week
  • International Lighthouse Day
  • 19th
  • Early Childhood Intervention Awareness Week
  • World Humanitarian Day - UN

  • 22nd
  • Daffodil Day
  • International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition - UNESCO

  • 24th
  • Krishna Jayanti - Hindu

  • 28th
  • Meals on Wheels Day

  • 30th
  • History Week - NSW

September

  • 1st
    Legacy Week, National Asthma Week, National Blood Donor Week, National Child Protection Week
  • Father's Day
  • First day of spring
  • National Wattle Day

  • 2nd
    National Landcare Week
    Ganesha Chathurthi - Hindu
  • 3rd
    Australian National Flag Day

  • 4th
    Indigenous Literacy Day

  • 5th
    International Day of Charity - UN
  • 6th
    National Sea Week
    Festival of Winds - Bondi
  • 7th
  • National Sea Week
  • Threatened Species Day

  • 8th
  • International Literacy Day - UN
  • National Bilby Day
  • World First Aid Day

  • 12th
  • R U Ok? Day

  • 13th
  • Zhong Qiu Jie/ Mid-Autumn Festival - China

  • 15th
  • Canterbury Bankstown Children's Festival

  • 16th
  • International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer - UN

  • 17th
  • Tulip Time Festival, Bowral
  • Australian Citizenship Day
  • 21st
  • NSW Bike Week
  • Clean up the World Weekend
  • International Day of Peace - UN

  • 26th
  • World Maritime Day
  • 27th
  • Save the Koala Day
  • World Tourism Day - UN

  • 28th
  • Manly Jazz Festival
  • Confucius’ birthday

  • 29th
  • Boorowa Running of the Sheep
  • National Police Remembrance Day
  • World Heart Day

  • 30th
  • International Translation Day - UN

October

  • 1st
  • International Day of Older Persons - UN
  • World Habitat Day - UN

  • 2nd
  • International Day of Non-Violence - UN
  • Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday

  • 4th
  • World Space Week - UN
  • Walk to Work Day
  • World Animal Day

  • 5th
  • World Teachers’ Day - UNESCO

  • 9th
  • World Post Day - UN

  • 10th
  • World Mental Health Day - WHO
  • World Sight Day

  • 13th
  • Anti-Poverty Week
  • City of Sydney Spring Cycle

  • 14th
  • YWCA Week Without Violence

  • 16th
  • World Food Day - FAO

  • 19th
  • Children's Week: A Caring World Shares
  • Ryde Granny Smith Festival

  • 20th
  • National Water Week
  • Marrickville Festival

  • 24th
  • United Nations Day

  • 31st
  • Hallowe’en
  • World Cities Day - UN

November

  • 1st
  • Festival of Fisher's Ghost, Campbelltown
  • All Saints’ Day - Christian

  • 5th
  • Kindness Day - Australia

  • 9th
  • Viva La Gong - Wollongong
  • World Freedom Day

  • 10th
  • Newtown Festival
  • World Science Day for Peace and Development - UNESCO

  • 11th
  • National Recycling Week

  • 13th
  • World Kindness Day

  • 14th
  • World Diabetes Day - UN

  • 16th
  • International Day of Tolerance - UN

  • 17th
  • International Students Day

  • 19th
  • International Men’s Day

  • 20th
  • Universal Children’s Day -UN

  • 21st
  • World Philosophy Day - UN
  • World Television Day

  • 24th
  • Darling Harbour Christmas

  • 25th
  • International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women - UN

  • 29th
  • Cherry Festival, Young
  • Thanksgiving Day - Norfolk Island

December

  • 1st
  • Advent Sunday - Christian
  • Ocean Care Day
  • World AIDS Day

  • 2nd
  • Coast Care Week
  • International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

  • 3rd
  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities - UN

  • 5th
  • International Volunteer Day - UN
  • World Soil Day - UN

  • 6th
  • St Nicholas’ Day

  • 10th
  • Human Rights Day - UN
  • 11th
  • International Mountain Day - UN

  • 18th
  • Arabic Language Day - UN
  • International Migrants Day - UN

  • 20th
  • International Human Solidarity Day - UN

  • 23rd
  • Chanukah/ Festival of Lights - Jewish
  • Emperor’s birthday - Japan
  • 24th 
  • Christmas Eve

  • 25th
  • Christmas Day

  • 26th 
  • Boxing Day
  • 31st
  • New Years Eve

This calendar represents a snapshot of the main cultural events celebrated by Australia's diverse population. It does not include the celebrations of all cultural groups and please keep in mind some of the dates may vary each year and may not be updated for the current year (right as of 2019).

Honouring cultural diversity and awareness through celebrations and experiences requires commitment and respect for being and belonging in the world. “Educators honour the histories, cultures, language, traditions child-rearing practices and lifestyle choices of families”.

References

  • Wikipedia
  • The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia
  • Putting Children First (Issue 33, March 2010)
Last modified on Tuesday, July 30, 2019
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