Multicultural Events Calendar

Understanding the celebrations and festivities associated with particular cultural groups assists with marketing effectiveness.  Campaigns and promotions may be timed to coincide with important festivals.  Activities can be made more relevant by learning more about the background and meaning of key events, providing valuable insight into the beliefs, attitudes and values of particular cultures.


The Multicultural Events Calendar includes major multicultural events and celebrations in Australia. If you wish to have a multicultural event included on the calendar, please email us.

 

2015
January
  • 1st New Year’s Day
  • 18th World Religion Day
  • 26th Australia Day
  • 30th Schutzenfest Adelaide (German)
February
  • 6th Waitangi Day (NZ)
  • 7th Carnevale Italian Festival Adelaide
  • 13th - 15th National Multicultural Festival Canberra
  • 14th Greek Festival Melbourne and Sydney
  • 15th Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
  • 17th Shrove Tuesday
  • 18th Ash Wednesday - Lent begins
  • 19th Chinese New Year (Year of the Goat/Sheep/Ram), Tet Vietnamese Lunar New Year, Losar Tibetan New Year
  • 21st International Mother Language Day
  • 28th Pako Festival, Geelong
March
  • 1st St David's Day (Wales)
  • 6th Holi Festival (Hindu)
  • 14th - 22nd  Cultural Diversity Week, Victoria
  • 14th - 15th Thai Culture and Food Festival, Melbourne
  • 16th - 20th Five Holy Days of Pronia (Mandaean)
  • 17th St Patrick’s Day (Ireland)
  • 19th National Close the Gap Day (Indigenous Australian)
  • 21st Norouz (various spellings) Iran, Baha’i, Kurd, Zoroastrian New Year
  • 21st Harmony Day (Australia)
  • 21st International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • 28th Ramanavami (Hindu)
  • 28th - 29th Holi Mahotsav Festival, Darling Harbour, Sydney*
  • 29th Palm Sunday (Christian)
April
  • 1st Kha B-Nisan (Assyrian) New Year
  • 3rd Good Friday (Christian)
  • 4th - 11th Pesach - Passover (Jewish)
  • 4th Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)
  • 4th Theravada New Year (Buddhist)
  • 4th La Festa, Griffith
  • 5th Easter Sunday (Christian), Palm Sunday (Orthodox)
  • 6th Easter Monday
  • 10th Holy Friday (Orthodox)
  • 11th Holy Saturday (Orthodox)
  • 12th Easter Pascha (Orthodox)
  • 13th Songkran (Thai) New Year
  • 13th Sunhala and Tamil New Year
  • 13th Baisakhi or Vaisakhi (Sikh)
  • 16th Yom HaShoah (Jewish)
  • 18th Sunraysia Multicultural Festival, Nowingi Place**
  • 21st First day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
  • 25th Anzac Day
  • 29th Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
May
  • 2nd 12th day of Ridvan (Baha’i)

  • 4th Buddha Day - Vesak Day (Buddhist) (varies by region and tradition, celebrated by some on 1st June) 
  • 21st World Day for Cultural Diversity
  • 23rd Paniyiri Greek Festival Brisbane
  • 24th Pentecost (Christian and Coptic Orthodox)
  • 26th National Sorry Day (Indigenous Australians)
  • 27th - 3rd Jun National Reconciliation Week (Australia)
  • 29th Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
June
  • 1st Buddha Day - Vesak Day (Buddhist) (varies by region and tradition, celebrated by some on 4th May) 
  • 3rd Mabo Day (Indigenous Australians)
  • 6th Greek Glenti Festival Darwin
  • 14th - 20th Refugee Week
  • 18th Ramadan begins (Islamic)
  • 20th World Refugee Day
July
  • 14th Bastille Day (French)
  • 18th Eid al Fitr - end of Ramadan (Islamic)
August
  • 22nd Queensland Cultural Diversity Week
September
  • 5th Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)
  • 12th Nayrouz - New Year (Coptic Orthodox)
  • 14th Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
  • 17th Australian Citizenship Day
  • 19th - 4th Oct Oktoberfest (German)
  • 23rd Yom Kippur (Jewish)
  • 23rd Eid al-Adha (Islamic)
  • 27th Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival (East Asian)
October
  • 5th Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)
  • 6th Simchat Torah (Jewish)
  • 14th Al Hijra/Huharram - New Year (Islamic)
  • 9th Sukkot (Jewish)
  • 22nd Vijay Dashami (Hindu)
  • 31st Halloween
November
  • 1st All Saints Day (Christian)
  • 4th Prosperity Feast (Mandaean)
  • 11th Deepavali - Festival of Lights (Hindu, Sikh, Jain)
  • 12th Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
  • 16th International Day for Tolerance
  • 25th Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (Sikh)
  • 30th St Andrew's Day (Scotland)
December
  • 7th - 14th Chanukah or Hanukkah - Festival of Lights (Jewish)
  • 24th Christmas Eve
  • 25th Christmas
  • 26th Boxing Day
  • 31st New Year’s Eve

 

2016
January
  • 1st New Year’s Day
  • 7th Orthodox Christmas Day
  • 14th Orthodox New Year
  • 17th World Religion Day
  • 24th Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
  • 26th Australia Day
  • 29th - 30th Schutzenfest Adelaide (German)
February
  • 6th Waitangi Day (NZ)
  • 6th - 7th Carnevale Italian Festival Adelaide
  • 8th Chinese New Year (Year of the Monkey), Tet Vietnamese Lunar New Year, Losar Tibetan New Year
  • 9th Shrove Tuesday (Christian)
  • 10th Ash Wednesday - Lent begins
  • 12th - 14th National Multicultural Festival Canberra
  • TBA Greek Festival Melbourne and Sydney
  • 15th Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
  • 21st International Mother Language Day
  • 27th Pako Festival, Geelong
March
  • 1st St David's Day (Wales)
  • 6th Thai Culture and Food Festival, Melbourne
  • 12th - 21st  Cultural Diversity Week, Victoria
  • 17th St Patrick’s Day (Ireland)
  • 17th National Close the Gap Day (Indigenous Australian)
  • 19th - 20th Holi Mahotsav Festival, Darling Harbour, Sydney*
  • 20th Palm Sunday (Christian)
  • 21st Norouz (various spellings) Iran, Baha’i, Kurd, Zoroastrian New Year
  • 21st Harmony Day (Australia)
  • 21st International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • 23rd Holi Festival (Hindu)
  • 25th Good Friday (Christian)
  • 26th La Festa, Griffith
  • 27th Easter Sunday (Christian)
  • 28th Easter Monday (Christian)
April
  • 1st Kha B-Nisan (Assyrian) New Year
  • 8th Hindu New Year
  • 13th Songkran (Thai) New Year
  • 14th Sinhala and Tamil New Year
  • 14th Baisakhi or Vaisakhi (Sikh)
  • 15th Ramanavami (Hindu)
  • TBA Sunraysia Multicultural Festival, Nowingi Place**
  • 20th Mahavir Jayanti (Hindu)
  • 21st First day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
  • 22nd Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)
  • 22nd - 23rd Theravada New Year (Buddhist)
  • 23rd - 30th Pesach - Passover (Jewish)
  • 24th Palm Sunday (Orthodox)
  • 25th Anzac Day
  • 29th Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
  • 29th Holy Friday (Orthodox)
  • 30th Holy Saturday (Orthodox)
May
  • 1st Pascha (Orthodox)

  • 2nd 12th day of Ridvan (Baha’i)

  • 4th - 5th Yom HaShoah (Jewish)
  • 14th Buddha Day - Vesak Day (Buddhist)
  • 15th Pentecost (Christian)
  • 21st World Day for Cultural Diversity
  • TBA Paniyiri Greek Festival Brisbane
  • 26th National Sorry Day (Indigenous Australians)
  • 27th - 3rd Jun National Reconciliation Week (Australia)
  • 29th Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
June
  • 3rd Mabo Day (Indigenous Australians)
  • 6th Ramadan begins (Islam)
  • 6th Greek Glenti Festival Darwin
  • 13th - 19th Refugee Week
  • 20th World Refugee Day
July
  • 7th Eid al Fitr - end of Ramadan (Islamic)
  • 14th Bastille Day (French)
August
  • 25th Krishna Jamnashtami (Hindu)
September
  • 11th Nayrouz - New Year (Coptic Orthodox)
  • 11th - 14th Eid al-Adha (Islamic)
  • 15th Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival (East Asian)
  • 17th Australian Citizenship Day
  • 17th - 3rd Oct Oktoberfest (German)
October
  • 1st - 10th Navaratri (Hindu)
  • 2nd Al Hijra/Huharram - New Year (Islamic)
  • 3rd - 4th Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
  • 11th Vijay Dashami (Hindu)
  • 12th Yom Kippur (Jewish)
  • 17th - 23rd Sukkot (Jewish)
  • 24th Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)
  • 25th Simchat Torah (Jewish)
  • 30th Deepavali - Festival of Lights (Hindu, Sikh, Jain)
  • 31st Halloween
November
  • 1st All Saints Day (Christian)
  • 12th Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
  • 14th Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (Sikh)
  • 16th International Day for Tolerance
  • 30th St Andrew's Day (Scotland)
December
  • 24th Christmas Eve
  • 25th Christmas
  • 25th - 1st Jan Chanukah or Hanukkah - Festival of Lights (Jewish)
  • 26th Boxing Day
  • 31st New Year’s Eve

Note The calendar represents a snapshot of the main events and observances celebrated by Australia's diverse population.  It is not exhaustive and does not include the celebrations of all cultural groups. You are welcome to suggest the addition of further cultural events by emailing us the details.

* Click here for more information about the Holi Mahotsav Festival

**Click here for more information about the Sunraysia Festival

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