Many dates are of special significance to multicultural Australians.  For businesses, they offer opportunities for appropriate right-time messaging, and help manage inclusivity in your workplace.

Here we identify a selection of upcoming dates and events.

July 2019
1st Coming of the Light Festival (TSI)
4th Independence Day (USA)
7th National NAIDOC Week to 14th
9th Martyrdom of the Báb (Baha’i)
14th Bastille Day (France)
16th Asalha Puja (Dhamma) Day (Buddhist)
August 2019
4th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day
9th International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (UN)
11th Eid al-Adha to 15th (Islamic)
15th Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox)
15th Feast of the Assumption (Catholic)
15th Raksha Bandhan – Brother-sister bonding (Hindu)
24th Krishna Jamnashtami (Hindu)
31st Al Hijra/Muharram – Islamic New Year to 28th September
September 2019
2nd Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindi)
9th Ashura – 9th to 10th (Islamic)
12th Nayrouz – Coptic New Year
13th Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival (China, Vietnam)
17th Australian Citizenship Day
21st International Day of Peace (UN)
21st Oktoberfest to 6th October (Germany)
29th Rosh Hashanah/Jewish New Year – sunset 29th to 1st October (Jewish)
29th Navaratri to 8th October (Hindu)
30th Queen’s Birthday (WA)
October 2019
7th Queen’s Birthday (QLD)
8th Yom Kippur – sunset 8th to 9th (Jewish)
8th Vijaydashami (Dussehra) (Hindu)
13th Sukkot (Tabernacles) – 13th Oct to 20th (Jewish)
20th Inauguration (Gurgadi) of Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh)
20th Shemini Atzeret – begins sunset 20th to 22nd (Jewish)
21st Simchat Torah – begins sunset 21st to 22nd (Jewish)
24th United Nations Day (UN)
27th Deepavali (Diwali): Festival of Lights (Hindu, Sikh, Jain)
27th Bandi Chhor Divas (Sikh)
28th Birth of the Báb – begins sunset 28th to 29th (Baha’i)
29th Birth of Bahá’u’lláh – begins sunset 29th to 30th (Baha’i)
31st Hallowe’en
November 2019
1st All Saints’ Day (Christian)
2nd All Souls’ Day (Christian)
11th Remembrance Day (Commonwealth of Nations, France, Belgium)
12th Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (Sikh)
16th International Day for Tolerance (UN)
24th Martyrdom (Shahidi) of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Sikh)
30th St Andrew’s Day (Scotland)
December 2019
2nd First Sunday of Advent (Christian)
10th Human Rights Day (UN)
22nd Chanukah (Hanukkah) Festival of Lights – sunset 22nd to 30th (Jewish)
25th Christmas Day (Christian)
26th Boxing Day
31st New Year’s Eve
January 2020
1st New Year’s Day
1st Feast of St Basil (Orthodox)
5th Birth of Guru Gobindh Singh (Sikh)
6th Epiphany (Christian)
6th Armenian Christmas Day
19th Epiphany (Orthodox)
20th World Religion Day (UN)
25th Chinese New Year (Year of the Rat)
25th Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year)
25th Burns Night (Scotland)
26th Australia Day
26th Republic Day (India)
February 2020
6th Waitangi Day (NZ)
9th Magha Puja (Buddhist)
15th Parinirvana Day (Buddhist)
21st National Multicultural Festival – Canberra (to 23rd)
21st International Mother Language Day (UN)
25th Shrove Tuesday (Christian)
26th Ash Wednesday – Lent begins (Christian)
29th Pako Festa, Geelong
29th Lonsdale Street Festival, Melbourne (to 1st March) (Greek)
March 2020
1st St David’s Day (Wales)
9th Purim – sunset 9th to sunset on 10th (Jewish)
9th Holi – Festival of Colours (to 10th) (India)
13th Cultural Diversity Week, Victoria (to 21st)
15th Geelong Highland Gathering (Scotland)
17th St Patrick’s Day (Ireland)
21st International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN)
21st Norouz (various spellings) New Year/Spring (Iran, Kurd, Baha’i)
21st Harmony Day
April 2020
1st Kha b-Nisan – Assyrian New Year
5th Palm Sunday (Christian)
7th Theravada New Year (Buddhist)
8th Pesach/Passover – sunset 8th to sunset on 16th (Jewish)
8th Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)
9th Maundy Thursday (Christian)
10th Good Friday (Christian)
10th Australian Sikh Games, Perth to 12th
12th Easter Sunday (Christian)
12th Palm Sunday (Orthodox)
13th Songkran – Thai New Year to 15th
13th Easter Monday
13th New Year – Vaisakhi (Sikh)
14th Puthandu – Tamil New Year and Parts of India
17th Holy Friday (Orthodox)
18th Holy Saturday (Orthodox)
19th Easter Sunday (Orthodox)
19th First Day of Ridvan – sunset 19th to 1st May (12th day) (Baha’i)
20th Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day: from sunset to sunset on 21st (Jewish)
22nd Earth Day
23rd St George’s Day (England)
23rd Ramadan – from sunset to 23rd May (Islamic)
25th Anzac Day
27th Freedom Day (South Africa)
29th Australian Celtic Festival, Glen Innes NSW to 3rd May
May 2020
1st May Day
7th Vesak Day – Buddha’s birthday (Buddhist)
9th Europe Day (EU)
16th Paniyiri Greek Festival, Brisbane to 17th
21st World Day for Cultural Diversity (UN)
21st Yom Yerushalayim/Jerusalem Day to 22nd (Jewish)
22nd Declaration of the Báb – from sunset to 23rd (Baha’i)
23rd Eid al-Fitr – end of Ramadan (Islamic)
26th National Sorry Day (Australia)
27th Reconciliation Week to 3rd June
27th Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh (Baha’i) to 28th
28th Shavuot – sunset to 30th (Jewish)
31st Pentecost (Christian)
June 2020
1st Reconciliation Day, ACT
3rd Mabo Day
5th National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, Vic to 8th
8th Pentecost (Orthodox)
8th Queen’s Birthday (all states except WA and QLD)
14th Refugee Week to 20th
20th World Refugee Day (UN)
July 2020
1st Coming of the Light Festival (TSI)
4th Asalha Puja (Dhamma) Day (Buddhist)
4th Independence Day (USA)
6th National NAIDOC Week to 12th
10th Martyrdom of the Báb (Baha’i)
14th Bastille Day (France)
30th Eid al-Adha to 3rd Aug (Islamic)
August 2020
3rd Raksha Bandhan – Brother-sister bonding (Hindu)
4th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day
9th International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (UN)
11th Krishna Jamnashtami (Hindu)
15th Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox)
15th Feast of the Assumption (Catholic)
20th Al Hijra/Muharram – Islamic New Year to 17th September
22nd Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindi)
28th Ashura – 28th to 29th (Islamic)
September 2020
11th Nayrouz – Coptic New Year
17th Australian Citizenship Day
18th Rosh Hashanah/Jewish New Year – sunset 18th to 20th (Jewish)
19th Oktoberfest to 4th October (Germany)
21st International Day of Peace (UN)
27th Yom Kippur – sunset 27th to 28th (Jewish)
28th Queen’s Birthday (WA)
October 2020
1st Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival (China, Vietnam)
2nd Sukkot (Tabernacles) – 2nd Oct to 9th (Jewish)
5th Queen’s Birthday (QLD)
9th Shemini Atzeret – begins sunset 9th to 11th (Jewish)
10th Simchat Torah – begins sunset 10th to 11th (Jewish)
17th Navaratri to 26th October (Hindu)
20th Inauguration (Gurgadi) of Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh)
24th United Nations Day (UN)
25th Vijayadashami (Dussehra) (Hindu)
29th Birth of the Báb – begins sunset 28th to 29th (Baha’i)
30th Birth of Bahá’u’lláh – begins sunset 29th to 30th (Baha’i)
31st Hallowe’en
November 2020
1st All Saints’ Day (Christian)
2nd All Souls’ Day (Christian)
11th Remembrance Day (Commonwealth of Nations, France, Belgium)
14th Deepavali (Diwali): Festival of Lights (Hindu, Sikh, Jain)
14th Bandi Chhor Divas (Sikh)
16th International Day for Tolerance (UN)
24th Martyrdom (Shahidi) of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Sikh)
26th Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
28th Day of the Covenant
29th First Sunday of Advent (Christian)
30th Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (Sikh)
30th St Andrew’s Day (Scotland)
December 2020
10th Human Rights Day (UN)
10th Chanukah (Hanukkah) Festival of Lights – sunset 10th to 18th (Jewish)
25th Christmas Day (Christian)
26th Boxing Day
31st New Year’s Eve