Multicultural Events Calendar

Understanding the celebrations and festivities associated with particular cultural groups assists with marketing effectiveness.  Campaigns and promotions can 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.

2018
November
  • 1st All Saints' Day (Christian)
  • 2nd All Souls' Day (Christian)
  • 7th Deepavali (Diwali) - Festival of Lights (Hindu, Sikh, Jain)
  • 7th Bandi Chhor Divas (Sikh)
  • 9th Birth of the Báb – begins sunset on 9th to 10th (Baha'i)
  • 12th Birth of Bahá’u’lláh – begins sunset on 10th to 11th (Baha'i)
  • 11th Remembrance Day (Commonwealth of Nations, France, Belgium)
  • 16th International Day for Tolerance (UN)
  • 23rd Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (Sikh)
  • 24th Martyrdom (Shahidi) of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Sikh)
  • 30th St Andrew's Day (Scotland)
December
  • 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

 

2019
January
  • 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 Burns Night (Scotland)
  • 26th Australia Day
  • 26th Republic Day (India)
February
  • 5th Chinese New Year (Year of the Pig)
  • 5th Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year)
  • 6th Waitangi Day (NZ)
  • 23rd Lonsdale Street Festival, Melbourne (to 24th) (Greek)
  • 15th Parinirvana Day (Buddhist)
  • 15th National Multicultural Festival – Canberra (to 17th)
  • 19th Magha Puja (Buddhist)
  • 21st International Mother Language Day (UN)
  • 23rd Lonsdale Street Festival, Melbourne (to 24th) (Greek)
  • 23rd Pako Festa, Geelong
March
  • 1st St David's Day (Wales)
  • 5th Shrove Tuesday (Christian)
  • 6th  Ash Wednesday – Lent begins (Christian)
  • 14th New Year (Sikh)
  • 17th St Patrick’s Day (Ireland)
  • 17th Cultural Diversity Week, Victoria (to 25th)
  • 17th Geelong Highland Gathering (Scotland)
  • 20th Purim – sunset 20th to sunset on 21st (Jewish)
  • 20th Holi - Festival of Colours (India)
  • 21st Norouz (various spellings) New Year/Spring (Iran, Kurd, Baha'i)
  • 21st Harmony Day
  • 21st International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN)
April
  • 1st Kha b-Nisan – Assyrian New Year
  • 13th Songkran – Thai New Year to 15th
  • 14th Hindu, Sinhala and Tamil New Year
  • 14th Palm Sunday (Christian)
  • 18th Maundy Thursday (Christian)
  • 15th Ramanavami (Hindu)
  • 19th Good Friday (Christian)
  • 19th Pesach/Passover – sunset 19th to sunset on 27th (Jewish)
  • 19th Australian Sikh Games, Melbourne to 21st
  • 19th Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu))
  • 19th Theravada New Year (Buddhist)
  • 20th First Day of Ridvan – sunset 20th to 2nd May (12th day) (Baha'i)
  • 21st Easter Sunday (Christian)
  • 21st Palm Sunday (Orthodox)
  • 22nd Easter Monday
  • 23rd St George’s Day (England)
  • 25th Anzac Day
  • 26th Holy Friday (Orthodox)
  • 27th Holy Saturday (Orthodox)
  • 27th Freedom Day (South Africa)
  • 28th Pascha - Easter Sunday (Orthodox)
May
  • 1st May Day
  • 1st Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day: sunset on 1st to sunset on 2nd (Jewish)
  • 2nd Australian Celtic Festival, Glen Innes NSW to 5th
  • 5th Ramadan – sunset 5th to 4th June (Islamic)
  • 9th Europe Day (EU)
  • 18th Paniyiri Greek Festival, Brisbane to 19th
  • 19th Vesak Day - Buddha's birthday (Buddhist)
  • 21st World Day for Cultural Diversity (UN)
  • 23rd Declaration of the Báb – sunset 23rd to 24th (Baha'i)
  • 26th National Sorry Day (Australia)
  • 26th Reconciliation Week to 2nd June
  • 27th Reconciliation Day, ACT
  • 29th Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh (Baha'i)
June
  • 1st Yom Yerushalayim/Jerusalem Day to 2nd (Jewish))
  • 3rd Mabo Day
  • 5th Eid al Fitr – end of Ramadan (Islamic)
  • 7th National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, Vic to 10th
  • 8th Shavuot – sunset 8th to 10th (Jewish)
  • 9th Pentecost (Christian)
  • 10th Queen’s Birthday (all states except WA and QLD)
  • 16th Pentecost (Orthodox)
  • 17th Refugee Week to 23rd
  • 20th World Refugee Day (UN)
July
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1st All Saints' Day (Christian)
  • 1st 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
  • 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.

Calendar information compiled from multiple sources including:

Harmony Day Calendar

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