2020 Workplace Inclusivity Calendar

For HR leaders committed to diversity and inclusion, creating welcoming workplaces is a year-round initiative.

Take note of the following professional, cultural, religious, and secular holidays as you build out your workplace calendar. Please be aware that all dates are for 2020.

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January 2020

Month-long observances:

  •  National Mentoring Month
  •  Poverty in America Awareness Month
  •  Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Important dates:

  •  January 1 – New Year’s Day
  •  January 4 – National Braille Day
  •  January 7 – Christmas (Eastern Orthodox)
  •  January 10 – Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
  •  January 19 – World Religion Day
  •  January 20 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  •  January 25 – Chinese New Year (Year of the Rat)
  •  January 27 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day

February 2020

Month-long observances:

  •  American Heart Month
  •  Black History Month
  •  Human Relations Month

Important dates:

  •  February 1 – National Freedom Day
  •  February 14 – Valentine’s Day
  •  February 15 – Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
  •  February 17 – Presidents’ Day
  •  February 20 – World Day of Social Justice
  •  February 21 – Maha Shivarati (Hindu)
  •  February 25 – Mardi Gras
  •  February 26 – Ash Wednesday

March 2020

Month-long observances:

  •  Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
  •  Ethnic Equality Month
  •  Gender Equality Month
  •  Greek-American Heritage Month
  •  Irish-American Heritage Month
  •  National Colon Cancer Awareness Month
  •  National Kidney Month
  •  National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness and Education Month
  •  National Women’s History Month

Important dates:

  •  March 6 – Employee Appreciation Day
  •  March 8 – International Women’s Day
  •  March 9 – Holi (Hindu)
  •  March 9 – Purim (Jewish)
  •  March 14 – Pi Day
  •  March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
  •  March 20 – Naw-Ruz (Baha’I New Year)
  •  March 25 – International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
  •  March 31Equal Pay Day
  •  March 31 – International Transgender Day of Visibility

April 2020

Month-long observances:

  •  Arab-American Heritage Month
  •  Autism Awareness Month
  •  Celebrate Diversity Month
  •  Earth Month
  •  National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  •  National Volunteer Month

Important dates:

  •  April 2 – World Autism Awareness Day
  •  April 5 – Palm Sunday (Christian)
  •  April 8 – Passover (Jewish)
  •  April 10 – Good Friday (Christian)
  •  April 12 – Easter (Christian)
  •  April 17 – National Day of Silence (LGBTQIAA+)
  •  April 19 – Start of Rivdan (Baha’i)
  •  April 20 – Yom Hashoah (Jewish)
  •  April 22 – Earth Day
  •  April 23Ramadan begins (Muslim)

May 2020

Month-long observances:

  •  ALS Awareness Month
  •  Haitian Heritage Month
  •  Indian Heritage Month
  •  Jewish-American Heritage Month
  •  Mental Health Month
  •  National Asian American and South Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  •  Older Americans Month
  •  South Asian American Heritage Month

Important dates:

  •  May 5 – Cinco de Mayo
  •  May 17 – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
  •  May 19 – Laylat al-Qadr (Muslim)
  •  May 21 – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
  •  May 23 – Ramadan ends (Muslim)
  •  May 23 – Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)
  •  May 24 – Eid al-Fitr (Muslim)
  •  May 25 – Memorial Day
  •  May 28 – Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)

June 2020

Month-long observances:

  •  AIDS Awareness Month
  •  Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
  •  Black Music Month
  •  National Caribbean American Heritage Month
  •  Pride Month (LGBTQIAA+)

Important dates:

  •  July 9 – Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)
  •  June 12 – Loving Day
  •  June 19 – Juneteenth
  •  June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day
  •  June 21 – Litha, Summer Solstice (Pagan)
  •  June 28 – Pride Day (LGBTQIAA+)

July 2020

Month-long observances:

  •  French-American Heritage Month

Important dates:

  •  July 4 – Independence Day
  •  July 8 – Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)
  •  July 14 – Bastille Day
  •  July 18 – International Nelson Mandela Day
  •  July 24 – Pioneer Day (Mormon)
  •  July 30 – International Day of Friendship
  •  July 31 – Eid al-Adha (Muslim)

August 2020

Month-long observances:

  •  National Civility Month

Important dates:

  •  August 9 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
  •  August 11 – Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)
  •  August 17 – Marcus Garvey Day
  •  August 19 – Hijri New Year (Muslim)
  •  August 26 – Women’s Equality Day

September 2020

Month-long observances:

  •  Hispanic Heritage Month

Important dates:

  •  September 7 – Labor Day
  •  September 11 – Patriot Day
  •  September 15 – International Day of Democracy
  •  September 16 – Mexican Independence Day
  •  September 18 – Rosh Hashanah begins (Jewish)
  •  September 21 – International Day of Peace
  •  September 27 – Yom Kippur (Jewish)

October 2020

Month-long observances:

  •  Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  •  Bullying Prevention Month
  •  Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  •  Down Syndrome Awareness Month
  •  Filipino-American Heritage Month
  •  Italian-American Heritage Month
  •  LGBTQ History Month
  •  National Work and Family Month
  •  Polish-American Heritage Month

Important dates:

  •  October 2 – Sukkot begins (Jewish)
  •  October 2 – International Day of Nonviolence
  •  October 10 – World Mental Health Day
  •  October 11 – National Coming Out Day (LGBTQIAA+)
  •  October 12 – National Native American Day
  •  October 15 – White Cane Safety Day (Blind awareness)
  •  October 15 – Spirit Day (LGBTQIAA+ anti-bullying)
  •  October 16 – Bosses’ Day
  •  October 17 – Navrati begins (Hindu)
  •  October 18 – Birth of the Bab (Baha’i)
  •  October 19 – Birth of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)
  •  October 20 – Sikh Holy Day (birth of Guru Granth)
  •  October 22 – International Stuttering Awareness Day
  •  October 31 – Halloween
  •  October 31 – Dia de los Muertos begins

November 2020

Month-long observances:

  •  Movember (awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer)
  •  National Native American, American Indian, and Alaskan Native Heritage Month

Important dates:

  •  November 11 – Veterans Day
  •  November 14 – Diwali (Hindu)
  •  November 20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance
  •  November 25 – Day of the Covenant (Baha’i)
  •  November 26 – Thanksgiving
  •  November 27 – Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha (Baha’i)
  •  November 29 – Eid Milad ul-Nabi (Muslim)

December 2020

Month-long observances:

  •  Universal Human Rights Month

Important dates:

  •  December 1 – World AIDS Day
  •  December 3 – International Day for People with Disability
  •  December 10 – Hanukkah begins (Jewish)
  •  December 10 – International Human Rights Day
  •  December 21 – Yule Winter Solstice (Pagan)
  •  December 25 – Christmas (Christian)
  •  December 26 – Kwanzaa begins
  •  December 31 – New Year’s Eve