Calendar of Cultural and Religious Dates

The Calendar aims to raise awareness of key cultural and religious events and national days.

The information in this calendar is presented in good faith. The names of certain events may have alternative spellings or be recognised on different dates by groups and individuals within communities. The Calendar focuses on countries' national days, significant multicultural festivals in Australia, and events that are widely celebrated by Australia's major ethnic and religious communities. Please be advised the Calendar is not exhaustive of all events that are celebrated around the world and should be considered a guide only. Calendar users should seek further advice regarding particular events from the communities concerned.

Date Event Index Notes
1-Jan-17 New Year's Day Festival The United Nations has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
1-Jan-17 Liberation Day Cuba  
1-Jan-17 Independence Day Haiti  
1-Jan-17 National Day Sudan  
1-Jan-17 Feast of St Basil Orthodox Christian St Basil was one of the greatest leaders and thinkers of the Orthodox Christian church. In many Greek homes, a special cake is baked on the eve of St Basil's Day with a gold or silver coin hidden inside.
4-Jan-17 Independence Day Myanmar (Burma)  
5-Jan-17 Birth of Guru Gobindh Singh, 10th Guru Sikh On this day people of Sikh faith honour the birth of the founder of the Khalsa who lived from 1666 - 1708 (Khalsa refers to the collective body of all baptised Sikhs).
6-Jan-17 Epiphany Christian Epiphany commemorates the manifestation of God in human form as Jesus Christ.
6-Jan-17 Armenian Christmas Day Armenian Orthodox Christian The Armenian Church celebrates Christmas on this day.
7-Jan-17 The Holy Nativity Feast (Nativity of Christ) Orthodox Christian Eastern Orthodox Churches that use the Julian Calendar celebrate Christmas on this day.
15-Jan-17 World Religion Day Interfaith Observed in over 80 countries, the aim of World Religion Day is to foster interfaith understanding and harmony by emphasising the common elements underlying all religions.
19-Jan-17 Coptic Epiphany Coptic Orthodox Epiphany commemorates the manifestation of God in human form as Jesus Christ.
20-Jan-16 Schützenfest, Adelaide (to 22 January) Festival Schützenfest is a festival celebrating German culture and featuring competitive shooting, music, dancing, food and drink. Australia’s first Schützenfest was held in Adelaide in 1865.
25-Jan-17 Burns Night Festival On this night, Scots everywhere honour Robert Burns, poet, balladeer and for many, Scotland's favourite son. Burns Night is a night for all Scots to celebrate their heritage.
26-Jan-17 Australia Day Australia On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. Australia Day celebrations are held in communities across the country. Order of Australia awards are announced on Australia Day and the Queen’s Birthday each year.
26-Jan-17 Republic Day India  
28-Jan-17 Chinese New Year (Year of the Rooster) Festival The Year of the Rooster is the tenth in the Chinese zodiac. The Rooster represents confidence and resourcefulness.
28-Jan-17 Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) Festival Vietnamese people celebrate Tet with family reunions, special foods and gifts. This festival is also an opportunity for Vietnamese Australians to share their cultural heritage with the wider Australian community.
31-Jan-17 Independence Day Nauru  
4-Feb-17 Independence Commemoration Day Sri Lanka  
5-Feb-17 A tribute to the Life & Achievements of HM King Bhumibol   A tribute will be held at Federation Square in Melbourne
(10am-7pm) to honour His Majesty’s wisdom and skilful development of the quality of life for the Thai people spanning a reign of 70 years. More info can be found at
6-Feb-17 Waitangi Day New Zealand  
7-Feb-17 Independence Day Grenada  
10-Feb-17 Parinirvana Day Buddhist This day is an observance of the death of the Buddha (Mahayana tradition).
10-Feb-17 Magha Puja Buddhist Also known as Sangha Day, this day celebrates the community of followers of the teachings of Buddha (Theravada tradition).
11-Feb-17 Victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran Iran  
13-Feb-17 National Apology Day Australia This event marks the anniversary of the Apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples in the House of Representatives on 13 February 2008 by former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, apologising for past laws, policies and practices that have impacted on Australia’s First Nations Peoples, particularly members of the Stolen Generations. The motion was supported by the Opposition and passed through both houses of Parliament; Brendan Nelson (former Leader of the Opposition) gave a formal response. Many members of the Stolen Generations were present in the Chamber to hear the Apology and thousands more filled the Great Hall of Parliament House and flowed out onto the lawns to watch it on big screens. The Apology was broadcast across Australia.
15-Feb-17 Statehood Day Serbia  
16-Feb-17 Independence Day Lithuania  
17-Feb-17 National Multicultural Festival - Canberra (17-19 February) Festival The National Multicultural Festival features local, national and international music, dance, food and creative arts.
17-Feb-17 Independence Day Kosovo  
18-Feb-17 National Day Gambia  
21-Feb-17 International Mother Language Day Festival The United Nations' (UN) International Mother Language Day annually celebrates language diversity and variety worldwide on February 21.
22-Feb-17 Independence Day Saint Lucia  
23-Feb-17 National Day Brunei Darussalam  
23-Feb-17 National Day Guyana  
24-Feb-17 Independence Day Estonia  
25-Feb-17 National Day Kuwait  
25-Feb-17 Greek Festival of Sydney (25 to 26 February) Festival The Greek Festival of Sydney, one of Australia's largest and longest running annual cultural events, is a celebration of Greek-Australian lifestyle, culture and heritage.
26-Feb-17 Antipodes Festival, Lonsdale Street Greek Festival, Melbourne Festival This popular festival takes over Lonsdale Street to celebrate all things Greek.
27-Feb-16 Tibetan New Year (Losar) Buddhist Losar is an occasion to dispel the obstacles and negativities of the old year and is marked with activities that symbolise purification.
27-Feb-17 Independence Day Dominican Republic  
27-Feb-17 Pako Festa, Geelong Festival Pako Festa is a celebration of cultural diversity and attracts thousands of people to enjoy food, folk dancing, art exhibitions, films, craft, activities for children and the Pako Parade.
28-Feb-17 Shrove Tuesday Christian Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent. Pancakes are traditionally eaten on this day.
1-Mar-17 Ash Wednesday - Lent begins Christian Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar, traditionally a time of fasting and reflection. It begins with Ash Wednesday.
1-Mar-17 St David's Day Wales St David is the patron saint of Wales. St David's Day has been a national day of celebration for Welsh people since the 18th century, featuring parades, festivities and singing.
3-Mar-17 National Day Bulgaria  
6-Mar-17 Independence Day Ghana  
11-Mar-17 Purim (begins at sundown on 11 March) Jewish Purim commemorates the time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination by the courage of a young Jewish woman called Esther.
12-Mar-17 National Day Mauritius  
12-Mar-17 Magha Puja Buddhist Also known as Sangha Day, this day celebrates the community of followers of the teachings of Buddha (Mahayna tradition).
13-Mar-17 Holi Hindu Holi is a boisterous festival with people smearing each other with coloured water and bright powders. Originally a festival to celebrate good harvests and fertility of the land, Holi also commemorates some key figures in Hindu mythology.
16-Mar-17 Five Holy Days of Pronia (Banjah) (to 20 March) Mandaean The Mandaeans are an ancient religious community from southern Iraq and Iran.
17-Mar-17 St Patrick's Day Ireland This day is Ireland's National Day. St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and brought Christianity to Ireland in the early days of the faith.
18-Mar-17 National Close the Gap Day Indigenous Australians Every year people are encouraged to hold their own event on National Close the Gap Day to raise awareness about the 17-year life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Since 2006, the Close the Gap campaign has achieved an enormous amount with community support. More than 150,000 people took part in 1298 separate National Close the Gap day events across Australia in 2014.
18-Mar-17 Cultural Diversity Week, Victoria (18 to 26 March) Festival Cultural Diversity Week features a program of festivals and events highlighting Victoria's cultural, linguistic and religious diversity.
20-Mar-17 Geelong Highland Gathering Festival Features pipe bands, Scottish culture, livestock, merchandise, music, dancing and haggis hurling.
20-Mar-17 Independence Day Tunisia  
20-Mar-17 Norouz (various spellings) New Year Iran, Kurd Norouz means ‘new day’ in Persian and is a traditional festival of spring that has been celebrated for more than 3000 years by people from Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Georgia, Iraq, Tajikistan, Syria, Armenia and India.
21-Mar-17 Independence Day Namibia  
21-Mar-17 Harmony Day Australia Harmony Day celebrates the cohesive and inclusive nature of our nation and promotes the benefits of cultural diversity. Schools, community groups and organisations across Australia host Harmony Day events.
21-Mar-17 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination United Nations The Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”. The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reminds us of our collective responsibility for promoting and protecting this ideal.
23-Mar-17 National Day Pakistan  
25-Mar-17 Independence Day Greece  
26-Mar-17 Independence Day Bangladesh  
1-Apr-17 Holy Saturday (Orthodox) Orthodox On Holy Saturday the Orthodox Church commemorates the burial of Christ and his descent into Hades.
1-Apr-17 Kha b-Nisan - Assyrian New Year Assyrian Assyrians celebrate this day as their national festival.
1-Apr-17 Brigadoon. The Bundanoon Highland Gathering Festival Brigadoon in 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the highland gathering in Bundanoon. With 20 pipe bands, highland games, the tartan warriors, dancers, stalls and clan representatives, this is the largest event of its kind in Australia.
9-Apr-17 Palm Sunday (Orthodox) Orthodox On the Sunday before the Feast of Great and Holy Pascha and at the beginning of the Orthodox Holy Week, the Orthodox Church celebrates one of its most joyous feasts of the year.
5-Apr-17 Ramanavami Hindu This Hindu festival celebrates the birth of Lord Rama, hero of the religious epic poem, ‘The Ramayana’. The day involves the telling of stories and attending temples.
9-Apr-17 Palm Sunday Christian The final Sunday before Easter Sunday, marks the beginning of (Christian) Holy Week.
9-Apr-17 Palm Sunday (Orthodox) Orthodox On the Sunday before the Feast of Great and Holy Pascha and at the beginning of the Orthodox Holy Week, the Orthodox Church celebrates one of its most joyous feasts of the year.
10-Apr-17 Pesach - Passover (begins at sundown on 10 April to 18 April) Jewish Passover is one of the most important Jewish festivals. It commemorates the liberation by Moses of the Jewish people from slavery.
11-Apr-17 Hanuman Jayanti Hindu This day is a Hindu celebration of Hanuman who was an embodiment of Lord Rama. Devotion and selfless work are encouraged.
11-Apr-17 Theravada New Year Buddhist New Year Buddhist festival.
13-Apr-17 Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday) Christian Holy Thursday is the day that Christ celebrated the Last Supper with his disciples, four days after his entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
13-Apr-17 Songkran - Thai New Year (to 15 April) Festival Songkran, the Thai New Year and Water Festival, is one of Thailand's oldest and favourite festivals. Thai communities across Australia celebrate this festival with food, crafts and entertainment.
14-Apr-17 Australian Sikh Games, Adelaide (to 16 April) Carnival The annual Sikh Games provide an opportunity for Australia's Sikh communities to unite through sporting and social activities.
14-Apr-17 Good Friday Christian This is a solemn Christian remembrance of the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Hot cross buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday.
14-Apr-17 Holy Friday (Orthodox) Orthodox On Holy Friday the Orthodox Church commemorates the death of Christ on the Cross.
14-Apr-17 Baisakhi or Vaisakhi Sikh Baisakhi, also known as Vaisakhi, is an ancient harvest festival which marks the beginning of a new solar year and harvest season. Baisakhi also marks the founding of the Khalsa in the 17th century, which is the collective body of all baptised Sikhs.
14-Apr-17 Pohela Boishakh (Bengali New Year) Bengal Marks the first day of the Bangla Calendar
16-Apr-17 Easter Sunday Christian Easter commemorates the resurrection (return to life) of Jesus Christ following his death by crucifixion. It is the most significant event of the Christian calendar.
16-Apr-17 Pascha (Easter Sunday) Orthodox Many Orthodox Christians in Australia celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday, also known as Pascha.
17-Apr-17 Easter Monday Australia In addition to its religious significance, Easter in Australia is enjoyed as a four-day holiday weekend starting on Good Friday and ending on Easter Monday. This long weekend is an opportunity to take a holiday or get together with family and friends.
17-Apr-17 Independence Day Syrian Arab Republic  
18-Apr-17 Independence Day Zimbabwe  
20-Apr-17 First Day of Ridvan (begins at sundown on 19 April) Baha'i This Baha'i commemoration is of the 12 day period in 1863 when Baha'u'llah declared that he was God's messenger for this age. Work is suspended on days 1, 9 and 12 of the festival.
23-Apr-17 Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day (begins at sundown on 23rd April) Jewish This day remembers the six million Jews killed by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945. It is observed by many people of Jewish and other faiths.
23-Apr-17 St George's Day England St George is the patron saint of England. St George, a prominent military saint, is one of the most venerated saints in the Anglican church.
25-Apr-17 Anzac Day Australia Anzac Day is one of Australia’s most important dates of national commemoration. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War (1914-18), at Gallipoli. Dawn services at war memorials honour the sacrifice of those who died in war. Marches and reunions are held during the day.
26-Apr-17 Union Day Tanzania  
27-Apr-17 Official Birthday of His Majesty, King Wilem-Alexander Netherlands  
27-Apr-17 Independence Day Sierra Leone  
27-Apr-17 Freedom Day South Africa  
27-Apr-17 Independence Day Togo  
28-Apr-17 Ninth Day of Ridvan (begins at sundown on 28 April) Baha'i This Baha'i commemoration is of the 12 day period in 1863 when Baha'u'llah declared that he was God's messenger for this age. Work is suspended on days 1, 9 and 12 of the festival.
1-May-17 National Day Marshall Islands  
1-May-17 Twelfth Day of Ridvan (begins at sundown on 1 May) Baha'i This Baha'i commemoration is of the 12 day period in 1863 when Baha'u'llah declared that he was God's messenger for this age. Work is suspended on days 1, 9 and 12 of the festival.
2-May-17 Yom Ha'Atzmaut - Independence Day (begins at sundown on 1st May) Israel  
3-May-17 Constitution Day Poland  
4-May-17 Australian Celtic Festival, Glen Innes NSW (to 7 May) Festival This festival is a celebration of Celtic culture including dancing, music, singing, massed pipe bands, strongman events, Celtic foods and children’s programs.
9-May-17 Europe Day European Union  
10-May-17 Vesak Day or Buddha Day Buddhist Commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha. The date varies by region and tradition. Some Countries celebrate Vesak Day 1 or 2 days either side of this date .
15-May-17 Independence Day Paraguay  
17-May-17 Constitution Day Norway  
20-May-17 Dehwa Daymaneh Mandaean This date marks the birthday of John the Baptist (also known as Yahya Yohana to Mandeans).
20-May-17 National Day Cameroon  
20-May-17 Independence Restoration Day Timor-Leste  
20-May-17 Paniyiri Greek Festival, Brisbane (to 21 May) Festival Paniyiri is Brisbane’s well known celebration of Greek culture and heritage, held annually at Musgrave Park. Visitors enjoy delicacies from the different islands and regions of Greece, together with music and dance.
21-May-17 World Day for Cultural Diversity United Nations  
22-May-17 Unification Day Yemen This date commemorates the unification of North Yemen and South Yemen
23-May-17 Declaration of the Báb (begins at sundown on 22 May) Baha'i This date marks the anniversary of the Báb's announcement of his mission in 1844. The Báb is a prophet and forerunner of the Baha'i faith. Work is suspended on this day.
24-May-17 Independence Day Eritrea  
25-May-17 Ascension of Christ Christian This day observes the departure of Jesus from earth after his resurrection. It is perhaps the earliest observed celebration in Christianity.
25-May-17 Independence Day Jordan  
25-May-17 National Day Argentina  
25-May-17 Africa Day Africa Union  
26-May-17 National Day Georgia  
26-May-17 National Sorry Day Indigenous Australians National Sorry Day is a significant day for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, particularly for Stolen Generations survivors. The idea of holding a ‘Sorry Day’ was first mentioned as one of the 54 recommendations of the Bringing them home report, which was tabled in Parliament on 26 May 1997. This report was the result of a two year National Inquiry into the forcible removal of Indigenous children from their families, communities and cultural identity. On 26 May 1998 the first ‘Sorry Day’ was held in Sydney, it is now commemorated across Australia, with many thousands of people participating in memorials and commemorative events, in honour of the Stolen Generations
27-May-17 Ramadan Begins (begins at sundown on 27 May) Islamic Ramadan is the most auspicious month on the Islamic calendar, being the month in which the first verses of the Qur'an were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. During Ramadan Muslims around the world fast from sunrise to sunset.
27-May-17 National Reconciliation Week (to 3 June) Australia National Reconciliation Week is an ideal time for everyone to join the reconciliation conversation and reflect on shared histories, contributions and achievements. It is held annually from 27 May to 3 June and is a time to celebrate and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. Preceded by National Sorry Day on 26 May, National Reconciliation Week is framed by two key events in Australia’s history, which provide strong symbols for reconciliation:
  27 May 1967 – the referendum that saw more than 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Indigenous people and recognise them in the census.
  3 June 1992 – the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision, which recognised that Indigenous people have a special relationship with the land. This paved the way for land rights known as native title.
29-May-17 National Day Azerbaijan  
28-May-17 National Day Ethiopia  
28-May-17 National Day Nepal  
28-May-17 Ascension of Baha'u'llah (begins at sundown on 28 May) Baha'i This day marks the death of the founder of the Baha'i faith, Baha'u'llah, in 1892. Work is suspended on this day.
30-May-17 Shavuot (begins at sundown on 30 May to 1 June) Jewish Shavuot is a Jewish celebration of Moses's descent from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments.
1-Jun-17 Independence Day Samoa Samoa achieved independence from New Zealand on 1 January 1962. However, Independence Day is celebrated annually on 1 June.
2-Jun-17 Foundation of the Republic Italy  
3-Jun-17 Mabo Day Indigenous Australians The Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision on 3 June 1992, which recognised that Indigenous people have a special relationship with the land. This paved the way for land rights known as native title. Mabo Day is held 3 June to celebrate the life of Eddie Koiki Mabo.
4-Jun-17 Pentecost Orthodox Christian The Coptic Church has a major feast on this day.
4-Jun-17 Pentecost Christian Pentecost celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit and is regarded by some Christians as the birthday of the Christian church.
6-Jun-17 National Day Sweden  
9-Jun-17 National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, Vic (to 12 June) Festival This annual festival celebrates Celtic music and culture. Each of the Celtic lands is represented – Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man.
10-Jun-17 Greek Glenti, Darwin (to 11 June) Festival The Greek Glenti Festival has developed into the largest ethnic celebration in the Northern Territory.
10-Jun-17 Portugal Day, Camões Day and Day of Portuguese Communities Portugal  
12-Jun-17 Independence Day Philippines  
12-Jun-17 National Day Russian Federation  
12-Jun-17 Queen’s Birthday (all states except WA and QLD) Australia Celebrating the King or Queen of Australia's birthday in Australia dates back to 1788, when Governor Phillip declared a public holiday. Order of Australia award recipients are announced on Australia Day and the Queen’s Birthday.
16-Jun-17 Martyrdom (Shahidi) of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib Sikh On this day Sikhs remember those who have suffered for the faith. The day is observed by reading the Guru Granth Sahib.
17-Jun-17 National Day Iceland  
18-Jun-17 Refugee Week (to 24 June) Australia Since early 1945, more than seven million people have come to Australia as new settlers, including around 800 000 people under humanitarian programs, initially as displaced persons and more recently as refugees.
20-Jun-17 World Refugee Day United Nations  
23-Jun-17 National Day and Official Birthday of HRH the Grand Duke Luxembourg  
25-Jun-17 Independence Day Mozambique  
25-Jun-17 National Day Croatia Commemorates independence from Yugoslavia in 1991
25-Jun-17 National Day Slovenia Commemorates independence from Yugoslavia in 1991
26-Jun-17 Eid al Fitr (end of Ramadan) Islamic The Islamic month of fasting, Ramadan, ends with the festival of Eid al Fitr. A celebratory meal breaks the fast and at this time charity and good deeds have special significance. Eid is also a time of forgiveness and making amends.
26-Jun-17 National Day Madagascar  
27-Jun-17 Independence Day Djibouti  
29-Jun-17 National Day Seychelles  
30-Jun-17 Independence Day Congo, Democratic Republic  
1-Jul-17 National Day Burundi  
1-Jul-17 National Day Somalia  
1-Jul-17 Canada Day Canada  
1-Jul-17 Coming of the light festival Festival The Coming of the Light is celebrated by Torres Strait Islanders, wherever they may be, on 1 July each year. It commemorates the arrival of the London Missionary Society on Erub Island in the Torres Strait in 1871. It led to the adoption of Christianity through island communities during the late nineteenth century.
1-Jul-17 Tartan Day Festival Tartan Day is a celebration of Scottish heritage that commemorates the repeal of an English law in 1782 that had banned the wearing of tartan.
2-Jul-17 National NAIDOC Week Australia NAIDOC is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Activities take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week in the first full week of July. All Australians are encouraged to participate. This year’s NAIDOC theme is ‘Songlines: the living narrative of our nation’.
3-Jul-17 National Day Belarus  
4-Jul-17 Independence Day United States of America  
4-Jul-17 Liberation Day Rwanda  
5-Jul-17 Independence Day Cape Verde  
5-Jul-17 Independence Day Venezuela  
6-Jul-17 National Day Comoros  
6-Jul-17 National Day Malawi  
7-Jul-17 National Day Solomon Islands  
9-Jul-17 Independence Day South Sudan  
9-Jul-17 Martyrdom of the Báb Baha'i The Báb was executed in 1850. He was a prophet and forerunner of the Baha'i faith. Work is suspended on this day.
10-Jul-17 Independence Day Bahamas  
11-Jul-17 Anniversary of Mongolian People's Revolution Mongolia  
11-Jul-17 National Day Kiribati  
12-Jul-17 National Day São Tomé and Príncipe  
13-Jul-17 National Day Montenegro  
14-Jul-17 Bastille Day France  
15-Jul-17 Asalha Puja (Dhamma) Day Buddhist This Buddhist date commemorates the first sermon delivered by the Buddha after his enlightenment.
19-Jul-17 Kahshuzahly Mandaean On this date, Mandeans mark new year's eve, also known as the eve of Dehva Rabba.
20-Jul-17 National Day Colombia  
21-Jul-17 Accession of King Leopold I (1831) Belgium  
  National Day
23-Jul-17 Anniversary of Revolution of 1952 Egypt  
26-Jul-17 National Day Liberia  
26-Jul-17 Independence Day Maldives  
28-Jul-17 Independence Day Peru  
30-Jul-17 Independence Day Vanuatu  
30-Jul-17 Throne Day Morocco  
1-Aug-17 Independence Day Benin  
1-Aug-17 Foundation of the Swiss Confederation Switzerland  
4-Aug-17 National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day Australia National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day (NAICD) is a celebration of Indigenous children and is held on 4 August each year. NAICD was first observed by the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) in 1988. Each year SNAICC produces and sends out resources to help celebrations for NAICD.
4-Aug-17 Constitution Day Cook Islands  
6-Aug-17 Independence Day Jamaica  
6-Aug-17 Independence Day Bolivia  
7-Aug-17 Raksha Bandhan Hindu Raksha Bandhan means bond of protection. This Hindu festival honours the love between brothers and sisters and is marked by the tying of a rakhi thread by the sister on the wrist of her brother.
7-Aug-17 National Day Côte d’Ivoire  
9-Aug-17 International Day of the World’s Indigenous People Australia The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of the World's Indigenous People is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s Indigenous population. This event also recognises the achievements and contributions that Indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection.
9-Aug-17 National Day Singapore  
10-Aug-17 National Day Ecuador  
11-Aug-17 Independence Day Chad  
14-Aug-17 Independence Day Pakistan  
15-Aug-17 Dormition of the Theotokos Orthodox Christian This day commemorates the death and burial of the Virgin Mary.
15-Aug-17 Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic The Assumption is a Holy Day of Obligation.
15-Aug-17 Independence Day Republic of the Congo  
15-Aug-17 Independence Day India  
15-Aug-17 National Day Liechtenstein  
15-Aug-17 Krishna Janmashtami Hindu This festival is one of the most important events in the Hindu calendar. It celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, a Hindu deity, more than 5000 years ago.
17-Aug-17 Proclamation of Independence Indonesia  
17-Aug-17 National Day Gabon  
19-Aug-17 Independence Day Afghanistan  
20-Aug-17 Day of the Foundation of the State of Hungary and St Stephen's Day Hungary  
24-Aug-17 National Day Ukraine  
25-Aug-17 Independence Day Uruguay  
25-Aug-17 Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu This popular festival culminates with a clay statue of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh being immersed in water to remove the misfortunes of mankind as the statue dissolves.
27-Aug-17 National Day Moldova  
31-Aug-17 National Day Kyrgyzstan  
31-Aug-17 National Day Malaysia  
31-Aug-17 National Day Trinidad and Tobago  
1-Sep-17 Parkash (First reading) Aadh Granth Sahib Sikh The Aadh Granth (Original Scripture) was installed at Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) Amritsar in India. The first reading ceremony was on 1st September 1604.
1-Sep-17 Inauguration (Gurgadi) of Guru Granth Sahib Sikh This day commemorates the eternal installation of the Sikh holy book, Guru Granth Sahib.
1-Sep-17 Constitution Day Slovakia  
1-Sep-17 National Day Uzbekistan  
2-Sep-16 Eid al Adha Islamic The Feast of Sacrifice commemorates the ordeal of Ibrahim (Abraham) who was asked to sacrifice his only son to prove his faith to Allah (God).
2-Sep-17 National Day Vietnam  
3-Sep-17 National Foundation Day San Marino  
6-Sep-17 National Day Swaziland  
7-Sep-17 Independence Day Brazil  
8-Sep-17 National Day Andorra  
8-Sep-17 Independence Day Macedonia, The former Yugoslav Republic of  
9-Sep-17 National Day Korea, Democratic People's Republic of  
9-Sep-17 National Day Tajikistan  
11-Sep-17 Nayrouz - Coptic New Year Coptic Orthodox The Copts have been celebrating New Year for over 1700 years and the Coptic Orthodox Church is one of the oldest Christian churches in the world.
15-Sep-17 Independence Day Costa Rica  
15-Sep-17 Independence Day El Salvador  
15-Sep-17 Independence Day Guatemala  
15-Sep-17 Independence Day Honduras  
15-Sep-17 Independence Day Nicaragua  
16-Sep-17 Proclamation of Independence Mexico  
16-Sep-17 Independence Day Papua New Guinea  
16-Sep-17 Oktoberfest (to 3 October) Festival  
17-Sep-17 Australian Citizenship Day Australia Citizenship ceremonies are held across Australia to welcome people into the Australian community. Citizenship is the bond which unites all Australians and becoming an Australian citizen is a step that shows commitment and loyalty to this country.
18-Sep-17 National Day Chile  
19-Sep-17 Independence Day Saint Kitts and Nevis  
21-Sep-17 National Day Armenia  
21-Sep-17 National Day Belize  
21-Sep-17 Independence Day Malta  
21-Sep-17 Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year, to 22 September) Jewish Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year festival, commemorates the creation of the world. A synagogue ritual is the blowing of the Shofar, a ram's horn trumpet. Apples are dipped in honey as a symbol of the sweet New Year that lies ahead.
21-Sep-17 Al Hijra/Muharram (New Year) - until 19 October Islamic Muharram is the first month of the year on the Islamic Calendar and marks the New Year for Muslims.
22-Sep-17 Proclamation of Independence Mali  
23-Sep-17 National Day Saudi Arabia  
24-Sep-17 Independence Day Guinea-Bissau  
26-Sep-17 Queen's Birthday (WA) Australia Celebrating the King or Queen of Australia's birthday in Australia dates back to 1788, when Governor Phillip declared a public holiday.
30-Sep-17 Yom Kippur Jewish This holiest day of the Jewish year is observed with fasting and repentance. Many Jews will refrain from work and attend synagogue services.
30-Sep-17 National Day Botswana  
30-Sep-17 Vijay Dashami (Dasera) Hindu This Hindu festival marks the triumph of good over evil. The festival of Dasera concludes the festival of Navaratri, which extends over a number of days.
1-Oct-17 National Day China  
1-Oct-17 Independence Day Cyprus  
1-Oct-17 Independence Day Tuvalu  
1-Oct-17 National Day Nigeria  
1-Oct-17 Ashura Islamic Ashura marks Noah's departure from the ark, the exodus of Moses from Egypt and the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad's grandson.
1-Oct-17 Independence Day Palau  
2-Oct-17 Independence Day Guinea  
3-Oct-17 Day of German Unity Germany  
3-Oct-17 National Day Iraq  
3-Oct-17 National Foundation Day Korea, Republic of  
3-Oct-17 Queen's Birthday (QLD) Australia Celebrating the King or Queen of Australia's birthday in Australia dates back to 1788, when Governor Phillip declared a public holiday.
4-Oct-17 Independence Day Lesotho  
4-Oct-17 Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival Festival The Mid-Autumn Festival is a popular East Asian celebration of abundance and togetherness, dating back over 3000 years. The traditional food of this festival is the moon cake.
4-Oct-17 Sukkot (begins at sundown on 4 October) Jewish Sukkot is one of three central harvest festivals in Judaism, along with Passover and Shavuot. Sukkot commemorates the years that the Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land. During the first eight days of this festival meals are eaten in outdoor huts with covers made of tree branches called ‘Sukkahs’. Sukkot is also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, or the Feast of Booths.
9-Oct-17 Independence Day Uganda  
10-Oct-17 Fiji Day Fiji  
11-Oct-17 Shemini Atzeret (ends evening of 12 October) Jewish Shemini Atzeret, meaning ‘the eighth day of assembly,’ is a Biblical Jewish holiday that follows the Jewish festival of Sukkot. Shemini Atzeret is a time when prayers or celebrations for rain and a good harvest are made for the coming year in the Jewish calendar.
12-Oct-17 Independence Day Equatorial Guinea  
12-Oct-17 National Day Spain  
12-Oct-17 Simchat Torah (to 13 October) Jewish Simchat Torah is a joyous event. The annual cycle of weekly Torah readings is completed at this time, which marks a period of great celebration. Special attention is given to children, who join the celebrations with flags and singing.
19-Oct-17 Bandi Chhor Divas Sikh Australians of Sikh faith celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas (which means ‘The Celebration of Freedom’), Sikhs celebrate the release from prison of the sixth guru, Sri Guru Hargobind Ji, who also rescued 52 Hindu kings held captive by Mughal Emperor Jehangir with him in the Gwalior Fort in 1619.Celebrations include lighting oil lamps, candles and fireworks.
19-Oct-17 Deepavali (also known as Diwali) - Festival of Lights Hindu, Jain Australians of Hindu, and Jain faiths celebrate Deepavali (Diwali), or the Festival of Lights. This is a very popular festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.
19-Oct-17 National Day Niue  
21-Oct-17 Birth of the Báb Baha'i Baha'i followers celebrate the birth of the Báb on this day, a prophet and forerunner of their faith. Work is suspended on this day.
22-Oct-17 Birth of Baha'u'llah Baha'i On this day people of Baha'i faith refrain from work and celebrate the birth of their faith's founder.
24-Oct-17 Independence Day Zambia  
26-Oct-17 National Day Austria  
27-Oct-17 National Day St Vincent and the Grenadines  
27-Oct-17 National Day Turkmenistan  
28-Oct-17 Independence Day Czech Republic  
29-Oct-17 Republic Day Turkey  
1-Nov-17 All Saints' Day Christian This Christian day honours saints, known and unknown. Saints are men and women recognised for lives of holiness and devotion to God or who were martyred for their faith.
1-Nov-17 Anniversary of the Revolution Algeria  
1-Nov-17 National Day Antigua and Barbuda  
3-Nov-17 Independence Day Dominica  
3-Nov-17 National Day Micronesia, Federated States of  
3-Nov-17 National Day Panama  
4-Nov-17 Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Sikh Guru Nanak Dev was the founder of the Sikh faith and way of life. Sikhism stresses the importance of doing good deeds rather than merely carrying out rituals.
4-Nov-17 Dehwa Honina (Prosperity Feast) Mandaean The Mandaeans are an ancient religious community from southern Iraq and Iran.
4-Nov-17 Carnevale Italian Festival, Adelaide Festival This festival is an opportunity for South Australia’s Italian communities to share their traditions with other Australians.
6-Nov-17 Constitution Day Tonga  
9-Nov-17 Independence Day Cambodia  
11-Nov-17 Remembrance Day Australia This day marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). We observe one minute's silence at 11am in memory of the millions who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
11-Nov-17 Independence Day Angola  
16-Nov-17 International Day for Tolerance United Nations "Tolerance does not mean indifference or a grudging acceptance of others. It is a way of life based on mutual understanding and respect for others, and on the belief that global diversity is to be embraced, not feared." UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
18-Nov-17 Proclamation of Independence Latvia  
18-Nov-17 National Day Oman  
19-Nov-17 National Day Monaco  
22-Nov-17 Independence Day Lebanon  
24-Nov-17 Martyrdom (Shahidi) of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur, the 9th Guru, sacrificed his life to defend the religious freedom of another faith.
25-Nov-17 National Day Bosnia and Herzegovina  
25-Nov-17 Independence Day Suriname  
28-Nov-17 National Day Mauritania  
28-Nov-17 Proclamation of Independence Day Timor-Leste  
28-Nov-17 National Day Albania  
30-Nov-17 St Andrew's Day Scotland St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland. His feast day, 30 November, is the national day of Scotland.
30-Nov-17 Independence Day Barbados  
1-Dec-17 National Day Central African Republic  
1-Dec-17 National Day Romania  
2-Dec-17 National Day Laos  
2-Dec-17 National Day United Arab Emirates  
3-Dec-17 First Sunday of Advent Christian Advent is observed with the lighting of advent candles, display of wreaths and special ceremonies. Advent also anticipates the coming again to earth of Jesus Christ.
5-Dec-17 The King's Birthday Anniversary Thailand  
6-Dec-17 Independence Day Finland  
11-Dec-17 Proclamation of the Republic Day Burkina Faso  
12-Dec-17 Jamhuri Day Kenya  
13-Dec-17 Chanukah - Festival of Lights (to 20 December) Jewish Chanukah (Hanukkah) commemorates the recapture and rededication of the Jerusalem Temple. It lasts for eight days and nights, and each night an additional candle is lit.
16-Dec-17 National Day Bahrain  
16-Dec-17 National Day Kazakhstan  
17-Dec-17 National Day Bhutan  
18-Dec-17 National Day Niger  
18-Dec-17 National Day Qatar  
23-Dec-17 Emperor's Birthday Japan  
25-Dec-17 Christmas Day Christian Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus, peace on earth and good will. Christmas lights and trees are displayed, carols sung and children eagerly await the arrival of Santa Claus and gifts.
31-Dec-17 New Year's Eve Festival New Year's Eve is a time for communities, families and friends to celebrate the year past and the year to come. Fireworks light up cities and harbours around Australia.

Last updated: