A time for continued action to tackle racism, reclaim Black history, and ensure Black history is represented all year. It’s also an opportunity to honour the unrecognised accomplishments of the Black community in every area of history.
AWARENESS DAY CALENDAR - October 2023
An annual campaign to get employers and employees talking about wellbeing and work-life balance at work. Organisations can use the week to provide activities for staff, and to showcase their flexible working policies and practices.
Always the seventh day of Sukkot, it reminds Jews that God is their source of protection and determines what the new year will bring. At night, it's customary to invite people over for a meal, share singing and dancing, and maybe even have live music.
Simchat Torah marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and ushers in the new cycle. It follows the festival of Sukkot. The main celebrations of Simchat Torah take place in the synagogue during evening and morning services.
Designed to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and promote better support for such illnesses. It provides an opportunity for everyone to highlight what needs to be done to improve mental health care with an aim to make it a reality.
An annual LGBTQ+ awareness day to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in "coming out". Talking about coming out and sharing stories can help to strengthen the LGBTQ+ community and pave the way for others to come out.
The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and their human rights. It recognises girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
A Sikh festival remembering the release from prison and return to Amritsar of the sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind, in 1619. The name Bandi Chhor Divas means liberation of prisoners day. The story reminds Sikhs of freedom and human rights.
An annual Hindu festival observed in the honour of the Goddess Durga, who is associated with protection, strength, motherhood, destruction and wars. It spans nine nights and ends with what's known as Dussehra - the celebration of good over evil.
An annual LGBTQ+ awareness day started in 2010 in response to a series of widely publicised bullying-related suicides of gay school students. Observers wear the colour purple as a visible sign of support for LGBTQ+ youth and anti-bullying.
A week dedicated to raising awareness about stress prevention and campaigning against the stigma associated with stress and mental health issues. It encourages employers to examine and improve their workplace culture around stress.
The spookiest day of the year... Halloween has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain, where people lit fires and wore costumes to ward off ghosts. Scary costumes and creepy pumpkin carvings are still popular in many countries on this day.