2022 Multicultural & Diversity Events Calendar

When are the cultural heritage celebrations this year?

This list of cultural and diversity celebrations will help guide you through the many diversity events throughout the year.

The spotlight continues to shine on diversity, equity & inclusion efforts throughout the United States, Canada and beyond.    For 2022, we have put together an even more comprehensive list of multicultural & diversity celebrations for the United States as well as Canada.

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In a country as diverse as the United States, there are numerous holidays and celebrations that represent that diversity.  While some are more somber remembrances of sacrifice or tragedy,  others celebrate achievements, and still others focus on a person, religion or heritage.   From month long celebrations such as Black History Month (February), Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 -October 15), National American Indian Heritage Month (November) and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May) to more specific observances such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday (January 21) and Independence Day (July 4).  And yet others may go by various names as well as have changing dates based on other factors such as the Moon.  The prime example of this is Lunar New Year  which is also known as Chinese New Year  or the Spring Festival.   2022  will be the year of the Tiger for the Chinese Zodiac and the celebration will start  on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.

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It is not possible to cover every event, however we will highlight some of those events that are recognized by many.  Whether part of a diverse community that is looking to celebrate diversity or working with a brand that is looking to market to multicultural communities here are some key dates for 2022 that focus on multicultural and diverse segments in the United States that we feel are worth knowing.   

 

Q1 Multicultural Celebrations

  • January 17:  DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.’S BIRTHDAY The birthday of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated on the third Monday in January.
  • January 1:  LUNAR NEW YEAR,  Also known as the Spring Festival  or Chinese New Year.   *5 Things to know about Chinese New Year
  • February(month):  BLACK HISTORY MONTH Celebrates Black History and African American culture
  • March 31:  CESAR CHAVEZ DAY honors the Mexican American farm worker and celebrates the contributions of labor leader and activist Cesar Chavez.

Q2 Diversity Events

  • April: (month): ARAB AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH celebrating Arab American heritage, culture and contributions.
  • April 2, 2021: First day of RAMADAN which is the holiest month of the Muslim year ( Islamic Holidays 2020, 2021, 2022)
  • April 21 – 23: Native American GATHERING OF NATIONS where over 500 tribes gather for three days to honor their culture
  • May 2: Eid al-Fitr is the “Festival of Breaking the Fast” and is celebrated by Muslims worldwide marking the end of Ramadan.
  • May: (month):   ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH recognizes the contributions and culture of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
  • May: (month): JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH honors the contributions of American Jews
  • May: (month): HAITIAN HERITAGE MONTH is observed in May as an expansion of The Haitian Flag Day (May 18th). Haitian Heritage Month is a celebration in the United States of Haitian heritage and culture. It was first celebrated in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1998.
  • May 21:  WORLD DAY FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY is a day that recognizes cultural diversity as a source of innovation, exchange and creativity.
  • June: (month): NATIONAL IMMIGRANT HERITAGE MONTH is a month to honor the contributions of immigrants to our great Nation and celebrate their profound impact.
  • June 20:  WORLD REFUGEE DAY raises awareness about the plight of refugees .

Q3 Multicultural Events

  • August 9:  INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES celebrating the richness of indigenous cultures as well as recognizing the challenges indigenous peoples face today.
  • September 15– October 15 (month):   NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH celebrates the contributions, heritage and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans.
  • September 17:  CONSTITUTION DAY AND CITIZENSHIP DAY commemorating the ratification of the United States Constitution in 1787 and also honors all who have become U.S. citizens.

Q4 Diversity Calendar

  • September 15– October 15 (month):   NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH celebrates the contributions, heritage and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans.
  • October (Month): GLOBAL DIVERSITY AWARENESS MONTH increasing awareness and acceptance of diverse cultures
  • October 1, 2021: NATIONAL DIVERSITY DAY observed during Global Diversity Awareness Month to celebrate diversity and that despite our differences, no matter what race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality, or disability we should learn and embrace different cultures and ideologies present in the country.
  • October 10: INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY (Native American Day) Celebrates and honors Native American history and culture.
  • October 10: DIA DE LA RAZA, “Day of the Race”, in Spanish-speaking countries and communities.
  • November 1 –  2:  DIA DE LOS MUERTOS three day celebration to remember dead relatives and friends.
  • November (month):    NATIONAL AMERICAN INDIAN and ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE MONTH honoring the history and culture of Native Americans and indigenous people in the United States. Also known as Native American Heritage Month
  • December 25: CHRISTMAS
  • December 26– January 1, 2022:  KWANZAA  is a celebration honoring African American heritage

The multicultural & diversity calendar dates represent some (not all) of the celebrations related to heritage in the United States and throughout the world.  While there are many more celebrations and in some cases dates may vary, this offers some general guidelines for multicultural advertising and marketing efforts.   For brands & agencies looking to connect with diverse multicultural  Alcance Media Group can assist.

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