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    EDI Calendar

    This calendar is an indication of all the dates of social and cultural significance that fall throughout the academic year. Some of these dates can impact the teaching and learning experience of many students and should be considered as such. Click on a date to see if or how it can affect a student's studies.


    23rd: Celebrate Bisexuality Day

    Since 1999, 23 September is a “Celebrate Bisexuality Day”. This occasion is an opportunity to address the particular issues bisexual people face and also to raise the awareness about bisexuality and to celebrate the diversity of and differences within the LGBTQ+ communities.

    23rd: International Day of Sign Languages

    The International Day of Sign Languages is an unique opportunity to support and protect the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all deaf people and other sign language users.

    25th - 27th: Rosh Hashana (Judaism)

    Jewish New Year - a time of reflection and celebration.


    Black History Month

    Black History Month is an annual celebration of the history, lives and culture of the African diaspora. It originated in the United States, where it is celebrated in February and also known as African-American History Month. In 2010, Black History Month was inaugurated in Cork by Nigerian-born Zephrynus Okechi Ikeh, making Ireland only the fourth country in the world (after the US, the UK, and The Netherlands) to officially honour Black culture and heritage in this way.

    1st: International Day of Older Persons

    The composition of the world population has changed dramatically in recent decades. Between 1950 and 2010, life expectancy worldwide rose from 46 to 68 years. Globally, there were 703 million persons aged 65 or over in 2019. The region of Eastern and South-Eastern Asia was home to the largest number of older persons (261 million), followed by Europe and Northern America (over 200 million).

    4th - 5th: Yom Kippur (Judaism)

    Yom Kippur is the holiest of Jewsish holidays and those celebrating usually separate themselves from their daily routines in order to engage in religious observance. During Yom Kippur engagement with work and the use of electronics is usually avoided.

    7th - 8th: Mawlid an-Nabi (Islam)

    Throughout the world, there are a variety of expressions for the observance of the birth of the Prophet: some celebrations take place simply in private homes; other Muslims decorate their local mosque with lights and hold large festive gatherings. Celebrations of Mawlid al-Nabi include sharing food, attending lectures about the Prophet’s life and virtues, salawat prayer services, participating in marches, and reciting the Qur’an, litanies, and devotional poetry of the Prophet.

    10th: World Mental Health Day

    The overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

    If you are experiencing issues with mental health here are some things you can do:

    13th: World Sight Day

    Nearly everyone on the planet will experience an eye health issue in their lifetime and more than a billion people worldwide do not have access to eye care services.

    17th: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

    As we embark on the post-COVID recovery and getting back on track with the Sustainable Development Goals, many are talking of “building back better,” but the message is clear from the people living in extreme poverty that they do not want a return to the past nor to build back to what it was before. They do not want a return to the endemic structural disadvantages and inequalities. Instead, people living in poverty propose to build forward.

    24th: Diwali (Hinduism)

    Over 1.3 billion people celebrate Diwali in India alone. Diwali is also an official holiday in India, Fiji, Guyana, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and many other nations. Diwali is similar to Christmas. With the conjunction of Dublin City Council, we have been celebrating Diwali- Festival of Lights in Ireland since 2008.

    26th: Intersex Awareness Day

    Intersex Awareness Day was born from the first demonstartions from the intersex community in 1996. It is a day to celebrate intersex individuals but also to regocnize the struggles and challenges that intersex people face.


    19th: International Men's Day

    On November 19 International Men’s Day celebrates worldwide the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities. We highlight positive role models and raise awareness of men’s well-being. One of the six pillars of International Men’s Day is to improve gender relations and promote gender equality not only for men but for women too.

    20th: Transgender Day of Remembrance

    Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

    25th: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

    Women's rights activists have observed 25 November as a day against gender-based violence since 1981. This date was selected to honour the Mirabal sisters, three political activists from the Dominican Republic who were brutally murdered in 1960 by order of the country’s ruler, Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).


    1st: World AIDS Day

    World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

    3rd: International Day of People with Disabilities

    Since its inception in 1945, the United Nations (UN) has outlined and reiterated its commitment to calling for the creation of inclusive, accessible and sustainable societies and communities – most notably with the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Over time, the UN has honed its focus on promoting the well-being and welfare of people living with disabilities, and in 1992 called for an international day of celebration for people living with disabilities to be held on December 3 each year.

    5th: International Day for Equal Opportunity

    The International Day for Equal Opportunity is celebrated every 5th of December, on the anniversary of the death of of Nelson Mandela, for whom “education [was] the most powerful weapon one can use to change the world”.

    10th: Human Rights Day

    Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document, which proclaims the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

    18th: International Migrants Day

    A broad range of factors continue to determine the movement of people. They are either voluntary or forced movements as a result of the increased magnitude and frequency of disasters, economic challenges and extreme poverty or conflict. Approximately 281 million people were international migrants in 2020, representing 3.6 per cent of the global population. All these will significantly affect the characteristics and scale of migration in the future and determine the strategies and policies countries must develop in order to harness the potential of migration while ensuring the fundamental human rights of migrants are protected.

    25th: Christmas Day (Christianity)

    Christmas Day is a Christian holiday to celebrate the birth of Christ. It is a public holiday and college is closed over throughout this period.


    7th: Christmas Day (Orthodox)

    The Orthodox Church recognises January 7th as the day that Jesus was born. Elsewhere in the world, Christmas is celebrated on December 25th. The difference in the timing of the Christmas celebrations stretches back to 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII, ruled that the Catholic Church should follow a new calendar – called the Gregorian calendar, as it was closer to the solar calendar than the Julian calendar. The Julian calendar now runs 13 days behind, so Orthodox Christmas falls on January 7th—through 2099; in 2100, when the world next omits a leap year, it will move to January 8th.

    22nd: Chinese New Year

    2022 is the Year of the Tiger. Next year in 2023 it will be the Year of the Rabbit.

    27th: International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

    Every year around 27 January, UNESCO pays tribute to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and reaffirms its unwavering commitment to counter antisemitism, racism, and other forms of intolerance that may lead to group-targeted violence. The date marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet troops on 27 January 1945.


    11th: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

    Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past decades, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Yet women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science. In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science in 2015.

    18th: Care Day

    Care Day is a global celebration (and the world’s largest celebration) of the successes and achievements of children and young people with experience of care. Care Day is a moment for children, young people and adults to unite in celebrating the rights and resilience of care experienced children and young people, their stories and their achievements.

    20th: World Day of Social Justice

    The International Labour Organization unanimously adopted the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization on 10 June 2008. This is the third major statement of principles and policies adopted by the International Labour Conference since the ILO’s Constitution of 1919. It builds on the Philadelphia Declaration of 1944 and the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work of 1998. The 2008 Declaration expresses the contemporary vision of the ILO’s mandate in the era of globalization.

    21st: International Mother Language Day

    International Mother Language Day recognizes that languages and multilingualism can advance inclusion, and the Sustainable Development Goals’ focus on leaving no one behind. UNESCO believes education, based on the first language or mother tongue, must begin from the early years as early childhood care and education is the foundation of learning.

    22nd: Ash Wednesday

    Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent in the Western church and takes place 46 days before Easter. As the date of Easter is calculated on the cycles of the moon, the date of Ash Wednesday will vary from year to year. The earliest possible date for Ash Wednesday is 4 February and the latest day is March 10.

    23rd: Great Lent Begins (Orthodox)

    Great Lent corresponds to Lent as found in Western Christianity, though the length of the periods are calculated in different ways. They both use a period of 40 days between the beginning and end of Lent, because of the 40 days that Jesus is said to have spent fasting the desert. However, Western Christendom doesn't count Sundays because Jesus is recorded as having resurrected on a Sunday, whereas Eastern Orthodox churches do count Sundays.


    1st: Traveller Ethnicity Day

    Recognising Travellers as a minority ethnic group was fundamentally about respect and inclusion, about recognising the dignity of Traveller culture and acknowledging the valuable contributions Travellers have made to Irish society. It also took account of the inequalities Traveller experienced such as high mortality; Traveller Men live 15 years and Traveller Women 11 and a half years less that their settled peers, suicide is 6 times and infant mortality 5 times the National average. There is 84% unemployment and a significant gap between the participation and attainment of Traveller children compared with their settled counterparts.

    8th: International Women's Day

    International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women's achievements or rally for women's equality.

    16th: Young Carer's Action Day

    Young Carers Action Day takes place on March 16th 2022 and the purpose of this day is to raise awareness of the struggles and importance of young carers across the country who make massive contributions to their communities and families.

    17th: St. Patrick's Day

    St. Patrick's Festival invites Ireland and the world to reconnect in Dublin in a global celebration of Irish Arts, Culture and Heritage. St. Patrick's Day is a public holiday.

    21st: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

    The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on the day the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid "pass laws" in 1960. In 1979, the General Assembly adopted a programme of activities to be undertaken during the second half of the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination. On that occasion, the General Assembly decided that a week of solidarity with the peoples struggling against racism and racial discrimination, beginning on 21 March, would be organized annually in all States.

    31st: Transgender Day of Visibility

    Trans Day of Visibility is an annual awareness day celebrated around the world. The day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of transgender and gender nonconforming people while raising awareness of the work that still needs to be done to achieve trans justice.


    2nd: The Holy Month of Ramadan begins (Islam)

    Ramadan is considered one of the holiest months of the year for Muslims. In Ramadan, Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Qur’an, and fast from food and drink during the sunlit hours as a means of drawing closer to God and cultivating self-control, gratitude, and compassion for those less fortunate. Ramadan is a month of intense spiritual rejuvenation with a heightened focus on devotion, during which Muslims spend extra time reading the Qur’an and performing special prayers. Those unable to fast, such as pregnant or nursing women, the sick, or elderly people and children, are exempt from fasting.

    • Click here for more information on Ramadan.
    • Happy Ramandan! Ramadan is a sacred and special month for Muslims all around the globe. It is a month in which Muslims fast daily from before sunrise until sunset and focus on spiritual development and closeness to God. It is also a time for worship, reflection, charity, and community. Here are some tips for interacting with those in College who may be observing Ramadan with some help from the Trinity-INC Student Partners:

      • The Power of Words

        Ramadan is a time that Muslims cherish and look forward to. Be mindful of describing fasting as 'torture', and instead encourage and support the dedication required to fast!
      • Prayer Time

        Muslims pray five times a day every day, and during the month of Ramadan, tend to be extra cautious of maintaining their prayer habit. Kindly excuse Muslims when they express that it is time for them to pray, they won't be long!
      • Muslim Night Life

        Many Muslims gather in the evenings and nights of Ramadan to break fast together, worship in a community setting, or worship privately. For this reason, understand that some may be tired once in a while or may be operating on a different sleep schedule.
      • The Right Questions

        Certain people are exempt from fasting for reasons such as menstruation, pregnancy, or illness, which are personal matters they may not feel comfortable to disclose, so be mindful when asking. Questions about experience, practice and the spiritual significance of Ramadan are always welcome!
      • Support

        If you would like to support someone who is fasting, perhaps offer to collaborate on work at alternative times to suit their schedule, offer a rest break rather than a water break, and be supportive of their personal goals for the month. You are always welcome to join in the Ramadan festivities too!

    2nd: World Autism Awareness Day

    On December 18th 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139, declaring that April 2nd of each year will mark World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). The declaration expressed deep concern at the prevalence and high rate of Autism in Children in all regions of the world and the consequential developmental challenges. It called on all countries, UN bodies, international organisations, and non-governmental groups to take steps to raise awareness of Autism.

    • Click here for more information on World Autism Awareness Day.
    • World Autism Awareness Day 2022. This year’s theme for Autism Awareness Day is Inclusive Quality Education for All! Here are some things you can do to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day…

      • Speak to the Autistic people in your life, find out how they would like to mark the day.
      • Promote understanding and acceptance of the Autistic community within your friend and family circles.
      • Attend a local Autism Awareness event in your area.
      • Learn more by reading a book or watching a video relating to Autism or Autistic people’s experiences.
      • If the Autistic person in your life has a particular interest/hobby, why not organise a family day out/activity centred around that.
      • Remember that every Autistic person is different, every person has their strengths and challenges, treat each person with respect and as an individual.

      While the organisation AsIAm has found that many within the autistic community in Ireland prefer identity-first language (“autistic person”), some still prefer person-first language (“person with autism”).  If in doubt, ask! See: https://asiam.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Autism-Language.pdf


    1st - 2nd: Eid al-Fitr (Islam)

    Eid al-Fitr, often shortened to “Eid,” is a joyous celebration traditionally lasting three days. Muslims mark the occasion with private and community events such as communal prayer (salat), parties, preparing and eating special foods, giving gifts, wearing new clothes, and visiting friends and family. A few days before Eid al-Fitr, Muslims make donations of food to the poor—sadaqah al-fitr (charity of fast-breaking)—so that all may mark the end of fasting with a special meal for the holiday.

    17th: International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, Intersexism and Biphobia

    The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics. The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. The Day represents a major global annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, corporations, opinion leaders, local authorities, etc. to the alarming situation faced by people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.

    25th: Africa Day

    Africa Day, designated by the African Union as an annual celebration of the continent’s unity, falls on 25th May each year. Celebrations to mark the day occur across the globe: in some African states, it is a designated national holiday, while in diverse cities – such as New York, London and Washington – academic gatherings and cultural showcases mark the day.

    Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs has been the driving force behind Africa Day celebrations in Ireland since 2006. Initially, it worked to fund and promote a small number of events centring around culture and policy. In 2008, it expanded the profile of activities by hosting a significant family day event in Dublin. This was followed by the roll-out of flagship celebratory events – in Dublin and Limerick – during the subsequent two years. In addition to these flagship events, Irish Aid supported a programme of community-based and policy-focused initiatives around the country. Over the past ten years, the national programme of events and the profile of Africa Day in the media has grown consistently.


    Pride Month

    The Dublin Pride Festival takes place from the 22nd to the 26th of June, however the whole of June is considered Pride Month with a host of organisations and venues running Pride events across the city and county.

    See below for some exciting Pride events happening in Trinity this Pride Month!

    1st: Global Day of Parents

    In 2012, the U.N. General Assembly declared the first-ever Global Day of Parents. Since then, it has been held annually on June 1 to honor parental units around the world. Being a parent is one of the most universal experiences, but it’s definitely not a walk in the park. For one, it has its challenges long before kids are even born. With many complications resulting from pregnancy, just having a healthy parent is something to be grateful for. So let’s use this day to say thanks to our first teachers and nurturers.

    16th: Queer Eye for the PPI

    Are you a member of the LGBTQ+ community? Are you a researcher? Then Pride in Research 2022 wants to hear from you! Pride in Research TCD is an event set up by fellow LGBTQ+ researchers in Trinity with the goal of increasing the visibility of LGBTQ+ people in academia. As well as this, there is a need to build a stronger community of queer people within our university's research environment. This is the second year the event has run, but it will be the first time it is hosted in-person and will take place in M4, Museum Building on June 16th, right in the middle of pride month!

    17th: Queer Inclusion: In Higher Education, Healthcare, and Beyond

    The Trinity Inclusive Curriculum Project and Faculty of Health Sciences EDI Group are collaboratively holding a Pride Month seminar on Queer Inclusion as part of the Trinity-INC Lunchtime Online Seminar Series. The seminar will be delivered by Dr Duncan Shrewsbury (he/him), Senior Lecturer in General Practice at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, with contributions from EDI Group member and Trinity-INC Student Partner Aaron Koay (he/him) and Trinity School of Medicine Academic, Dr Lorna Roe (she/her).

    Pride Month is an annual colourful celebration of love, friendship and community. Nevertheless, it would be wrong to detach Pride from its origin as a commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall riots and the years of struggles and continued pursuit of social justice by the LGBTQIA+ communities worldwide. Although notable social change, such as the passing of the marriage equality referendum in Ireland, has ensued from decades of arduous activism, people from the LGBTQIA+ communities continue to face injustices and inequalities across all aspects of their lives in a society that is still structurally heteronormative and cis-gendered.

    Drawing on his rich research, practice and policy experience in queer inclusion, Dr Duncan Shrewsbury will discuss inequity and issues faced by the LGBTQIA+ community in higher education and healthcare as well as explore the importance of role models and allies, ‘Good’ allyship and active bystandership. Duncan will also include some tangible examples and tips about how to embed queer inclusive practices in organisations and also how to emulate these practices on an individual level.

    Aaron Koay, Trinity pharmacy student and Trinity-INC Student Partner, will respond to Duncan's talk, providing insights into the Trinity context and his experience as a student.

    Finally, we are delighted to welcome Dr Lorna Roe to join us to provide a brief overview of an ongoing Trinity Equality Fund project on diversifying the Trinity medical curriculum to include the experiences of ageing LGBTQ+ people

    Everyone who is interested in – or curious about – Queer Inclusion in higher education, healthcare and beyond is most welcome to join!

    18th: Autistic Pride Day

    Autistic Pride began in 2005 with a celebration by Aspies for Freedom. Since then every year June 18th is as a day to celebrate autistic identity. This day stands as an opportunity for autistic people worldwide to celebrate the endless variety and potential of people on the spectrum. The infinity symbol represents this: limitless possibilities. The day is usually marked by gatherings such as picnics and coffee mornings.

    20th: World Refugee Day

    World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It falls each year on June 20 and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. World Refugee Day is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for their plight and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives.


    10th - 11th: Jul Eid al-Adha (Islam)

    When does the date of Eid al-Adha fall? The festival date usually falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, according to the Islamic lunar calendar. As far as the international calendar is concerned, the date of the festival will change every year. The festival is celebrated across the world with different names. In Urdu and Hindi languages, Eid al-Adha is called Bakr-Eid. In Uzbekistan, Eid al-Adha is celebrated as Qurbon Hayiti. In Bangladesh, it is called Idul Azha. In Bengali, it is called Kurbanir Id. In Egypt, Eid al-Adha is celebrated as Id ul Baqarah.

    14th: International Non-Binary People's Day

    Every year on July 14, the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies celebrate International Non-Binary People's Day. While it is important to celebrate the queer community year-round, this is a dedicated day to celebrate non-binary folks and the value they bring to our world. This day was first celebrated in 2012, making this year its 9th anniversary. The date July 14 was chosen for being exactly in the middle of International Women’s Day (March 8) and International Men’s Day (November 19).


    9th: International Day of the World's Indigenous People

    There are over 476 million indigenous peoples living in 90 countries across the world, accounting for 6.2 per cent of the global population. Indigenous peoples are the holders of a vast diversity of unique cultures, traditions, languages and knowledge systems. They have a special relationship with their lands and hold diverse concepts of development based on their own worldviews and priorities.

    14th: International Youth Day

    With the world’s population expected to increase by 2 billion people in the next 30 years, it has become recognized by numerous stakeholders that simply producing a larger volume of healthier food more sustainably will not ensure human and planetary wellbeing. Other crucial challenges must also be addressed, such as the interlinkages embodied by the 2030 Agenda including poverty reduction; social inclusion; health care; biodiversity conservation; and climate change mitigation. It has been acknowledged that there is a need for inclusive support mechanisms that ensure youth continue to amplify efforts collectively and individually to restore the planet and protect life, while integrating biodiversity in the transformation of food systems

    19th: World Humanitarian Day

    This day was designated in memory of the 19 August 2003 bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, killing 22 people, including the chief humanitarian in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly formalized the day as World Humanitarian Day (WHD).

    Each year, WHD focuses on a theme, bringing together partners from across the humanitarian system to advocate for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises, and for the safety and security of aid workers.

    This year, they highlight the immediate human cost of the climate crisis by pressuring world leaders to take meaningful climate action for the world’s most vulnerable people

    21st: International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to Victims of Terrorism

    The General Assembly, in its resolution 72/165 (2017), established 21 August as the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism in order to honor and support the victims and survivors of terrorism and to promote and protect the full enjoyment of their human rights and fundamental freedoms.

    23rd: International Day for the Remembrance of the Abolition of the Slave Trade

    The night of 22 to 23 August 1791, in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) saw the beginning of the uprising that would play a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

    It is against this background that the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is commemorated on 23 August each year.

    This International Day is intended to inscribe the tragedy of the slave trade in the memory of all peoples. In accordance with the goals of the intercultural project "The Slave Route", it should offer an opportunity for collective consideration of the historic causes, the methods and the consequences of this tragedy, and for an analysis of the interactions to which it has given rise between Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.