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January

Date Event Description Notes
1 Jan 2017 New Year’s Day Festival The United Nations has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
1 Jan 2017 Liberation Day Cuba
1 Jan 2017 Independence Day Haiti
1 Jan 2017 National Day Sudan
1 Jan 2017 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 2017 Independence Day Myanmar (Burma)
5 Jan 2017 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 2017 Epiphany Christian Epiphany commemorates the manifestation of God in human form as Jesus Christ.
6 Jan 2017 Armenian Christmas Day Armenian Orthodox Christian The Armenian Church celebrates Christmas on this day.
7 Jan 2017 The Holy Nativity Feast (Nativity of Christ) Orthodox Christian Eastern Orthodox Churches that use the Julian Calendar celebrate Christmas on this day.
15 Jan 2017 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 2017 Coptic Epiphany Coptic Orthodox Epiphany commemorates the manifestation of God in human form as Jesus Christ.
20 Jan 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 Republic Day India
28 Jan 2017 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 resourcesfulness.
29 Jan 2017 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 2017 Independence Day Nauru

February

Date Event Description Notes
4 Feb 2017 Independence Commemoration Day Sri Lanka
6 Feb 2017 Waitangi Day New Zealand
7 Feb 2017 Independence Day Grenada
10 Feb 2017 Magha Puja Buddhist Also known as Sangha Day, this day celebrates the community of followers of the teachings of Buddha (Theravada tradition).
11 Feb 2017 Victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran Iran
13 Feb 2017 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 2017 Parinirvana Day Buddhist This day is an observance of the death of the Buddha (Mahayana tradition).
15 Feb 2017 Statehood Day Serbia
16 Feb 2017 Independence Day Lithuania
17 Feb 2017 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 2017 Independence Day Kosovo
18 Feb 2017 National Day Gambia
21 Feb 2017 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 2017 Independence Day Saint Lucia
23 Feb 2017 National Day Brunei Darussalam
23 Feb 2017 National Day Guyana
24 Feb 2017 Independence Day Estonia
25 Feb 2017 National Day Kuwait
25 Feb 2017 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 2017 Antipodes Festival, Lonsdale Street Greek Festival, Melbourne Festival This popular festival takes over Lonsdale Street to celebrate all things Greek.
27 Feb 2017 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 2017 Independence Day Dominican Republic
27 Feb 2017 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 2017 Shrove Tuesday Christian Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent. Pancakes are traditionally eaten on this day.

March

Date Event Description Notes
1 Mar 2017 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 2017 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 2017 National Day Bulgaria
6 Mar 2017 Independence Day Ghana
11 Mar 2017 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 2017 Magha Puja Buddhist Also known as Sangha Day, this day celebrates the community of followers of the teachings of Buddha (Mahayna tradition).
12 Mar 2017 National Day Mauritius
13 Mar 2017 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 2017 Five Holy Days of Pronia (Banjah) (to 20 March) Mandaean The Mandaeans are an ancient religious community from southern Iraq and Iran.
17 Mar 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 Geelong Highland Gathering Festival Features pipe bands, Scottish culture, livestock, merchandise, music, dancing and haggis hurling.
20 Mar 2017 Independence Day Tunisia
20 Mar 2017 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 2017 Independence Day Namibia
21 Mar 2017 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 2017 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 2017 National Day Pakistan
25 Mar 2017 Independence Day Greece
26 Mar 2017 Independence Day Bangladesh

April

Date Event Description Notes
1 Apr 2017 Holy Saturday (Orthodox) Orthodox On Holy Saturday the Orthodox Church commemorates the burial of Christ and his descent into Hades.
1 Apr 2017 Kha b-Nisan – Assyrian New Year Assyrian Assyrians celebrate this day as their national festival.
1 Apr 2017 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.
5 Apr 2017 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 2017 Palm Sunday Christian The final Sunday before Easter Sunday, marks the beginning of (Christian) Holy Week.
9 Apr 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 Theravada New Year Buddhist New Year Buddhist festival.
13 Apr 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 Holy Friday (Orthodox) Orthodox On Holy Friday the Orthodox Church commemorates the death of Christ on the Cross.
14 Apr 2017 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 2017 Pohela Boishakh (Bengali New Year) Bengal Marks the first day of the Bangla Calendar
16 Apr 2017 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 2017 Pascha (Easter Sunday) Orthodox Many Orthodox Christians in Australia celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday, also known as Pascha.
17 Apr 2017 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 2017 Independence Day Syrian Arab Republic
18 Apr 2017 Independence Day Zimbabwe
20 Apr 2017 First Day of Ridvan (begins at sundown on 20 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 Union Day Tanzania
27 Apr 2017 Official Birthday of His Majesty, King Wilem-Alexander Netherlands
27 Apr 2017 Independence Day Sierra Leone
27 Apr 2017 Freedom Day South Africa
27 Apr 2017 Independence Day Togo
28 Apr 2017 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.

May

Date Event Description Notes
1 May 2017 Easter/Pascha (Orthodox) Orthodox The Great and Holy Feast of Pascha celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This feast is the most significant day of the Orthodox Church.
1 May 2017 National Day Marshall Islands
2 May 2017 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.
3 May 2017 National Day Poland
5 May 2017 Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day (begins at sundown on 4th May) 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.
5 May 2017 Europe Day European Union
5 May 2017 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.
12 May 2017 National Day Israel
12 May 2017 Yom Ha’Atzmaut – Independence Day (begins at sundown on 11 May) Israel
15 May 2017 National Day Paraguay
15 May 2017 Pentecost Christian Pentecost celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit and is regarded by some Christians as the birthday of the Christian church.
17 May 2017 Constitution Day Norway
20 May 2017 Dehwa Daymaneh Mandaean This date marks the birthday of John the Baptist (also known as Yahya Yohana to Mandeans).
20 May 2017 National Day Cameroon
20 May 2017 Restoration of Independence Timor-Leste
21 May 2017 Paniyiri Greek Festival, Brisbane (to 22 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 2017 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 .
21 May 2017 World Day for Cultural Diversity United Nations
22 May 2017 Unification Day Yemen This date commemorates the unification of North Yemen and South Yemen
23 May 2017 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 2017 Independence Day Eritrea
25 May 2017 Independence Day Jordan
25 May 2017 National Day Argentina
25 May 2017 Africa Day Africa Union
26 May 2017 National Day Georgia
26 May 2017 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 2017 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.
27 May 2017 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.
28 May 2017 National Day Azerbaijan
28 May 2017 National Day Ethiopia
28 May 2017 National Day Nepal
29 May 2017 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.

June

Date Event Description Notes
1 Jun 2017 Independence Day Samoa Samoa achieved independence from New Zealand on 1 January 1962. However, Independence Day is celebrated annually on 1 June.
2 Jun 2017 Foundation of the Republic Italy
3 Jun 2017 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 2017 Pentecost Orthodox Christian The Coptic Church has a major feast on this day.
4 Jun 2017 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 2017 National Day Sweden
9 Jun 2017 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 2017 Greek Glenti, Darwin (to 11 June) Festival The Greek Glenti Festival has developed into the largest ethnic celebration in the Northern Territory.
10 Jun 2017 Portugal Day, Camões Day and Day of Portuguese Communities Portugal
12 Jun 2017 Independence Day Philippines
12 Jun 2017 National Day Russian Federation
12 Jun 2017 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 2017 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 2017 National Day Iceland
18 Jun 2017 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 2017 World Refugee Day United Nations
23 Jun 2017 National Day and Official Birthday of HRH the Grand Duke Luxembourg
25 Jun 2017 Independence Day Mozambique
25 Jun 2017 National Day Croatia Commemorates independence from Yugoslavia in 1991
25 Jun 2017 National Day Slovenia Commemorates independence from Yugoslavia in 1991
26 Jun 2017 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 2017 National Day Madagascar
27 Jun 2017 Independence Day Djibouti
29 Jun 2017 National Day Seychelles
30 Jun 2017 Independence Day Congo, Democratic Republic

July

Date Event Description Notes
1 Jul 2017 National Day Burundi
1 Jul 2017 National Day Somalia
1 Jul 2017 Canada Day Canada
1 Jul 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 National Day Belarus
4 Jul 2017 Independence Day United States of America
4 Jul 2017 Liberation Day Rwanda
5 Jul 2017 Independence Day Cape Verde
5 Jul 2017 Independence Day Venezuela
6 Jul 2017 National Day Comoros
6 Jul 2017 National Day Malawi
7 Jul 2017 National Day Solomon Islands
9 Jul 2017 Independence Day South Sudan
9 Jul 2017 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 2017 Independence Day Bahamas
11 Jul 2017 Anniversary of Mongolian People’s Revolution Mongolia
11 Jul 2017 National Day Kiribati
12 Jul 2017 National Day São Tomé and Príncipe
13 Jul 2017 National Day Montenegro
14 Jul 2017 Bastille Day France
15 Jul 2017 Asalha Puja (Dhamma) Day Buddhist This Buddhist date commemorates the first sermon delivered by the Buddha after his enlightenment.
19 Jul 2017 Kahshuzahly Mandaean On this date, Mandeans mark new year’s eve, also known as the eve of Dehva Rabba.
20 Jul 2017 National Day Colombia
21 Jul 2017 Accession of King Leopold I (1831) Belgium
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23 Jul 2017 Anniversary of Revolution of 1952 Egypt
26 Jul 2017 National Day Liberia
26 Jul 2017 Independence Day Maldives
28 Jul 2017 Independence Day Peru
30 Jul 2017 Independence Day Vanuatu
30 Jul 2017 Throne Day Morocco

August

Date Event Description Notes
1 Aug 2017 Independence Day Benin
1 Aug 2017 Foundation of the Swiss Confederation Switzerland
4 Aug 2017 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 2017 Constitution Day Cook Islands
6 Aug 2017 Independence Day Jamaica
6 Aug 2017 Independence Day Bolivia
7 Aug 2017 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 2017 National Day Côte d’Ivoire
9 Aug 2017 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 2017 National Day Singapore
10 Aug 2017 National Day Ecuador
11 Aug 2017 Independence Day Chad
14 Aug 2017 Independence Day Pakistan
15 Aug 2017 Independence Day Republic of the Congo
15 Aug 2017 Dormition of the Theotokos Orthodox Christian This day commemorates the death and burial of the Virgin Mary.
15 Aug 2017 Independence Day India
15 Aug 2017 Independence Day Republic of the Congo
15 Aug 2017 National Day Liechtenstein
15 Aug 2017 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 2017 Proclamation of Independence Indonesia
17 Aug 2017 National Day Gabon
19 Aug 2017 Independence Day Afghanistan
20 Aug 2017 Day of the Foundation of the State of Hungary and St Stephen’s Day Hungary
24 Aug 2017 National Day Ukraine
25 Aug 2017 Independence Day Uruguay
25 Aug 2017 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 2017 National Day Moldova
31 Aug 2017 National Day Kyrgyzstan
31 Aug 2017 National Day Malaysia
31 Aug 2017 National Day Trinidad and Tobago

September

Date Event Description Notes
1 Sep 2017 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 2017 Inauguration (Gurgadi) of Guru Granth Sahib Sikh This day commemorates the eternal installation of the Sikh holy book, Guru Granth Sahib.
1 Sep 2017 Constitution Day Slovakia
1 Sep 2017 National Day Uzbekistan
2 Sep 2017 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 2017 National Day Vietnam
3 Sep 2017 National Foundation Day San Marino
6 Sep 2017 National Day Swaziland
7 Sep 2017 Independence Day Brazil
8 Sep 2017 National Day Andorra
8 Sep 2017 Independence Day Macedonia, The former Yugoslav Republic of
9 Sep 2017 National Day Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of
9 Sep 2017 National Day Tajikistan
11 Sep 2017 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 2017 Independence Day Costa Rica
15 Sep 2017 Independence Day El Salvador
15 Sep 2017 Independence Day Guatemala
15 Sep 2017 Independence Day Honduras
15 Sep 2017 Independence Day Nicaragua
16 Sep 2017 Proclamation of Independence Mexico
16 Sep 2017 Independence Day Papua New Guinea
16 Sep 2017 Oktoberfest (to 3 October) Festival
17 Sep 2017 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. www.citizenship.gov.au/
18 Sep 2017 National Day Chile
19 Sep 2017 Independence Day Saint Kitts and Nevis
21 Sep 2017 National Day Armenia
21 Sep 2017 National Day Belize
21 Sep 2017 Independence Day Malta
21 Sep 2017 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 2017 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 2017 Proclamation of Independence Mali
23 Sep 2017 National Day Saudi Arabia
24 Sep 2017 Independence Day Guinea-Bissau
26 Sep 2017 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 2017 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 2017 National Day Botswana
30 Sep 2017 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.

October

Date Event Description Notes
1 Oct 2017 National Day China
1 Oct 2017 Independence Day Cyprus
1 Oct 2017 Independence Day Tuvalu
1 Oct 2017 National Day Nigeria
1 Oct 2017 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 2017 Independence Day Palau
2 Oct 2017 Independence Day Guinea
3 Oct 2017 Day of German Unity Germany
3 Oct 2017 National Day Iraq
3 Oct 2017 National Foundation Day Korea, Republic of
3 Oct 2017 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 2017 Independence Day Lesotho
4 Oct 2017 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.
9 Oct 2017 Independence Day Uganda
10 Oct 2017 Fiji Day Fiji
11 Oct 2017 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 2017 Independence Day Equatorial Guinea
12 Oct 2017 National Day Spain
12 Oct 2017 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 2017 Deepavali (also known as Diwali) – Festival of Lights Hindu, Sikh, Jain Australians of Hindu, Sikh, 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 2017 National Day Niue
21 Oct 2017 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 2017 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 2017 Independence Day Zambia
26 Oct 2017 National Day Austria
27 Oct 2017 National Day St Vincent and the Grenadines
27 Oct 2017 National Day Turkmenistan
28 Oct 2017 Independence Day Czech Republic
29 Oct 2017 Republic Day Turkey

November

Date Event Description Notes
1 Nov 2017 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 2017 Anniversary of the Revolution Algeria
1 Nov 2017 National Day Antigua and Barbuda
3 Nov 2017 Independence Day Dominica
3 Nov 2017 National Day Micronesia, Federated States of
3 Nov 2017 National Day Panama
4 Nov 2017 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 2017 Dehwa Honina (Prosperity Feast) Mandaean The Mandaeans are an ancient religious community from southern Iraq and Iran.
4 Nov 2017 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 2017 Constitution Day Tonga
9 Nov 2017 Independence Day Cambodia
11 Nov 2017 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 2017 Independence Day Angola
16 Nov 2017 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 2017 Proclamation of Independence Latvia
18 Nov 2017 National Day Oman
19 Nov 2017 National Day Monaco
22 Nov 2017 Independence Day Lebanon
24 Nov 2017 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 2017 National Day Bosnia and Herzegovina
25 Nov 2017 Independence Day Suriname
28 Nov 2017 National Day Mauritania
28 Nov 2017 Proclamation of Independence Day Timor-Leste
28 Nov 2017 National Day Albania
30 Nov 2017 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 2017 Independence Day Barbados

December

Date Event Description Notes
1 Dec 2017 National Day Central African Republic
1 Dec 2017 National Day Romania
2 Dec 2017 National Day Laos
2 Dec 2017 National Day United Arab Emirates
3 Dec 2017 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 2017 The King’s Birthday Anniversary Thailand
6 Dec 2017 Independence Day Finland
11 Dec 2017 Proclamation of the Republic Day Burkina Faso
12 Dec 2017 Jamhuri Day Kenya
13 Dec 2017 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 2017 National Day Bahrain
16 Dec 2017 National Day Kazakhstan
17 Dec 2017 National Day Bhutan
18 Dec 2017 National Day Niger
18 Dec 2017 National Day Qatar
23 Dec 2017 Emperor’s Birthday Japan
25 Dec 2017 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 2017 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.

Calendar users may also like to refer to the Community Information Summaries, which describe overseas-born communities by birthplace, and their descendants who are living in Australia. See: Community Information Summaries

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