Equality dates

The purpose of including these is to give departments and individuals advance notice of the festivals for which staff might reasonably request leave. The University of Oxford is a diverse community, with people from many religious and cultural backgrounds.  While this calendar is intended as a starting point, we  recognise that there may be other dates that are significant to individuals.  We encourage you to make any requests for annual leave in plenty of time.

If we have missed an important date or got something wrong please let us know.

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1 Tue  Maha Shivaratri  Hindu Holiday
1 Tue St David's Day Patron saint of Wales
2 Wed Ash Wednesday A Christian observance, representing the first day of Lent and the start of 40 days of fasting and penance
2 Wed  The Nineteen Day Fast Bahá'í's fast from sunrise to sunset and spend extra time in prayer
8 Mon International Women's Day www.internationalwomensday.com
17 Thur St Patrick's Day  Patron saint of Ireland
18 Fri Holi Hindus celebrate spring and certain events in Hindu mythology.
20 Sun Spring Equinox Pagans celebrate the rebirth of spring.
20 Sun Noruz Historically, Noruz is the traditional Iranian new year holiday, and is celebrated by more than one religious group.
27 Sun  Mothering Sunday  



2 Sat Ramadan starts The beginning of Ramadan carries great significance for Muslims and is the beginning of the Ramadan fast. 
10 Sun Rama Navami  A Hindu celebration of the birth of Lord Rama.
14 Thur Vaisakhi   A celebration of the founding of the Khalsa, the collective body of baptised Sikhs created in 1699.
14 Thur Maundy Thursday Christians remember the Last Supper which took place on the evening before Jesus's crucifixion.
15 Fri Passover (Pesach) One of the most important festivals in the year, Jews remember the Israelites' liberation from slavery in Egypt.
15 Fri Good Friday  Christians remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
16 Sat Hanuman Jayanti Hindu's celebrate the birth of the god Hanuman.
17 Sun Easter Sunday Commemorating Jesus Christ's resurrection.
23 Sat St. George's Day  
27 Wed Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Many people in the UK commemorate the murder of about 6 million Jews during the Holocaust
28 Thur Laylatul Qadr (Night of Power) Muslims in the United Kingdom commemorate the night when Allah revealed the Quran, or Koran, to the prophet Muhammad. It is considered the holiest day of the year.



1 Sun Beltane A fire festival when Pagans celebrate the arrival of summer and the fertility of the coming year. 
24 Sun Orthodox Easter  
6 Fri Vesak / Buddha Day An important festival for Buddhist's, celebrating the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha.
9 Mon Mental Health Awareness Week     
26 Thur Ascension Day Christians celebrate the day when Jesus Christ is said to have ascended bodily into heaven. The Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Ascension on the Sunday after.
2 Mon Eid-al-Fitr Marking the end of the month-long fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan.
17  Tues International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)  

4 Sat Oxford Pride  
4 Sat Shavuot A harvest festival when Jews give thanks for the first fruits of the year. It also marks the time when Moses received the Torah on Mount Sinai.
5 Sun Pentecost Christian observance commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus Christ’s disciples
12 Sun Trinity Sunday Christians celebrate the belief in three aspects of the one God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
16 Thur Corpus Christi Christians celebrate the Eucharist (Holy Communion).
16 Thur Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Guru Arjan Dev was the fifth of the ten Sikh Gurus and the first Sikh martyr.
21 Tue Summer Solstice Pagans celebrate Midsummer or Litha, which means 'standing still of the sun'.
22 Wed Windrush Day The UK celebrates Windrush Day to honor the British Caribbean community.

9 Sat Martyrdom of the Báb Bahá'ís mark the anniversary of the execution in 1850 of the Báb, the herald of the Bahá’í faith.
9 Sat Eid ul Adha A major muslim festival commemorating Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail.
13 Wed Dharma Day Buddhists from the Theravada tradition celebrate the teachings of the Buddha. 
30 Sat Muharram/Islamic New Year marks the beginning of the holiest month of the year and a period of remembrance or mourning that culminates on Ashura nine days later.

1 Mon Lughnasadh or Lammas A Harvest Festival when Pagans celebrate the gifts of Nature. 
5 Fri Tisha B'Av Jewish Holiday
7 Sun Ashura This day is observed by all Muslims, for Shia Muslims it’s an extremely solemn day and a commemoration of the martyrdom at Karbala of Hussein.
11 Thu Raksha Bandhan A Hindu festival.
15 Mon Feast of the Assumption Christians commemorate the death of Mary, and her bodily assumption into Heaven.
18 Thu Janmastami A Hindu festival marking the birth of Lord Krishna.
31 Wed Ganesh Chaturthi A Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of Ganesha to earth from 'Kailash Parvat' with his mother goddess Parvati/Gauri. 


25 Sun Rosh Hashana The Jewish New Year celebration. In the UK, it lasts for two days.
23 Fri Autumn Equinox (Mabon) The second of the three Pagan harvest festivals
23 Fri

Bi Visibility Day / Celebrate Bisexuality Day

26 Mon Navaratri begins A significant 9 day Hindu festival.

4 Tue Yom Kippur The Day of Atonement, the holiest of the Jewish holidays. Many Jewish people spend the day fasting and praying.
4 Tue Dussehra – Dasara Hindu festival celebrating end of Navaratri 
9 Sun First day of Sukkot A Jewish holiday also called the Feast of Tabernacles and the Feast of the Ingathering.
10  Mon World Mental Health Day  
15 Sat Hoshana Rabbah A Jewish holiday celebrating the last day of the Sukkot festival.
16 Sun Shemini Atzeret A Jewish holiday held the day after the Hoshana Rabbah. 
16 sun Birth of the Báb Báb was a prophet and forerunner of the Bahá'í revelation.
17 Mon Simchat Torah A Jewish holiday to conclude the annual cycle of Torah reading and begin the next cycle.
17 Mon Birth of Bahá’u’lláh  The holy day celebrates the birth of Baháʼu'lláh, the founder of the Baháʼí Faith
24 Mon Diwali  Festival of Lights (Hindu, Sikh, Jain)
31 Mon Samhain Wicca/Neo Pagan

Tue All Saints day A holy Christian day honouring all the saints in Christian history.
2 Wed All Souls day Christian day of giving and prayers for the dead.
20 Sun Transgender Day of Remembrance  
24 Thu Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji, the ninth Guru of Sikhs, was martyred on this day 1675.
27 Sun Advent Sunday A four-week period before Christmas when Christians prepare for the coming of Christ
28 Mon Nativity Fast begins Orthodox Christian fasting begins and ends 6 Jan 2023
28 mon Day of the Covenant  Baháʼís celebrate the appointment of ʻAbdu'l-Bahá as the Centre of Baha'u'llah's Covenant.
30 Wed St Andrews Day (Patron Saint of Scotland)


  All month Disability History Month  
8 Thur Feast of the Immaculate Conception A holy day of obligation for Christians, particularly of the Catholic faith.
8 Thur Bodhi day On Bodhi day Buddhists from the Mahayana tradition celebrate the Buddha's attainment of enlightenment
10 Sat Human Rights Day Universal declaration of human rights 'All human beings are born with equal and inalienable rights and fundamental freedoms'
18 Sun Hanukkah  A Jewish festival also known as the festival of lights, ends 26 Dec.
21 Wed Winter Solstice Yule marks the Winter Solstice - the shortest day of the year - when Pagans celebrate the rebirth of the sun.
25 Sun Christmas Christmas Day is when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, whom they believe to be the son of God
26 - 1 Jan Mon Kwanzaa A secular festival observed by many African Americans as a celebration of their cultural heritage and traditional values
26 Mon Hanukkah ends