Equality and Inclusion Calendar 2022

The University is made up of a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds and circumstances, something which we regard as a great asset. We strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and have a real opportunity to participate in and contribute to our activities.

This Equality and Inclusion calendar 2022 is produced as a guide to support timetabling, work scheduling and event planning to help ensure that we provide an inclusive environment which enables our students, staff and visitors to participate in significant celebration and/or remembrance events. The calendar highlights the main faith days observed or celebrated, key diversity days, awareness raising dates, public holidays and academic term dates.

This resource can be used for guidance when responding to requests for flexibility on the grounds of religion or belief. The calendar focuses on seven key faiths: Bahai, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism. Other religions, beliefs or non-belief are equally valued but not included here due to limited space.

Sources of information used to produce the calendar include external faith bodies, diversity organisations and national faith calendars. As well as the pdf version of the calendar, we also produce a web-based version which enables us to add or change dates if necessary. It was produced accurately at the time of publication, but some dates may vary regionally as they are determined by the lunar calendar. Many holy days begin at sunset the day before the date shown. More detailed guidance is available on the EIU Religion and Belief Resource webpage, which includes information about the prayer spaces on campus, religious observance guidance and responding to requests for flexibility on the grounds of religion.

For more information, or to provide feedback, please contact equality@leeds.ac.uk

EIU Annual Calendar 2022

January 2022

1 – 3 January   University closed
5 January   Birthday of Guru Gobindh Singh – Sikhism
6 January   Epiphany – Christianity
10 January   Spring term begins
10 – 21 January   Examinations: Autumn semester
18 January  Mahayana New Year – Buddhism
24 January   Spring semester teaching begins
27 January   Holocaust Memorial Day

February 2022

1 – 28 February   LGBT+ History Month
1 February   
Chinese New Year/ New Lunar Year
5 February   
Basant Panchami-Saraswati Puja – Hinduism
7-13 February  Race Equality week
15 February   Nirvana Day – Buddhism
16 February   Magha Puja Day – Buddhism
25 February – 1 March   Intercalary Days – Baha

March 2022

1 March   Shrove Tuesday – Christianity
2 March   Ash Wednesday – Christianity and Lent begins – Christianity
2 – 20 March   Nineteen Day Fast – Bahai
3 March   University Mental Health Day
7 – 13 March Islam Awareness Week
8 March   International Women’s Day
16 – 17 March   Purim – Judaism *
18 March   Holi – Hinduism
18 March   Hola Mohalla – Sikhism
20 March   Naw Rúz (New Year) – Bahai
25 March   Spring term ends
28 Mar – 3 Apr   World Autism Acceptance Week
31 March   International Transgender Day of Visibility

*Please note the major Jewish festivals begin in the evening of the festival start date. Please see the Jewish Religious Observance guidance for more information.

April 2022

2 April   Ramadan begins – Islam*
2 April   
World Autism Awareness Day
10 April   Palm Sunday – Christianity
10 April   Rama Navami – Hinduism
14 April   Lent ends – Christianity and Vaisakhi – Sikhism
14 – 19 April  University closed
15 April   Good Friday – Christianity
15 – 23 April   Pesach (Passover) – Judaism**
16 April   Theravada New Year – Buddhism
17 April   Easter Sunday – Christianity

21 April   First Day of Ridván – Bahai
22 April   Stephen Lawrence Day
25 April   Summer term begins
27 – 28 April    Yom HaShoah – Judaism**
29 April   Ninth Day of Ridván – Bahai

*Please note the exact dates of the major Islamic festivals will depend on the moon sightings based on the lunar calendar. Please see the Ramadan Guidance for more information.

**Please note the major Jewish festivals begin in the evening of the festival start date. Please see the Jewish Religious Observance guidance for more information.

May 2022

1 May Ramadan ends – Islam*
1-2 May  
Eid al-Fitr – Islam*
2 May   
Last Day of Ridván /Twelfth Day of Ridván – Bahai
2 May   University Closed
4 – 9 May   Deaf Awareness Week
9 – 15 May  Black Inclusion Week
9 – 15 May   Mental Health Awareness Week
12 May   National Day for Staff Networks
16 May   Ascension Day – Christianity
16 May   Spring semester exams
16 May   Vesak (Buddah Day) – Buddhism
17 May   International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
23 May   Pentecost – Christianity
24 May   Declaration of the Báb – Bahai
28 May   Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh – Bahai

*Please note the exact dates of the major Islamic festivals will depend on the moon sightings based on the lunar calendar. Please see the Ramadan Guidance for more information.

June 2022

2 – 3 June  University closed
3 June  Spring Semester: Exams Starts
4 – 6 June Shavuot – Judaism*
5/13 June Pentecost – Christianity
6 – 12 June Carers Week 
16 June Corpus Christi – Christianity
16 June Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev – Sikhism
17 June Summer term ends
22 June   Windrush Day
29 June   St Peter and St Paul Day – Christianity
30 June   Puri Ratha Yatra – Hinduism

*Please note the major Jewish festivals begin in the evening of the festival start date. Please see the Jewish Religious Observance guidance for more information.

July 2022

1- 12 July   Hajj – Islam*
UK Black Pride (dates to be confirmed)
9-13 July   Eid al-Adha – Islam*
10 July   Martyrdom of the Bab – Bahai
11 – 24 July   Degree ceremonies
13 July   Dharma Day (Asalha Puja) – Buddhism
14 July   International Non-Binary People’s Day
18 July – 17 August   South Asian Heritage Month
30 July   Muharram/Islamic New Year – Islam*

*Please note the exact dates of the major Islamic festivals will depend on the moon sightings based on the lunar calendar. Please see the Ramadan Guidance for more information.

August 2022

7 August   Leeds Pride
8 August   
Ashura – Islam*
11 August   
Raksha Bandhan – Hinduism
15 August   Assumption – Christianity
19 August   
Krishna Janmashtami – Hinduism
29 – 30 August   University Closed 

*Please note the exact dates of the major Islamic festivals will depend on the moon sightings based on the lunar calendar. Please see the Ramadan Guidance for more information.

September 2022

1 September   First Parkash – Sikhism
23 September   Bi Visibility Day
25 – 27 September Rosh Hashanah – Judaism*
26 September – 2 October   National Inclusion Week
26 September – 5 October  Navratri – Hinduism

*Please note the major Jewish festivals begin in the evening of the festival start date. Please see the Jewish Religious Observance guidance for more information.

October 2022

1 – 31 October Black History Month
1 – 31 October ADHD Awareness month
3 October   
Autumn semester begins
4 – 5 October   Yom Kippur – Judaism*
8 October   Mawlid an-Nabi (Prophet Muhammad’s birthday) – Islam**
9 – 16 October   Sukkot – Judaism*
10 October   World Mental Health Day
16 – 18 October   Simchat Torah – Judaism*
18 October   World Menopause Day
20 October   Installation of the Scriptures as Guru Granth – Sikhism
24 October   Diwali – Hinduism
26 October   Birth of the Báb – Bahai
27 October    Birth of Bahá’u’lláh – Bahai

*Please note the major Jewish festivals begin in the evening of the festival start date. Please see the Jewish Religious Observance guidance for more information.

**Please note the exact dates of the major Islamic festivals will depend on the moon sightings based on the lunar calendar. Please see the Ramadan Guidance for more information.

November 2022

1 – 30 November  Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM) 
1 November   All Saints – Christianity
2 November   
All Souls  – Christianity
8 November   
Guru Nanak Dev Sahib – Sikhism
13 – 19 November   
Trans Awareness Week 
13 – 20 November   
Inter Faith Week
17 November   International Students’ Day 
18 November   LGBTQ+ STEM Day 
18 November – 18 December   UK Disability History Month
19 November   International Men’s Day
20 November   Trans Day of Remembrance 
25 November   White Ribbon Day
26 November   Carers Rights Day
28 November   Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá – Bahai

December 2022

3 December   International Day of Persons with Disabilities
16 December   Autumn semester ends
18 – 25 December   Hanukkah – Judaism*
23 December – 2 January 2023   University closed
24 December   Christmas Eve – Christianity
25 December   Christmas Day – Christianity

*Please note the major Jewish festivals begin in the evening of the festival start date. Please see the Jewish Religious Observance guidance for more information.

The Equality and Inclusion Calendar is also available to download in other formats:

Equality and Inclusion Calendar 2022 (PDF) – this PDF document can be printed or downloaded.

Equality and Inclusion Calendar 2022 (ICS) – this ICS format can be imported into a calendar format of your choice (including Outlook and Google). Please follow the instructions on how to import the ICS file.

Should you have any queries regarding the calendar, or require any help with downloading/installing them, please contact the Equality and Inclusion Unit.