Multicultural Calendar

Learn about and celebrate important dates for different cultural groups in Unama’ki-Cape Breton.

Unama’ki – Cape Breton is home to more than 132 000 residents. Among those, more than 6000 of the Island’s residents were born outside of Canada – in more than 35 countries. Unama’ki – Cape Breton is home to diverse and vibrant communities with many important cultural celebrations.
We’ve created this calendar to help you learn about and celebrate significant cultural dates that are important to Cape Bretoners from around the world. When we learn about and celebrate significant cultural dates that are important to locals born outside of Canada, we are showing all locals that they belong here, and that the Island welcomes all cultures.

We’ve included important dates for the top countries of origin for foreign-born locals in Unama’ki – Cape Breton, including: India, Nigeria, Philippines, Ukraine, Vietnam, Korea, China, United States, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom, Iran, Syria and Pakistan. The calendar also includes important dates of major world religions including Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh dates.

We researched some of the key dates for these different ethnocultural groups and religions and created this multicultural calendar as a resource for all Unama’ki – Cape Breton residents.

Share this calendar with your friends and co-workers and be part of building a more welcoming and inclusive Unama’ki – Cape Breton for all.

June 2024

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Republic Day
All Day
Republic Day in Italy, also known as Festa della Repubblica, is a national holiday celebrated on June 2 each year. It commemorates the day when Italians voted in a referendum in 1946 to abolish the monarchy and establish a republic, leading to the birth of the Italian Republic. Origin: Italy (Venice) , ...
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Demise of Imam Khomeini
All Day
The anniversary of the passing of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a time of reflection and remembrance. Origin: Iran , ...
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Khordad National Uprising
All Day
Khordad National Uprising commemorates the Khordad 15 Uprising in 1963, a pivotal event in Iran’s history that led to the rise of the Islamic Revolution. Origin: Iran , ...
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Memorial Day
All Day
Memorial Day, known as Hyunchoongil or Hyunjeol, is observed on June 6 annually. It is a day dedicated to honoring and remembering the men and women who sacrificed their lives in defense of the country, particularly during the Korean War and other conflicts. Origin: South Korea , ...
D-Day
All Day
Ocurred on June 6, 1944, during World War II, marks the Allied invasion of Normandy, France. This massive military operation was a pivotal moment in the war, leading to the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi occupation. Origin: United States , ...
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Dragon Boat Festival
All Day
The Dragon Boat Festival, celebrated with fervor and enthusiasm in China, is a time-honored tradition that pays tribute to Qu Yuan, a revered Chinese poet and patriot. Families gather to enjoy traditional foods like zongzi, sticky rice dumplings, and engage in various customs that honor the legacy of Qu Yuan. Origin: C , ...
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Shavuot
All Day
Shavuot is observed by the Jewish community in Germany, commemorating the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. It involves special prayers, study sessions, and dairy-based foods to symbolize spiritual nourishment. Origin: Germany , ...
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Philippine Independence Day
All Day
Independence Day in the Philippines is held every June 12 and commemorates the Philippines’ declaration of independence from Spanish colonial rule. A parade in Manila marks the official celebrations, attended by the President and government officials. The parade showcases the Philippines’ armed forces as well as some l , ...
Brazilian Valentine’s Day
All Day
Brazillian Valentines Day is celebrated on June 12, is a day for expressing love and affection between couples. It often includes romantic dinners, gifts, and declarations of love. Origin: Brazil , ...
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June Festival
All Day
(Festa Junina) June Festival is a traditional celebration in June to honour three Catholic saints – Saint Anthony on the 13th, Saint John the Baptist on the 24th, and Saint Peter on the 29th of June. The festival also celebrates rural life and its traditions. It has its roots in the European festival during Midsu , ...
  • Origin: Brazil
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Flag Day
All Day
Flag Day, celebrated on June 14, commemorates the adoption of the United States flag in 1777. On this day, Americans display the flag and participate in patriotic activities to honor the symbol of their nation. Origin: United States , ...
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Eid-e-Ghorban/Eid Al-Alha (Feast of Sacrifice)
All Day
Eid-e-Ghorban is an Islamic holiday observed on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah. This year, Eid-e-Ghorban falls on June 17 . This holiday is also known as the feast of sacrifice or ‘Al Eid Al Kabeer,’ which translates to “Grand Eid,” which is also another name for the holiday. This Eid has a higher r , ...
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Juneteenth
All Day
Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. It recognizes the day in 1865 when Union troops arrived in Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation, ending slavery in the state.
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Father’s Day
All Day
A day to recognize and appreciate fathers and paternal figures for their role in the family. It is celebrated on different dates in various countries. Origin: United States , ...
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National Indigenous Peoples Day
All Day
National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for all people in Canada to recognize & celebrating the culture & contributions of the First Nations, Inuit & Métis Indigenous Peoples of Canada. Origin: Canada , ...
Summer Solstace (Litha) June Solstice
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
The June Solstice, around June 20 or 21, marks the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of winter in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s the day with the longest daylight hours in the Northern Hemisphere. Solstice holds spiritual significance for Indigenous Peoples & is celebrated as a time , ...
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Windrush Day
All Day
Windrush Day holds profound significance in the United Kingdom, offering a poignant opportunity to recognize and honor the contributions of the Windrush generation, a group of Caribbean immigrants who arrived in the country in the mid-20th century. By celebrating the achievements and stories of the Windrush generation, , ...
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June Festival
All Day
(Festa Junina) June Festival is a traditional celebration in June to honour three Catholic saints – Saint Anthony on the 13th, Saint John the Baptist on the 24th, and Saint Peter on the 29th of June. The festival also celebrates rural life and its traditions. It has its roots in the European festival during Midsu , ...
  • Origin: Brazil
Kupala Night
All Day
To celebrate the summer solstice – Kupala Night, also known as Ivan Kupala Day, is a traditional Slavic celebration that takes place in Ukraine and other Slavic countries. It is celebrated on the night of July 6th (June 23rd in the Julian calendar). This ancient pagan festival has deep roots in Slavic folklore an , ...
Eid-e-Ghadir
All Day
Eid-e-Ghadir is a significant day in Shia Islam that commemorates the appointment of Imam Ali as the successor to the Prophet Muhammad at the event of Ghadir Khumm. It’s marked by religious gatherings and celebrations. Origin: Iran , ...
The Feast of St.John
All Day
The Feast of St. John, known as Festa di San Giovanni in Italy, is celebrated on June 24 each year. It honors St. John the Baptist, a significant figure in Christian tradition, and serves as a religious and cultural holiday in Italy. Celebrations often include church services, processions, and festive gatherings, parti , ...
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Vietnamese Family Day
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(Ngày Gia đình Việt Nam) Vietnamese Family Day, observed on June 28, promotes the importance of family values and togetherness. Families often take this day to spend quality time together, express love and gratitude, and strengthen family bonds. Origin: Vietnam , ...
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June Festival
All Day
(Festa Junina) June Festival is a traditional celebration in June to honour three Catholic saints – Saint Anthony on the 13th, Saint John the Baptist on the 24th, and Saint Peter on the 29th of June. The festival also celebrates rural life and its traditions. It has its roots in the European festival during Midsu , ...
  • Origin: Brazil
The Feast of St.Peter and St.Paul
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Rome celebrates a regional public holiday known as the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul. The day commemorates the martyrdom of these two saints, who are revered as patron saints of the Eternal City. According to tradition, St. Peter and St. Paul both played significant roles in founding the Church in Rome, with Peter be , ...
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This calendar is an initiative of the Cape Breton Local Immigration Partnership (CBLIP) Awareness Working Group.
For more information about the work of the CBLIP, please visit www.capebretonpartnership.com/CBLIP.

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Last Modified: June 12, 2024