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.

July 2024

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Keti Koti
All Day
Keti Koti is a Surinamese and Antillean holiday celebrated in the Netherlands on July 1. It marks the abolition of slavery in the former Dutch colonies of Suriname and the Dutch Antilles and is a day of remembrance and reflection on the history of slavery and the struggle for freedom and equality. The celebration inclu , ...
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Independence Day
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Commonly known as the Fourth of July, is celebrated on July 4. It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and marks the United States’ independence from British rule. It’s a day of patriotic displays, fireworks, and festivities. Origin: United States , ...
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Islamic New Year
All Day
The Islamic New Year (Arabic: رأس السنة الهجرية, Raʿs as-Sanah al-Hijrīyah), also called the Hijri New Year, is the day that marks the beginning of a new lunar Hijri year, and is the day on which the year count is incremented. The first day of the Islamic year is observed by most Muslims on the first day of the month o , ...
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Muharram
All Day
Muharram is the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar and is observed by Syrian Muslims as a time of reflection, fasting, and mourning, particularly during the first ten days, which include the Day of Ashura. Origin: Syria , ...
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Nunavut Day
All Day
Nunavut Day commemorates the Canadian Parliament passing the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act & the Nunavut Act on July 9, 1993. Origin: Canada , ...
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Battle of Boyne
All Day
The Battle of the Boyne, a historic event of profound significance, is commemorated in the United Kingdom, particularly in Northern Ireland. Through parades, ceremonies, and cultural activities, the Battle of the Boyne serves as a reminder of the complex historical narratives that have shaped the United Kingdom. Origin , ...
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Bastille Day
All Day
Bastille Day, also known as French National Day, is a significant public holiday celebrated in France on July 14 each year. It commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris on July 14, 1789, which was a pivotal event during the French Revolution. The day is marked with various festivities, including parades , ...
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Ashura
All Day
Ashura is the 10th day of Muharram and is one of the most significant days in the Islamic calendar for Shia Muslims. It commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussein at the Battle of Karbala in 680 CE. It is a day of mourning and religious rituals. Origin: Iran , ...
Tassoua
All Day
Tassoua is the 9th day of Muharram in the Islamic lunar calendar and is observed with mourning and remembrance of the events of Karbala, particularly the tragedy of Imam Hussein. Origin: Iran , ...
Corpus Christi
All Day
Corpus Christi is a Christian holiday that celebrates the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. It is observed on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. Origin: Christian , ...
Corpus Christi
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Corpus Christi is a Christian holiday that celebrates the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. It is observed on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. Origin: Christian , ...
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Constitution Day
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Constitution Day in South Korea, also known as Hanguk Hyeonhwahoe-ui nal, is celebrated on July 17 each year. It commemorates the promulgation of the South Korean Constitution in 1948, marking a significant milestone in the country’s history as it established a democratic government. Origin: South Korea , ...
Ashura
All Day
Ashura is the 10th day of Muharram and is one of the most significant days in the Islamic calendar for Shia Muslims. It commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussein at the Battle of Karbala in 680 CE. It is a day of mourning and religious rituals. Origin: Iran , ...
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The Restoration of Democracy
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The Restoration of Democracy in Greece refers to the reestablishment of democratic governance in the country after the fall of the military junta. This significant event occurred on July 24, 1974, following a period of oppressive military rule that began in 1967. The restoration of democracy marked a crucial turning po , ...
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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.

Please note, newly submitted items for the calendar may be delayed in being uploaded, however we will attempt to have new submissions added as able.

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Last Modified: June 12, 2024