Multicultural Events 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.

February 2024

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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
Imbolc
All Day
Imbolc is a Pagan holiday celebrated from February 1 through sundown February 2. Based on a Celtic tradition, Imbolc was meant to mark the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox in Neolithic Ireland and Scotland. The holiday is celebrated by Wiccans and other practitioners of neopagan or pagan , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
Imbolc
All Day
Imbolc is a Pagan holiday celebrated from February 1 through sundown February 2. Based on a Celtic tradition, Imbolc was meant to mark the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox in Neolithic Ireland and Scotland. The holiday is celebrated by Wiccans and other practitioners of neopagan or pagan , ...
Pancake Day (La Chandeleur)
All Day
Pancake Day is celebrated on February 2, known as La Chandeleur in Acadian culture. It involves making and enjoying crepes, often with various fillings and toppings, to mark the midpoint of winter. Origin: Acadian , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
Kashmir Day
All Day
Kashmir Day shows support and unity to the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir, their ongoing freedom struggle, and to pay homage to Kashmiri matyrs who lost their lives fighting for freedom. Origin: Pakistan , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
Isra and Miraj
All Day
Isra and Miraj, also known as Al-Isra’ wal-Mi’raj, is an Islamic holiday observed in Kuwait. It commemorates the night journey (Isra) and ascension (Miraj) of the Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Jerusalem and then to the heavens. On this day, Muslims participate in special prayers and reflect on the signific , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
Isra and Miraj
All Day
Isra and Miraj, also known as Al-Isra’ wal-Mi’raj, is an Islamic holiday observed in Kuwait. It commemorates the night journey (Isra) and ascension (Miraj) of the Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Jerusalem and then to the heavens. On this day, Muslims participate in special prayers and reflect on the signific , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
Prophet’s Ascension
All Day
Prophet’s Ascension commemorates the Night Journey and Ascension of the Prophet Muhammad. It’s a night of prayer, reflection, and spiritual significance for Muslims. Origin: Iran , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
Vietnamese New Year’s Eve
All Day
Vietnamese New Year’s Eve, or Tết Nguyên Đán, is a cherished family celebration marked by elaborate feasts and the lighting of firecrackers to bid farewell to the old year. Families gather to pay respects to their ancestors, offer incense, and welcome the coming year with hope and optimism. Origin: Vietnam , ...
Carnival Friday
All Day
Carnival Friday kicks off the festive Carnival season in many countries with colorful parades, vibrant costumes, and lively music. It’s a day of excitement and anticipation as people prepare for days of celebration. Origin: Brazil , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
Korean New Year
All Day
In South Korea, Chinese New Year, also known as Seollal, is celebrated as a significant traditional holiday. Families come together to honor their ancestors, share a special meal, and participate in various cultural activities to welcome the new lunar year. Origin: South Korea , ...
Vietnamese New Year
All Day
Tết Nguyên Đán, also known as Vietnamese New Year, is the most significant and widely celebrated holiday in Vietnam. It’s a time for family reunions, traditional customs, and the exchange of lucky money. Vibrant flower markets and festive decorations fill the streets, creating a joyful atmosphere throughout the c , ...
Carnivial Saturday
All Day
On Carnival Saturday, the energy of the celebrations intensifies with more elaborate parades and parties. Participants and spectators alike immerse themselves in the joyful spirit of Carnival. Origin: Brazil , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
Carnival Sunday
All Day
Carnival Sunday continues the exuberant festivities, often featuring themed parades and street parties. It’s a day for communities to come together in celebration. Origin: Brazil , ...
Revolution Day
All Day
Revolution Day, celebrated on February 11, marks the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 when the Pahlavi monarchy was overthrown. Origin: Iran , ...
Kenkoku Kibeb no Hi
All Day
While other countries celebrate Independence Day, Japan has National Foundation Day. Held every February 11, Japan celebrates the Kenkoku Kinen no Hi(建国記念の日) or their foundation day, and the ascension of their first emperor, Emperor Jimmu. This holiday commemorates Japan’s history. Origin: Japan , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
Carnival Monday
All Day
Carnival Monday, also known as Rose Monday in some regions, is another day of merrymaking during Carnival. Floats, costumes, and dance performances are at their peak, and revelers take to the streets to enjoy the revelry. Origin: Brazil , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
Carnival/Shrove Tuesday
All Day
Carnival, also known as Shrove Tuesday or “Karneval,” is a festive time in Germany marked by parades, costumes, and celebrations before the start of Lent. Origin: Germany , ...
Carnival Tuesday
All Day
Known as Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday in some places, Carnival Tuesday is the climax of Carnival celebrations. It’s a day of excess and indulgence before the start of the solemn Lenten season. Origin: Brazil , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
Vasant Panchami
All Day
Vasant Panchami, also known as Basant Panchami, is a vibrant Hindu festival celebrated in India, typically falling in late January or early February. It marks the arrival of spring and is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Saraswati, the deity of knowledge, arts, and music. On this day, people dress in yellow attire, , ...
Valentines Day
All Day
Valentine’s Day, celebrated on February 14, is a day to express love and affection to romantic partners and loved ones through cards, gifts, and gestures of affection. Origin: Multiple , ...
Carnival End
All Day
The Carnival End marks the conclusion of the Carnival season, often celebrated with parades and events that bid farewell to the extravagant festivities until the following year. Origin: Brazil , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
Shivaji Jayanti
All Day
An annual festival celebrated in India to commemorate the birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, a revered Maratha warrior king and the founder of the Maratha Empire in the 17th century. It is observed on February 19 or 20, depending on the Hindu lunar calendar. The day is marked by various ceremonies, proce , ...
Presidents Day
All Day
Observed on the third Monday in February, celebrates the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, two of the most prominent U.S. presidents. It’s a day to honor all past presidents and reflect on their leadership and impact on the nation. Origin: United States , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
National Day
All Day
National Day in Kuwait is celebrated on February 25 each year. It commemorates the country’s independence from British colonial rule in 1961 and marks the ascension of Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah as the first Emir of Kuwait. Origin: Kuwait , ...
People Power Anniversary
All Day
People Power Anniversary in the Philippines commemorates the peaceful uprising in 1986 that led to the ousting of a dictatorial regime, highlighting the power of collective action and democracy. Origin: Philippines , ...
Imam Mahdi’s Birthday
All Day
Imam Mahdi is a significant figure in Shia Islam, believed to be the savior who will bring justice and righteousness. His birthday is a time for special prayers and reflection. Origin: Iran , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
Liberation Day
All Day
Kuwait Liberation Day is celebrated on February 26 each year. It commemorates the day in 1991 when Kuwait was liberated from Iraqi occupation during the Gulf War, marking the end of the Iraqi invasion that began in August 1990. Origin: Kuwait , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
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Black History Month
All Day
February is Black History Month in Canada, offering an opportunity to learn more about the important contributions and experience of Black Canadians in shaping Canada’s history. Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the 1600s, and continue to actively shape Canada’s culture, identi , ...
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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: January 10, 2024