LUU Cultural Calendar

Welcome to our LUU Cultural Calendar for 2022, which includes key international and national events alongside LUU staff events and dates for your diaries. We'll be adding new events regularly, so don't forget to check back.

Is there something you'd like to see added? Get in touch with the People Team via unihr@leeds.ac.uk.

August 2022

Saturday 6 August

Jamaican Independence Day

On this day in 1962, the Jamaican Independence Act was passed by parliament marking Jamaica's Independence from the UK. To celebrate, the Jamaica festival was organised which includes the World Reggae Dance Finals, the Miss Jamaica Pageant and the Independence Festival Song Competition.

Find out more here.

Tuesday 9 August

The Day of Ashura

This marks the death anniversary of Hussain ibn Ali, a revolutionary leader who was killed for taking a dignified stand for moral and social justice and against oppression.

Watch: Hussain's Inspirational Campaign

Friday 12 August

Ghost Festival

The Ghost Festival is a traditional Taoist and Buddhist festival that’s held in several different East Asian countries. This is a holiday on which people believe that the gates of hell open up and the dead are allowed to walk among the living in search of food.


Thursday 18 August

Krishna Janmashtami

A celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna, one of the most important deities in Hinduism. It is celebrated with processions and gatherings in temples across the country, often involving singing and dancing.

The story of Krishna Janmashtami

Friday 19 August

World Humanitarian Day

A global challenge for climate action in solidarity with the people who need it most.

Find out more: World Humanitarian Day

Friday 26 August

National Dog Day

The day celebrates all dogs and seeks to encourage people to adopt more dogs instead of buying them from pet shops. The day was founded by Animal Welfare Advocate and Pet Lifestyle expert Collen Paige.

Click here for more information (and dogs).

Sunday 28 August

Notting Hill Carnival

The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual Caribbean festival that has taken place in London since 1966. It celebrates the British West Indian community and encourages cultural unity. In the ’60s, the festival sprang up as one way to address community unrest and improve racial relations.

Watch: Notting Hill Carnival

Sunday 28th August

Remembering Chadwick Boseman

On this day in 2020, Chadwick Boseman passed away from Cancer. Chadwick played The Black Panther in a movie that is historically known for having a majority black cast - a rarity in Hollywood Movies.

Watch Marvels Tribute to Chadwick.

Wednesday 31 August

La Tomatina Festival

A large tomato-throwing festival in Spain. Literally, participants throw tomatoes at one another in the streets before cleaning up later in the day with refreshing water.

Watch: La Tomatina

September 2022

Saturday 10 September

Moon Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival is the second most important festival in China after Chinese New Year. Chinese people celebrate it by gathering for dinners, worshiping the moon, lighting paper lanterns, eating mooncakes, etc.

Find out more here.

Wednesday 21 September

International Day of Peace

The 2022 theme for the International Day of Peace is “End racism. Build peace.” Join the efforts of the United Nations as they work towards a world free of racism and racial discrimination. A world where compassion and empathy overcome suspicion and hatred.

Find out more here.

Sunday 25 September - Tuesday 27 September

Rosh Hashana

Rosh Hashana is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days and marks the new year on the Hebrew calendar. This festival has many traditions including special foods, blowing shofar or ram’s horn and special services in synagogues.

Watch: What is Rosh Hashanah?

Monday 26 September - Sunday 2 October

National Inclusion Week

National Inclusion Week (NIW) is a week dedicated to celebrating inclusion and taking action to create inclusive workplaces.

Find out more here.

Thursday 29 September

World Maritime Day

'New technologies for greener shipping' is the World Maritime theme for 2022, reflecting the need to support a green transition of the maritime sector into a sustainable future, while leaving no one behind.

Find out how to get involved here.

October 2022

Saturday 1 October - Monday 31 October

Black History Month

A month to celebrate, liberate and highlight the valuable contributions of black people. It is an opportunity to learn more about black history and embed it into your knowledge beyond Black History Month.

Watch: Black British History

Tuesday 4 October - Wednesday 5 October

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur—the Day of Atonement—is considered the most important holiday in the Jewish faith. It marks the culmination of the 10 Days of Awe, a period of introspection and repentance that follows Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

Tuesday 4 October - Monday 10 October

World Space Week

World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. The theme for 2022 is “Space and Sustainability”.

Find out more here.

Monday 10 October

World Mental Health Day

The theme for 2022 is 'Mental Health is an unequal world'. It is a chance to talk about mental health in general, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to talk about things and get help if you are struggling.

For more information click here.

Tuesday 18 October

World Menopause Day

World Menopause Day is held every year on the 18th October. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the menopause and the support options available for improving health and wellbeing

Find out more: World Menopause Day

Monday 24 October

Diwali Festival of Lights

Diwali is the five-day Festival of Lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. It signifies the triumph of good over evil, light over dark and knowledge over ignorance.

Find out more here.

Monday 31 October

Halloween

Halloween is an ancient Celtic Festival. On this day, it was believed that the souls of the dead returned to their homes, so people dressed in costumes and lit bonfires to ward off spirits.

Watch: Why do we celebrate Halloween?

November 2022

Sunday 13 November

World Kindness Day

Kindness Day UK is a nationally recognised day for the celebration of kindness in society and day to day life. Individual acts of kindness are encouraged on this day annually.

Find out more at Kindness UK

Sunday 13 November

Remembrance Sunday

The intention of the day is to remember the fallen on both sides in the 'Great War'. Whilst the observance is on this day, November 11th may also be marked with a moment of silence at 11am.

Thursday 14 November

World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes.

Find out more here.

Sunday 20 November

Trans Day of Remembrance

A vigil to honour the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester's death.

Wednesday 30 November

Saint Andrews Day

This day is an official bank holiday and provides a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Scottish culture and traditional cuisine and dance.

December 2022

Thursday 1 December

World AIDS Day

Founded in 1988, this an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

Find out more here.

Saturday 3 December

International Day of Persons with Disability

The theme for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is 'Not All Disabilities are Visible'.

Find out more: IDPD

Saturday 10 December

Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day commemorates the day the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The theme for this year has not been confirmed yet.

Friday 16 December - Saturday 24 December

Las Posadas

Las Posadas is a religious festival that celebrates events associated with the birth of Jesus. It’s primarily celebrated in Latin America, Mexico, Guatemala, and Spain. It involves music, dancing and feasts.

Sunday 25 December

Christmas Day

Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration.

Monday 26 December - Sunday 1 January

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration held in the United States that honours African heritage in African-American culture. It involves gift giving and a big feast.

Find out more: What is Kwanzaa?