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Friendship through Understanding DITC Yearly Calendar

The 2017 DITC Calendar aims to highlight upcoming DITC events, religious events, festivals and national days of DCP nations.

Events today

January Date Event Religion-Country
January
January 1 New Year's Day Festival
January 3 Prophet Muhammad's Birthday

This date marks the birthday of Muhammad, regarded by Muslims as a messenger and prophet of God.

Islam
January 4 Independence Day Myanmar
January 9 DITC Re-opens & DSF Course commences DITC
January 20 Induction Day - Mandatory training for all staff Classroom 8 & 9
January 26 Republic Day India
January 26 Australia Day

On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. Australia Day celebrations are held in communities across the country. Order of Australia awards are announced on Australia Day and the Queen's Birthday each year.

Australia
January 28 Chinese New Year

(Year of the Rooster)

Festival
January 30 School Term 1 starts Victoria
February
February 2 Morning Tea The Commons
February 4 Independence Commemoration Day Sri Lanka
February 6 Waitangi Day New Zealand
February 11 National Day Japan
February 14 Valentine's Day Festival
February 23 National Day Brunei Darussalam
February 24 Unit BBQ Lunch DITC BBQ Area
February 25 National Day Kuwait
March
March 1 Independence Day Korea
March 2 Pancake Morning Tea The Commons
March 4 Moomba, Melbourne (to 13 March)

This festival's highlights include Dragon Boat races, the Birdman Rally, fireworks display, the Moomba Parade and Waterfest Carnival around the Yarra River.

Festival
March 6 Independence Day Ghana
March 12 National Day Mauritius
March 13 Labour Day Australia
March 17 St Patrick's Day Australia
March 21 Harmony Day

Harmony Day celebrates the cohesive and inclusive nature of our nation and promotes the benefits of cultural diversity. Schools, community groups and organisations across Australia host Harmony Day events. www.harmony.gov.au/harmony-day

Australia
March 23 Pakistan Day Pakistan
March 26 Independence Day Bangladesh
March 31 Unit BBQ Lunch DITC BBQ Area
March 31 School Term 1 ends Victoria
April
April 2 Daylight saving ends (move clock back an hour at 3am) Melbourne
April 6 Unit Morning Tea The Commons
April 14 Good Friday

This is a solemn Christian remembrance of the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Hot cross buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday.

Christian
April 17 Easter Monday

In addition to its religious significance, Easter in Australia is enjoyed as a four-day holiday weekend starting on Good Friday and ending on Easter Monday. This long weekend is an opportunity to take a holiday or get together with family and friends.

Australia
April 18 School Term 2 starts Victoria
April 25 Anzac Day (100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Landing)

Anzac Day is one of Australia's most important dates of national commemoration. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War (1914-18), at Gallipoli. Dawn services at war memorials honour the sacrifice of those who died in war. Marches and reunions are held during the day.

Australia
April 28 Unit BBQ Lunch DITC BBQ Area
May
May 1 Constitution Day Marshall Islands
May 3 Vesak Day

Vesak is the major Buddhist festival of the year and celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha.

Buddhist
May 3 Constitution Day Japan
May 4 Unit Morning Tea The Commons
May 5 Freedom Day Ethopia
May 10 Constitution Day Federated States of Micronesia
May 14 Mother's Day Australia
May 20 National Day Cameroon
May 20 Independence Day East Timor
May 22 National Day Yemen
May 25 DITC Dining-in Night (Army) Officers & Seargents Mess
May 25 National Day Argentina
May 25 Independence Day Jordan
May 26 Unit BBQ Lunch DITC BBQ Area
May 27 Ramadan begins

Ramadan is the most auspicious month on the Islamic calendar, being the month in which the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. During Ramadan Muslims around the world fast from sunrise to sunset.

Islam
May 28 National Day Ethiopia
June
June 1 Independence Day Samoa
June 1 Unit Morning Tea The Commons
June 12 Queen's Birthday (except WA, QLD & NZ)

Celebrating the King or Queen of Australia's birthday in Australia dates back to 1788, when Governor Phillip declared a public holiday. Order of Australia award recipients are announced on Australia Day and the Queen's Birthday.

Australia
June 12 Independence Day Philippines
June 20 World Refugee Day United Nations
June 25 Independence Day Mozambique
June 25 Ramadan ends (Eid-al-Fitr)

The Islamic month of fasting, Ramadan, ends with the festival of Eid al Fitr. A celebratory meal breaks the fast and at this time charity and good deeds have special significance. Eid is also a time of forgiveness and making amends.

Islam
June 27 Independence Day Djibouti
June 29 Independence Day The Seychelles
June 30 Unit BBQ Lunch DITC BBQ Area
June 30 Victorian School Term 2 ends Australia
June 30 Independence Day Congo, Democratic Republic of
July
July 1 Independence Day Burundi & Rwanda
July 6 Pancake Morning Tea The Commons
July 6 Republic Day Malawi
July 7 Independence Day Solomon Islands
July 9 Independence Day South Sudan
July 9 Independence Day Argentina
July 11 Anniversary of Mongolian People's Revolution Mongolia
July 12 Independence Day Kiribati
July 17 School term 3 starts Victoria
July 23 Revolution Day Egypt
July 28i Unit BBQ Lunch DITC BBQ Area
July 30 Independence Day Vanuatu
August
August 3 Unit Morning Tea The Commons
August 4 Constitution Day Cook Islands
August 5 Independence Day Burkina Faso
August 7 Independence Day Ivory Coast
August 9 National Day Singapore
August 14 Independence Day Pakistan
August 15 Independence Day Congo, Republic of
August 15 Independence Day India
August 17 Proclamation of Independence Indonesia
August 19 Independence Day Afghanistan
August 24 Independence Day Ukraine
August 25 Unit BBQ Lunch DITC BBQ Area
August 31 National Day Malaysia
September
September 1 Eid Al-Adha (Hari Raya Haji)

Eid Al-Adha falls on the 10th day of the month of Dzulhijjah, the last month of the Muslim calendar, and marks the conclusion of the annual Haj - the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.

Islam
September 2 Independence Day Vietnam
September 3 Father's Day Australia
September 7 Unit Morning Tea The Commons
September 16 Independence Day Papua New Guinea
September 22 Al Hijra Muharram (New Year)

Muharram is the first month of the year on the Islamic Calendar and marks the New Year for Muslims.

Islam
September 22 School Term 3 ends Victoria
September 22 Unit BBQ Lunch DITC BBQ Area
September 23 National Day Saudi Arabia
September 23 International Night

An evening celebration of the food, music and dance of all the national cultures at DITC.

The Commons
September 29 AFL Grand Final Holiday Victoria
September 30 National Day Botswana
October
October 1 National Day China
October 1 National Day Nigeria
October 1 National Day Palau
October 1 Independence Day Tuvalu
October 1 Daylight Savings begins (turn clocks forward an hour at 2am) Melbourne
October 3 National Day Iraq
October 5 Unit Morning Tea The Commons
October 9 School Term 4 begins Victoria
October 9 Independence Day Uganda
October 10 Fiji Day Fiji
October 19 Deepavali - Festival of Lights

Australians of Hindu, Sikh, and Jain faiths celebrate Deepavali (Diwali), or the Festival of Lights. This is a very popular festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.

Hindu, Sikh, Jain
October 27 Unit BBQ Lunch DITC BBQ Area
October 29 Republic Day Turkey
October 31 Halloween

Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic feast of Samhain (New Year)and the Christian festival of All Saint's Day. Children dress up as witches, devils, ghosts and skeletons and seek small treats from neighbours.

Festival
November
November 2 Unit Morning Tea The Commons
November 3 National Day Micronesia, Federated States of
November 4 National Day Tonga
November 7 Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup is Australia's premier horse racing event that stops the nation. It is always held on the first Tuesday in November.

Victoria
November 9 Independence Day Cambodia
November 11 Remembrance Day

This day marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914-18). We observe one minute's silence at 11am in memory of the millions who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

Australia
November 16 Dining-in Night (Navy) Officers Mess
November 18 National Day Oman
November 22 Independence Day Lebanon
November 24 Unit BBQ Lunch DITC BBQ Area
November 26 Independence Day Mongolia
November 27 National Day Myanmur
November 28 Proclamation of Independence Day Timor-Leste
November 28 DITC's Birthday DITC
December
December 1 National Day Qatar
December 2 National Day Laos
December 2 National Day United Arab Emirates
December 5 Birthday of HM King of Thailand Thailand
December 7 Unit Morning Tea The Commons
December 9 Independence and Republic Day Tanzania
December 11 National Day Burkina Faso
December 12 Jamhuri (Independence) Day Kenya
December 16 National Day Bahrain
December 18 National Day Qatar
December 22 School term 4 ends Victoria
December 23 Emperor's Birthday Japan
December 24 Christmas Eve - Carols By Candlelight

Carols By Candlelight is a community event especially for children. Pack a picnic dinner, bring a rug, light a candle and join in singing Christmas carols in the season of peace and goodwill.

Festival
December 25 Christmas Day

Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus, peace on earth and good will. Christmas lights and trees are displayed, carols sung and children eagerly await the arrival of Santa Claus and gifts.

Christian
December 26 Boxing Day Holiday

Two important sporting events are held - the start of the Sydney to Hobart bluewater classic yacht race and the Boxing Day test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Australia
December 31 New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is a time for communities, families and friends to celebrate the year past and the year to come. Fireworks light up cities and harbours around Australia.

Festival