We acknowledge and celebrate a range of awareness days, weeks and cultural festivals throughout the year.

How we decide dates of recognition

These dates reflect:

  • cultural and social traditions and observances, such as Christmas, Easter and Lunar New Year
  • public holidays days, such as Australia Day and ANZAC Day
  • themed awareness days, weeks or months designed to educate and build a greater understanding and awareness of social issues, such as diversity, reconciliation, mental health and volunteering
  • events relevant to Boroondara.

Our communications with the community and activities, such as lighting up the Hawthorn Arts Centre Clock Tower, vary depending on the date of recognition. 

We consider the following principles when we decide the dates of recognition to acknowledge and celebrate:

  • How the date links with our policies and plans, including the Boroondara Community Plan objectives and our health priorities.
  • How the date helps address community needs and issues and can be included as part of the services we provide. 
  • Any long-standing cultural, historical and community practices and traditions.

We review the dates of recognition each year.

2024 dates of recognition 

Australia Day26 January
Lunar New Year10 February (commencement day)
International Women's Day8 March
Easter/Orthodox EasterMarch/May
Cultural Diversity Week (including Harmony Day and International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March)18–24 March
Anniversary of fatality of Boroondara police officers 22 April
ANZAC Day25 April 
Neighbourhood House Week13–19 May
IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia)17 May 
National Volunteer Week20–26 May
National Reconciliation Week (including national Sorry Day on 26 May)27 May to 3 June
Men’s Health Week10–16 June
NAIDOC Week7–14 July
National Homelessness Week5–11 August
Wear it purple day for LGBTIQ support25 August
Youth Fest (formerly National Youth Week)September
Women’s Health WeekSecond week September
Australian National Flag Day3 September
Blue Ribbon Day29 September
Community Safety MonthOctober
Mental Health MonthOctober
International Day of Older Persons 
(coincides with Victorian Seniors Festival)
1 October 
International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day15 October
Children’s Week18–27 October
Diwali1 November
National Recycling Week 10–19 November
Remembrance Day11 November 
16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence25 November to 10 December
International Day of People with Disability 3 December 
International Volunteer Day5 December

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