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 “NHS Stoke on Trent is committed
to reflecting the richness of diversity
that exists in society and including
people of different abilities /
disabilities, age, religion, culture,
race, sexual orientation and gender
within our workforce. We are
dedicated to delivering a cultural
competence service for our local
community users and hope this
                                          Multifaith Calendar
                                                      2009
calendar highlights the diversity
of festivals and events celebrated
within our community”
NHS Stoke on Trent
          equally within the pct




“                                  “
The bond that links your true family is
not one of blood, but of respect and joy
in each other’s life.



“
The enemies you make by taking a
decided stand generally have more
respect for you than the friends you
                                       “
make by being on the fence.


    Sometimes you have got to create what you
    want to be part of…
    Geri Weitzman




Did you know...?

…the words RACECAR and KAYAK read
the same backwards, this is called a
palindrome.
                                                                                                                     November 2008
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Special Days
1    All Saints’ Day (Hallowmas, All Hallows)        12   Birth of Baha’u’llah – Bahai                  24    Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji
     – Christian                                     13   Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (lunar                (Nanakshahi calendar) – Sikh
2    All Souls Day – Christian                            calendar) – Sikh                              26    Day of the Covenant – Bahai
     Coronation of Haile Selassie 1                  15   Shichigosan (7-5-3 festival) – Shinto               Thanksgiving – Interfaith USA
     – Rastafari                                          Nativity Fast begins – Orthodox               28    Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha – Bahai
     All Saints’ Day – Catholic Church in                 Christian
     – England & Wales                                                                                  30    St Andrew’s Day – Christian
                                                     16   International Day for Tolerance                     Advent Sunday – Christian
9    Remembrance Sunday – Multifaith
                                                     23   Niinamesei – Shinto
11   Armistice day – Multifaith                           Christ the King – Christian

                                                                                                       Dates may vary due to lunar months and local community celebrations
      equally within the pct




“
A friend drops their plans when
you’re in trouble, shares joy in your
accomplishments, feels sad when you’re
in pain. A friend encourages your
              “
dreams and offers advice – but when
you don’t follow it, they still respect and
love you.
                                “
“
An eye for an eye makes the whole
world blind. Mohandas Gandhi
You’ve got to get up every morning with
determination if you’re going to go to bed
with satisfaction…
George Horace Lorimer



Did you know...?

…that the Leaning Tower of Pisa has
never really been straight?
                                                                                                                     December 2008
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Special Days
1    Bank Holiday (Scotland)                      13   St Lucy’s Day – Christian                       28    Holy Innocents – Christian
     International AIDS Day                       18   International Migrants Day                            Feast of the Holy Family
3    International Day of Disabled Persons                                                                   – Catholic Christian
                                                  21   Winter Solstice - Yule – Pagan
8    Hajj (start) – Muslim                                                                             29    Al-Hijira / Muharram – Muslim
                                                  22   Hanukkah – Jewish
     Feast of the Immaculate Conception                                                                31    Hogmanay / New Year’s Eve
     – Christian / Catholic                       24   Christmas Eve – Christian
     Bodhi Day – Buddhist                         25   Christmas Day – Christian
10   Human Rights Day                             26   Boxing Day – Secular
11   Eid-Ul-Adha – Muslim                              Zartusht No Diso – Zoroastrian
                                                       St Stephen’s Day – Christian
                                                                                                      Dates may vary due to lunar months and local community celebrations
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“                                  “
    To fly as fast as thought, you must
    begin by knowing that you have already
    arrived. Richard Bach



“   If you want to be respected by others
    the great thing is to respect yourself.
    Only by that, only by self-respect will
                                              “
    you compel others to respect you.


    All animals except man know that the ultimate
    of life is to enjoy it….
    Samuel Butler




    Did you know...?

    …there are more than 2,700 languages
    spoken in the world?
                                                                                                                                  January 2009
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Special Days
1    Circumcision – Christian                          7    Ashura – Muslim                                    World Religion Day – Bahai, Multifaith
     New Year’s Day – Secular                               Christmas Day – Rastafari (Ethiopian),        21   St Agnes – Christian
     Oshogatsu (Shogatsu) – Shinto                          Orthodox Christian
     Festival of St Basil the Great – Christian        11   First Sunday after Epiphany – Christian       25   St Paul’s Day – Christian
4    Epiphany – Catholic Christian                          Baptism of the Lord – Christian               26   Chinese New Year – Chinese
5    Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Ji – Sikh           13   St Hilary’s Day – Christian                   27   Losar (start) – Buddhist
                                                       14   Makar Sankrant – Hindu                             National Holocaust Memorial Day
6    Epiphany – Christian                                                                                      – Jewish, Multifaith
     Christmas Day – Armenian Orthodox                      Ashura – Muslim
     Christian                                         15   Seijin Shiki (Adult’s Day) – Shinto           28   St Thomas Aquinas – Christian
     Theophany – Christian                             18   Week,of Prayer for Christian Unity (start)    31   Birthday of Guru Har Rai Ji – Sikh
     10th Tevet – Jewish                                    – Christian
                                                                                                          Dates may vary due to lunar months and local community celebrations
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“   The best thing to give to your enemy is
    forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance;
    to a friend, your heart; to your child, a
    good example; to a father, deference;
    to your mother, conduct that will make
    her proud of you; to yourself, respect;
                                                 “
    to all men, charity. Benjamin Franklin



    Its not that I’m so smart, its just that I stay with
    problems longer..
    Albert Einstein




    Did you know...?

    …the first modern Olympic Games were
    held in Athens, Greece in 1896
                                                                                                                       February 2009
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Special Days
1    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender         15   Nirvana Day (alternative date) – Buddhist
     History Month                               24   Shrove Tuesday – Christian
2    Candlemas – Christian                       25   Ash Wednesday – Christian
     Imbolc – Pagan
3    Rissun (Setsubun) – Shinto
8    Parinirvana - Nirvana Day – Buddhist
9    Tu B’Shevat – Jewish
11   Our Lady of Lourdes – Christian
14   St Valentine’s Day – Christian
                                                                                                   Dates may vary due to lunar months and local community celebrations
          equally within the pct




“    I’m not concerned with you liking
                       “
    or disliking me… All I ask is that you
    respect me as a human being.
    Jackie Robinson

                                                “
“   Respect cannot be learned, purchased
    or acquired - it can only be earned.



    A journey of a thousand miles must begin with
    a simple step….
    Lao-Tsu




    Did you know...?

    …the world’s busiest bridge is the
    Howrah Bridge in Calcutta. It transports
    57,000 vehicles a day.
                                                                                                                                     March 2009
    Monday                  Tuesday              Wednesday            Thursday                  Friday         Saturday                  Sunday

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Special Days
1    St David’s Day – Christian                       10   Purim – Jewish                                21   Jamshedi Noruz (Fasli) – Zoroastrian
2    Nineteen Day Fast (start) – Bahai                11   Hola Mohalla – Sikh                                Jamshedi Noruz (Qadimi) – Zoroastrian
     Clean Monday - Beginning of Lent                                                                         Naw-Ruz – Bahai
                                                      14   Milad un Nabi (Shia) – Muslim                      Shubun-sai - Equinox Day – Shinto
     – Christian (Orthodox)
                                                      17   St Patrick’s Day – Christian                  22   Mothering Sunday – Christian
3    Hina-matsuri - Festival of Dolls – Shinto
                                                      19   St Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin      25   Annunciation – Christian
5    St Piran’s Day – Christian                            Mary – Christian
6    Women’s World Day of Prayer – Multifaith                                                            26   Khordad Sal (Fasli) – Zoroastrian
                                                      20   Spring Equinox - Eoster – Pagan
9    Milad ub Nabi (Birthday of the Prophet
     Muhammed) – Muslim
                                                                                                         Dates may vary due to lunar months and local community celebrations
          equally within the pct




“   Unlike a drop of water which loses
    its identity when it joins the ocean,
    man does not lose his being in the
    society in which he lives. Man’s life is
    independent. He is born not for the
                       “
    development of the society alone, but
    for the development of his self.
    B. R. Ambedkar



    Don’t ask for an easier life; ask to be a stronger
    person…..
    Kirsten Goeser




    Did you know...?

    …Somali is the only country in the world
    where its citizens speak one language –
    Somali.
                                                                                                                                        April 2009
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Special Days
3    Rama Navami – Hindu                        13   Vaisakhi – Sikh                                 23   St George’s Day – Christian
5    Palm Sunday – Christian                    14   Birthday of Guru Nanak Ji – Sikh                29   Ridvan - Ninth Day – Bahai
7    Mahavira Jayanti – Jain                         Hola Mohalla – Sikh

9    Memorial of Christ’s Death                 18   Birthday of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji – Sikh
     – Jeovah’s Witness                              Birthday of Guru Angad Dev Ji – Sikh
     Passover – Jewish                          19   Easter – Christian (Orthodox)
     Maunday Thursday – Christian               21   Yom Hashoah – Jewish
10   Good Friday – Christian                         Ridvan - First Day – Bahai
12   Easter Sunday (Western) – Christian             Anniversary of Haile Selassie’s visit to
                                                     Jamaica – Rastafari
                                                                                                     Dates may vary due to lunar months and local community celebrations
      equally within the pct




“
The rights of one sex, political and
otherwise, are the same as those of the
                   “
other sex, and this equality of rights
ought to be fully recognized.
Leland Stanford




“
The true and solid peace of nations
consists not in equality of arms, but in
mutual trust alone. Pope John XX111
                                         “
Education’s purpose is to replace an empty
mind with an open one…
Malcolm Forbes




Did you know...?

…traffic lights were in use before the
advent of the motorcar.
                                                                                                                                     May 2009
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Special Days
1    Beltane – Pagan                             29   Shavuot – Jewish
2    Ridvan (Twelfth Day) – Bahai                     Ascension of Baha’u’llah – Bahai
     Birthday of Guru Arjan Dev Ji – Sikh        31   Pentecost – Christian
9    Theravada New Year – Buddhist
     Wesak or Buddha Day – Buddhist
21   Ascension Day – Christian
24   Ascension Day – Christian (Catholic
     Church in England & Wales)


                                                                                                   Dates may vary due to lunar months and local community celebrations
          equally within the pct




“   The human voice can never reach the       “
    distance that is covered by the still small
    voice of conscience. Mohandas Gandhi



“                          “
    The essence of all religions is one. Only
    their approaches are different.
    Mohandas Gandhi




    I will not condemn you for what you did
    yesterday, if you do it right today..
    Sheldon S Maye




    Did you know...?

    …the can opener was invented 48 years
    after cans were introduced.
                                                                                                                                    June 2009
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Special Days
7    Trinity Sunday – Christian                    29   St Peter’s Day – Christian
     All Saints’ Day – Christian (Orthodox)
14   Corpus Christi – Christian
     Corpus Christi – Christian (Catholic
     Church in England & Wales)
16   Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji – Sikh
21   Summer Solstice - Litha – Pagan
28   St Peter’s Day – Christian (Catholic
     Church in England & Wales)

                                                                                                   Dates may vary due to lunar months and local community celebrations
          equally within the pct




“   Friendship... is not something you learn
    in school. But if you haven’t learned
                      “
    the meaning of friendship, you really
    haven’t learned anything.
    Muhammad Ali




“   Faith is not something to grasp, it is a
                                                “
    state to grow into. Mohandas Gandhi


    Be beautiful if you can, wise if you want to...
    but be respected…that is essential.
    Anna Gould




    Did you know...?

    …no word in the English Language
    rhymes with orange, silver or purple.
                                                                                                                                  July 2009
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Special Days
5    Birthday of Guru Hargobind Ji – Sikh            30   Tisha B’Av – Jewish
7    Asala - Dharma Day – Buddhist
9    17th Tammuz – Jewish
     Martyrdom of the Bab – Bahai
15   St Swithin’s Day – Christian
23   Birthday of Haile Selassie 1 – Rastafari
     Birthday of Guru Har Krishan Ji – Sikh
24   Pioneer Day – Mormon
26   Khordad Sal (Qadimi) – Zoroastrian
                                                                                              Dates may vary due to lunar months and local community celebrations
      equally within the pct




“
Gender equality is more than a goal in
itself. It is a precondition for meeting
the challenge of reducing poverty,
            “
promoting sustainable development
and building good governance.
Kofi Annan




Imagination is more important than
knowledge. Knowledge is limited, imagination
encircles the world.
Albert Einstein



Did you know...?

…sharks are immune to all known
diseases and a goldfish has a memory
span of 3 seconds.
                                                                                                                               August 2009
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Special Days
1    Lughnasadh - Lammas – Pagan                     17   Birthday of Marcus Garvey – Rastafari
5    Raksha Bandhan – Hindu                               Paryushana – Jain

6    Transfiguration – Christian                     19   Jamshedi Noruz (Shenshai) – Zoroastrian

15   Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary           22   Ramadan (start) – Muslim
     – Christian / Catholic                          24   Khordad Sal (Shenshai) – Zoroastrian
     Dormition of the Theotokos - Christian
16   Assumption of Mary – Christian (Catholic
     Church in England & Wales)


                                                                                                       Dates may vary due to lunar months and local community celebrations
           equally within the pct




“   I have a dream that my four little
    children will one day live in a nation
    where they will not be judged by the
                                    “
    colour of their skin, but by the content
    of their character.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.




    Education is not the filling of a pail, but the
    lighting of a fire….
    William Butler Yeats




    Did you know...?

    …there are more TV sets in the US than
    there are people in the UK and there are
    more chickens than people in the world.
                                                                                                         September 2009
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Special Days
8    Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary           28   Dussera – Hindu
     – Christian                                        Yom Kippur – Jewish
     Feast of the Birth of Mary – Christian
     Nativity of Theotokos – Christian /
     Orthodox
11   Ethiopian New Year – Rastafarian
19   Rosah Hashanah – Jewish
     Navaratri (start) – Hindu
21   Eid-Ul-Fitr – Muslim
22   Autumn Equinox – Pagan
                                                                                            Dates may vary due to lunar months and local community celebrations
       equally within the pct




“
The freedom of thought is a sacred
right of every individual man, and
diversity will continue to increase
           “
with the progress, refinement, and
differentiation of the human intellect.
Felix Adler




One important key to success is self confidence.
An important key to self confidence is
preparation…
Arthur Ashe



Did you know...?

…the sentence “the quick brown fox
jumps over the lazy dog” uses every
letter in the alphabet.
                                                                                                             October 2009
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Special Days
3    Sukkot – Jewish
9    Birthday of Guru Ram Das Ji – Sikh
10   Shemini Atzeret – Jewish
11   Simchat Torah - Jewish
13   St Edward’s Day – Christian
17   Diwali – Hindu, Jain, Sikh
20   Birth of the Bab – Bahai
31   Hallowe’en - All Hallows’ Eve – Christian
     Samhain (Hallowe’en) – Pagan
                                                                                       Dates may vary due to lunar months and local community celebrations
          equally within the pct




“   We are a nation of communities... a
                                      “
    brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a
    thousand points of light in a broad and
    peaceful sky. George H. W. Bush




    Embrace change. True success can be
    defined by your ability to adapt to changing
    circumstances…..
    Connie Sky.



    Did you know...?

    …African elephants only have four teeth
    to chew their food with.
                                                                                                                      November 2009
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Special Days
1    All Saints’ Day (Hallowmas, All Hallows)        15   Shichigosan (7-5-3- festival) – Shinto
     – Christian                                     23   Niinamesei – Shinto
2    All Souls’ Day – Christian                      24   Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji
     Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie 1               – Sikh
     – Rastafari
     Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji – Sikh            26   Day of the Covenant – Bahai

8    Remembrance Sunday – Multifaith                 28   Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha – Bahai
                                                          Eid-Ul-Adha – Muslim
11   Armistice Day – Multifaith
                                                     29   Advent Sunday – Christian
12   Birth of Baha’u’llah – Bahai
                                                     30   St Andrew’s Day – Christian
                                                                                                        Dates may vary due to lunar months and local community celebrations
           equally within the pct




“   We are increasingly recognising and
                 “
    accepting, respecting and celebrating,
    our cultural diversity.
    Julie Bishop




    Better to ask twice than to lose your way
    once……
    Danish Proverb




    Did you know...?

    …a common flea can live for 22 months
    without food and a house fly only lives
    for 14 days.
                                                                                                                December 2009
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Special Days
8    Feast of the Immaculate Conception        26   Boxing Day – Secular
     – Christian / Catholic                         St Stephen’s Day – Christian
     Bodhi Day – Buddhist                      27   Ashura – Muslim
12   Hanukkah – Jewish                         31   New Year’s Eve
13   St Lucy’s Day – Christian
18   Al-Hijira – Muslim
21   Winter Solstice - Yule – Pagan
24   Christmas Eve – Christian
25   Christmas Day – Christian
                                                                                                 Dates may vary due to lunar months and local community celebrations
For further information contact...
NHS Stoke on Trent website – www.stokepct.nhs.uk

Equality and Human Rights Team – Tel: 01782 298002          Respect@stokepct.nhs.uk   balwinder.kaur@stokepct.nhs.uk

Complaints and Compliments Department – Tel: 01782 298000/298002

Human Resources Department – Tel: 01782 298000/298002

Patient Advisory Liaison Service: – Tel: 0800 783 2865

North Staffs Race Equality Council (NSREC) – Tel: 01782 407930

PARINS (Partnership Against Racial Incidents North Staffordshire), PARINS Officer based at NSREC Tel: 01782 407930

Forum of Faiths (NSREC): Tel 01782 407930 (Mr Perrin)

Equality and Human Rights Commission championing equality and human rights for all. www.equalityhumanrights.com

Stonewall – an organisation promoting equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual men and women: www.stonewall.org.uk

ACAS – Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service provides ‘Guidance on Sexual Orientation and the Workplace: www.acas.org.uk

The Beaumont Society promotes better understanding of, and provides support for, all members of the transgender community: www.beaumontsociety.org.uk

Help the Aged www.helptheaged.org.uk

Age Positive – A government website covering age discrimination at work www.agepositive.gov.uk

Age Concern – Tel: 01782 286209

Employers’ Forum on Age – tackling ageism at work: www.efa.org.uk

Staff Counselling – staffcounsellingservice@northstaffs.nhs.uk
Notes
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