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A united celiac disease awareness campaign.

May is Celiac/Coeliac Awareness Month, May 8-14 is Coeliac Awareness Week in the UK, and May 16 is internationally recognized as Celiac Awareness Day.

Building off of past joint activities from 2020, ’21 and ’22, celiac disease organizations around the world have come together to support shining a light on the seriousness of this disease in 2023. We’re lighting up landmarks in green to raise awareness of celiac disease, gluten-free food insecurity, the need for more research and so much more!

What is celiac disease?

Celiac disease (sometimes called celiac sprue, non-tropical sprue, or gluten-sensitive enteropathy) is a serious, autoimmune condition triggered by consuming a protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. When a person with celiac disease eats gluten, the immune system begins to attack the villi of the intestines. Damaged villi (see photo at left) make it nearly impossible for the body to absorb nutrients, which can lead to malnourishment and a host of other issues including osteoporosis, infertility and the onset of other autoimmune diseases.

Landmarks we’re lighting up for celiac disease in 2023

Canada

CityLandmarkDateCourtesy of
MontrealOlympic stadiumMay 16Coeliaque Québec
Sainte-FoyComplexe Jules DallaireMay 16Coeliaque Québec

United States

CityLandmarkDateCourtesy of
Niagara FallsNiagara FallsMay 16 at 10:30 pmBeyond Celiac

Other landmarks we’ve previously lit up: Niagara Falls, CN Tower, Olympic Stadium (Montreal), Calgary Tower, and many more.

Get Involved with Shine a Light on Celiac Disease

Visit

one of the landmarks while they’re lit up. Post photos on social media with the hashtag #ShineALightOnCeliac

Share

facts about celiac disease on social media. Remember to use the hashtag #ShineALightOnCeliac

Donate

to your chosen celiac disease foundation. Scroll to the bottom of this page for a list of participating orgs.

Participating celiac organizations

Beyond Celiac logo
Celiac Disease Foundation logo.
Coeliac Australia logo.
Gluten Intolerance Group
National Celiac Association logo.
Celíacos do Brasil logo.
Coeliac UK logo.
Coeliaque Québec logo.
Hellenic Society logo.
Slovenian Coeliac Society.