A united celiac disease awareness campaign.

Celiac disease is a serious, genetic autoimmune disease.

May is Celiac/Coeliac Awareness Month in Canada, Europe and the United States, May 9-15 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 and 2021—where buildings across the globe “shone” green for awareness—celiac disease organizations around the world have come together to support shining a light on the seriousness of this disease in 2022. We’re lighting up landmarks in green for celiac awareness, we’re highlighting gluten-free food insecurity, we’re collecting and sharing stories, we’re shining a light on the need for more research and so much more!

This awareness campaign is a group effort between celiac disease organizations across the globe.

What is celiac disease?

Celiac disease (also referred to as celiac sprue, non-tropical sprue, and gluten-sensitive enteropathy) is a serious, genetic autoimmune disorder 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 make it nearly impossible for the body to absorb nutrients, leading to malnourishment and a host of other problems including osteoporosis, infertility and the onset of other autoimmune diseases.

Landmarks we’re lighting up for celiac disease awareness in 2022:

CityLandmarkDateCourtesy of
Atlanta1180 PeachtreeMay 16Celiac Disease Foundation
AtlantaKing & Queen BuildingsMay 16Celiac Disease Foundation
AtlantaNCR HeadquartersMay 16Celiac Disease Foundation
Atlanta One Atlantic Center fountainMay 16Celiac Disease Foundation
AtlantaTerminus AtlantaMay 16Celiac Disease Foundation
BostonBoston Children’s HospitalMay 16Celiac Disease Foundation
BostonBurns bridgeMay 16National Celiac Association
BostonFore River bridgeMay 16National Celiac Association
BostonLongfellow bridge May 16 National Celiac Association
BostonZakim bridge May 16 National Celiac Association
Brasilia Congresso NacionalMay 16Movimento celiacos do brasil
CalgaryCalgary TowerMay 16Canadian Celiac Association
Charlottetown (PE)Charlottetown City HallMay 16Canadian Celiac Association
Dieppe (NB)Dieppe City HallMay 1–31Canadian Celiac Association
Dublin (Ohio)Dublin Link BridgeMay 13Celiac Disease Foundation
EdmontonEpcor TowerMay 16Canadian Celiac Association
EdmontonHigh Level BridgeMay 16Canadian Celiac Association
EdmontonHotel MacdonaldMay 16Canadian Celiac Association
EdmontonSherwood Park Community Centre and Festival PlaceMay 16Canadian Celiac Association
Los AngelesUS Bank Tower CrownMay 16Celiac Disease Foundation
MinneapolisCapella TowerMay 16Celiac Disease Foundation
MinneapolisSt. Anthony Falls BridgeMay 16Celiac Disease Foundation
MinneapolisTarget HQMay 16Celiac Disease Foundation
MontrealOlympic StadiumMay 16Coeliaque Québec
Muscatine, IANorbert F. Beckey BridgeMay 16Celiac Disease Foundation
NashvilleKorean War Veterans Memorial Bridge May 16National Celiac Association-Tennessee Chapter
NiagaraNiagara FallsMay 16 at 10 PMCanadian Celiac Association
New York CityHelmsley BuildingMay 16Beyond Celiac
OntarioCambridge SignMay 16Canadian Celiac Association
OttawaOttawa sign ByWard MarketMay 16–20Canadian Celiac Association
OttawaThe Shaw CenterMay 16–20Canadian Celiac Association
Québec CityComplexe Jules-DallaireMay 16Coeliaque Québec
São PauloFIESP CulturalMay 16Movimento celiacos do brasil
São PauloShopping LightMay 16Movimento celiacos do brasil
San DiegoSan Diego Convention CenterMay 16Celiac Disease Foundation
TorontoCN TowerMay 16Canadian Celiac Association
TorontoToronto signMay 16Canadian Celiac Association
VancouverBC PlaceMay 16Canadian Celiac Association
VancouverBurrard Street BridgeMay 16Canadian Celiac Association
VancouverScience WorldMay 16Canadian Celiac Association
VancouverVancouver City HallMay 16Canadian Celiac Association
WinnipegWinnipeg Legislative BuildingMay 16Canadian Celiac Association
WinnipegWinnipeg sign at the ForksMay 16Canadian Celiac Association

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

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

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

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 UK logo.
Gluten Intolerance Group
National Celiac Association logo.
Coeliac Australia logo.
Coeliaque Québec logo.
Hellenic Society logo.
Slovenian Coeliac Society.