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 the past joint activities of 2020—where buildings across the globe “shone” green for awareness—celiac-related organizations around the world have come together to support shining a light on the seriousness of this disease in 2021. 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.

What happens when a person with celiac disease eats gluten?

When a person with celiac disease eats gluten, the immune system sees the protein as a threat and begins to attack it. The villi of the intestines, which are trying to digest the gluten, get damaged in the process. Damaged villi make it nearly impossible for the body to absorb nutrients, leading to malnourishment and a host of other problems including thyroid disease, osteoporosis, infertility and the onset of other autoimmune diseases.

Landmarks we’re lighting up for celiac disease awareness:

AlbertaCalgary TowerMay 16Canadian Celiac Association
AthensTown Hall of IlioupolisMay 16Hellenic Coeliac Society
Athensfountain in Omonoia SquareMay 16Hellenic Coeliac Society
BostonBoston Children’s Hospital (front wall)May 16, 8 pm-10 pm Celiac 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
British ColumbiaVancouver City HallMay 16Canadian Celiac Association
British ColumbiaPort Moody City HallMay 16Canadian Celiac Association
EdmontonEpcor Tower May 16 Canadian Celiac Association
EdmontonHigh Level BridgeMay 16 Canadian Celiac Association
Fostoria (Ohio)Municipal BuildingMay 14-May 31Celiac Disease Foundation
IoanninaAdministration building of EpirusMay 22-23Hellenic Coeliac Society and Celiac’s Home
IoanninaIoannina Town HallMay 22-23Hellenic Coeliac Society and Celiac’s Home
MinneapolisLowry Avenue BridgeMay 16Celiac Disease Foundation
MontrealOlympic Stadium May 16 Coeliaque Québec
NashvilleKorean War Veterans Memorial Bridge May 15Celiac Disease Foundation
New York CityHelmsley Building May 16 Celiac Disease Foundation
NiagaraNiagara FallsMay 16, 9:45 pmCanadian Celiac Association
Prince Edward IslandCharlottetown City HallMay 16Canadian Celiac Association
QuébecTour Jules-DallaireMay 16Coeliaque Québec
SaskatoonPrairie Wind at River LandingMay 16Canadian Celiac Association
SaskatoonSasktel CentreMay 16Canadian Celiac Association
St. John’s (NFLD)Confederation building of NewfoundlandMay 17Canadian Celiac Association
St. John’s (NFLD) Government HouseMay 17 Canadian Celiac Association
TorontoCN Tower May 16 Canadian Celiac Association
VancouverBC PlaceMay 16 Canadian Celiac Association
VancouverScience WorldMay 16 Canadian Celiac Association

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