May 5: Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday commemorating the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). June 14: All Saints’ Day, celebrated by many Eastern Christian churches on this day in June, in recognition of all known and unknown saints. Students can engage in rich educational experiences by reading about, researching and experiencing holidays. March 10-12: Hola Mohalla, a Sikh festival that takes place on the second day of the lunar month of Chet, a day after the Hindu spring festival Holi. October 29: Mawlid Al-Nabi, the observance of the birthday of Islam founder Prophet Muhammad, celebrated during the month of Rabiulawal, the third month of the Muslim calendar. They are separate holidays, which demonstrates God's love of the Jewish people, and the celebration of the … Celebrations are held throughout France. May 28: Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh, commemorates the ascension of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í faith. March 25: Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, a Christian celebration of the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus. At the Tisha B’Av, after select passages from the Torah are read and understood, netilat yadayim, or the washing of the hands, is performed. November 14: Diwali, the Hindu, Jain and Sikh five-day festival of lights celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and lightness over darkness. March 19: St. Joseph’s Day, in Western Christianity the principal feast of St. Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Guru Arjan Dev was the fifth Sikh guru and the first Sikh martyr. The original 13 American colonies declared independence from Britain and established themselves as a new nation known as the United States of America. October 11: National Coming Out Day (U.S.). Femina Ajayi-Hackworth. December 31: Watch Night, a day for Christians to review the year that has passed, make confessions, and then prepare for the year ahead by praying and resolving. We hope you’ve enjoyed our year-long diversity calendar. September 11: Ethiopian New Year. It falls on the day of the full moon in May April and it is a gazetted holiday in India. Profiles in Diversity Journal ® is dedicated to promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the corporate, government, nonprofit, higher education, and military sectors. April 6: Mahavir Jayanti, a holiday celebrated by the Jains commemorating the birth of Lord Mahavir. ISU Consumer Information Disclosures June 24: Litha, the summer solstice celebrated by the Wiccans and Pagans. March 13-April 15: Deaf History Month. February 1: Imbolc, a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring. The day commemorates the martyrdom by the beheading of St. John the Baptist on the orders of Herod Antipas through the vengeful request of his stepdaughter, Salome, and her mother. February 8 is an alternative date of observance. Celebrate (and Respect) Diversity and Inclusion During the Holiday Season. October 4: St. Francis Day, feast day for St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, celebrated by many Catholic denominations. So take note of the following professional, cultural, religious, and secular holidays as you build out your workplace D&I calendar. Its name is derived from the symbolic use of ashes to signify penitence. July 4: Asalha Puja, or Dharma Day, is a celebration of Buddha’s first teachings. Between November 1st and January 15th, there are over 29 holidays observed by 7 of the world’s major religions. awareness and inclusion is a daily practice. March is National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month. Basil the Great. Saturday holidays are observed on Saturdays. January 10-12: Mahayana New Year, a holiday celebrated by the Mahayana Buddhist branch, on the first full-moon day in January. June 15: Native American Citizenship Day, commemorating the day in 1924 when the U.S. Congress passed legislation recognizing the citizenship of Native Americans. September 22: Ostara Mabon, a celebration of the vernal equinox commemorated by Pagans and Wiccans. December 26: St. Stephen’s Day, a day to commemorate St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, or protomartyr. It is celebrated on various dates in different countries. Creating a video might take some more effort, but … October 31-November 1 (sundown to sundown): Samhain, a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, which was established to increase awareness and understanding of issues affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. March 1: Cheesefare Sunday or Forgiveness Sunday, the last Sunday prior to the commencement of Great Lent for Orthodox Christians. April 8-16: Passover, an eight-day Jewish holiday and festival in commemoration of the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. (Please note: All dates are for 2020.) Easy Awareness & Inclusion: 365, 2/11 – LGBTQ+: Tammy Baldwin – Birthday of first openly LGBT politician elected to the U.S. Congress, and first elected to U.S. Senate, 2/15 – Buddhist: Parinirvana or Nirvana Day – commemorates Buddha’s death in 483 BC and his final nirvana – for more religious holidays, see our 2020 Interfaith Calendar, 2/15 – Women: Susan B. Anthony – Birthday of leader of women’s rights and the effort to enable women to vote, 2/21 – Black: Barbara Jordan – Birthday of first Black woman elected to the Texas State Senate, 2/26 – Christian: Ash Wednesday – the start of Lent, prayer and fasting for 40 days until Easter Sunday, Women’s History Month – celebrates the achievements of women, March 1 – Hispanic American/Women: Geisha Williams – Birthday of first female Hispanic CEO of a Fortune 500 company, 3/ 6  – Black American/Muslim: Shaquille O’Neal – Birthday of considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time, and a practicing Muslim, 3/9 – Hindu: Holi – honors the winter crop harvest, and advent of spring, 3/10 – Black American: Harriet Tubman – abolitionist leader on the Underground Railroad, aided slaves in their journey to freedom, 3/14 – Jewish German American: Albert Einstein -Birthday of leading theoretical physicist of the 20th century, 3/17 – Irish: St Patrick’s Day – Birthday of celebrates the patron saint of Ireland, who brought Christianity to island, 3/31 – Mexican American: Cesar Chavez – Birthday of social activist for Mexicans and Mexican Americans, fighting for equality and economic justice, 4/4 – Black American: Maya Angelou – Birthday of writer, poet and renaissance woman, winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 4/8 – Buddhist: Buddha’s Birth – prince turned monk, who established Buddhism, one of the world’s top religions, 4/9 – Jewish: Passover begins – marks the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, begins previous evening with a Seder or meal, 4/12 – Christian: Easter – one of the most important holiday days in the world’s largest religion, celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, 4/21 – Jewish: Yom Hashoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day, 4/21 – Cancer Survivor: David Servan Schreiber – Birthday of given six months to live, he survived cancer for 15 years, as documented in books such as Anticancer: A New Way of Life, 4/24 – Islamic: Ramadan – first day of Ramadan, holiest month of the Muslim year; during this month, no water or food may be taken from sunrise to sunset, 4/23 – Native American: Gathering of Nations – over 500 tribes gather for three days to honor the culture of Native Americans, For more details, see our April 2020 Diversity Calendar, Mental Health Awareness Month – reaches millions of people in the United States through the media, local events, and screenings, Jewish American Heritage Month – honors the important history of American Jews, and their multifaceted accomplishments, Older Americans Month – honors the contributions of older Americans to society, 5/4 – LGBT: Keith Haring – Birthday of artist, created iconic images for AIDS awareness, 5/5 – Mexican American: Cinco de Mayo – Birthday of celebrated mostly by Mexican-Americans, honors the Mexican defeat of French army, 5/13 – Black American/People With Disabilities : Stevie Wonder – Birthday of one of the most acclaimed and successful musicians of the 20th century, blind since shortly after birth, To discover more, see our May 2020 Diversity Calendar, 6/1 – LDS Church: Brigham Young – Birthday of 2nd president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 6/2 – Native Americans: Indian Citizenship Act of 1924, 6/14 – Puerto Rican: Puerto Rican Day Parade – parades are held nationwide to honor the contributions and achievements of Puerto Ricans, 6/19 – Black American: Juneteenth – marks the freeing of slaves in Texas, and celebrated by Black communities nationwide, 6/25 – Hispanic American: Sonia Sotomayor – Birthday of Supreme Court’s first justice of Hispanic descent, 6/27 – People With Disabilities: Helen Keller – Birthday of blind and deaf, Keller spent her life advocating for people with disabilities, For more information, see our June 2020 Diversity Calendar, 7/6 – Tibetan: 14th Dalai Lama – Birthday of exiled head of Tibet, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, 7/6  – Women, Mexican: Frida Kahlo – Birthday of painter, one of the best-known artists of the 20th century, 7/14 – France: Bastille Day – commemorates the start of the French Revolution in 1789 and the eventual end of monarchical rule, 7/14 – Hispanic American: Susan Martinez – Birthday of first Latina governor in the United States, and first woman to be elected governor of New Mexico, 7/18 – South African: Nelson Mandela – Birthday of anti-apartheid activist and first black president of South Africa, 7/26 – Americans with Disabilities Act – prohibits discrimination based on disabilities, 7/28 – Islamic: The Hajj – annual pilgrimage to the Saudi holy city of Mecca, able Muslims must make the journey at least once in their lives, For more details, enjoy our July 2020 Diversity Calendar, 8/4 – Black American: Barack Obama – first Black American to assume the presidency, promoted inclusiveness for LGBT Americans, left office in January 2017 with a 60% approval rating, 8/8 – Mexican: Emiliano Zapata – Birthday of revolutionary hero, who fostered democracy and economic justice, 8/15 – Roman Catholic: Feast of the Assumption – honors the Roman Catholics belief in Mary’s ascension to heaven, 8/20- Islamic: Al-Hijri (New Year) – starting the previous evening, this begins the new year 1440 based on the Islamic lunar calendar, 8/22 – Hindu: Ganesh Chaturthi – celebrated in honor of the elephant-headed God, 8/24 – People with Disabilities: Marlee Matlin – Birthday of won the Academy Award for Best Actress, the only deaf performer to win the award, 8/25 – Jewish American: Leonard Bernstein – Birthday of composer, conductor and performer, one of the great figures of music in the 20th century, Discover more with our August 2020 Diversity Calendar, National Hispanic Heritage Month (9-15 to 10/15), 9/5 – Native American (Oglala Sioux): Tashunka Witko (Crazy Horse), 9/19- Jewish: Rosh Hashanah – beginning at sunset the previous day, this launches the Jewish New Year 5780, and reflection about the past year and year to come, 9/25 – People With Disabilities: Christopher Reeve – Birthday of actor turn advocate, paralyzed by fall from a horse, he prompted research on spinal cord injuries, Find out more with our September 2020 Diversity Calendar, Global Diversity Awareness Month  – increase awareness and acceptance of diverse cultures, National Disability Employment Awareness Month – promotes awareness of those with disabilities and inspire their full integration into the workplace, 10/2 – India : Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (Gandhi Jayanti) – Birthday of honors the leader of the Indian struggle for independence, 10/6 – United States: German American Heritage Day, 10/6 – Black American: Fannie Lou Hamer – Birthday of civil rights advocate, and one of the first Black Americans to register to vote, 10/29 – Islamic : Mawlid (Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday), Discover more with our October 2020 Diversity Calendar, 11/1 – LGBTQ+: Tim Cook – Birthday of first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, 10/31-11/2 – Mexico: Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) – rooted in two traditions: the Christian observance of All Saints and All Souls Day, and two Aztec festivals of souls of the dead, 11/14 – Hindu: Diwali – one of the most important Hindu festivals, celebrating different gods and goddesses; discover more major religious holidays in 2020, 11/18 – Hispanic American: Roberto Goizueta – Birthday of first Hispanic Fortune 500, 11/20 – LGBTQ+: Transgender Day of Remembrance – build respect in your workplace with our Online Harassment Prevention Training, 11/30 – Black: Shirley Chisholm – Birthday of first Black woman to win election to the United States Congress, Find out more with our November 2020 Diversity Calendar, 12/10-18 – Jewish: Hanukkah – commemorates the Jewish victory over Syrian Greeks in 165 B.C.E., restoring Jewish independence, 12/12 – Italian American: Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) – (birthday of) first worldwide pop superstar, with a career lasting more than half a century, 12/12 – Mexico: Fiesta de Guadalupe 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