COMMEMORATIVE OBSERVATIONS CALENDAR
All Month Arab-American Heritage Month National Arab American Heritage Month takes place in April. It celebrates the Arab American heritage and culture and pays tribute to the contributions of Arab Americans All Month Tartan (Scottish-American) Heritage Month During the month of April, Scottish-American Heritage is recognized. From first patriots, presidents and industrialists, Scottish Americans contributed significantly to the establishment and development of the United States. All Month Celebrate Diversity Month April is Celebrate Diversity Month, started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all. By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, organizers hope that people will get a deeper understanding of each other. 4/2/21 Good Friday Good Friday is a Christian observance held two days before Easter Sunday and it commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at Calvary (located right outside the walls of Jerusalem). Good Friday is the sixth day of Holy week and is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday and Easter Friday. The day is also part of the Paschal Triduum that starts on the evening of Maundy Thursday and continues to Easter Sunday recalling the passion, death, burial and resurrection of Christ. 4/4/21 Last Day of Passover The last day of Passover marks the end of a Jewish holiday that celebrates the deliverance of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Passover is also known as Pesah, Pesach, or the Feast of Unleavened Bread. 4/4/21 Easter Easter, also known as Resurrection Sunday, is a religious holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and is celebrated by Christians throughout the world. 4/8/21 Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) Yom Hashoah, which is also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day. It commemorates the lives and heroism of Jewish people who died in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945. 4/13/21 Ramadan (Start) Ramadan, also referred as the Fasting month, is observed by Muslims worldwide in the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar year. The Ramadan meaning in Arabic is ‘Scorching heat’ possibly because the holiday falls in a time when the temperatures are quite high in that part of the world. During this holiday, Muslims are not supposed to eat or drink anything from sunrise to sunset given that fasting is one of the five pillars of Islamic principles. They are also instructed to avoid evil thoughts and sinful behavior such as cursing, lying and fighting except in self-defense. 4/13/21 Yom HaZikaron Yom HaZikaron is the day of national remembrance in Israel to commemorate all the soldiers and people who lost their lives during the struggle to defend the State of Israel. 4/14/21 Yom Ha’atzmaut Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) marks the anniversary of the establishment of the modern state of Israel in 1948. It is observed on or near the 5th of the Hebrew month of Iyar on the Jewish calendar, which usually falls in April. It is preceded by Yom HaZikaron (Israeli Memorial Day). 4/20/21 First Day of Ridvan—Festival of Ridvan First Day of Ridván (meaning “Paradise” in Arabic) — the most important of the Bahá’í holy days. It is the day on which Bahá’u’lláh declared His mission as a Messenger of God. 4/22/21 Earth Day April 22: Earth Day promotes peace and sustainability of planet Earth, worldwide events are held to show support of environmental protection of the earth. 4/28/21 The Ninth Day of Ridvan Ninth Day of Ridván, the day on which Bahá’u’lláh’s family joined Him in the Garden of Ridván.
April Upcoming Events
April 22, 2021 – Community Conversation on Building Inclusive Learning Environments and Supporting LGBTQ+ students
Date & Time: Thursday, April 22nd – 5:30 – 6:45pm
Description: An introduction to community-based resources, advocacy, for LGBTQAI+ youth; the impact of COVID-19; LGBTQAI+ youth of color, learning meaningful and respectful ways to program and plan for National Recognition Months (Pride Month 2021)
Audience: MCCSC faculty, staff, students, parent/caregivers, & community members
April 29, 2021 – City of Bloomington 2021 Black Male Summit
Date & Time: Thursday, April 29, 2021 – 10:00am – 2:00pm
Description: The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males invites middle and high school-aged male-identifying students to attend a one-day Black Male Summit on Thursday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. via Zoom. “More life” is the theme of the second annual summit. Although focused on African American and Latina males, the summit is open to young men of all races and backgrounds.
Partnering to present the summit, the Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC) will excuse registered middle school and high school attendees from classes during the hours of the summit. Registration for the free event, available here, must be made by April 28th.
Audience: Middle and High School male-identifying students
All Month National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthMay is Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the United States. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks on the project were Chinese immigrants. All Month Haitian Heritage Month HAITIAN HERITAGE MONTH is observed in May 2019. Haitian Heritage Month is a celebration in the United States of Haitian heritage and culture. It was first celebrated in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1998. All Month Jewish-American Heritage Month JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH honors the contributions of the American Jewsish All Month Mental Health Month Mental Health Month was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans' lives, and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. All Month South Asian Heritage Month All Month Personal History Awareness Month All Month Speech and Hearing Awareness Month All Month Older Americans Month 5/1/21 The Twelfth Day of RidvanTwelfth Day of Ridván the day on which Bahá’u’lláh and His family left the garden to travel to Constantinople. 5/2/21 Eastern Orthodox EasterThe most holy of Christian Sacred days. The day commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from his death by crucifixion. 5/4/21 Star Wars Day 5/5/21 Cinco de MayoCinco de Mayo, (Spanish: “Fifth of May”) also called Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, holiday celebrated in parts of Mexico and the United States in honour of a military victory in 1862 over the French forces of Napoleon III. 5/8/21 Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for those who Lost their Lives during WWII 5/9/21 Laylat al Qadr 5/12/21 Ramadan Ends 5/12/2021 - 5/13/21 Eid-al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)Marks the end of Ramadan. It is a festival of thanksgiving to God. 5/13/21 Ascension DayThe fortieth day of Easter commemorating Jesus Christ's ascension into heaven. 5/21/21 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 5/22/21 International Day for Biological Diversity 5/22/21 - 5/23/20 Declaration of the Bab in Shiraz, ShavuotDeclaration of the Báb the anniversary of the Báb’s announcement of His mission in 1844. 5/27/21 - 5/28/21 Ascension of Bahau'llahAscension of Bahá’u’lláh marking the passing of Bahá’u’lláh in 1892 5/31/21 Memorial Day
All Month Immigrant Heritage Month Established in June 2014, gives people across the United States an opportunity to annually explore their own heritage and celebrate the shared diversity that forms the unique story of America. It celebrates immigrants across the United States and their contributions to their local communities and economy. All Month LGBT Pride MonthJune is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, established to recognize the impact that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on the world. LGBT groups celebrate this special time with pride parades, picnics, parties, memorials for those lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS, and other group gatherings. The last Sunday in June is Gay Pride Day. 6/14/21 Flag Day Observed to celebrate the history and symbolism of the American flag. 6/15/21 Native American Citizenship Day Commemorating the day in 1924 when the U.S. Congress passed legislation recognizing the citizenship of Native Americans. 6/16/21 Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Observed by members of the Sikh faith. Guru Arjan Dev was the fifth Sikh guru and the first Sikh martyr. 6/19/20 JuneteenthJune 19: Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. It is observed as a public holiday in 14 U.S. states. This celebration honors the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas and Louisiana finally heard they were free, two months after the end of the Civil War. June 19, therefore, became the day of emancipation for thousands of Blacks. 6/19/21 National Indigenous Peoples DayNational Indigenous Peoples Day or First Nations Day, a day that gives recognition to the indigenous populations affected by colonization in Canada.