CULTURAL HOLIDAYS, HERITAGE CELEBRATIONS
COMMEMORATIVE OBSERVATIONS CALENDAR
1/1/2021 New Year's DayNew Year's Day falls on January 1 and marks the start of a new year according to the Gregorian calendar. It marks the end of New Year's Eve celebrations in the United States and gives many Americans a chance to remember the previous year. 1/1/2021 Global Family Day/World Peace DayGlobal Family Day, One Day of Peace and Sharing, is celebrated every January 1 in the United States as a global day of peace and sharing. Global Family Day grew out of the United Nations Millennium celebration, "One Day In Peace". 1/4/2021 World Braille DayWorld Braille Day celebrates the importance of Braille as a medium of communication for people who are blind and visually impaired. The day aims to promote awareness of the braille language, which strives to bridge the big divide between ordinary and specially-abled people. 1/17/2021 World Religion DayMany organizations celebrate the day by holding interfaith events where faith leaders get together to give talks and lectures. People are encouraged to talk to and listen to people from faiths different than their own and to understand the basic tenets of other religions. 1/18/2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. DayMLK Day (official Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. 2/12/2021 Chinese New YearChinese New Year is the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. 1/26/2021 International Customs DayAnnually held on January 26, International Customs Day (ICD) recognizes the role of custom officials and agencies in maintaining border security. It focuses on the working conditions and challenges that customs officers face in their jobs. 1/27/2021 International Holocaust Remembrance DayMany people in the United States observe 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.
Please Join the Indiana University School of Education Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Monroe County Community School Corporation as we host the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration and Teach-in
Monday, January 18
Elementary School Program 10:00 - 11:30am
Middle & High School Program 1:00 - 2:30pm
Please register at: go.iu.edu/3xQD
2021 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration
Monday, January 18, 2021
7 p.m. Program
Virtual Invitation (TBD)
Keynote speaker: Dr. Khalid El-Hakim, the founder and curator of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, a collection of over 7,000 original artifacts of Black memorabilia dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade era to hip-hop culture.
2/1/2021 American History Month 2/1/2021 Black History Month February is Black History Month in the United States and Canada. Since 1976, the month has been designated to remember the contributions of people of the African Diaspora. 2/1/2021 Canadian History Month 2/1/2021 Human Relations Month 2/14/2021 St. Valentine's Day 2/15/2021 Nirvana Day Parinirvana Day is a Buddhist holiday which commemorates the death of Buddha and is celebrated on February 15th. This day – also known as Nirvana Day – is celebrated because it is believed that Buddha’s death should be celebrated because at his death he had reached Enlightenment and had finally reached the stage of Nirvana. Many of the celebrations and festivals observed on this day mark the end of the cycle of death and rebirth. While most people celebrate this holiday on the 15th, some people begin celebrating is on the 8th of February. 2/15/2021 Presidents Day President's Day, also known as Washington's Birthday, is on the third Monday of February each year and is a federal holiday in the United States. The day not only honors George Washington (born February 22), the first President of the United States, and Abraham Lincoln (born February 12) whose birthdays are both in February, but honors all the presidents who have served in the United States. 2/16/2021 Mardi Gras Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday," also called Shrove Tuesday. It is the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Christian Lent season leading up to Easter. During Lent, many Christians fast, and the name Fat Tuesday refers to the last day of eating richer foods before the leaner days of Lent begin 2/17/2021 Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday is celebrated on Wednesday seven weeks before Easter and the day after Mardi Gras also referred to as Fat Tuesday. This is a Christian observance which represents the first day of Lent and the starting of approximately 6 weeks of fasting and penance 2/20/2021 World Day of Social Justice February 20: World Day of Social Justice. Social Justice Day is meant to remind people that advocacy and activism is what love and justice looks like. It is to uphold the principles of social justice by promoting gender equality, and the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants; it is meant to advance social justice by dismantling and removing barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability
3/1/2021 Developmental Disabilities Awareness MonthMarch is also National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, which was established to increase awareness and understanding of issues affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. All Month Greek-American Heritage Month All Month Gender Equality MonthGender Equality Month is observed in March. Gender Equality Month is a global celebration organized by the Womensphere Foundation and New Champions 5050, the global initiative for gender equality and empowering women and girls of the Young Global Leaders Community and Foundation Communities of the World Economic Forum. All Month Irish-American Heritage Month All Month Ethnic Equality Month All Month National Women's History MonthMarch is Women’s History Month. Started in 1987, Women’s History Month recognizes all women for their valuable contributions to history and society. 3/8/2021 International Women's Day 3/8/2021 United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace 3/11/21 World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and FilmWorld Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film is an annual observance held on March 11. It was created in 2010 by Javed Mohammed, a writer and producer from California. This special observance focuses on sharing and discussing Muslim culture and using various art forms for creating bridges and dialogue of understanding. Its aim is to contribute to a better understanding of the diversity inherent to Muslim culture and initiate dialogue with people of other faiths. 3/14/21 Pi DayPi Day has become an annual celebration of the mathematical constant pi (π), founded by physicist Larry Shaw. The day also happens to be Albert Einsteins birthday. In 2009, March 14 was officially sanctioned as a U.S. holiday. 3/17/21 St. Patrick's DaySaint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland 3/21/21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial DiscriminationThe International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid pass laws 3/21/21 Naw-Ruz (Baha'i New Year)Naw-Rúz (literally new day) is the Bahá'í new year festival and falls at the spring equinox, although it has been fixed at 21st March for countries outside the Middle East. Naw-Rúz symbolises the new life of spring. 3/25/21 International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave TradeMarch 25: Remembrance Day of the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history. Every year on 25 March, the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honor and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system. The International Day also aims to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.