The world is rich with diversity, which is reflected in the observances celebrated by its various cultures and populations.




    9/15/20 - 10/15/20


    Hispanic Heritage Month


    Hispanic Heritage Month -This month corresponds with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16, and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended Spanish dictatorship

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    Bullying Prevention Month

    October in National Bullying Prevention Month, a time to focus and raise awareness on bullying.  During this month, many groups across the country will release new resources, campaigns, and efforts aimed at bringing awareness to the issue of bullying.

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    Filipino-American Heritage Month

     Celebration of Filipino American history

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    Italian-American Heritage Month

     Celebration of Italian-Americans contributions

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    LGBT History Month

    October is LGBT History Month, a U.S. observance started in 1994 to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history and the history of the gay rights movement.

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    National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This observance was launched in 1945 when Congress declared the first week in October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1998, the week was extended to a month and renamed. The annual event draws attention to employment barriers that still need to be addressed.

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    National German Heritage Month

    In October 1683 German families began settling in Pennsylvania. Since then, German Americans have contributed greatly to our society. As well as the already mentioned Easter Bunny and Santa, the Germans have had a huge influence in car manufacturing, the building of churches, the arts, and even the language. Love a good hamburger? That came from Hamburg in Germany. Hugely historical entrepreneurs such as Heinz, Chrysler, Boeing, and Rockefeller all have German American heritage.

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    Polish-American Heritage Month

    Congress first deemed August as Polish American Heritage Month in 1981. Later, it moved to October to commemorate the first Polish settlers — as well as the deaths of General Kazimierz Pułaski and Tadeusz Kościuszko (military leaders who fought in the American Revolution). 


    International Day of


    The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. In January 2004, Iranian Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi had taken a proposal for an International Day of Non-Violence from a Hindi teacher in Paris teaching international students to the World Social Forum in Mumbai

    10/2/20 – 10/9/20


    Sukkot, a seven-day Jewish festival giving thanks for the fall harvest.

    10/5/20 – 10/9/20

    Mental Illness Awareness Week

    Mental Illness Awareness Week was established in 1990 by the U.S. Congress in recognition of efforts by the National Alliance on Mental Illness to educate and increase awareness about mental illness. It takes place every year during the first full week of October


    German American Heritage Day

    October 6- German-American Day - celebrate and honor the 300th anniversary of German American immigration and culture to the United States.





    National Indigenous

    People's Day

    National Indigenous People’s Day promotes recognition to the indigenous populations affected by colonization.


    World Mental Health Day

    Oct 11: World Mental Health Day. The overall objective is to  raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, eradicating stigma, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

    10/10/20 - 10/11/2020

    Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah

    Shemini Atzeret is a Jewish holiday. It is celebrated on the 22nd day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei in the Land of Israel, and on the 22nd and 23rd outside the Land, usually coinciding with late September or early October


    National Coming Out Day

    October 11: National Coming Out Day. For those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, this day celebrates coming out and the recognition of the 1987 march on Washington for gay and lesbian equality.


    National Native American Day / Indigenous Peoples Day

     Celebrates and honors Native American history and culture.


    Columbus Day

    This U.S. federal holiday commemorates the date when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas. In the USA it is observed on the Second Monday in October


    International Pronoun Day

    Oct 17: International Pronoun Day. Seeks to make asking, sharing, and respecting personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities.


    Multicultural Diversity Day

    October 19, 2020 (every third Monday in October) is Multicultural Diversity Day, a national day created by Cleorah Scruggs, a fourth-grade teacher in Flint, Michigan, the day was adopted as a national event by the NEA’s 1993 Representative Assembly to “increase awareness of the tremendous need to celebrate our diversity collectively.”


    World Humanitarian Action Day

     World Humanitarian Day is an international day dedicated to recognize humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes.


    Milad or Mawlid an-Nabī
    ('Birthday of the Prophet' [Muhammad])[d]

    12 Rabī‘ al-Awwal (Sunni)

    Mawlid (or Milad) un-Nabi means 'birth of the prophet' and refers to observance of the birthday of Muhammad, which is commemorated in Rabi' al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar.

    The exact date of Muhammad's birth is not known but it's often regarded as the 12th day of the month.

    This is the usual custom for Sunni Muslims, although Shia Muslims believe the prophet's birthday was on the 17th day, which was November 25.


    This date - sometimes just referred to as Mawlid or Milad, and also as Eid al-Mawlid and Eid-e-Milad - is observed by praising Allah, fasting, public processions, poetry, family gatherings and the decoration of streets and homes.

    Dates are all subject to confirmation by a sighting of the moon and may vary by a day or so.



    All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween), a celebration observed in a number of countries on the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs and all the faithful departed.


    Upcoming Events


    Salón Latino Chamber Music Series: The Americas Chamber Orchestra - October 1, 2020 - 8pm - Auer
    Hall (limited seating, by invitation) or live stream: https://www.facebook.com/LatinAmericanMusicCenter
    New music for chamber orchestra inspired by folk and popular music genres from Colombia and Peru.


    Learning From Those Who Have Been There: Latinx Professional Journeys - October 7, 2020 - 7-8pm - via
    Join us for a panel of Latinx professionals who will share their pathway from choosing a major to their
    current position. They will share their experiences as Latinx professionals and offer some advice on how to
    best prepare for a future career.
    Panelists include:
    Luis Bastidas, Mechanical Engineer
    Samuel Serrano-Vargas, Mechanical Engineer
    Matt Romero, MBSE Chief Engineer
    Michael Gonzalez, Deputy Division Manager
    Esteban Rico, Customer Advocate
    John Bing, NSWC Crane Lead Recruiter
    For Zoom link, please RSVP to lacasa@indiana.edu no later than October 5, 2020


    Racial Scripts and Immigrant Communities: How Covid-Fueled Sinophobia Affects Us All - October 8,
    2020 - 4:30pm-6pm EDT - via Zoom (link will be distributed)
    Dr. Natalia Molina will discuss how racial scripts influence how we understand the Covid 19 epidemic.


    Nuestras Raíces - October 13, 2020 - 7-9pm - via Zoom (please RSVP for link)
    This is an annual event of open mic, family-style sharing of photographs, traditions, songs, music and
    stories. It will be an opportunity for you to share your history, your story and celebrate our diversity with

    Latinx Leadership and Service through the Lens of Local Leaders - October 15, 2020 - 7-8pm- via
    The Latinx community is the fastest growing segment of the nation’s total population. With this
    growth, Latinx leaders across various areas of society work towards giving a voice to the experiences,
    concerns, and challenges of the Latinx people. But, what does it take to be the voice of such a diverse
    group of people? How does one work towards crafting a welcoming and supporting community to all?
    Join us as Latinx leaders in Bloomington answer these and other questions regarding their efforts
    and experiences in advocating for their community. For Zoom information, please RSVP to
    lacasa@indiana.edu no later than October 14, 2020.


    Community Memories: Quince Años Traditions as Community History - October 14,
    2020 - 12:00pm - via Zoom
    Dr. Rachel González will discuss her work on quinceañera cultural traditions among diasporic Latinx
    communities in the United States. She will emphasize the power of crafting and sharing community stories
    through creative cultural forms. She will also focus on the role that women's bodies play as the keepers of
    cultural "authenticity". Part of IU Latino Studies’ National Hispanic Heritage Month Events, and the
    Fall Colloquium Series for the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. Rachel González-Martin is an
    Associate Professor of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. She is the
    author of the book, Quinceanera Style: Social Belonging and Latinx Consumer Identities (University of Texas
    Press), 2020 Winner of the Emily Toth-Best-Book-in-Women's Studies in Popular Culture.
    For more information on these events, please contact Josefa Luce at latinoprograms@bloomington.in.gov
    Brought to you by the
    National Latinx Heritage Month Committee 


     9th Annual Indiana Latino Education Summit and College & Career Fair

    Virtual event 8:30am - 12:30pm EST November 5, 2020.  Click here for details.







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     Native American Heritage Month

    American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month

     November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly refered to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.
    11/3/2020 Mawlid an-Nabī
    ('Birthday of the Prophet' [Muhammad])[d]

    17 Rabī‘ al-Awwal (Shia)

    Mawlid (or Milad) un-Nabi means 'birth of the prophet' and refers to observance of the birthday of Muhammad, which is commemorated in Rabi' al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar.

    The exact date of Muhammad's birth is not known but it's often regarded as the 12th day of the month.

    This is the usual custom for Sunni Muslims, although Shia Muslims believe the prophet's birthday was on the 17th day, which was November 25.

    11/11/20 Veterans Day/Armistice Day  Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace — dead or alive — although it's largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices. It was originally called Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I. ... This ceremony changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day
    11/12/20 Birth of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i  The Birth of Baháʼu'lláh is one of nine holy days in the Baháʼí calendar that is celebrated by Baháʼís and during which work is suspended. The holy day celebrates the birth of Baháʼu'lláh, the founder of the Baháʼí Faith.
    11/13/20 World Kindness Day  World Kindness Day is an international observance on 13 November. It was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, a coalition of nations' kindness NGOs. It is observed in many countries, including Canada, Australia, Nigeria and United Arab Emirates. Singapore observed the day for the first time in 2009.
    11/16/20 International Day for Tolerance  The International Day for Tolerance is an annual observance day declared by UNESCO in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance. It is observed on 16 November.
    11/17/20 International Students' Day  International Students' Day is an international observance of the student community, held annually on 17 November.
    11/20/20 Transgender Day of Remembrance November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance, established in 1998 to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, and to raise awareness of the continued violence endured by the transgender community.
    11/22/20 The National Day of Mourning November 22: The National Day of Mourning is an annual protest organized since 1970 by Native Americans of New England on the fourth Thursday of November, the same day Thanksgiving in the United States. It coincides with an unrelated similar protest, Unthanksgiving Day, held on the West Coast.
    11/26/20 Thanksgiving  Traditionally, this holiday celebrates the giving of thanks for the autumn harvest.






    All Month Universal Human Rights Month  
    12/1/20 World AIDS Day December 1: World AIDS Day, which was created to commemorate those who have died of AIDS, and to acknowledge the need for a continued commitment to all those affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
    12/3/20 International Day for People with Disability December 3: International Day of Disabled Persons, which is designed to raise awareness in regards to persons with disabilities in order to improve their lives and provide them with equal opportunity.

    Bodhi Day

    Bodhi Day is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, experienced enlightenment, also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali
    12/10/20 International Human Rights Day December 10: International Human Rights Day, established by the United Nations in 1948 to commemorate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
    12/10/20-12/18/20 Hanukkah  Hanukkah is a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. It is also known as the Festival of Lights.
    12/20/20 International Human Solidarity Day  The International Human Solidarity Day is an international annual unity day of the United Nations and its member states introduced by the general assembly during the 2005 World Summit. It was established on December 22, 2005 by resolution 60/209.
    12/25/20 Christmas  Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.
    12/26/20-1/1/21 Kwanzaa December 26 – January 1: Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday started by Maulana Karenga in 1966 to celebrate universal African-American heritage.
    12/31/20 New Year's Eve