•  CULTURAL HOLIDAYS,

    HERITAGE CELEBRATIONS

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    COMMEMORATIVE OBSERVATIONS CALENDAR

     

     Culture

     

    August 

    • August 9, International Day of the World’s Indigenous People: This day was created by the UN, and celebrates the cultures of indigenous peoples around the world
    • August 13, Left-Handers Day: On this day the nation pauses to acknowledge and remember the sacrifices made by the brave members of our military. 
    • August 18-19, Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu): this day celebrates the birth of one of the most popular deities in the Hindu faith, celebrated with a great festival
    • August 21, Senior Citizens Day: This day is celebrated as the world’s senior citizen’s day. 
    • August 22, American Business Women’s Day: This day honors the accomplishments of businesswomen across the nation.
    • August 26, Women’s Equality Day:  This day commemorates the American women gaining the right to vote in 1920. 
    • August 31, Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu): a festival celebrating the birth of Lord Ganesha, the God of new beginnings and a fresh start. 

    September

    • September 6, Labor Day: Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September.
    • September 11,  Patriot day: This day remembers those who were injured or killed on September 11, 2001, during the terrorist attacks in the US. 
    • September 15, International Day of Democracy:  The International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world.
    • September 21, International Day of Peace: The UN General Assembly has declared this a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. 
    • September 23, National Native American Day: This day is observed annually on the second Monday in October, celebrating the cultures and contributions of the many Native American tribes. 
    • September 25, Rosh Hashanah begins (Jewish): This day is the beginning of the Jewish New Year, a time for reflection on the faith. 
    • September 27, World Tourism Day: This day aims to raise awareness of the importance of tourism in affecting the social, cultural, political, and economic values of the international community.

     

    October

    • October 2, International Day of Nonviolence: This day is celebrated on the occasion of the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.
    • October 10, World Mental Health Day: This day is observed to raise awareness about mental health and to dismantle the social stigma surrounding it. 
    • October 11, National Coming Out Day (LGBTQIAA+): This annual observance celebrates the LGBT community.
    • October 11, National Indigenous Peoples’ Day (United States): This day honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of Indigenous peoples in the US.
    • October 16, Bosses’ Day: This day is celebrated by employees to thank their bosses for their support.
    • October 24, Diwali (Hindu): Diwali is a festival of lights and usually lasts five days and is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika. 
    • October 31, Halloween: This day originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.
    • Breast Cancer Awareness Month: This month highlights the importance of breast cancer awareness and research.
    • Black History Month (UK): This month is an annual celebration of the contributions and achievements of the people of African heritage.
    • National Disability Employment Awareness Month (US): This month is celebrated to highlight the contributions of people with disabilities in workplaces.  
    • National Work and Family Month (US): this month, businesses are asked to promote work-life balance and flexible work environments.
    • LGBT History Month (US): This annual observance of the civil rights movements of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people in the history of the United States.
    • German-American Heritage Month (US): This month honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of German-Americans in the US.
    • Filipino-American History Month (US): This month honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of Filipino-Americans in the US.
    • Italian-American Heritage Month (US): This month honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of Italian-Americans in the US.
    • Polish-American Heritage Month (US): This month honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of Polish-Americans in the US.

    November 

    • November 1, All Saints’ Day (Roman Catholic): On this day, those who have passed away in the Christian faith and Mexican and Aztec communities.
    • November 2, National Stress Awareness Day: This day intends to raise awareness about stress and methods to fight it.
    • November 11, Veterans Day: This day commemorates the hostilities of the First World War and celebrates those who served in the war.
    • November 16, International Day for Tolerance: This day was founded by the UN to promote respect for various religions, languages, ethnicities, and cultures.
    • November 19, International Men’s Day: International Men's Day celebrates worldwide the positive value men bring to the world, their families, and communities.
    • November 20, Transgender Day of Remembrance: This day seeks to remember those who were murdered due to transphobia.
    • November 20 – Universal Children’s Day (Human Rights, U.N.): The day is celebrated globally to promote the rights of children besides improving their standard of living.
    • November 24 – Thanksgiving: This is the time in America to give thanks for the harvest and spend time with family and friends.

    December

    • December 1, World AIDS Day: This day aims to help raise awareness of HIV/AIDs and money to cure it
    • December 3, International Day for People with Disabilities: This day aims to promote the rights and well-being of people with disabilities.  
    • December 5, International Volunteer Day: This day takes measures to heighten awareness of the important contribution of volunteer service, thereby stimulating more
    • December 10, International Human Rights Day: The day commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly.
    • December 25, Christmas (Christian): This day is a holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ
    • December 26, Kwanzaa begins: This celebration honors African heritage and culminates with a feast. 
    • December 31, New Year’s Eve:  The last day of the year, and the day is celebrated at evening parties.