Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

DEI Cultural & Events Calendar

February 2023

  • 01
    National Freedom Day
    Honoring the signing by Abraham Lincoln of a resolution that later became the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that abolished slavery.
  • 01
    Black History Month
    Celebrating the history and achievements of Black Americans.
  • 02
    Candlemas
    Christian holy day that commemorates when Jesus was presented to the temple for the first time.
  • 05
    Tu B’shevat
    The Jewish New Year for Trees, known as the Jewish Arbor Day, which marks the start of spring in Israel.
  • 05
    Maghi-Purnima
    Hindu festival celebrated on the last day of Magha, a month focused on charity work, when devotees often take holy baths and do charity.
  • 14
    Valentine’s Day
    Celebrated by western Christians as a saint’s day and as a secular holiday highlighting love.
  • 15
    Nirvana Day
    Buddhist commemoration of Buddha’s death.
  • 17
    Lailat al Miraj
    Muslim holiday commemorating Muhammad’s journey from Mecca to the Farthest Mosque in Jerusalem and beginning the night before at sundown.
  • 18
    Maha Shivarati
    Hindu festival celebrated to honor Lord Shiva and the arrival of spring.
  • 20
    Presidents’ Day
    U.S. holiday celebrating President George Washington’s birthday and all the presidents after him.\
  • 21
    Mardi Gras
    Also known as Fat Tuesday and the end of the Carnival season, celebrated by Christians as the last day before Lent and often full of feasting and celebration.
  • 22
    Ash Wednesday
    The first day of Lent in the Christian calendar.
  • 22
    Asian-American Women’s Equal Pay Day
    Marking the fact that Asian-American women earn 90 cents for every dollar earned by white men.
  • 22
    Asian American and Pacific Islander Women’s Equal Pay

March 2023

  • 01
    Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
  • 01
    National Women’s History Month
  • 01
    Irish-American Heritage Month
  • 01
    Greek-American Heritage Month
  • 06
    Mukha Bucha Day
    Also known as Māgha Pūjā, a Buddhist holiday celebrating the Buddhist community spent giving alms, visiting the temple, and meditating.
  • 06
    Purim
    Jewish holiday marking when the Jewish community in Persia was saved from genocide, ceelbrated by giving charity and feasting.
  • 07
    Holi
    Hindu and sikh spring festival celebrating spring and new beginnings with bonfires, bright colors, and feasting.
  • 08
    International Women’s Day
    Celebrating women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements and highlighting women’s rights.
  • 15
    All Women’s Equal Pay Day
  • 17
    St. Patrick’s Day
    holiday celebrating the patron saint of Ireland.
  • 20
    Ostara
    Holiday celebrating the spring equinox observed by Pagans and Wiccans.
  • 20
    Naw-Ruz
    Baha’I New Year.
  • 21
    International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
    declared by the United Nations in 1966 to honor the killing of 69 people at a demonstration against South African apartheid.
  • 21
    Norooz
    Persian New Year.
  • 25
    International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
    Declared by the United Nation in 2008 to honor and remember slaves who died.
  • 31
    International Transgender Day of Visibility

April 2023

  • 02
    Palm Sunday
    Christian holiday marking Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem and the start of the Holy Week.
  • 04
    Lord’s Evening Meal
    Celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses in memory the Last Supper celebrated on the first night of Passover in 33 CE.
  • 05
    Passover or Pesach
    Eight-day Jewish festival celebrating when Israelites were freed from slavery in ancient Egypt.
  • 18
    Mahavir Jayanti
    Mahavir Jayanti, an important holiday celebrated by Jains commemorating the birth of Lord Mahavira.
  • 21
    National Day of Silence
    National Day of Silence, a protest against bullying and harassment of LGBTQIA+ individuals by students who take a vow of silence.
  • 24
    Armenian Martyrs’ Day
    Armenian Martyrs’ Day, honoring the 1.5 million Armenians killed by genocide in Turkey.
  • 26
    Mother’s Equal Pay Day
    Mother’s Equal Pay Day

May 2023

  • 01
    Beltane
    Beltane, a Celtic festival celebrating the beginning of summer, also known as May Day.
  • 05
    Cinco de Mayo
    Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday commemorating Mexico’s 1862 victory over France in the Battle of Puebla, celebrated in the Mexican state of Puebla and by Mexican-Americans.
  • 07
    Pascha
    Pascha, Orthodox Easter.
  • 14
    Mother’s Day
    Mother’s Day.
  • 17
    International Day Against Homophobia Transphobia and Biphobia
    International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
  • 21
    World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
    World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, a day set by the United Nations to celebrate harmony.
  • 23
    Declaration of the Bab
    Declaration of the Bab, a Baha’i holiday.
  • 25
    The Feast of the Ascension
    The Feast of the Ascension, a Christian holiday celebrating Jesus’s ascension into heaven.
  • 25
    Africa Day
    Africa Day, commemorating the foundation of the Organization of African Unity in 1963.
  • 26
    Laylat al-Qadr
    Laylat al-Qadr, the holiest night of the year for Muslims, celebrated on the 27th day of Ramadan and commemorating the night that the Quran was revealed to Mohammad.
  • 29
    Ascension of Baha’u’llah
    Ascension of Baha’u’llah, a Baha’i holy day.
  • 29
    Memorial Day
    Memorial Day, a U.S. holiday honoring military veterans who died in war.
  • 29
    Vesak Day or Visakha Puja
    Vesak Day or Visakha Puja, a Buddhist festival marking Gautama Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and death.

June 2023

  • 02
    Native American Citizenship Day
    Native American Citizenship Day, which commemorates when the U.S. Congress passed legislation recognizing the citizenship of Native Americans in 1924.
  • 03
    Shavuot
    Shavuot, a Jewish holiday that commemorates the spring harvest and the giving of the Torah.
  • 04
    Eid al-Fitr
    Eid al-Fitr, the celebration of the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the Islamic month of Shawwal.
  • 04
    All Saints’ Day
    All Saints’ Day, an Orthodox celebration of all known and unknown Christian saints.
  • 04
    Pentecost
    Pentecost, a Christian holiday commemorating when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles.
  • 12
    Republic Day
    Republic Day, also known as Filipino-American Friendship Day, marking the Philippines’ independence from the United States.
  • 12
    Anne Frank Day
    Anne Frank Day, celebrating the birthday of the young Jewish hero.
  • 12
    Loving Day
    Loving Day, celebrating the anniversary of the 1967 Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia that made interracial marriage legal.
  • 18
    Father’s Day
    Father’s Day.
  • 19
    Juneteenth
    Juneteenth, a holiday that originally commemorated when the abolition of slavery was announced in Texas in 1865 and is now a broader celebration of Black freedom and achievement.
  • 20
    World Refugee Day
    World Refugee Day, marked by the UN to encourage public awareness and refugee support.
  • 21
    Litha
    Litha, the summer solstice celebrated by Pagans.
  • 26
    Anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage in the U.S.
    Anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage in the U.S., which happened via the Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015.
  • 26
    Race Unity Day
    Race Unity Day, a Baha’i holiday founded in 1957.

July 2023

  • 04
    Independence Day
    Independence Day
  • 09
    Martyrdom of the Bab
    Martyrdom of the Bab, a Baha’i holiday observing the anniversary of the death of the Bab, the prophet of the Baha’i faith.
  • 14
    Bastille Day
    Bastille Day, also known as French National Day, celebrating the storming of the Bastille in 1789, a turning point in the French Revolution.
  • 18
    International Nelson Mandela Day
    International Nelson Mandela Day, marked on Mendela’s birthday to honor his legacy.
  • 18
    Dharma Day
    Dharma Day, also known as Asalha Puja, a Buddhist holiday commemorating the Buddha’s first discourse after his spiritual awakening.
  • 24
    Pioneer Day
    Pioneer Day, a Mormon holiday recognizing the arrival of Brigham Young and the first group of Morman pioneers in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake.
  • 26
    ADA Day
    ADA Day, celebrating when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990.
  • 30
    International Day of Friendship
    International Day of Friendship, a day designated by the UN to promote relationships and friendship across cultures.

August 2023

  • 09
    International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
    International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, celebrating the rich heritage of indigenous cultures and recognizing the challenges they face.
  • 13
    Al-Hijra
    Al-Hijra, the first day of the month of Muharram, which marks the beginning of the Islamic year.
  • 14
    Tisha B’Av
    Tisha B’Av, a Jewish date of observance mourning the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem.
  • 19
    Krishna Janmashtami
    Krishna Janmashtami, also known as Jayanti, a Hindu holiday celebrating Krishna’s birthday.
  • 19
    World Humanitarian Day
    World Humanitarian Day, marked by the UN to commemorate humanitarian workers killed or injured through their work.
  • 20
    Eid al-Adha
    Eid al-Adha, a Muslim holiday commemorating the prophet Ibrahim’s readiness to sacrifice his son, Ismail.
  • 22
    Ashura
    Ashura, a day of fasting observed by Muslims to mark Moses’ exodus from Egypt.
  • 26
    Raksha Bandhan
    Raksha Bandhan, also known as Rakhi, an Indian festival celebrating the relationship between brothers and sisters.
  • 26
    Women’s Equality Day
    Women’s Equality Day, which celebrates the passing of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote.
  • 31
    Black Women’s Equal Pay Day
    Black Women’s Equal Pay Day

September 2023

  • 04
    Labor Day
    Labor Day, celebrating workers and the labor union movement.
  • 13
    Rosh Hashanah
    Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and the beginning of a ten-day period of spiritual renewal.
  • 15
    Ganesh Chaturthi
    Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu holiday celebrating the birthday of Ganesha.
  • 16
    Mexican Independence Day
    Mexican Independence Day
  • 17
    Sukkot
    Sukkot, a Jewish weeklong commemoration of the 40-year wanderings of the Israelites.
  • 20
    Navratri
    Navratri, a nine-day festival celebrating good triumphing over evil and ends in Dussehra on the 15th.
  • 21
    International Day of Peace
    International Day of Peace, a day of nonviolence started by the United Nations.
  • 22
    Yom Kippur
    Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement that ends the ten days of penance that began with Rosh Hashanah.
  • 23
    Bi Visibility Day
    Bi Visibility Day, marking the bi+ community.
  • 26
    European Day of Languages
    European Day of Languages, created by the Council of Europe and organized by the CoE and the European Union, which commemorates the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe.
  • 30
    Shemini Atzeret
    Shemini Atzeret, a Jewish holiday known as the Eighth Day of Assembly and marked by joy and prayers.
  • 30
    Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day
    Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day

October 2023

  • 01
    Simchat Torah
    Simchat Torah, a Jewish holiday that celebrates the Torah and marks a new cycle of reading it.
  • 02
    International Day of Nonviolence
    International Day of Nonviolence, marked on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday to work towards a culture of peace, tolerance, and understanding.
  • 09
    Indigenous Peoples’ Day
    Indigenous Peoples’ Day, celebrating and honoring Native American history and culture, previously celebrated as Columbus Day and changed by many states and cities to decenter genocide.
  • 10
    World Mental Health Day
    World Mental Health Day
  • 11
    National Coming Out Day
    National Coming Out Day, which is celebrated on the anniversary of a 500,000-person march on Washington for gay and lesbian equality.
  • 15
    White Cane Safety Day
    White Cane Safety Day, a day for awareness of the blind community.
  • 15
    Sikh Holy Day
    Sikh Holy Day, celebrating the birth of Guru Granth.
  • 18
    Eid Milad ul-Nabi
    Eid Milad ul-Nabi, a Muslim holiday marking the birthday of the prophet Mohammed, celebrated by Sunni Muslims on the 18th and Shi’a Muslims on the 23rd.
  • 20
    Birth of the Bab
    Birth of the Bab, a Baha’i holiday marking the birth of the faith’s prophet-herald.
  • 21
    Latina’s Equal Pay Day
    Latina’s Equal Pay Day
  • 22
    International Stuttering Awareness Day
    International Stuttering Awareness Day, which works to raise public awareness of stuttering.
  • 31
    Halloween
    Halloween

November 2023

  • 01
    All Saints’ Day
    All Saints’ Day, a western Christian holiday commemorating known and unknown Christian saints.
  • 02
    Día de los Muertos
    Día de los Muertos, the Mexican celebration marking the Day of the Dead and celebrating those who have passed.
  • 02
    All Souls’ Day
    All Souls’ Day, a Christian holiday to commemorate the dead (marked as Día de los Muertos in Mexico).
  • 04
    Guru Nanek Dev Ji’s birthday
    Guru Nanek Dev Ji’s birthday, an important Sikh holiday celebrating the founder of Sikhism.
  • 04
    Diwali
    Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.
  • 11
    Veterans Day
    Veterans Day, honoring military veterans.
  • 12
    Birth of Baha’u’llah
    Birth of Baha’u’llah, a Baha’i observance of another prophet-herald.
  • 20
    Transgender Day of Remembrance
    Transgender Day of Remembrance, memorializing those killed due to anti-transgender prejudice.
  • 23
    Thanksgiving
    Thanksgiving, commemorating the Pilgrims’ harvest feast, and sometimes marked as a day of mourning to recognize the decimation of the Native Americans by the colonists.
  • 24
    Native American Heritage Day
    Native American Heritage Day, observed on the day after Thanksgiving to honor Native American culture and history.
  • 26
    Day of the Covenant
    Day of the Covenant, a Baha’i holiday celebrating the appointment of Abdúl-Baha as the faith’s successor.
  • 28
    Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha
    Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha, a Baha’i holiday.

December 2023

  • 01
    World AIDS Day
    World AIDS Day, encouraging activism and education on HIV and AIDS.
  • 03
    International Day for People with Disabilities
    International Day for People with Disabilities, planned to raise awareness of the issues people with disabilities face.
  • 06
    St. Nicholas’ Day
    St. Nicholas’ Day, the saint’s day for the inspiration for modern-day Santa Claus celebrated in western Christian countries.
  • 08
    Bodhi Day
    The Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that Siddhartha Gautama experienced enlightenment.
  • 10
    International Human Rights Day
    International Human Rights Day, started by the UN in 1948 upon the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • 12
    Hanukkah
    Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights that celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over King Antiochus.
  • 16
    Las Posadas
    Las Posadas, a religious festival celebrated in Mexico and other parts of Latin America that commemorates the journey Mary and Joseph made to Bethlehem before Jesus’s birth.
  • 22
    Yule Winter Solstice
    Yule Winter Solstice, a pagan celebration of the first day of winter.
  • 24
    Christmas Eve
    Christmas Eve, celebrating Mary and Joseph’s arrival in Bethlehem for Jesus’s birth.
  • 25
    Christmas
    Christmas, a western Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus.
  • 26
    Kwanzaa
    Kwanzaa, a seven-day celebration of African-American culture and life originally founded in 1966.
  • 31
    New Year’s Eve
    New Year’s Eve, the last day of the year in the Gregorian calendar and celebrated as the passing of one year and the beginning of another.