The International Festival USA 

OBSERVANCE CALENDAR

The International Festival USA Observance Calendar 

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Throughout the year there are special days, weeks, and months that focus on celebrating diversity and the contributions of various groups to the fabric of the United States. Below are the corresponding multicultural & diversity events scheduled each year. 

While holidays and celebrations may take many forms and may be celebrated to varying degrees, in a country as diverse as the United States, there are recognitions that are as varied as the population.  Some are more somber remembrances or sacrifice or tragedy, while others represent achievements, and still others focus on a person, religion or heritage.   

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Multicultural Celebrations

 
January 20

 

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.’S BIRTHDAY The birthday of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated on the third Monday in January.

January 25

 

LUNAR NEW YEAR,  Also known as the Spring Festival  or Chinese New Year.   *5 Things to know about Chinese New Year

February
BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Celebrates Black History and African American culture

March 31

CESAR CHAVEZ DAY 

 

honors the Mexican American farm worker and celebrates the contributions of labor leader and activist Cesar Chavez.

Diversity Events

April

ARAB AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

 

 celebrating Arab American heritage, culture and contributions

April 23

Native American GATHERING OF NATIONS where over 500 tribes gather for three days to honor their culture

April 13 – May 13

RAMADAN which is the holiest month of the Muslim year ( Islamic Holidays 2020, 2021, 2022)

May 13

 

Eid al-Fitr is the “Festival of Breaking the Fast” and is celebrated by Muslims worldwide marking the end of Ramadan.

May 

ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

recognizes the contributions and culture of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

May

JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH honors the contributions of American Jews

May

 

HAITIAN HERITAGE MONTH is observed in May as an expansion of The Haitian Flag Day (May 18th). Haitian Heritage Month is a celebration in the United States of Haitian heritage and culture. It was first celebrated in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1998.

May 21

 

UN WORLD DAY FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY is a day that recognizes cultural diversity as a source of innovation, exchange and creativity.

June 20

WORLD REFUGEE DAY raises awareness about the plight of refugees.

Multicultural Events

August 9

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES celebrating the richness of indigenous cultures as well as recognizing the challenges indigenous peoples face today.

September 15– October 15 

 

NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH celebrates the contributions, heritage and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans.

Diversity Calendar

September 15– October 15  

 

 

NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

celebrates the contributions, heritage and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans.

September 17

 

 

CONSTITUTION DAY AND CITIZENSHIP DAY

commemorating the ratification of the United States Constitution in 1787 and also honors all who have become U.S. citizens.

October

 

GLOBAL DIVERSITY AWARENESS MONTH 

 

increasing awareness and acceptance of diverse cultures

October 1

NATIONAL DIVERSITY DAY 

 

observed during Global Diversity Awareness Month to celebrate diversity and that despite our differences, no matter what race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality, or disability we should learn and embrace different cultures and ideologies present in the country.

October 11

 

 

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY

 

(Native American Day) Celebrates and honors Native American history and culture.

October 11

 

DIA DE LA RAZA, “Day of the Race”, in Spanish-speaking countries and communities.

October 31 – November 2 

 

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS three day celebration to remember dead relatives and friends.

November

 

NATIONAL AMERICAN INDIAN and ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE MONTH 

honoring the history and culture of Native Americans and indigenous people in the United States. Also known as Native American Heritage Month

December 25

 

CHRISTMAS

December 26

KWANZAA  is a celebration honoring African American heritage