JMU is committed to creating a more inclusive campus. This is an effort to build awareness and understanding of important holidays and observances of the diverse groups that comprise our university community.

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Cultural Observations

2024 Cultural Observations
All Month:

Poverty in America Awareness Month
Gives people an opportunity to learn more about this social topic, raise awareness among our peers, and understand how we can help.

Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
A presidentially designated observance designed to educate the public about human trafficking and the role they can play in preventing and responding to human trafficking.

By Date:

January 1 - New Year’s Day
The first day of the new year on the Gregorian Calendar.

January 1 - Gantan-Sai (Shinto New Year)
Practitioners of the Shinto religion pray for inner renewal, prosperity, and health, as well as visiting shrines and visiting friends and family.

January 4 - World Braille Day
Observed in order to raise awareness of the importance of Braille as a means of communication in the full realization of the human rights for blind and partially sighted people.

January 6 - Epiphany or Día de los Reyes (Three Kings' Day)
This day recognizes the visit of the three wise men to the baby Jesus 12 days after his birth. The holiday is observed by both Eastern and Western churches.

January 7 - Christmas
Christmas is recognized on this day by Eastern Orthodox Christians - 13 days later than other Christian churches - because they follow the Julian calendar rather than the Gregorian version of the Western calendar.

January 13 - Korean American Day
Meant to honor the contributions of the Korean American community to the United States and commemorates the arrival of the first Korean immigrants on January 13, 1903.

January 14 - Old/Orthodox New Year
The first day of the new year on the Julian Calendar.

January 15 - Makar Sankranti (Maghi)
Sikh commemoration of a battle in which forty Sikhs died for Guru Gobind Singh Ji. This day is also celebrated as a winter harvest festival through bathing and giving charity.

January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
This day commemorates the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., the recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize and an activist for non-violent social change until his assassination in 1968.

January 16 - National Day of Racial Healing
On this day, individuals, organizations and communities across the U.S. come together to explore their common humanity and build the relationships necessary to create a more just and equitable world. 

January 17 - Guru Gobind Singh Ji's Birthday
Guru Gobind Singh Ji's was the Tenth Guru of the Sikhs who initiated the Sikhs as the Khalsa (the pure ones). He is known as the Father of the Khalsa.

January 18 - Bodhi Day
Bodhi Day marks the occasion when the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, reached enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. For those that follow the Lunar Calendar, Bodhi Day moves dates.

January 20 - Timkat
A holiday observed by Ethiopian Orthodox Christians who celebrate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River on Epiphany.

January 21 - World Religion Day
Observed by those of the Bahá’í faith to promote interfaith harmony and understanding.

January 24-25 - Tu b'shevat
A Jewish holiday that is observed as an ecological awareness day, and trees are planted in celebration.

January 25 - Mahayana New Year
Mahayana Buddhists observe the New Year, with many celebrating on the full moon day of January.

January 27 - International Holocaust Remembrance Day
An International Day of Commemoration to remember the victims of the Holocaust. The anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in 1945 and U.N. Holocaust Memorial Day.

January 30 - CTE Awareness Day (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy)
This is a day to reflect on those lost to CTE, how to help those suffering with the disease and how to stop the disease.

All Month:

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.

By Date:

February 1 - National Freedom Day
Celebrates the signing of the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery in 1865.

February 1 through sundown February 2 – St. Brigid's Day
Feast day for St. Brigid of Kildare that is celebrated by some Christian denominations.

February 1 through sundown February 2 - Imbolc (later called "St Brigid's Day" by Christians)
A Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring.

February 2 - Candlemas
A Christian holiday that celebrates three occasions according to Christian belief: the presentation of the child Jesus; Jesus' first entry into the temple; and the Virgin Mary's purification.

February 3 - Setsubun 
The day before the beginning of spring in Japan, it is celebrated yearly as part of the Spring Festival.

February 4 - World Cancer Day
A global initiative aimed at raising awareness about cancer, promoting early detection, prevention, and treatment, and advocating for improved access to healthcare services for cancer patients.

February 5 - Mexican Constitution Day
The document included significant social reforms to labor laws and provided for equality without discrimination, among other reforms.

February 7 - National Black HIV/AIDS Day
Encouraging HIV/AIDS testing and education in BIPOC communities. 

February 10 - Chinese New Year
Lunar New Year, one of the most sacred of all traditional Chinese holidays, is a time of family, reunion and celebration.

February 11 through February 14 - Carnival 
Held between the Sunday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, it is the last festival before the beginning of Lent, the forty-day period before Easter.

February 12 - National Freedom to Marry Day
Celebrating and promoting marriage betweeen same-sex couples since 1999, and fighting for the rights of all members of the LGBTQ+ community to get married. 

February 14 - Ash Wednesday
The first day of Lent on the Christian calendar. Its name is derived from the symbolic use of ashes to signify penitence. It takes place immediately after the excesses of the two days of Carnival that take place in Northern Europe and parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.

February 15 - Parinirvana Day (Nirvana Day)
A regional observance of the death of the Buddha. It celebrates the day when the Buddha is said to have achieved Parinirvana, or complete Nirvana, upon the death of his physical body.

February 16 - National Caregivers Day
On the third Friday in February, the day honors the healthcare professionals across the country providing long-term and hospice care.

February 19 - Presidents' Day
A federally recognized celebration in the United States of George Washington's birthday.

February 20 - World Day of Social Justice
The purpose of the day is to focus on the plight of social injustice throughout the world and to press for improvements and solutions.

February 24 - Chinese Lantern Festival
The first significant feast after Chinese New Year.

February 24 - Māgha Pūjā/Makha Bucha Day
A Buddhist holiday that marks an event early in the Buddha's teaching life when a group of 1,250 enlightened monks, ordained by the Buddha, spontaneously gathered to pay their respect to him.

February 29 - Rare Disease Day
This day harnesses the creativity and energy of the millions of people around the world with rare diseases - a day to raise awareness and generate action.

All Month:

Ethnic Equality Month
Founded in 1942, this is a period to recognize the similarities all people have, yet acknowledge, appreciate and respect the differences in all of us.

Gender Equality Month
The whole month is dedicated to celebrating the social, political, cultural, and academic achievements of women in the world and raise awareness against gender bias in society.

Greek-American Heritage Month
A time to celebrate the core components of Greek culture and ideals. Also known as Hellenic History Month, the celebration coincides with National Greek Independence Day on March 25.

Irish-American Heritage Month
First celebrated by proclamation of the President and Congress in the United States to honor the achievements and contributions of Irish Americans. The heritage month is in March to coincide with Saint Patrick's Day, the Irish national holiday.

National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Established to increase awareness and understanding of issues affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month
Established to raise public awareness of the autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord and assist those with multiple sclerosis in making informed decisions about their health care.

Women's History Month
Started in 1987, Women's History month recognizes all women for their valuable contributions to history and society.

By Date:

March 1 - International Wheelchair Day
This day honors the positive impact wheelchairs have for people with disabilities. We also acknowledge the incredible things wheelchair users accomplish every day.

March 1 - Employee Appreciation Day
On the first Friday in March, employers across the country in business and organizations plan employee recognition and celebrations. Employee achievement and contributions are honored.  

March 1 - St. David's Day
Commemorates the patron saint of Wales, Saint David, Welsh Age of Saints, founder of scores of religious communities, and the only native-born patron saint of the countries of Britain and Ireland.

March 8 - Maha Shivaratri
A Hindu holiday that honors Shiva, one of the Hindu deities.

March 8 - International Women’s Day
First observed in 1911 in Germany, it has now become a major global celebration honoring women’s economic, political, and social achievements.

March 10 through April 9 - Ramadan
An occasion to focus on faith through fasting and prayer, and is one of the most important Muslim holidays. Ramadan is notable because the Qur’an was first revealed during this month, and Muslims see the Qur’an as the ultimate form of guidance for mankind. 

March 11 - World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film
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.

March 12 - Chaharshanbe Suri/Persian Festival of Fire
Iranian festival celebrated on the eve of the last Wednesday before Nowruz (the Iranian New Year). It is celebrated with firework displays and the jumping over of fires.

March 17 - Saint Patrick's Day
Christian celebration of Patrick who brought Christianity to Ireland in early days of the faith.

March 17 - Cheesefare Sunday or Forgiveness Sunday
This is the last Sunday prior to the commencement of Great Lent for Orthodox Christians.

March 18-24 - Neurodiversity Celebration Week
Designed to recognise and celebrate the strengths of people who are neurodiverse, as well as challenge preconceptions of what they can or cannot achieve. 

March 19 (northern hemisphere) - Ostara
Also known as the Vernal or Spring Equinox. A Pagan celebration held on the first day when day and night are equal time. Marks the beginning of Spring.

March 19-20 - Baháʼí Naw-Rúz
Celebrated on the first day of the Baháʼí calendar and observed by many middle eastern countries, including Iran. Naw Ruz, which is Persian for ‘New Day’, is a holy day for the Baháʼí people. 

March 21 - World Down Syndrome Day
Highlights the facts of what it’s like to have Down syndrome, and how those with Down syndrome have, and continue to play, a vital role in our communities.

March 21 - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
This day is observed annually in the wake of the 1960 killing of 69 people at a demonstration against apartheid “pass laws” in South Africa. The United Nations proclaimed the day in 1966 and called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.

March 23-24 - Purim
A Jewish celebration that marks the time when the Jewish community living in Persia was saved from genocide. According to the Book of Esther, King Ahasuerus’s political advisor planned to have all the Jews killed; however, his plot was foiled when Esther, one of the king’s wives, revealed her Jewish identity. On Purim, Jewish people offer charity and share food with friends.

March 24 - Palm Sunday
Palm sunday recalls the story in Christian Scripture of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, greeted by people waving palm branches. 

March 25 - Holi
A Hindu and Sikh spring religious festival observed in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, along with other countries that have large Hindu and Sikh populations.

March 25 - International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery
The Transatlantic Slave Trade is a United Nations international observation that offers the opportunity to honor and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system. First observed in 2008, the international day also aims to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.

March 28 - Maundy Thursday
The fifth day of Holy Week. The day commemorates for Christians the last supper where Jesus Christ consecrated bread and wine initiating Holy Communion or the sacrament "Eucharist".

March 29 - Good Friday
A Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum.

March 29 - National Vietnam War Veterans Day
Commemorates the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans and their families and is part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who served during the Vietnam War. 

March 31 - César Chávez Day
Celebrates the birth and legacy of the civil rights and labor movement activist Cesar Chavez.

March 31 - Easter
Also called Pascha or Resurrection Sunday, is a Christian festival and cultural holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

March 31 - International Transgender Day of Visibility
This day is celebrated to bring awareness to transgender people and their identities as well as recognize those who helped fight for rights for transgender people.

All Month:

Celebrate Diversity Month
Started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all. By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, organizers hope that people will get a deeper understanding of each other.

National Volunteer Month
This month is dedicated to honoring all of the volunteers in our communities as well as encouraging volunteerism throughout the month.

Earth Month
It’s a time to raise environmental awareness and create consciousness around the issues that affect mother nature during this time of crisis.

National Arab American Heritage Month
Celebrates the Arab American heritage and culture and pays tribute to the contributions of Arab Americans and Arabic-speaking Americans.

National Deaf History Month
An effort to raise awareness about the deaf community and their struggles in our society and also focuses on honoring the immense contributions of deaf individuals and the deaf community.

Tartan (Scottish-American) Heritage Month
A celebration of Scottish heritage and the cultural contributions of Scottish and Scottish-diaspora figures of history. The name refers to tartan, a patterned woollen cloth associated with Scotland.

World Autism Month
Established to raise awareness about the developmental disorder that affects children's normal development of social and communication skills.

By Date:

April 2 - World Autism Day
A day to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society.

April 6 - Laylat al-Qadr
The holiest night of the year for Muslims, is traditionally celebrated on the 27th day of Ramadan. It is known as the Night of Power and commemorates the night that the Quran was first revealed to the prophet Muhammad.

April 6 - International Asexuality Day
Raising awareness on asexuality whilse fostering understanding of the entire asexual spectrum, such as individuals who identify as asexual, demisexual, and greysexual. 

April 6 - National Tartan Day
A day for Scotland to celebrate their enduring connection with the USA and Canada and showcase what these connections are helping to achieve today.

April 7 - World Health Day
World Health Day draws attention to a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. This year's will shine a light on nurses and midwives, the on-the-call, restless workforce that revolutionized the healthcare industry as we know it today.

April 12 - National Day of Silence
A national student-led demonstration where LGBTQ students and allies all around the country - and the world - take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools.

April 13 - Vaisakhi (also spelled Baisakhi)
This day celebrates the founding of the Sikh community as the Khalsa (community of the initiated) and the birth of the Khalsa.

April 17 - Rama Navami
Celebrates the birth of Rama, the seventh incarnation of God Vishnu. It is one of the most important Hindu festivals. Some highlights of this day include: Kalyanam, a ceremonial wedding performed by temple priests; panakam, a sweet drink prepared on this day with jaggery and pepper; and a procession of murtis in the evening, accompanied by playing with water and colors.

April 21 - Mahavir Jayanti
Jain festival honoring Lord Mahavira on the founder's birthday. Shrines are visited. Teachings are reviewed and reflected upon.

April 22-30 - Passover
An eight-day festival in commemoration of the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.

April 22 - Earth Day
This day is widely recognized as the largest secular observance in the world, marked by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human behavior and create global, national, and local policy changes.

April 24 - Administrative Professionals Day
Takes place on the Wednesday of Administrative Professionals week. Those in the Administrative field are celebrated for their contributions. 

April 26 - Lesbian Visibility Day
Aims to increase visibility, representation, and support for the lesbian community. This intentionally includes nonbinary people and transgender women, as both may identify as lesbians as well.

April 28-29 - The Ninth Day of Ridván
A festival of joy and unity. Riḍván (Rez-wahn) is a twelve-day festival that commemorates the beginning of the Bahá'í Faith in 1863.

All Month:

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
Paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.

Haitian Heritage Month
It's a great time to celebrate the vibrant culture, distinct art, delectable cuisine, and to get to know people of Haitian origin.

Indian Heritage Month
Dedicated to honoring the people and country of India and Indian Americans with family roots in this culture. 

Jewish American Heritage Month
Each May, hundreds of organizations and Americans of all backgrounds join together to discover, explore, and celebrate the vibrant and varied American Jewish experience from the dawn of our nation to the present day.

Mental Health Month
Aims to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illnesses and reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illnesses.

Military Appreciation Month
A month-long observance in the United States, dedicated to people who are currently serving in the United States military.

National Speech-Language-Hearing Month
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association highlights this month to increase awareness about communication disorders and hearing health. 

Older Americans Month
Established in 1963 to honor the legacies and contributions of older Americans and to support them as they enter their next stage of life.

Personal History Awareness Month
The month of May is set aside by personal historians as the month to generate awareness about the importance of personal history.

Williams Syndrome Awareness Month
Created to bring awareness to the rare developmental disorder Williams Syndrome. This condition is characterized by mild to moderate intellectual disability or learning problems, unique personality characteristics, distinctive facial features, and heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) problems.


By Date:

May 1 - International Workers’ Day/Labor Day
This day is a celebration of laborers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labor movement.

May 3 - Orthodox Good Friday
The Orthodox church's date to commemorate the death of Christ on the Cross, based on their observance of the Julian calendar. 

May 5 - Cinco de Mayo
This holiday commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). This day celebrates Mexican culture and heritage, including parades and mariachi music performances.

May 5 - Orthodox Easter
The Eastern Christian tradition bases its calculations of Orthodox Easter on the Julian calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar by 13 days.

May 5-6 - Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah)
A day to remember the lives and names of Jewish victims and activists of the Holocaust.

May 8 - Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for those who Lost their Lives during WWII
Established to recognize the sacrifices and loss of military and civilians during the second global war.

May 10 - Military Spouse Appreciation Day
Many United States citizens take this day to acknowledge the significant contributions, support, and sacrifices of spouses of their Armed Forces.

May 12 - Mother's Day
A holiday in honour of mothers that is celebrated in countries throughout the world. In its modern form the holiday originated in the United States, where it is observed on the second Sunday in May.

May 17 - International Day Against Homophobia
A global celebration of sexual-orientation and gender diversities.

May 19 - Pentecost
This day is celebrated on the 50th day (the seventh Sunday) from Easter Sunday and commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles.

May 21 - World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
Marks the ninth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking, and learning about digital access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.

May 24 - Pansexual/Panromantic Awareness and Visibility Day
Promoting visibility and awareness of pansexual and panromantic people. 

May 27 - Memorial Day
A federal holiday established to honor military veterans who died in wars fought by American forces.

May 30 - Corpus Christi
A Catholic holiday celebrating the presence of the body and blood of Christ, in the Eucharist

All Month:

Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month
Established to provide an opportunity to hold a conversation about the brain, and share the fact that Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are a major public health issue.

Black Music Appreciation Month
It was initiated as Black Music Month by President Jimmy Carter who, on June 7, 1979, decreed that June would be the month of Black music.

Cataract Awareness Month
As the year nears its midpoint, aging adults are advised to pause and learn more about a vision-worsening condition that occurs around age 40 when proteins in the eye lens begin to break down, clump and form a cloudy area over time.

Dravet Syndrome Awareness Month
Established to bring awareness and hopefully early prevention. Dravet Syndrome is a genetic epilepsy, characterized by temperature-sensitive/febrile seizures, treatment-resistant epilepsy that begins in the first year of life, and differences in childhood development. 

Pride Month
Established to recognize the impact that LGBTQ+ individuals have had on the world.

National Caribbean-American Heritage Month
Designated in 2006, the month-long observance promotes the rich culture and heritage of the Caribbean American people.


By Date:

June 2 - American Indian Citizenship Day
This day commemorates the day in 1924 when the U.S. Congress passed legislation recognizing the citizenship of Native Americans.

June 9 - Race Unity Day
The Bahá’í National Spiritual Assembly established Race Unity Day in 1957 to combat racism in the United States and promote more unity for all.

June 12 - Loving Day
On June 12th 1967, Mildred and Richard Loving won the Supreme Court case that struck down all state laws against interracial marriage. Loving Day was established to commemorate them and the civil rights victory for racial and marital equality. 

June 14 - Flag Day
The holiday celebrates the date in 1777 when the United States approved the design for its first national flag.

June 14 - 19 - Hajj
Hajj, in Islam, is the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, which every adult Muslim must make at least once in his or her lifetime unless their absence will place hardships on their family.

June 16 - Father's Day
A day for honoring one's father, or relevant father figure, as well as fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.

June 17-18 - Eid al-Adha
An Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah's (God's) command to sacrifice his son, Ishmael. Muslims around the world observe this event.

June 18 - Autistic Pride Day
The aim of this day is to raise awareness amongst those who are not on the autistic spectrum disorder so they do not see autistic people as requiring treatment, but as unique individuals.

June 18 - International Day for Countering Hate Speech
Launched by the United Nations on June 18th, 2019. The United Nations invites governments, international organizations, civil society groups, and individuals to hold events and initiatives promoting strategies to identify, address and counter hate speech. 

June 19 - Juneteenth
Also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. It is observed as a public holiday in 14 U.S. states. This celebration honors the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas and Louisiana finally heard they were free, two months after the end of the Civil War. June 19, therefore, became the day of emancipation for thousands of African-Americans.

June 20 - Litha
The summer solstice celebrated by the Wiccans and Pagans. It is the longest day of the year, representing the sun’s “annual retreat.”

June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day or First Nations Day
This is a day that gives recognition to the indigenous populations affected by colonization in Canada.

June 28 - Pride Day
Different marches and collective events are organized to make the fight for equality and dignity of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people visible. 

All Month:

BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month
BIPOC Mental Health Month highlights the unique mental health challenges and needs of historically disenfranchised or oppressed racial and ethnic groups in the United States.

Disability Pride Month
In alignment with the July 1990 passing of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), disability month is celebrated every year in July. This observance aims to promote visibility and mainstream awareness of the positive pride felt by those within the disability community. 

French-American Heritage Month
The United States designates this month to recognize and celebrate the important contributions made to the U.S. by Americans of French descent.

By Date:

July 1 - Canada Day, or Fête du Canada
A Canadian federal holiday that celebrates the 1867 enactment of the Constitution Act, which established the three former British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick as a united nation called Canada.

July 4 - Independence Day
A United States federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The original 13 American colonies declared independence from Britain and established themselves as a new nation known as the United States of America.

July 4 - Filipino-American Friendship Day
Also known as Philippine Republic Day.  Every 4th of July, Filipinos celebrate to mark their historical alliance with the U.S. The relationship between the two countries started as a hostile one and then, with the intervention of another force, to a friendly one. 

July 7-8 - Hijri New Year
Also known as the Islamic New Year, the holiday marks the beginning of a new lunar Hijri year, and is the day on which the year count is incremented.

July 11 - World Population Day
An observance established in 1989 by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme. The annual event is designed to raise awareness of global population issues.

July 14 - International Non-Binary People's Day
Celebrating the accomplishments of non-binary people and addressing the issues they face.

July 14 - Bastille Day
A French federal holiday that commemorates the Storming of the Bastille, a fortress-prison in Paris that held political prisoners who had displeased the French nobility. The Storming of the Bastille, which took place on July 14, 1789, was regarded as a turning point of the French Revolution.

July 16 - Ashura
For Sunni Muslims, Ashura marks the parting of the Red Sea by Moses and the salvation of the Israelites. For Shia Muslims, Ashura is a day of mourning as they annually commemorate the death of Husayn ibn Ali, grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhummad and the third Shia imam.

July 18 - South Asian Heritage Month Begins
Along with providing learning opportunities for others, the month enables people of South Asian heritage to reclaim their history and identity by sharing their own stories and experiences.

July 18 - Nelson Mandela International Day
A day for the recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday via unanimous decision of the U.N. General Assembly. It is more than a celebration of Mandela’s life and legacy; it is a global movement to honor his life’s work and to change the world for the better.

July 21 - Asalha Puja, or Dharma Day
A celebration of Buddha’s first teachings.

July 24 - Pioneer Day
This day is observed by the Mormons to commemorate the arrival in 1847 of the first Latter Day Saints pioneer in Salt Lake Valley.

July 26 - American Disabilities Act Day, National Disability Independence Day
This day celebrates the anniversary of the 1990 signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

July 27 - National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
On July 27, 1953, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed ending the war, now officially recognized as Armistice Day.

July 28 - National Parent's Day
Established in 1994 when President Bill Clinton signed a Congressional Resolution into law for "recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children."

July 30 - International Day of Friendship
The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

All Month:

National Civility Month
This special month was first established by the International Institute for Civil Leadership in 2014 as a way to spread awareness about the need for good manners, respect, and consideration for others.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a rare genetic disorder that affects the motor neurons in the spinal cord, leading to muscle weakness and progressive loss of movement. August was designated in an effort to raise awareness and support individuals and families affected by this condition. 


By Date:

August 1 - Lammas
A festival to mark the annual wheat harvest within some English-speaking countries in the Northern Hemisphere.

August 1 - Lughnasadh
A Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest season.

August 4 through August 10 - International Assistance Dog Week
Created to recognize all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability related limitations.

August 7 - National Purple Heart Day
A time for Americans to remember and honor the brave men and women who were either wounded on the battlefield or paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.

August 9 - International Day of the World's Indigenous People
People from around the world are encouraged to spread the UN's message on the protection and promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples.

Augusrt 12-13 - Tisha B'Av
An annual fast day in Judaism. It is also known as one of the most tragic days in Jewish history since it saw a number of disasters that affected Jews for years to come. 

August 13 - International Lefthanders Day
A day to raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed in a predominantly right-handed world.

August 13-15 - Obon (Ulambana)
A Buddhist festival and Japanese custom for honoring the spirits of ancestors.     

August 17 - Marcus Garvey Day
The birthday of the Jamaican politician and activist who is revered by Rastafarians. Garvey is credited with starting the Back to Africa movement, which encouraged those of African descent to return to the land of their ancestors during and after slavery in North America.

August 17 - South Asian Heritage Month ends
The month ends on the anniversary of Partition or the change of political borders and the division of other assets that accompanied the dissolution of the British Raj in the Indian subcontinent and the creation of two independent dominions in South Asia: India and Pakistan.

August 19 - World Humanitarian Day
The world commemorates humanitarian workers killed and injured in the course of their work, and we honor all aid and health workers who continue, despite the odds, to provide life-saving support and protection to people most in need.

August 19 - Raksha Bandhan
A Hindu holiday that commemorates the loving kinship between a brother and sister.

August 23 - International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade
The anniversary of the uprising in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) that initiated the abolition of slavery in that nation.

August 26 - Women's Equality Day
Commemorates the August 26, 1920, certification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution that gave women the right to vote.

August 30-September 7 - Paryushana Parva
A Jain festival lasting about eight to ten days that is observed through meditation and fasting. Its main focus is spiritual upliftment, pursuit of salvation and a deeper understanding of the religion.

August 31 - International Day for People of African Descent
Where the world comes together to honor the shared heritage, diverse culture, and profound influence of Africans and the global African diaspora.

All Month:

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15)
This month corresponds with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16, and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended Spanish dictatorship.

National Guide Dog Month
A celebration of the work of guide dogs in the United States as a way to raise awareness, appreciation and support for guide dog schools.

Suicide Prevention Month
In honor of the lives lost to suicide, the millions of people who have struggled with suicidal ideation, and acknowledge the individuals, families, and communities that have been impacted. It is also a time to raise awareness about suicide prevention and share messages of hope.

World Alzheimer’s Month
During World Alzheimer’s Month, we call on everyone, from individuals to large organisations, including every Alzheimer and dementia association globally, to support World Alzheimer’s Month by getting involved in some way.   


By Date:

September 2 - Labor Day
Labor Day honors the contribution that laborers have made to the country and is observed on the first Monday of September.

September 6 - Color Blindness Awareness Day
John Dalton was a scientist who was born on 6th September 1766. He was the first person known to realise colour blindness exists.

September 7 - Celebration of Ganesha
A huge community event lasting around 10 days, where the elephant-headed Hindu God is praised and given offerings.

September 8 - Feast of Nativity (12 Great Feasts)
Also called the Nativity of the Theotokos is one of the 12 Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church. The Feast commemorates the birth of the Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ.

September 11 - National Day of Service and Remembrance
The purpose is to transform the anniversary of 9/11 from a day of tragedy into a day of doing good. Many people and organizations use the day to complete service projects for their community.

September 15 - Hispanic Heritage Month begins
Established in 1968 on the anniversay of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America are celebrated. 

September 15 - International Day of Democracy
Provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. Democracy is as much a process as a goal, and only with the full participation of and support by the international community, national governing bodies, civil society and individuals, can the ideal of democracy be made into a reality to be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere.

September 15-16 - Eid Milad Un Nabi
An Islamic holiday commemorating the birthday of the prophet Muhammad.

September 16 - Mexican Independence Day
Recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended Spanish dictatorship.

September 20 - HeForShe movement anniversary
HeForShe is an invitation for men and people of all genders to stand in solidarity with women to create a bold, visible and united force for gender equality. 

September 21 - World Alzheimer’s Day
World Alzheimer's Day is a global opportunity to raise awareness around, educate, encourage support of and demystify dementia.  

September 21 - International Day of Peace
The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. 

September 21-29 - Mabon
Also referred to as Harvest Home, the Feast of the Ingathering, and Meán Fómhair. Mabon is the second celebration of the harvest, a ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth, and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and the God during the coming winter months. It is one of the eight major annual sabbats or festivals.

September 23 - International Day of Sign Languages
Start of the Jewish New Year, day of judgment and remembrance. The Jewish calendar celebrates the New Year in the seventh month (Tishrei) as a day of rest and celebration ten days before Yom Kippur.
Rosh Hashanah is observed from Sunday evening, Sept. 25, 2022, through the end of Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. 

September 23 - Bi Visibility Day
Celebrating bisexual pride.

September 27 - Native American Day
Native American Day honors the cultural contributions of Native American communities to the respective state's history, as well as to the overall country.

September 27 - Meskel
A day that commemorates the cross used in the Crucifixion of Jesus in some Christian denominations and a religious holiday in the Ethiopian Orthodox and Eritrean Orthodox churches that commemorates the discovery of the True Cross by the Roman Empress, Helena, in the fourth century.

September 28 - Teacher’s Day in Taiwan
Taiwan uses this day to honor teachers’ contributions to their students and society in general. People often express their gratitude to their teachers by visiting them or sending them a card. This date was chosen to commemorate the birth of Confucius, the model master educator in ancient China.

September 28 - National Public Lands Day
Traditionally the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and health benefits.

All Month:

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
During November, victim advocates, allied professionals, survivors of abuse, their loved ones, and the surrounding community come together to mourn the lives lost to domestic violence, celebrate the progress that has been made to end this epidemic, and connect with others working to create change.

Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Established in the 1980's, this month is recognized to raise public awareness about the condition, and advocate for acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

Filipino American Heritage Month
Commemorates the first Filipinos to arrive in the continental United States at what is now Morro Bay, California on October 18, 1587.

German American Heritage Month
Celebrating the German-American heritage and commemorates the founding of Germantown, Pennsylvania (now part of Philadelphia), in 1683.

Italian-American Heritage Month
Italian American Heritage Month is celebrated every year to honor and recognize the centuries of achievements, successes, and valuable contributions of Italian immigrants and Italian Americans. 

LGBT History Month
Founded in 1994, LGBT History Month is an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.

National Bullying Prevention Month
A month long event to prevent childhood bullying and promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Honoring the many contributions of people with disabilities to America's workplaces and economy. 

National Family History Month
Promotes taking the opportunity to talk about family history and make sure your family story is remembered for decades (and centuries) to come.

National Work and Family Month
During this time, businesses across the U.S. are asked promote healthier and more flexible work environments. The goal of the campaign is to remind employers about the business benefits of supporting work-life effectiveness programs.

Polish American Heritage Month
To memorialize the arrival of the first Polish settlers in Jamestown, VA in October 1608 as well as the death of Casimir Pulaski, the father of American cavalry.

Spina Bifida Awareness Month
The aim is to come together to raise awareness, offer support, and spread knowledge about Spina Bifida. Spina Bifida is a congenital condition that affects the spinal cord and can impact a person's life in various ways.

By Date:

October 2-4 - Rosh Hashanah
Start of the Jewish New Year, day of judgment and remembrance. The Jewish calendar celebrates the New Year in the seventh month (Tishrei) as a day of rest and celebration ten days before Yom Kippur.

October 9 - Canadian Thanksgiving
A chance for people to give thanks for a good harvest and other fortunes in the past year.

October 10 - National Indigenous Peoples’ Day
An alternative celebration to Columbus Day that gives recognition to the indigenous populations affected by colonization.

October 11 - National Coming Out Day (U.S.)
For those who identify as LGBTQ+, this day celebrates coming out and the recognition of the 1987 March on Washington for gay and lesbian equality.

October 11-12 - Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur is often considered the holiest day of the year for Jews, and the day is dedicated to atonement and abstinence. During Yom Kippur, Jews fast from before sundown on the first day until after sunset on the second day and light a Yahrzeit memorial candle at sundown on the night of Yom Kippur.

October 16-17 - Birth of Báb
A Bahá'i holiday celebrating the birth of the prophet Báb.

October 17-18 - The Birth of Bahá'u'lláh
A day which members of the Baháʼí faith celebrate the birthday of the founder of the Baháʼí religion.

October 24 - Dussehra
A 10-day festival celebrated by Hindus to recognize Rama's victory over evil.

October 31 - 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 faithfully departed.

All Month:

Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month
Giving honor and support to the millions of brave Americans who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, along with the selfless family members and caregivers who stand by their sides throughout the long course of this heartbreaking disease.

American Diabetes Month
A time to rally against the diabetes epidemic and bring awareness of the disease, the causes and the effects. 

COPD Awareness Month
COPD is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs and this month is used to raise awareness, take action and help make a difference in the lives of the more than 12.5 million people affected Americans.

Dercum's Disease Awareness Month
To raise awareness of Dercum's Disease among both medical professionals and the general public. Dercum's disease is a rare disorder characterized by multiple, painful growths of fatty tissue (lipomas).

National Epilepsy Awareness Month
NEAM is an entire month dedicated to uplifting individuals living with the epilepsies and educating the public on what it means to experience seizures.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month
People around the world work together to recognize and raise awareness of the challenges that come from a diagnosis of lung cancer. Awareness is the first step to prevention.

Men's Health Awareness Month
An annual global campaign that encourages men to grow mustaches and participate in various activities to raise awareness and support of those facing prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health issues.

National Native American Heritage Month
It is a time to celebrate the traditions, languages and stories of Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and affiliated Island communities and ensure their rich histories and contributions continue to thrive with each passing generation.

National Veterans and Military Families Month
Established in 1996, this month is used as a time to acknowledge the tremendous sacrifices our military families make.

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
A month of empowerment, education, and inspiration for communities far and wide who have been touched by pancreatic cancer.

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
The globally recognised healthcare event. Various awareness campaigns and activities to promote are conducted by several organizations across the world in understanding the early diagnosis, treatment and the preventive tips for prostate cancer.

By Date:

November 1 - All Saints' Day
Commemorates all known and unknown Christian saints.

November 1 - International Stress Awareness Day
A day dedicated to shedding light on the impact of stress and the importance of managing it effectively.

November 1-2 - All Souls' Day (Dia de los Muertos)
All Souls' Day commemorates all faithful Christians who are no longer living. In the Mexican tradition, the holiday is celebrated as Dia de Los Muertos (October 31 and November 2), which is a time of remembrance for dead ancestors and a celebration of the continuity of life.

November 9 - World Usability Day
Raise standards so that technology works to harness human potential.

November 11 - Veterans Day
An annual U.S. federal holiday honoring military veterans.

November 13 - World Kindness Day
It was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement to highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness for good which binds us.

November 13-19 - Transgender Awareness Week
When transgender advocates raise awareness of the transgender community through education and advocacy activities.

November 16 - International Day for Tolerance
An annual observance day declared by UNESCO in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance. 

November 17 - International ERG Day
Founded in 2020 to honor all voluntary, employee-led groups that foster diversity in the workplace and help provide support, career growth opportunities, networking, and professional development for women and minority voices at leading companies around the globe.

November 20 - Transgender Day of Remembrance
This day was established in 1998 to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia and raise awareness of the continued violence endured by the transgender community.

November 24 - Feast of Christ the King
A praise to God for the gift of time. Many party and feast to give thanks.

November 28 - Thanksgiving
It originated as a day of thanksgiving and harvest festival, with the theme of the holiday revolving around giving thanks and the centerpiece of celebrations remaining a Thanksgiving dinner. 

November 29 - Native American Heritage Day
Held annually the Friday after Thanksgiving, this day encourages Americans of all backgrounds to observe and honor Native Americans through appropriate ceremonies and activities.


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HIV/AIDS Awareness Month
Since 1988, December has been the month to bring attention to the HIV epidemic, to increase HIV awareness and knowledge, to speak out against the HIV stigma, and to call for an increased response to move toward ending the disease.

Universal Human Rights Month
Gives people the opportunity to reflect on how people treat one another, to stand up for individual rights and the rights of others, and to volunteer or donate to local, statewide, national, and/or global organizations that support and fight for human rights.

By Date:

December 1 - World AIDS Day
This day commemorates those who have died of AIDS and acknowledges the need for a continued commitment to all those affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

December 3 - Giving Tuesday
Often stylized as #GivingTuesday for the purposes of hashtag activism. A global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

December 3 - International Day of Persons with Disabilities
This day is designed to raise awareness in regards to persons with disabilities in order to improve their lives and provide them with equal opportunity.

December 6 - St. Nicholas Day
Celebrated on the day of Saint Nicholas of Myra's death. It recognizes the third-century saint who became an inspiration for the modern-day Santa Claus.

December 9 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception 
This day is a celebration, by various Christian denominations, of belief in the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

December 8 - Bodhi Day
A Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali.

December 10 - International Human Rights Day
Established by the United Nations in 1948 to commemorate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

December 12 - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
A religious holiday in Mexico commemorating the appearance of the Virgin Mary near Mexico City in 1531.

December 13 - St. Lucia's Day
A religious festival of lights in Scandinavia and Italy commemorating the martyrdom of St. Lucia, a young Christian girl who was killed for her faith in 304 C.E.

December 16-24 - Las Posadas
A nine-day celebration in Mexico commemorating the trials Mary and Joseph endured during their journey to Bethlehem.

December 20 - International Human Solidarity Day 
A day for the international communitty to emphasize the importance of working together to address global challenges and promote the well-being of all people.

December 21 - Yule Winter Solstice
Celebrated by Pagans and Wiccans. The shortest day of the year represents a celebration focusing on rebirth, renewal and new beginnings as the sun makes its way back to the Earth.

December 25 - Christmas Day
The day that many Christians associate with Jesus’ birth.

December 25-January 2 - Hanukkah
Hanukkah lasts eight days, from the 25th day of Kislev, and commemorates the rededication of the Temple in 165 BC by the Maccabees after its desecration by the Syrians. It is marked by the successive kindling of eight lights.

December 26 through January 1 - Kwanzaa
African-American holiday started by Maulana Karenga in 1966 to celebrate universal African-American heritage.

December 31 - New Year's Eve
Also known as Old Year's Day, this is of the last day of the year on the Gregorian calendar.

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