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National Native American Heritage Month

National Native American Heritage Month, initiated in 1915 by Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian and Director of the Museum of Arts in Rochester, NY. This special time started as a single day designed to recognize the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S. Later, in 1990, […]

Chanukah (Hanukkah)

Also known as the “Festival of Lights,” Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday recognizing the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. It is observed by lighting candles on a Menorah—one for each day of the festival. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew […]

Advent

Advent, a Christian season of celebration leading up to the birth of Christ. Practices associated with Advent include keeping an Advent calendar, lighting an Advent wreath, praying an Advent daily devotional, erecting a Christmas tree or a Chrismon tree, lighting a Christingle, and many other ways preparing for Christmas.

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day, commemorating those who have died of AIDS, and to acknowledge the need for a continued commitment to all those affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery marks the date the General Assembly adopted the “United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others” on December 2, 1949. The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in […]

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD)

Since 1992, the United Nations’ IDPD has been celebrated globally each year on 3 December to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities (PwD). It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of PwD in every aspect […]

International Human Rights Day

International Human Rights Day, established by the United Nations in 1948 to commemorate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Las Posadas

Las Posadas is a nine-day celebration in Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba, Spain, and other Latin American countries commemorating the trials Mary and Joseph endured during their journey to Bethlehem. At the end of each night, Christmas carols are sung, children break open star-shaped piñata, and all are invited to sit and feast.

Christmas Day

Christmas Day, the day that many Christians associate with Jesus' birth

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa, a holiday established in 1996 by Maulana Karenga as a time for African Americans to “discover and bring forth the best of our culture, both ancient and current, and use it as a foundation to bring into being models of human excellence and possibilities to enrich and expand our lives.”