• Religious & Cultural Observances

  • September 15-October 15, 2021 - Hispanic Heritage Month

    September 15th – October 15th is recognized nationally as Hispanic Heritage Month.

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

  • October - LGBT History Month

    The month of October is recognized nationally as LGBT History Month.  Marks and celebrates the lives and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the United States. 

  • October 11, 2021 - Indigenous People's Day

    Indigenous People's Day (Native American Day) celebrates and honors Native American history and culture. 

  • October/November 2021-February/March 2022 - Makahiki Season

    October/November 2021 - February/March 2022 - Celebrates the ancient Hawaiian New Year. 

  • November National American Indian Heritage Month

    National American Indian Heritage Month celebrates and honors the history and culture of Native Americans and Indigenous people in the United States. 

  • February Black History Month

    Black History Month celebrates Black History and African American culture in the United States. 

  • March - National Women's History Month

    Honors women as significant agents of historical change. 

  • March 26, 2022 - Prince Kūhiō Day

    March 26, 2022, celebrates Prince Kūhiō's birthday. Prince Kūhiō authored the first Hawai'i statehood bill. 

  • April - National Arab American Heritage Month

    April recognizes the contributions and celebrates the culture of Arab Americans in the United States. 

  • Ramadan

    The Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins at sundown on April 2, 2022, and ends at sundown on May 2, 2022, followed by the Eid-Al-Fitr celebration/holiday on May 2nd. Ramadan is an annual religious celebration. Colleagues and students who observe Ramadan may participate in fasting by abstaining from drinking and eating during the daylight hours and prayer during the day. 

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  • May Asian American and Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander Heritage Month

    Asian American & Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Heritage Month recognizes the contributions and celebrates the culture of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in the United States. 

  • May - Jewish American Heritage Month

    Jewish American Heritage Month recognizes the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievements of American Jews. 

  • June - LGBTQ+ Pride Month

    Commemorates the anniversary of the June 28, 1969, Stonewall riot in New York City, the incident that initiated the modern gay rights movement in the United States. 

  • Juneteenth

    Juneteenth is celebrated annually on June 19th. It commemorates the day, in1865 , that  enslaved  African Americans, living in Texas,  learned slavery was outlawed in the United States.  Two years earlier, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the Emancipation Proclamation on  January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation declared an end to the inhumane practice of slavery.   Juneteenth has previously been called African American Freedom Day and Emancipation Day. Although it is only recognized as a legal holiday in the state of Texas, millions of African Americans honor the significance of this important day in history. 

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