Religious Holidays & Heritage Months
Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year
Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is an important festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar, which consists of both Gregorian and lunar-solar calendar systems. Chinese New Year can begin anytime between late January and mid-February. This year’s celebration begins on February 12, 2021 and lasts for 16 days.
Black History Month
February 1st – February 28th is recognized nationally as Black History Month. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a focused time to recognize the essential role of Black people in U.S. history. February allows us a time to highlight African Americans, yet African American History is American History and should be celebrated throughout the year. The Black History Month 2021 theme, “Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity” explores the African diaspora and the importance of Black families.
Native American/Indigenous Heritage Month
The month of November is recognized nationally as Native American/Indigenous Heritage Month.
Click the links below for resources including websites, Ted Talks, and book lists suggested by Donna Chrisjohn, Parent Educator in CCSD.
Donna Chrisjohn – Parent & Community Educator
Denver American Indian Commissioner, Founding Committee Member for the American Indian Academy of Denver, Nebraska Humanities Speaker
BA in Communications in ASU, Paralegal, Mom extraordinaire of 5 kids
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The Indian Relocation Act of 1956 (also known as Public Law 959 or the Adult Vocational Training Program) was a United States law intended to encourage Native Americans in the United States to leave Indian reservations, acquire vocational skills, and assimilate into the general population.
* He currently lives in Colorado Springs, and was an artist in residence at the Denver Art Museum 2 years ago.
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LGBTQ+ History Month
The month of October is recognized nationally as LGBTQ+ History Month. Our office believes it is imperative that students and staff walk proudly in their full authentic identities. Therefore, we believe it is critical that we recognize and acknowledge months that highlight our collective humanity.
Queer Asterisk is a Colorado 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing queer-informed counseling services, educational training, and community programming. Below are some upcoming opportunities we wanted to share.
Friends & Family Night
2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 6-7 pm
Supportive group to connect with other families, learn about our approach to counseling, and gain an understanding of LGBTQ+ identities. Facilitated by fellow outreach intern Aiyla and Queer Asterisk counselor Eric (he/him). Geared toward parents, grandparents, spouses, siblings, and friends. Open to the general public. By-donation, no need to register. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Express Yourselves: Queer & Trans Identities
Tuesdays from 4-5:30 pm
Supportive art group for LGBTQ+ teens, led by Queer Asterisk art therapy intern Luka (he/him). Sliding scale, materials included. Space is limited, registration deadline October 26th. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Teen Queer Conversation
Wednesdays from 4:30-6 pm
A supportive discussion group for LGBTQ+ teens, led by Queer Asterisk counselor Danny (he/him) and counseling intern John (they/them). Incorporates mindfulness, social skills, and creative activities. $15 suggested donation. Please contact email@example.com to register.
Hispanic Heritage Month 2020
September 15th – October 15th is recognized nationally as Hispanic Heritage Month.
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.
Jewish American Heritage Month
Please join us in acknowledging the month of May as Jewish American Heritage Month, attached are several resources that can be used to educate and celebrate the rich heritage of Jewish Americans and their many contributions to the United States.
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins at sundown on April 12th and ends at sundown May 11th followed by the Eid-Al-Fitr celebration/holiday on May 12th-13th. 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.
Here are some links to resources with more information about Ramadan.
Asian American and Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Please join us in acknowledging the month of May as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Attached are some resources that can be used to educate and celebrate the rich heritage of Asian and Pacific Islanders and their many contributions to the United States.
Cultural Holidays & Heritage Celebrations Calendar
This calendar includes religious holidays and heritage months that the Office of Inclusive Excellence is aware of. If you would like to add an event to this calendar, email CCSDEquity@cherrycreekschools.org.