• Because we live in such beautifully diverse community, we work to avoid religious date conflicts for school events, meetings and activities that offer curricular value to our families and students, such as curriculum nights, conferences, board meetings and open houses. To help facilitate that process, a calendar noting significant religious and cultural holidays is shared with school leaders for planning purposes. 

    Given that we schedule those important events to avoid curricular conflicts to the extent possible, there will sometimes be non-curricular events and activities, such as sporting events, groundbreakings, filmed community presentations, etc. that will fall on dates that have cultural or religious significance for families. 

     

     

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     Pride Month takes place in June and is an annual celebration of the LGBT community. Here's everything you need to know. Pride Month takes place in June and is an annual celebration of the LGBT community.

    What you need to know

    History of Pride Month

     

    Calendars to Use for Reference

     

    Diversity Calendar 2019-2020 from Cultures Connecting

    Anti Defamation League Calendar

     

    A List Compiled by Fakequity

    Notes and Biases

    The list below does not include too many Western or Christian holidays. Those dates are easily found on Western calendars and many online calendars (MS Outlook or Google Calendar) have plugins that will pre-populate those for you. I also purposefully did not want to center American/European/white-centric holidays with this list.

    No list can incorporate every culture's dates and holidays. I did my best to include dates that a very diverse friend and colleague group mentioned as being important to them and their faiths, cultures, and backgrounds. This means there are a lot of biases included in the list. To name a few of those biases – US West Coast, English speaking/literate, social media connected. I double-checked this list against a few other lists (here is one from Cultures Connecting) to see if I missed major events. Some list are more inclusive than the Fakequity list, and others skewed differently, such as they included American holidays and Christian holy days. As authors and editors, we make editorial and political decisions on what to include and exclude. It is important for you to do your own research and decide what is important to include you and your network and daily work.

    I did my best to make the list as accurate as possible, however there are cultural nuances that may have been missed. Such as in regionality is important. Such as the Puget Sound and Minneapolis have large Somali communities, so those dates play more prominently than in other places like Hawaii. Hawaii has holidays that aren't celebrated elsewhere (I didn't include those on this list, but look up Kamehameha day). Some holidays or events have different starting and ending on different dates than what I may have listed due to different practices. Some events may start at sundown/sunset on one day but Western calendars (which I relied on) may show the date differently. Please check with your own networks to ensure you are being culturally sensitive if observing a date.

    2020 Culturally Significant Dates

    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – 1/20/20
    • Lunar New Year (Chinese) / Tet (Vietnamese) / Seollal (Korean) – 1/25/2020
    • Leap Day / 2020 Leap Year – 2/29/20 (Not necessarily culturally significant, but author’s bias and privilege to insert this)
    • Hinamatsuri – Girl’s Day (Japanese) – 3/3/20 – annual date 3 March
    • Holi – 3/9/20 sundown, ends 3/10/20 sundown
    • Ethiopian Orthodox Easter – 4/19/20
    • Passover (Jewish) – 4/8-16/20 ends nightfall
    • Eretria Easter – 4/12/20
    • Orthodox Easter – 4/28/19
    • Children’s / Boy’s Day (Japanese) – 5/5/20 –annual date 5 April
    • Ramadan – 4/23 (sundown) -5/23/20 (tentative dates, dependent on the sighting of the moon)
    • Vesak / Vesākha / Vaiśākha / Buddha Jayanti / Buddha Purnima / Buddha Day (Buddhist) – 5/7/20
    • Eid ul-Fitr – 5/24/20
    • Juneteenth – 6/19/20
    • Summer Solstice (northern hemisphere) – 6/20/20
    • Hajj (Islam) – 7/30/20 (ten-day period)
    • Liberation Day (Guam) – 7/21/20
    • Ethiopian New Year – 9/11-9/12/20
    • Mid-Autumn Festival – 10/01/20
    • Rosh Hashanah – 9/18-9/20 (starts sundown 9/18)
    • Yom Kippur – 9/27-9/28 (starts sundown 9/27)
    • United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – 9/13 – annually recognized
    • White Sunday (Samoa) - 10/11/20
    • Indigenous Peoples’ Day – 10/12/20
    • All Saints Day – 11/1/20 (always 1 Nov)
    • Día de los Muertos – 11/1/20 (always 1 Nov)
    • US Presidential Election Day – 11/3/20
    • All Souls Day – 11/2/20 (always 2 Nov)
    • Diwali / Deepavali / Dipavali / Bandi Chhor Divas (Sikh) – 11/14/20
    • Transgender Day of Remembrance – 11/20/20 – annually recognized
    • Bodhi Day (Buddhist) – 12/8/20
    • Human Rights Day – 12/10 – annually recognized
    • Las Posadas and Noche Buena (Christian Latin American) – 12/16-24/20
    • Simbang Gabi (Filipino) - 12/16 - 12/24/20
    • Winter Equinox (northern hemisphere) 12/21/20
    • Hanukkah / Chanukah – 12/10-18/20 (starts and ends at nightfall)
    • Kwanzaa – 12/26-1/1 annually celebrated
    • Orthodox / Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas / Eritrean Orthodox Christmas – 1/7/21

    New Years Dates

    This is a favorite list to put together. I enjoy seeing all of the different new year dates and thinking fresh starts are available to us year-round - 19 different dates listed. It stretches our thinking from a linear January – December frame to thinking more wholly. Lunar new year is coming up, so get that second round of new year’s resolutions going.

    • Orthodox New Year – 1/7/20 and 1/7/21 (including 2021 since we passed the 2020 date)
    • Losar / Tibetan New Year – 2/24/20
    • Lunar New Year (Chinese) / Tet (Vietnamese) / Seollal (Korean) – 1/25/20
    • Tsagaan Sar/ White Moon (Mongolian) – 1/24/20
    • Persian Nowruz / Iranian New Year – 3/20/20
    • Naw-Rúz / first day of the Baháʼí calendar – 3/20/20
    • Nyepi Bali Hindu New Year – 3/25/20
    • Ugaadhi / Telegu and Kannada New Year – 4/6/19
    • Thingyan / Burmese New Year Festival – 4/13-16/20
    • Aluth Avurudda (Sinhalese New Year, Sri Lanka) – 4/13-14/20
    • Songkran (Thailand) – 4/13-16/20
    • Khmer New Year – 4/13-16/20
    • Bun Pi Mai (Lao) – 4/13-15/20
    • Bengali New Year, Pohela Boishakh – 4/14/20
    • Matariki, Maori New Year (New Zealand) – 7/13/20
    • Al-Hijra / Muharram (Islamic / Muslim) – 7/20/20
    • Enkutatash / Ethiopian New Year – 9/12/20 (due to 2020 being a leap year)
    • Rosh Hashanah – 9/18-9/20 (starts sundown 9/18)
    • Diwali / Deepavali / Dipavali / Bandi Chhor Divas (Sikh) – 11/14/20

    Monthly Recognitions

    • January – none
    • February – African American History Month
    • March – Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
    • April – Arab American Heritage Month
    • May – Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Jewish American Heritage Month
    • June – LGBT Pride Month
    • July – none
    • August – none
    • September – Hispanic Heritage Month (15 Sept – 15 Oct)
    • October – Disability Employment Awareness Month, Filipino American History Month, LGBT History Month
    • November – Native American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month
    • December – none