February Diversity Calendar

Black History Month

Black History Month, Religious Events, Key Holidays in Mexico and Japan, and More

African-American/Black History Month

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February diversity celebrations include Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in the United States, marking the important contributions of blacks to the United States, Canada and United Kingdom.

Birthdays of key black Americans include Feb 1, the birthday of the playwright and poet Langston Hughes. The abolitionist Frederick Douglas was born on the 14th.

And Feb. 17 marks the birthday of the great singer Marion Anderson, the first African American to sing a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. W.E.B Du Bois, one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was born on the 23rd.

A Diversity of Religious Holidays

Christians of both the Eastern and Western traditions will begin the holiday season leading to Easter with Great Lent. This commences on Ash Wednesday or Feb. 10 for Western Catholics, and Feb. 12 for Eastern Orthodox Christians.

Religious Holidays in the East and Middle East

Other February diversity month events include:  Buddhists in the Mahãyãna tradition will mark the death of Buddha in 483 B.C.E. on the 15th, and commemorate his attainment of final nirvana. On Feb. 12th, Hindus will honor Basant Panchami, the arrival of spring.

For a complete list of upcoming events, see our diversity calendar

World’s Biggest Holiday Comes to an End

In the Asian world, the Chinese will mark the new year on Feb. 8, a major holiday. Tibetans will celebrate their new year, Losar, also on Feb 8. Please enjoy the colorful video of the Lantern Festival in our sample calendar.

National Holidays: Mexico, Japan and More

February is also filled with national and independence days. Major countries with key holidays include Mexico (Constitution Day, Feb. 1)  and Japan (National Foundation Day, Feb. 11) and the United States (Presidents’ Day, Feb. 15). Others include National Day in Sri Lanka on the 4th, National Day in Kuwait on the 25th, and Independence Day in the Dominican Republic on the 27th.

And for all the romantics out there, if you love someone, the one holiday you absolutely must remember is Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day.

Here’s a sneak peak of our March diversity calendar.

For a complete list of upcoming events, see our diversity calendar

 

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