This is the month that spring rolls in, and as you (hopefully) welcome warmer weather, you can welcome new cultures into your daily life. A great way to do this is by adding a few new diversity days to your calendar this month. March celebrates everything from religious traditions to women to the elimination of racial discrimination. Here’s how you can celebrate.
Women’s History Month
Happy Women’s History Month! This month honors the role that women like Dorothea Dix, Susan B. Anthony, Jane Cooke Wright, Mary Tape, and so many others have played in American history. Consider hosting an event at your workplace to celebrate women. You could invite a local female entrepreneur or nonprofit founder to speak as well.
March 8: International Women’s Day
This is another stellar opportunity to celebrate the women in your life. This day specifically highlights the political, cultural, and economic achievements of women. To celebrate, you can do something simple such as reaching out to a woman in your life who has inspired you. A nice handwritten note letting a teacher, mentor, or family member know their impact can be so powerful.
March 8: Holi
Known as the “Festival of Colors,” this Hindu holiday celebrates the winter harvest and the onset of spring. Weather permitting, consider hosting your friends and family in your backyard or driveway with brightly colored decorations. Hindu families will often get colored powders to throw and smear on their faces during the festivities.
Keep up to date with our 2023 Interfaith calendar for this year.
March 10: Harriet Tubman’s Birthday
Happy Birthday, Harriet! As an American abolitionist, she’s known for saving a reported 70 people on the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad was a network of African American and white people who offered shelter and aid to escaped enslaved people from the South. Grab a book out of the library to read more about her life.
March 17: St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated culturally all around the world, but it’s also a feast day for a Catholic saint. Consider toasting a pint of Guinness or making a traditional Irish recipe to enjoy this holiday!
March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
This day commemorates the date that police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against “pass laws” in Sharpeville, South Africa in 1960. The day aims to convey a simple message — using your voice can be a powerful vehicle against racism. You can celebrate this day by reflecting on your own biases and considering where they may have originated.
March 22 to April 21: Ramadan
Ramadan — an annual observance for Muslims worldwide — falls in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. During this time, Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until dusk. If you’re not Muslim, but you want to see what Ramadan is like, you can try abstaining from eating from dawn until dusk and break the fast with an evening meal called iftar.
That concludes the diversity events for the month of March. Come back next month to get the dates for April on your calendar. Becoming more aware of the cultural and religious dates that others are celebrating helps to make you a more informed coworker.
For more diversity topics, see our 2023 Diversity Calendar.