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May Diversity Calendar 2024

By: Jessica MousseauDiversity Calendar
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May Diversity Calendar 2024

May is full of a variety of heritage and awareness months, LGBT remembrance days, and a variety of religious holidays too. Each month, we share just a few of the events on our DEI resource. You can explore our entire 2024 Diversity Calendar and 2024 Interfaith Calendar during a free trial.

Below you’ll find a sampling of some May diversity events. To see all of this month’s DEI events or multicultural holidays, see our interactive online DEI Calendar.

NOTE: If an event is denoted with a *, it starts the evening before.

May Diversity Calendar 2024 Highlights

National Foster Care Month – May

This month is a time to acknowledge the children and youth in foster care and their families and the foster parents and mentors who help them find a forever home. It’s a great way to reflect on how you can help your community to better support those helping to improve their lives.

National Day of Prayer – May 2

This annual observance reminds the nation to come together to pray for its leaders and citizens for guidance through prayer. This was first established as a way for all Americans to express their faith, regardless of their religion. It’s been celebrated since 1952.

Armed Forces Day – May 4

Today, we honor all five branches of the U.S. military. This annual holiday has united Americans to celebrate those who have served or are serving our country since 1949.

National Day for Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls – May 5

Commemorated in both the United States and Canada, this day serves as a reminder of an ongoing crisis of kidnapping and violence faced by Indigenous women and girls. Also known as Red Dress Day, it hopes to raise awareness among the general public about an alarming issue that is underreported in mass media.

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) – May 6*

This day is dedicated to remembering the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust as a result of the Nazi regime.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia – May 17

Established to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBTQ+ rights work worldwide. This day emphasizes the need for acceptance and equality for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development – May 21

Recognized by the United Nations, this day celebrates the richness of the world’s cultures and the essential role of intercultural dialogue for achieving peace and sustainable development.

Vesak – May 23

Also known as Buddha Day, Vesak commemorates the birth, enlightenment (Nirvana), and death (Parinirvana) of Gautama Buddha in the Theravada or southern tradition. It is the most significant day for Buddhists worldwide, observed with prayers, meditation, and acts of charity.

Pansexual and Panromantic Awareness Day – May 24

Honor those in your life who identify as panromantic and pansexual. Pan people are attracted to who a person is not how they identify. This day celebrates the community’s ability to express their sexuality openly in a world that is accepting of all humans.

Trail of Tears – May 28

The Trail of Tears represents ethnic cleansing and forced relocations for many Native American nations after the Indian Removal Act was enacted in 1830. During this time, nearly 60,000 people were displaced until 1850. Members of Five Tribes, including Cherokee, Seminole, Muscogee, Choctaw, and Chickasaw, were removed from their homes and moved to a new Indian territory after the discovery of gold near their ancestral land.

Final Thoughts

May is full of great diversity holidays and religious events. Each month, take some time to look at our monthly snippet of our Diversity Calendar to learn about diversity days. What diversity days did you first learn about this month? Look for our June Diversity Calendar blog next month to stay updated on all the most important DEI events for 2024.

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