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November 2017 Diversity Calendar

by Logan Arlen

The November 2017 diversity calendar features a wide array of diversity events that span from the triumphs of Black Americans to the struggles of the transgender community.  It’s also National Native American Heritage Month, giving people in the US the opportunity to discover more about these historic people. Learning about the culture and customs of others is essential to truly respecting them.

See what diversity dates you missed last month in our October 2017 Blog post. Check out the full November diversity calendar here

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

One of the most famous Black Americans in history and a symbol for our progress, Barack Obama is one of the most influential and respected men alive. November marks the day Obama was elected to become President of the United States, becoming the first Black American to ever be elected to the highest office. He is an iconic role model in the black community, and an inspiration for young men and women, proving that you can do anything no matter your skin color.

Transgender Day of Rememberance

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Each year since its creation in 1999, the Transgender Day of Remembrance memorializes those who have been slain due to their sexual orientation. TDoR seeks to bring attention to the ongoing violence towards the transgender community. It’s celebrated in more than 20 countries around the world, and helps to shed light on the plight of the transgendered people. It’s essential for awareness these issues of violence affect not only the transgender community, but the entire LGBTQ community.

National Native American Heritage Month

National Native American Heritage Month

Our Diversity Calendar for November 2017 features this monthly theme. Established by President George H. Bush in 1990, National American Indian Heritage Month gives a platform to indigenous Americans to share their traditions and cultures with the rest of the country. Another aim of this month is to extend opportunities for dialog between government and indigenous people,  address concerns and seeks solutions.

AllSaintsDay

All Saints Day

This observance celebrates all saints, both known and unknown. This holiday stems from the belief in a spiritual bond between the living on Earth and spirits in heaven. Catholics believe the day commemorates those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven. The main element of the holiday revolves around “giving God solemn thanks for the lives and deaths of his saints,” and those who have personally led the faith in Jesus.

 

Veterans Day

Veterans Day/Armistice Day/ Remembrance Day

Veterans Day is an official US holiday to honor military veterans. Other countries celebrate Remembrance Day or Armistice Day as a mark of the anniversary of the end of World War 1. Veterans Day is different from Memorial Day in that it honors all Armed Forces veterans, while Memorial Day only honors those who died in service. Many business and government functions close during the holiday to show respect to the men and women who risk their lives to protect ours.

Mawlid

Mawlid

Otherwise known as Eid Milad Un Nabi, “Birth of the Prophet” is the observance of the Islamic prophet Muhammad’s Birthday. There are debates on the correct date of the holiday between Sunni Muslims and Shi’a Muslims. They believe the date is on the twelfth of Rabi’al-Awwal , or the seventeenth of Rabi’al-Awwal , respectively. Regardless of the actual date, this celebration is widely observed by Muslims. To learn more about Muslims and their beliefs, view cultural awareness and respect video.

Be sure to check out next month’s diversity calendar for a preview of November’s events. For a complete list of 2017 events, see our online diversity calendar.

September 2017 Religious Holidays

by Logan Arlen

In part 1 of September 2017 diversity calendar, we covered how Jesse Owens became a hero to the world, Jane Addam’s rise to becoming the first woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize, and the significance of Hispanic Heritage Month. Check out the full September diversity calendar here

In Part 2, we’ll explore some of the most important September 2017 religious holidays and other diversity events.

September 2017 Religious Holiday Rosh Hashanah

Jewish: Rosh Hashanah (New Year)

A key religious date, it begins at sundown, and marks the Jewish New Year 5777 and the Jewish month of Tishri. Rosh Hashanah is a time of reflection for both the past year and looking forward for the year to come. During the seders during this time, apples are dipped in honey to signify a ‘sweet’ new year. This also a time of forgiveness, to be asked from both God and the people in one’s life in order to live a better life in the upcoming year. A common greetings during the holiday is L’shana Tova, which means “Happy New Year”.

 

September 2017 Religious Dates: Yom KippurJewish : Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is viewed as the most holy religious holidays of the year in Judaism, much of the observance is spent in prayer and services at synagogue before a celebratory feast at the end of the fasting period. Ten days after Rosh Hashanah, beings Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement.

Jewish law requires one to eat a large and festive meal on the afternoon before Yom Kippur in order to prepare for the 25-hour fasting period ahead. Fasting on this holy day is symbolizes atonement and repentance, during this time Jews are to remind themselves of their sins and seek forgiveness for their wrongdoings. An appropriate greeting during this holiday would be “Good yuntef.”

September 2017 Religious Events

Celebration of Confucius Death

The vast majority of people in Eastern Asia practice some form of religion in which Confucius is a deity. Thus the People’s Republic of China honors Confucius on the day of his death. Confucius’ philosophy focused on morality, sincerity and justice, and the correctness of social relationships.

He was an advocate for strong loyalty to one’s family as well as respect between husband and wife, and the respect of elders from children. He is perhaps most famous for his saying “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself”, otherwise know as the Golden Rule. As such he is a deity in Taoism, which places a strong emphasis on living in harmony with the world.


September Blog Post

People with Disabilities : Christopher Reeve (1952-2004)

Distinguished actor best known for his role of Superman, Reeve’s life was forever changed when he suffered a spinal injury during an equestrian competition that left him paralyzed from the neck down.

It was only after a long and arduous effort was he able to regain the ability to speak and breathe. It was then that Reeve became an advocate for research on healing spinal cord injuries. He went on to establish his own research center and foundation to provide grants to local agencies that focus on quality of life for the disabled and raise money for research. Years after his accident he was able to gradually regain sensation parts of his body. Even then he continued his work and became a spokesperson for support for stem cell research.

To see what events you missed last month look in our diversity calendar for August 2017.

 


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