January

New Years Day

January 1

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First day of the year of the new Gregorian calendar year.


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World Braille Day

January 4

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Raise awareness of the importance of braille as a means of communication in the full realization of the human rights for blind and partially sighted people.


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World Religion Day

Third Sunday

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The purpose of World Religion Day is to highlight the ideas that the spiritual principles underlying the world’s religions are harmonious, and that religions play a significant role in unifying humanity.


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Korean American Day

January 13th

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The purpose of Commemorates the arrival of the first Korean immigrants to the United States. The day also honors Korean Americans’ incredible contributions to society. The commemorative day was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate and House in 2005.


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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18

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Commemorates the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., the recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize and an activist for nonviolent social change until his assassination in 1968.


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Lunar New Year

January 22

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One of the most sacred of all traditional Chinese holidays, a time of family reunion and celebration


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Republic Day of India

January 26

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It honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect in 1950, as well as the day in 1929 when the Declaration of Indian Independence was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress. 


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Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27

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To remember the victims of the Holocaust. A time to “mourn the loss of lives, celebrate those who saved them, honor those who survived, and contemplate the obligations of the living.” — Former President Barack Obama.


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Tu B’shevat or Rosh HaShanah La’Ilianot

15th day of Hebrew month of Shevat

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A Jewish holiday recognizing “The New Year of the Trees.” It is celebrated on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. In Israel, the flowering of the almond tree usually coincides with this holiday, which is observed by planting trees and eating dried fruits and nuts.


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Mahayana New Year

January 28

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A holiday celebrated by the Mahayana Buddhist branch, on the first full-moon day in January.


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February

Black History Month

Feburary

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Since 1976, the month has been designated to remember the contributions of people of the African diaspora.


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National Freedom Day

February 1

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Celebrates the signing of the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery in 1865.


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Tibetan Buddhist New Year

February 12-14

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A time of renewal through sacred and secular practices.


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March

Women’s History Month

March

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Recognizes the valuable contributions women have made to history and society.


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National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March

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Increase awareness and understanding of issues affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


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National Multiple Sclerosis Education Awareness Month

March

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Raise public awareness of the autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord and assist those with multiple sclerosis in making informed decisions about their health care.


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Ash Wednesday

40 days before Easter 

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A Christian holy day of prayer and fasting that mark the first day of Lent.


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Granting of U.S. Citizenship to Puerto Ricans

March 2

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On March 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones-Shafroth Act which granted the people of Puerto Rico U.S. citizenship. Puerto Rico is an island in the Caribbean 1,000 miles southeast of Miami where Puerto Ricans today celebrate American Citizenship Day.


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International Women’s Day

March 8

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A major global celebration honoring women’s economic, political and social achievements.


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Lailat al Miraj

March 11

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Observed from sunset of the previous day, within Islam it signifies both a physical and spiritual journey of Prophet Muhammad.


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Ramadan

March 22

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Ramadan, Arabic Ramaḍān, in Islam, the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and the holy month of fasting. It begins and ends with the appearance of the crescent moon. Because the Muslim calendar year is shorter than the Gregorian calendar year, Ramadan begins 10–12 days earlier each year, allowing it to fall in every season throughout a 33-year cycle.


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April

Celebrate Diversity Month

April

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Recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all.

Autism Awareness Month

April

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To raise awareness about the developmental disorder that affects an individual’s normal development of social and communication skills.


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National Deaf History Month


April

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National Deaf History Month celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of people who are deaf and those who are hard of hearing and raises awareness for the Deaf community.


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National Arab American Heritage Month

April

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Celebrating the heritage and culture of Arab Americans, as well as honoring contributions from Arab Americans, such as Linda Sarsour, an activist for immigrants, women, Black victims of police violence, and indigenous Americans, and Rashia Tlaib, America’s first Muslim Congresswoman.


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National Scottish American Heritage Month


April

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Each April, Scottish-American Heritage Month highlights Scottish heritage and remembers the Scottish-Americans who have had an impact on U.S. society. With an impressive list of contributions to American culture, Scottish-Americans have a lot to celebrate.


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Easter

Easter Sunday

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Occurring between March 22 and April 25. A Christian festival and cultural holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial following his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD.


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Hindu New Year

April 12

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Marks the New year or first month of Hindu calendar

May

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May

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Commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843.


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Older Americans Month

May

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Established in 1963 to honor the legacies and contributions of older Americans and to support them as they enter their next stage of life.


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Jewish American Heritage Month

May

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Recognizes the contributions of the Jewish people to American culture.


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Haitian Heritage Month


May

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Haitian Heritage Month is a nationally recognized month celebrated in May every year. It is a great time to celebrate the vibrant culture, distinct art, delectable cuisine, and to get to know people of Haitian origin.


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Mental Health Awareness Month

May

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Aims to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illnesses and reduce stigma.


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Cinco de Mayo

May 5

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The day marks the anniversary of the 1862 victory by Mexican troops over invading French forces at the Battle of Puebla. This holiday is a celebration created by and for Latino communities in the U.S. to commemorate the Latino history and culture. 

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Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

May 21

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Opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together in harmony.


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Memorial Day


May 29

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Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.


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June

Pride Month

June

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To recognize the impact that gay, lesbian, bisexual and

transgender individuals have had on the world.


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Immigrant Heritage Month

June

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Explore the heritage and celebrate the shared diversity that forms the unique story of America. It celebrates immigrants across the United States and their contributions to their local communities and economy.


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Caribbean American Heritage Month


June

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During Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we celebrate the achievements and dreams of the millions of people of Caribbean origin now living in the United States while honoring the shared history of joy and perseverance that has united and enriched life across our region for centuries.


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Native American Citizenship Day

June 2

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Commemorating the day in 1924 when the U.S. Congress passed legislation recognizing the citizenship of Native Americans.


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Juneteenth
Freedom Day
Emancipation Day

June 19

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This celebration honors the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas and Louisiana finally heard they were free, two months after the end of the Civil War.


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LGBT Pride Day

Last Sunday in June

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Remembrance of the Stonewall Riots on June 28th, 1969.


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July

French-American Heritage Month

July

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French-American Heritage Month is dedicated to celebrating and honoring the influences and the contributions that the French have had on the United States in art, culture, language, etiquette, and more. There are many ways to celebrate the month and recognize the shared culture and partnership with France. You may choose to enjoy French cuisine with friends, contribute to an organization supporting French-American culture, engage in social media discussions, or take a road trip to New York for a view of the iconic Statue of Liberty, which was made in Paris and presented to the United States in 1881 as a gift to commemorate the alliance between France and the United States.


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Independence  Day

July 4

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Federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence, which was ratified by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, establishing the United States of America.


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International Non-Binary People’s Day

July 14

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Raising awareness and organizing around issues faced by non-binary people globally while celebrating their contributions.


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Nelson Mandela International Day

July 18

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It is more than a celebration of Mandela’s life and legacy; it is a global movement to honor his life’s work and to change the world for the better.


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Disability Independence Day

July 26

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Commemorates the anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 


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August

Hijri New Year

August 10

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Marks the beginning of the new Islamic calendar year.

Women’s Equality Day

August 26

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Which commemorates the August 26, 1920, ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that gave women the right to vote.


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September

Hispanic Heritage Month


September 15 – October 15

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National Hispanic Heritage Month is annually celebrated from September 15 to October 15 in the United States for recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements for the United States.


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Labor Day

First Monday

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Federal holiday that honors the contributions laborers have made to the country.


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Janmashtami

September 6

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Krishna Janmashtami commemorates the birth of Krishna, one of the most important gods in the Hindu religion.   


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Rosh Hashanah

September 15

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Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is one of Judaism’s holiest days. Meaning “head of the year” or “first of the year.” Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday, also known as the Day of Atonement.


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Ganesh Chaturthi

September 19

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Ganesh Chaturthi (guh-NESH cha-TUR-thee) is a festival that pays homage to Lord Ganesh, the remover of obstacles, and celebrates the day of his birth. Many recognize that Lord Ganesh brings order in this universe and worship him before embarking on a new endeavor, intellectual journey, or business enterprise. Therefore, it is common to see images or statues of him in these places.


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National Native American Day

September 22

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During National Native American Heritage Month, we celebrate Indigenous peoples past and present and rededicate ourselves to honoring Tribal sovereignty, promoting Tribal self-determination, and upholding the United States’ solemn trust and treaty responsibilities to Tribal Nations.


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Yom Kippur

September 24

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Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is known as the holiest day of the Jewish year. Leading up to and on that day, Jews traditionally ask for forgiveness for our wrongdoings from God and from our fellow human beings.


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October

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October

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Draws attention to employment barriers that still need to be addressed.

Global Diversity Awareness Month

October

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To celebrate and increase awareness about the diversity of cultures and ethnicities and the positive impact diversity can have on society.

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October

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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a chance to spread awareness. During the month of October, we celebrate people with Down syndrome and make people aware of their abilities and accomplishments. It’s not about celebrating disabilities, it’s about celebrating abilities.


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World Mental  Health Day

October 10

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To celebrate and increase awareness about the diversity of cultures and ethnicities and the positive impact diversity can have on society.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

October 11

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An alternative celebration to Columbus Day, gives recognition to the indigenous populations affected by colonization.

Invisible Disabilities Awareness Week

October 15-21

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Invisible Disabilities Awareness Week was created in 2014 by the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA). Invisible Disabilities Week was created with the intention of bringing more awareness to invisible disabilities.


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November

National Native American Heritage Month

November

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Celebrates the history and contributions of Native Americans.

Also, Native American Heritage Day is held annually on the Friday after Thanksgiving, and encourages Americans of all backgrounds to observe and honor Native Americans through appropriate ceremonies and activities.


National Family Caregivers Month

November

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Proclaimed by President Obama, it honors more than 40 million caregivers across the country who support aging parents. Ill spouses, or loved ones with disabilities who remain at home.

Dia de Los Muertos

November 1-2

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Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos) is a two day holiday that reunites the living and dead. Families create ofrendas (Offerings) to honor their departed family members that have passed. These altars are decorated with bright yellow marigold flowers, photos of the departed, and the favorite foods and drinks of the one being honored. The offerings are believed to encourage visits from the land of the dead as the departed souls hear their prayers, smell their foods and join in the celebrations!


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Veterans Day

November 11

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A U.S. federal holiday honoring military veterans

International Men’s Day

November 19

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Emphasizes the important issues affecting males, including health issues that affect males, improving the relations between genders, highlighting the importance of male role models and promoting gender equality.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20

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Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.


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Hanukkah

November – December

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(Hebrew: “Dedication”) also spelled Ḥanukka, Chanukah, or Chanukkah, also called Feast of Dedication, Festival of Lights, or Feast of the Maccabees, Jewish festival that begins on Kislev 25 (often in December, according to the Gregorian calendar) and is celebrated for eight days. Hanukkah reaffirms the ideals of Judaism and commemorates in particular the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem by the lighting of candles on each day of the festival. Although not mentioned in the Hebrew Scriptures, Hanukkah came to be widely celebrated and remains one of the most popular Jewish religious observances.


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December

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3

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Day of observance promoted by the United Nations and adopted around the world. This day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. 

International Human Rights Day

December 10

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It is celebrated annually around the world. December 10 is when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the first global proclomation of human rights in 1948. 

Christmas 

December 25

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Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.

Kwanzaa

December 26 –  January 1

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Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a communal feast called Karamu, usually on the sixth day. It was created by activist Maulana Karenga, based on African harvest festival traditions from various parts of West and Southeast Africa.

New Year’s Eve

December 31

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In the Gregorian calendar, New Year’s Eve, also known as Old Year’s Day or Saint Sylvester’s Day in many countries, is the evening or the entire day of the last day of the year, 31 December. The last day of the year is commonly referred to as “New Year’s Eve”.