Diversity Holidays

The City of DeKalb publicly recognizes and acknowledges the holidays, celebrations, and commemorations observed by the members of our diverse community.

Diversity Holidays for the month of March

Date Event Title Description
All of April
Celebrate Diversity Month Started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all. By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, organizers hope that people will get a deeper understanding of each other.
All of April
Autism Awareness Month established to raise awareness about the developmental disorder that affects children’s normal development of social and communication skills.
March 30-April 7
Passover Passover, an eight-day Jewish holiday and festival in commemoration of the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.
April 1
Easter Easter, a holiday celebrated by Christians to recognize Jesus’s return from death after the crucifixion.
April 2
World Autism Awareness Day Created to raise awareness of the developmental disorder around the globe.
April 13
Lailat-al-Miraj A Muslim holiday that commemorates the Prophet Muhammad's night time journey from Mecca to the 'Farthest Mosque' in Jerusalem where he ascended to heaven, was purified, and given the instruction for Muslims to pray five times daily. Note that in the Muslim calendar, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Muslims will celebrate Lailat al Miraj on the sunset of Saturday, the 22nd of April.
April 14
Vaisakhi (also spelled Baisakhi) The celebration the founding of the Sikh community as the Khalsa (community of the initiated) and the birth of the Khalsa.
April 20-May 2
The Festival of Ridvan A holiday celebrated by those of the Baha’i Faith, commemorating the 12 days when Baha'u'llah, the prophet-founder, resided in a garden called Ridvan (Paradise) and publicly proclaimed His mission as God’s messenger for this age.
April 22
St. Patrick's Day Earth Day promotes peace and sustainability of planet Earth. Events are held globally to show support of environmental protection of the earth.
April 23 (Evening) - April 24 (Evening)
Holocaust Remembrance Day 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.
April 24
Armenian Martyrs’ Day Recognizes the genocide of approximately 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923 in Turkey.
April 27
The Day of Silence During which students take a daylong vow of silence to protest the actual silencing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and their straight allies due to bias and harassment.

Please visit the Diversity Best Practices website for a complete listing of diversity holidays.

Make sure to check back each month for an updated listing of monthly holidays, celebrations, and commemorations.