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 January

Date Event Title Description
January 1
New Year The first day of the year according to the modern Gregorian calendar, celebrated within most Western countries.
January 1
Feast Day of St. Basil A holiday observed by the Eastern Orthodox Church, commemorating the death of Saint. Basil the Great.
January 1
Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus Which is celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church, commemorates the naming of the child Jesus.
January 2-4
Mahayana New Year A holiday celebrated by the Mahayana Buddhist branch, on the first full-moon day in January.
January 5
Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s birthday The Tenth Guru of the Sikhs who initiated the Sikhs as the Khalsa (the pure ones) and is known as the Father of the Khalsa.
January 5
Twelfth Night A festival celebrated by some branches of Christianity that marks the coming of the Epiphany.
January 6
Epiphany or Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) A holiday observed by Eastern and Western Christians that recognizes the visit of the three wise men to the baby Jesus 12 days after his birth.
January 6
Christmas Recognized on this day by Armenian Orthodox Christians, who celebrate the birth of Jesus on Epiphany.
January 7
Christmas Recognized on this day by Eastern Orthodox Christians, who celebrate Christmas 13 days later than other Christian churches because they follow the Julian calendar rather than the Gregorian version of the Western calendar.
January 13
Bodhi Day A holiday observed by Buddhists to commemorate Gautama’s enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya, India.
January 13
Maghi An annual festival celebrated by the Sikhs commemorating the memory of 40 Sikh martyrs.
January 15
Makar Sankranti A major harvest festival celebrated in various parts of India.
January 18-25
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity During which Christians pray for unity between all churches of the Christian faith.
January 19
Timkat A holiday observed by Ethiopian Orthodox Christians who celebrate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River on Epiphany.
January 20
World Religion Day Observed by those of the Bahá’í faith to promote interfaith harmony and understanding.
January 20-21 (sundown to sundown)
Tu B’shevat 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.
January 21
Martin Luther King Jr. Day 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.
January 21
Armenian Martyrs' Day Recognizes the genocide of approximately 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923 in Turkey.
January 21-23
Mahayana New Year A holiday celebrated by the Mahayana Buddhist branch on the first full-moon day in January.
January 26
Republic Day of India recognizes the date the Constitution of India came into law in 1950, replacing the Government of India Act of 1935. This day also coincides with India’s 1930 declaration of independence.
January 27
The International Day of Commemoration to remember the victims of the Holocaust. The anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in 1945 and U.N. Holocaust Memorial Day.
January 27 (sundown to sundown)
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

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.