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 May

Date Event Title Description
All of May
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month In the United States, the month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks on the project were Chinese immigrants.
All of May
Older Americans Month Established in 1963 to honor the legacies and contributions of older Americans and to support them as they enter their next stage of life.
All of May
Jewish American Heritage Month Which recognizes the diverse contributions of the Jewish people to American culture.
April 20-May 2
The Festival of Ridvan A holiday celebrated by those of the Bahá’í faith, commemorating the 12 days when Bahá'u'lláh, the prophet-founder, resided in a garden called Ridvan (paradise) and publicly proclaimed his mission as God’s messenger for this age.
May 1
Beltane An ancient Celtic festival celebrated on May Day, signifying the beginning of summer.
May 2
National Day of Prayer A day of observance in the United States when people are asked to “turn to God in prayer and meditation.”
May 2
Yom HaShoah Israel’s day of remembrance for the approximately 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.
May 3
Saints Philip and James A Roman Rite feast day for the anniversary of the dedication of the church to Saints Phillip and James in Rome.
May 5
Cinco de Mayo A Mexican holiday commemorating the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). This day celebrates Mexican culture and heritage, including parades and mariachi music performances.
May 5-June 4 (sundown to sundown)
Ramadan An Islamic holiday marked by fasting, praise, prayer and devotion to Islam.
May 8-9 (sundown to sundown)
Yom Ha’Atzmaut National Independence Day in Israel.
May 17
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia A global celebration of sexual-orientation and gender diversities.
May 21
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development A day set aside by the United Nations as an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together in harmony.
May 22-23 (sundown to sundown)
Declaration of the Báb The day of declaration of the Báb, the forerunner of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í faith.
May 23-24 (sundown to sundown)
Lag BaOmer A Jewish holiday marking the day of hillula of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.
May 27
Memorial Day in the United States A federal holiday established to honor military veterans who died in wars fought by American forces.
May 29
Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Commemorates the ascension of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í faith.
May 30
Ascension of Jesus Celebrated as the ascension of Christ from Earth in the presence of God within most of the Christian faith.
May 31
Laylat al-Qadr The holiest night of the year for Muslims, is traditionally celebrated on the 27th day of Ramadan. It is known as the Night of Power and commemorates the night that the Quran was first revealed to the prophet Muhammad.

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.