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 September

Date Event Title Description
All of September
Hispanic Heritage Month Is observed from September 15 to October 15. This month corresponds with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16, and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended Spanish dictatorship.
August 27-September 3
Paryushana Parva A Jain festival lasting about eight to 10 days that is observed through meditation and fasting. Its main focus is spiritual upliftment, pursuit of salvation and a deeper understanding of the religion.
September 1
Hijri New Year The day that marks the beginning of the new Islamic calendar year.
September 2
Labor Day in the United States Labor Day honors the contribution that laborers have made to the country and is observed on the first Monday of September.
September 2
Ganesh Chaturthi A Hindu holiday lasting around 10 days, where the elephant-headed Hindu God is praised and given offerings.
September 9-10
Ashura An Islamic holiday commemorating the day Noah left the ark and the day Allah saved Moses from the Egyptians.
September 12
Ethiopian New Year Rastafarians celebrate the New Year on this date and believe that Ethiopia is their spiritual home.
September 14
Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross) A day that commemorates the cross used in the Crucifixion of Jesus in some Christian denominations.
September 23
Ostara Mabon A celebration of the vernal equinox commemorated by Pagans and Wiccans.
September 27
Meskel Religious holiday in the Ethiopian Orthodox and Eritrean Orthodox churches that commemorates the discovery of the True Cross by the Roman Empress, Helena, in the fourth century.
September 28
Teacher’s Day in Taiwan This day is used to honor teachers’ contributions to their students and to society in general. People often express their gratitude to their teachers by paying them a visit or sending them a card. This date was chosen to commemorate the birth of Confucius, the model master educator in ancient China.
September 29
Michaelmas, or the Feast of Michael and All Angels Is a minor Christian festival dedicated to Archangel Michael that is observed in some Western liturgical calendars.
September 29-October 1 (sundown to sundown)
Rosh Hashanah The Jewish New Year celebration, marking the creation of the world.

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.