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 March
Women's History Month Started in 1987, Women’s History Month recognizes all women for their valuable contributions to history and society.
All of March
National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Which was established to increase awareness and understanding of issues affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
All of March
National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month It was established to 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.
February 26-March 1
Intercalary Days Celebrated by people of the Bahá’í faith. At this time, days are added to the Bahá’í calendar to maintain their solar calendar. Intercalary days are observed with gift giving, special acts of charity, and preparation for the fasting that precedes the New Year.
March 1-2; 19-20
Nineteen-Day Fast A time in the Bahá’í Faith to reinvigorate the soul and bring one closer to God. This fast takes place immediately before the beginning of the Bahá'í New Year.
March 1
St. David’s Day The feast day of St. David, the patron saint of Wales.
March 3
Meatfare Sunday (The Sunday of the Last Judgment) Traditionally the last day of eating meat before Easter for Orthodox Christians.
March 3
Transfiguration Sunday Celebrated by various Christian communities in honor of the transfiguration of Jesus.
March 4
Maha Shivaratri A Hindu holiday that honors Shiva, one of the Hindu deities.
March 5
Mardi Gras The last day for Catholics to indulge before Ash Wednesday starts the sober weeks of fasting that accompany Lent.
March 5
Shrove Tuesday The day before Ash Wednesday. Though named for its former religious significance, it is chiefly marked by feasting and celebration, which traditionally preceded the observance of the Lenten fast. It is observed by various Christian denominations.
March 6
Ash Wednesday The beginning of Lent in the Christian faith. As a display of atonement, ashes are marked on worshippers. Lent, which is observed during the seven weeks prior to Easter, is a time of reflection and preparation for the Holy Week and is observed by fasting, charitable giving and worshipping.
March 8
International Women’s Day First observed in 1911 in Germany, it has now become a major global celebration honoring women’s economic, political and social achievements.
March 10
Orthodox Sunday Celebrated on the first Sunday of Great Lent. It is the celebration of the victory of the iconodules over the iconoclasts by the decision of the Seventh Ecumenical Council. Therefore, the service is to commemorate the restoration of icons for use in services and private devotional life of Christians.
March 11
Clean Monday Beginning of Lent in Orthodox Christian faith.
March 13-April 15
Deaf History Month This observance celebrates key events in deaf history, including the founding of Gallaudet University and the American School for the Deaf.
March 17
St. Patrick’s Day A holiday started in Ireland to recognize St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland who brought Christianity to the country in the early days of the faith.
March 19
St. Joseph’s Day In Western Christianity the principal feast of St. Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
March 20
Ostara A celebration of the spring equinox commemorated by Pagans and Wiccans. It is observed as a time to mark the coming of spring and the fertility of the land.
March 20-21
Naw-Rúz The Bahá’í New Year is a holiday celebrated on the vernal equinox. It is one of the nine Bahá’í holy days on which work is suspended.
March 20-21(sundown to sundown)
Holi A Hindu and Sikh spring religious festival observed in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, along with other countries with large Hindu and Sikh populations. People celebrate Holi by throwing colored powder and water at each other. Bonfires are lit the day before in the memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlada accomplished when demoness Holika carried him into the fire.
March 20-21
Purim A Jewish celebration that marks the time when the Jewish community living in Persia was saved from genocide. On Pur
March 21 Nowruz/Norooz Persian New Year, a day of joy, celebration and renewal.
March 22-24 Hola Mohalla A Sikh festival that takes place on the second day of the lunar month of Chet, a day after the Hindu spring festival Holi.
March 25 Annunciation of the Virgin Mary A Christian celebration of the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus.
March 27 Khordad Sal (Birth of prophet Zoroaster) Birth anniversary (or birthdate) of Zoroaster, a spiritual leader and ethical philosopher who taught a spiritual philosophy of self-realization and realization of the divine.
March 31 International Transgender Day of Visibility celebrated to bring awareness to transgender people and their identities as well as recognize those who helped fight for rights for transgender people.

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.