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 November

Date Event Title Description
All of November
National Native American Heritage Month Which celebrates the history and contributions of Native Americans.
October 31-November 1 (sundown to sundown)
Samhain A Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year.
November 1
All Saints’ Day A Christian holiday commemorating all known and unknown Christian saints. (In Eastern Christianity, the day is observed on the first Sunday after Pentecost.)
November 2
All Souls’ Day A Christian holiday commemorating all faithful Christians who are now dead. In the Mexican tradition, the holiday is celebrated as Dia de los Muertos (October 31- November 2), which is a time of remembrance for dead ancestors and a celebration of the continuity of life.
November 9-10 (sundown to sundown)
Eid Milad un-Nabi An Islamic holiday commemorating the birthday of the prophet Muhammad. During this celebration, homes and mosques are decorated, large parades take place, and those observing the holiday participate in charity events.
November 10
Mawlid an Nabi Observance of the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, which is commemorated in Rabi' al-awwal.
November 11
Veterans Day A U.S. federal holiday honoring military veterans. The date is also celebrated as Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day, in other parts of the world and commemorates the ending of the World War I in 1918.
November 14-December 24
Nativity Fast A period of abstinence and penance practiced by the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches in preparation for the Nativity of Jesus.
November 20
Transgender Day of Remembrance Established in 1998 to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia and to raise awareness of the continued violence endured by the transgender community.
November 24
Feast of Christ the King A Catholic holiday established in thanking God for the gift of time and a rededication to the Christian faith.
November 28
Thanksgiving in the United States It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.
November 30-December 3
St. Andrew’s Day The feast day for St. Andrew within various Christian denominations.

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.