April Holiday Spotlight
April is Celebrate Diversity Month which was started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all. By intentionally celebrating differences and similarities during this month, organizers hope that people will gain a deeper understanding of each other.
Here are some ideas on how to intentionally recognize this month (you can also do these whenever!):
- Have a multicultural movie night. You can even host by inviting friends, family or colleagues to (virtually) watch some multicultural and foreign films.
- Attend a cultural art exhibit. Some museums are opening back up and some have online exhibitions open. Check them out!
- Support BIPOC or queer-owned businesses. Seek services from an underrepresented vendor to show your support for their establishment.
- Read books about culturally, religiously, and economically diverse people, and people differently abled than you. Learn about others’ experiences in the world.
- Listen to a podcast about storytelling!
- So much more!
April 12 - Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (sawm), prayer, reflection, and community. This month commemorates Muhammad's first revelation and the annual observance of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam lasting from one sighting of the crescent moon to the next.
- Celebrate Diversity Month
- Autism Awareness Month
- April 2: World Autism Awareness Day
- April 2: Good Friday
- April 4: Easter
- April 7-8: Yom HaShoah
- April 12: Hindu New Year
- April 12-May 11 (sundown to sundown): Ramadan
- April 13-14: Yom HaZikaron
- April 16-17 (sundown to sundown): Yom Ha’Atzmaut
- April 23: The Day of Silence
- April 22: Earth Day
- April 24: Armenian Martyrs’ Day
- April 25: Mahavir Jayanti
Written by Taylor Kanemori, Director of Equity & Inclusion