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-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 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.
May 1
Lailat al Bara’a Also known as Barat, or Night of Forgiveness, an Islamic holiday during which practitioners of the faith seek forgiveness for sins.
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 15 (sunset)-June 15
Ramadan An Islamic holiday marked by fasting, praise, prayer and devotion to Islam.
May 17
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia A global celebration of sexual-orientation and gender diversities.
May 20
Pentecost The celebration of the giving of the 10 Commandments by God at Mount Sinai.
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 better.
May 28
Memorial Day in the United States A federal holiday established to honor military veterans who died in wars fought by American forces.
May 29
Buddha Day (Vesak or Visakha Puja) A Buddhist festival that marks Gautama Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. It falls on the day of the full moon in May and it is a gazetted holiday in India.

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.