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 January

Date Event Title Description
January 2-4
Mahayana New Year A holiday celebrated by the Mahayana Buddhist branch, on the first full-moon day in January.
January 5
Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s birthday The Tenth Guru of the Sikhs who initiated the Sikhs as the Khalsa (the pure ones), and is known as the Father of the Khalsa.
January 6
Epiphany A holiday observed by Eastern and Western Christians, that recognizes the visit of the three wise men to the baby Jesus 12 days after his birth.
January 6
Christmas Recognized on this day by Armenian Orthodox Christians, who celebrate the birth of Jesus on Epiphany.(Armenians living in Israel celebrate Christmas on January 19.)
January 7
Christmas Recognized on this day by Eastern Orthodox Christians, who celebrate Christmas 13 days later than other Christian churches, because they follow the Julian rather than the Gregorian version of the Western calendar.
January 14
Makar Sankranti  A major harvest festival celebrated in various parts of India.
January 15
Martin Luther King Day Commemorates the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr., the recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize and an activist for non-violent social change until his assassination in 1968.
January 18-25
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity During which Christians pray for unity between all churches of the Christian faith.
January 21
World Religion Day Observed by those of the Baha’i faith to promote interfaith harmony and understanding. World Religion Day starts sundown of January 17.
January 26
Republic Day of India Recognizes the date the Constitution of India came into law in 1950, replacing the Government of India Act of 1935. This day also coincides with India’s 1930 declaration of independence.
January 27
The International Day of Commemoration to remember the victims of the Holocaust. The anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in 1945 and UN Holocaust Memorial Day.
January 28
Lunar New Year Widely celebrated in South East Asian countries, honors ancestors and is geared toward family celebrations. It takes place on the first day of the first month according to the Chinese calendar, whose months coordinate with the phases of the moon.
January 30-31
Tu B’shevat A Jewish holiday recognizing “The New Year of the Trees.” It is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. In Israel, the flowering of the almond tree usually coincides with this holiday, which is observed by planting trees and eating dried fruits and nuts.
January 31
The birthday of Guru Har Rai The seventh Sikh guru.

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.