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 June

Date Event Title Description
All of June
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month Established to recognize the impact that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on the world. LGBT groups celebrate this special time with pride parades, picnics, parties, memorials for those lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS, and other group gatherings. The last Sunday in June is Gay Pride Day.
May 5-June 4 (sundown to sundown)
Ramadan An Islamic holiday marked by fasting, praise, prayer and devotion to Islam.
June 3-4 (sundown to sundown)
Eid al-Fitr The first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, marking the end of Ramadan. Many Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to a khutuba (sermon), and give Zakat al-Fitr (charity in the form of food) during Eid al-Fitr.
June 8-10 (sundown to sundown)
Shavuot A Jewish holiday that has double significance. It marks the all-important wheat harvest in Israel and commemorates the anniversary of the day when God gave the Torah to the nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai.
June 9
Pentecost The celebration of the giving of the Ten Commandments by God at Mount Sinai.
June 14
Flag Day in the United States Observed to celebrate the history and symbolism of the American flag.
June 15
St. Vladimir Day A Roman Catholic feast celebrating St. Vladimir.
June 15
Native American Citizenship Day Commemorating the day in 1924 when the U.S. Congress passed legislation recognizing the citizenship of Native Americans.
June 16
Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Observed by members of the Sikh faith. Guru Arjan Dev was the fifth Sikh guru and the first Sikh martyr.
June 16
Trinity Sunday Observed in the Western Christian faith as a feast in honor of the Holy Trinity.
June 19
Juneteenth Also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. It is observed as a public holiday in 14 U.S. states. This celebration honors the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas and Louisiana finally heard they were free, two months after the end of the Civil War. June 19, therefore, became the day of emancipation for thousands of African-Americans.
June 19
New Church Day According to Christian belief, on this day the Lord called together the 12 disciples who had followed him on earth, instructed them in the Heavenly Doctrine of the New Jerusalem, and sent them out to teach that “the Lord God Jesus Christ reigns, whose kingdom shall be for ages and ages.” This was the beginning of the New Christian Church.
June 20
Corpus Christi A Catholic holiday celebrating the presence of the body and blood of Christ, in the Eucharist.
June 21
Litha The summer solstice celebrated by the Wiccans and Pagans. It is the longest day of the year, representing the sun’s “annual retreat.”
June 21
First Nations Day A day that gives recognition to the indigenous populations affected by colonization in Canada.
June 23
All Saints’ Day Celebrated by many Eastern Christian churches on this day in June, in recognition of all known and unknown saints.
June 28
Sacred Heart of Jesus The Feast of the Most Sacred Heart is a solemnity in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church.
June 29
Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul A liturgical feast in honor of the martyrdom in Rome for the apostles St. Peter and St. Paul in Eastern Orthodox Christianity.
Last Sunday in June
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Day in the United States It celebrates the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969.

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.