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 April

Date Event Title Description
All of April
Celebrate Diversity Month Started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all. By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, organizers hope that people will get a deeper understanding of each other.
All of April
Autism Awareness Month Established to raise awareness about the developmental disorder that affects children’s normal development of social and communication skills.
March 13-April 15
Deaf History Month This observance celebrates key events in deaf history, including the founding of Gallaudet University and the American School for the Deaf.
April 2
World Autism Awareness Day Created to raise awareness of the developmental disorder around the globe.
April 3
Lailat al Miraj A Muslim holiday that commemorates the prophet Muhammad's nighttime journey from Mecca to the “Farthest Mosque” in Jerusalem, where he ascended to heaven, was purified, and given the instruction for Muslims to pray five times daily. Note that in the Muslim calendar, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Muslims will celebrate Lailat al Miraj on the sunset of Tuesday, April 2.
April 8
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 April and it is a gazetted holiday in India.
April 12
The Day of Silence During which students take a daylong vow of silence to protest the actual silencing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and their straight allies due to bias and harassment.
April 14
Ram Navami A Hindu day of worship and celebration of the seventh avatar of Vishnu (Lord Rama). Devotees typically wear red and place extravagant flowers on the shrine of the God.
April 14
Palm Sunday A Christian holiday commemorating the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. It is the last Sunday of Lent and the beginning of the Holy Week.
April 14
Vaisakhi (also known as Baisakhi) The celebration the founding of the Sikh community as the Khalsa (community of the initiated) and the birth of the Khalsa.
April 17
Mahavir Jayanti A holiday celebrated by the Jains commemorating the birth of Lord Mahavir.
April 18
Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) The Christian holiday commemorating the Last Supper, at which Jesus and the Apostles were together for the last time before the Crucifixion. It is celebrated on the Thursday before Easter.
April 19
Good Friday A day celebrated by Christians to commemorate the execution of Jesus by crucifixion. It is recognized on the Friday before Easter.
April 19-27
Passover An eight-day Jewish holiday and festival in commemoration of the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.
April 19
Lord’s Evening Meal Jehovah’s Witnesses commemorate an event believed to have occurred on the first night of Passover in approximately 33 CE, the Last Supper, known as the Lord’s Evening Meal.
April 20
Lazarus Saturday A day celebrated by the Eastern Orthodox Church and Oriental Orthodoxy to commemorate the raising of Lazarus of Bethany.
April 20-May 2
The Festival of Ridvan A holiday celebrated by those of the Bahá’í faith, commemorating the 12 days when Bahá'u'lláh, the prophet-founder, resided in a garden called Ridvan (paradise) and publicly proclaimed his mission as God’s messenger for this age.
April 21
Easter A holiday celebrated by Christians to recognize Jesus’ return from death after the Crucifixion.
April 22
Earth Day Promotes world peace and sustainability of the planet. Events are held globally to show support of environmental protection of the Earth.
April 23
St. George’s Day The feast day of St. George celebrated by various Christian churches.
April 28
Orthodox Easter (also called Pascha) A later Easter date than observed by many Western churches.
April 28-29
Ninth Day of Ridvan A festival of joy and unity in the Bahá’í faith to commemorate the reunification of Bahá'u'lláh’s family, and by extension the unity of the entire human family the Bahá’í faith calls for. It permeates the symbolic meaning of the Ninth Day of Ridvan.

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.