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 February

Date Event Title Description
All of February
Black History Month In the United States and Canada, since 1976, the month has been designated to remember the contributions of people of the African diaspora.
February 1
National Freedom Day Which celebrates the signing of the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery in 1865.
February 2
Candlemas  A Christian holiday that celebrates three occasions according to Christian belief: the presentation of the child Jesus; Jesus’ first entry into the temple; and Virgin Mary’s purification.
February 2
Imbolc A Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring.
February 2
St. Brigid of Kildare Feast day for St. Brigid celebrated by some Christian denominations.
February 3
St. Blaise Day (The Blessing of the Throats) The feast day of St. Blaise of Sebaste celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church and some Eastern Catholic churches.
February 3
Setsubun-Sai (Beginning of Spring) The day before the beginning of spring in Japan, celebrated yearly as part of the Spring Festival.
February 3
Four Chaplains Sunday Commemorates the 55th anniversary of the sinking of the United States army transport Dorchester and the heroism of the four chaplains aboard.
February 5
Lunar New Year One of the most sacred of all traditional Chinese holidays, a time of family reunion and celebration. Lunar New Year is also celebrated at this time in Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Mongolia.
February 5-6
Losar The Tibetan Buddhist New Year, a time of renewal through sacred and secular practices.
February 8
Nirvana Day The commemoration of Buddha’s death at the age of 80, when he reached the zenith of Nirvana. February 15 is an alternative date of observance.
February 14
St. Valentine’s Day A Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus. Typically associated with romantic love and celebrated by people expressing their love via gifts.
February 18
Presidents Day A federally recognized celebration in the United States of George Washington’s birthday, as well as every president proceeding Washington.
February 19
Lantern Festival The first significant feast after the Chinese New Year, named for watching Chinese lanterns illuminate the sky during the night of the event.
February 19
Magha Puja Day A Buddhist holiday that marks an event early in the Buddha’s teaching life when a group of 1,250 enlightened saints, ordained by the Buddha, gathered to pay their respect to him.
February 26-March 1
Intercalary Days Celebrated by people of the Bahá’í faith. At this time, days are added to the Bahá’í calendar to maintain their solar calendar. Intercalary days are observed with gift giving, special acts of charity, and preparation for the fasting that precedes the New Year.

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.