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 October

Date Event Title Description
September 15 - October 15
Hispanic Heritage Month This month corresponds with Mexican Independence Day,which is celebrated on September 16, and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended Spanish dictatorship.
All of October
National Disability Employment Awareness Month This observance was launched in 1945 when Congress declared the first week in October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1998, the week was extended to a month and renamed. The annual event draws attention to employment barriers that still need to be addressed.
All of October
LGBT History Month A U.S. observance started in 1994 to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history and the history of the gay rights movement.
October 2
Simchat Torah A Jewish holiday, marks the end of the weekly readings of the Torah. The holy book is read from chapter one of Genesis, to Deuteronomy 34, then back to chapter one again, in acknowledgement of the words of the Torah being a circle; a never ending cycle.
October 8
Canadian Thanksgiving A chance for people to give thanks for a good harvest and other fortunes in the past year.
October 8
National Indigenous People’s Day An alternative celebration to Columbus Day, gives recognition to the indigenous populations affected by colonization.
October 11
National Coming Out Day For those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, this day celebrates coming out and the recognition of the 1987 march on Washington for gay and lesbian equality.
October 19
Dussehra (Dasera) The beginning of a ten-day festival celebrated by Hindus to recognize Rama’s victory over evil.
October 20
Sri Guru Granth Sahib The day Sikhs celebrate Sri Guru Granth Sahib who is their spiritual guide.

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.