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
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.
September 29-October 1 (sundown to sundown)
Rosh Hashanah The Jewish New Year celebration, marking the creation of the world.
October 4
St. Francis Day Feast day for St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, celebrated by many Catholic denominations.
October 4
Blessing of the Animals In congruence with St. Francis Day. Many Unitarian Universalists have picked up on the Catholic tradition of blessing animals, particularly pets, as St. Francis was known for his special connection to animals.
October 8
Dasara, or Vijayadashami In the eastern and northeastern states of India, it marks the end of Durga Puja, remembering goddess Durga's victory over the buffalo demon Mahishasura to help restore dharma.
October 8-9
Yom Kippur The holiest day on the Jewish calendar, a day of atonement marked by fasting and ceremonial repentance.
October 11
National Coming Out Day (U.S.) 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 13-20
Sukkot A seven-day Jewish festival giving thanks for the fall harvest.
October 14
Canadian Thanksgiving A chance for people to give thanks for a good harvest and other fortunes in the past year.
October 14
National Indigenous Peoples Day An alternative celebration to Columbus Day, gives recognition to the indigenous populations affected by colonization.
October 20
Sikh Holy Day The day Sikhs celebrate Sri Guru Granth Sahib, their spiritual guide.
October 20
Birth of Báb A Bahá’í holiday celebrating the birth of the prophet Báb.
October 20-22 (sundown to sundown)
Shemini Atzeret A Jewish holiday also known as The Eighth (Day) of Assembly, takes place the day after the Sukkot festival, where gratitude for the fall harvest is deeply internalized.
October 21-22 (sundown to sundown)
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 and then back to chapter one again, in acknowledgement of the words of the Torah being a circle, a never-ending cycle.
October 27-31
Diwali, the Hindu, Jain and Sikh five-day festival of lights Celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and lightness over darkness.
October 28
Milvian Bridge Day A one-day festival in Fayetteville, West Virginia. It is the only day of the year people can BASE jump off a bridge into New River Gorge.
October 29-30 (sundown to sundown)
The birth of Bahá'u'lláh The founder of the Bahá’í religion.
October 31
All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween) A celebration observed in a number of countries on the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs and all the faithful departed.
October 31
Reformation Day A Protestant Christian religious holiday celebrated alongside All Hallows' Eve (Halloween) during the triduum of Allhallowtide in remembrance of the onset of the Reformation.
October 31-November 1 (sundown to sundown)
Samhain A Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the 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.