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 August

Date Event Title Description
August
6
Transfiguration A holiday recognized by Orthodox Christians to celebrate when Jesus communed with Moses and Elijah on Mount Tabor. To celebrate, adherents have a feast.
August 17
Marcus Garvey Day Which celebrates the birthday of the Jamaican politician and activist who is revered by Rastafarians. Garvey is credited with starting the Back to Africa movement, which encouraged those of African descent to return to the land of their ancestors during and after slavery in North America.
August 21-25
Eid Al-Adha An Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah's (God's) command to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Muslims around the world observe this event.
August 23
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade The anniversary of the uprising in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) that initiated the abolition of slavery in the Caribbean.
August 25
Hungry Ghost Festival A Chinese holiday where street, market, and temple ceremonies take place to honor dead ancestors and appease other spirits.
August 25
Raksha Bandhan A Hindu holiday commemorating the loving kinship between a brother and a sister. Raksha means protection in Hindi, and symbolizes the longing a sister has to be protected by her brother. During the celebration, a sister ties a string around her brother’s (or brother-figure’s) wrist, and asks him to protect her. The brother usually gives the sister a gift and agrees to protect her for life.
August 26
Women’s Equality Day Which commemorates the August 26, 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution that gave women the right to vote. Congresswoman Bella Abzug first introduced a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day in 1971. Since that time, every president has published a proclamation recognizing August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.

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.