Veterans Day is
the 11th. The date is the anniversary of the
signing of the Armistice which ended World War 1 in 1918. Originally known as Armistice Day, the observance was renamed Veterans Day by an act of Congress on June 1, 1954 at the urging of
Major Veteran’s service organizations, most of whose members had served in
World War II and/or the Korean conflict. The day is now set aside to honor all
American Veterans whenever and wherever they served.
Eid Milad Ul-Nabi, which celebrates the birthday of the prophet Muhammed, is observed on the 21st. Because the Muslim calendar is lunar based, the date of the celebration on the western solar based calendar varies from year to year.
Thanksgiving Day is observed on 22nd December, 2018.Chanukah begins at sundown on the 2nd and ends at sundown on the 10th. Christmas is celebrated on the 25th, and Kwanzaa begins on the 26th and ends January 1st January, 2019, New Year’s Day is the 1st Martin Luther King Jr Day is observed on the 21st Held annually on the 3rd Monday in January, it celebrates the life and work of a major American civil rights leader best known for his campaigns to desegregate public transport and promote racial equality in all areas of American life.
February is Black History Month
February 1 is National Freedom Day. The
observance commemorates Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the resolution proposing
the 13th amendment to the constitution, the amendment which
abolished slavery. Rosa Parks Day is
a California state holiday falling on February
4th. The holiday honors
Rosa Parks whose refusal to give up her seat in the section of a Montgomery,
Alabama bus reserved for white passengers kicked off the Montgomery Bus Boycott
in 1956, The boycott in turn initiated a
decade of civil rights protests aimed at desegregating public accommodations
and securing voting rights. The decade
of protests played a critical role in securing the passage of the 1964-65 Civil
Rights Acts. The first day of The
Chinese Lunar New Year is the 5th.
Because the Chinese calendar is lunar based, the beginning of the Chinese
New Year on the western solar based calendar varies from year to year. St Valentine’s Day is celebrated on the
President’s Day is observed on the 18th Held annually on the 3rd Monday in February, the holiday combines the birthday celebrations of two Presidents: Abraham Lincoln on the 12th and George Washington on the 23rd March, 2019.
March is Women’s History Month
Ash Wednesday is observed on the 6th St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the 17th Purim begins
at sundown on the 21st Cesar
Chavez Day falls officially on the
31st (Sunday) though the holiday will be celebrated this year on
April 1st (Monday). The
holiday celebrates the birthday of Cesar Chavez, a Mexican-American community
and labor organizer, who became active at an early age in campaigns to end
racial and economic discrimination against Mexican-Americans, but is best known
for his leadership of the United Farm Workers (UFW) in its campaign to secure
collective bargaining rights for migrant and seasonal farmworkers.
April, 2019 Palm Sunday is 14th, Good Friday is the 19th and Easter
is celebrated on the 21st.
Passover begins at sundown on the 19th
and ends at sundown on the 27th.
As we focus on our cultural awareness
and examine our individual roots, let us be mindful and respectful of the many
customs and traditions that continue to evolve in our community.
Culture is a way of Life