|Dates to honor the dead: |
April 5 - Qing Ming Festival is a holiday recognized in Taiwan and China to honor the dead.
November 1 & 2 - Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is both a Mexican celebration that blends Aztec and Christian traditions to honor the dead, and an anniversary that is marked by a variety of cultural activism by Chican@s in the U.S. Both traditional and political altars are created during this period to commemorate people and ideas.
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May 28 - International Women's Health Day is a day designated to advocate on behalf of women's health issues around the world. This date was designated by the group of women who participated in the V International Summit on Women and Health in Costa Rica in 1989.
September 28 - This date was designated as Decriminalization of Abortion in Latin American and the Caribbean campaign by women's human rights activists in 1990.
December 1 - World AIDS Day is a day designated to promote education and awareness about AIDS and focus attention to efforts that fight against it.
|Dates that commemorate womens struggles: |
The month of March is Women's History Month
March 8 - International Women's Days is a date recognized by women's groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. The United Nations began observing International Women's Day, in 1975 -- the International Women's Year.
August 26 - Womens' Equality Day was set aside in the U.S. in 1974, to commemorate the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that granted women voting rights in 1920.
November 25 - November 25 was declared International Day Against Violence Against Women at the first Feminist Encuentro for Latin America and the Caribbean held in Bogotá, Colombia, July 18-21, 1981. November 25 was chosen to commemorate the violent assassination of the Mirabal sisters (Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa) on November 25, 1960 by the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic.
|Dates that commemorate GLBT struggles: |
June is Gay and Lesbian Pride Month
June 27 - Stonewall Rebellion is recognized as the first organized effort of Gays and Lesbians in the U.S. to seek equality and justice, it commemorates the protest of Gays and Lesbians against police harassment in New York City.
October 11 - This day commemorates one of the largest gatherings of members of the GLBT community in Washington D.C. in 1987. It is also an international day of visibility when members of the GLBT community are encouraged to step out and announce who they are
|Dates to honor people of color: |
January 1 - Anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 by President Lincoln.
January 19 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, this U.S. holiday commemorates the life of the Reverend Dr. King Jr. who is considered the national leader of the civil rights movement.
February Black History Month and Human Relations Month.
February 15 - Race Relations Sunday is a US protestant day meant to promote understanding among all races.
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
June 14 - Race Unity Day is sponsored by the United Nations to promote racial understanding and harmony.
June 19 - Juneteenth commemorates when Union troops arrived in Houston, Texas in June 1865 to spread the word of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.
August 1 - Is Emancipation Day in Trinidad that commemorates the abolition of slavery in the 1830s.
August 9 - International Day of the Worlds Indigenous People. This date was designated by the United Nations in1994 for observation every year, during the International Decade of the Worlds Indigenous People (1994-2004).
Hispanic heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15
September 26 - While there are hundreds of different Native-American tribes in Indian country, with many celebrations that differ by group and location, Native-American or American-Indian Day has been designated to honor Native-Americans in the U.S.
December 1 - Rosa Parks Day commemorates the anniversary of the 1955 arrest of Rosa Parks, and her act of defiance against segregation, by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger.
|Dates to honor human rights: |
February 15-21 - Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week. The goal of this week is to promote justice, understanding and cooperation among Protestants, Catholics and Jews; it is sponsored by the national Conference of Christians and Jews.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month & Child Abuse Awareness Month
May 1 - May Day is recognized as International Workers Day
June 26 - UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture The United Nations (UN) General Assembly officially proclaimed 26 June as the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (UNGA Res. 52/149) on 12 December 1997. It was on 26 June 1987 that the UN Convention against Torture first came into force.
August 6 - Hiroshima Peace Memorial Day
December 10 - Established by the United Nations in 1948, Human Rights day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Human Rights. This day is a reminder of the basic civil, economic, political, and social rights that every human being deserves.
|Dates to honor older adults: |
March 5 - Respect for Ancestors Day is a day set aside by the Chinese to honor their ancestors.
September 15 - Japan's holiday that honors older adults
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