JANUARY 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.

February 15-21 is 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.

MARCH Women's History Month

March 3 - In Japan is "Hina-matsuri" or Girl's Festival

March 5 - Respect for Ancestors Day is a day set aside by the Chinese to honor their ancestors.

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.

APRIL Sexual Assault Awareness Month & Child Abuse Awareness Month

April 5 - Qing Ming Festival is a holiday recognized in Taiwan and China to honor the dead.

April 23 - Take Our Daughters to Work Day is a U.S. event that was begun by Ms. Magazine to focus attention on the concerns and aspirations of girls.

April 30 - El Día del Niño is a tradition that Mexico and other countries have but in Mexico they celebrate El Día del Niño every year on April 30


Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

May 1 - May Day is recognized as International Workers Day

May 5 - Children's Day is a date set aside for Koreans and Japanese to honor their children.

May 28 - International Women's Health Day is a day designated to advocate on behalf of womens 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.


Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

June 1 -  Children's Day is a date set aside for the Chinese to honor their children.

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.

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.

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.

AUGUST August 1 - 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).

August 26 - Women's 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.

August 6 - Hiroshima Peace Memorial Day

August 16 - Children's Day is a Paraguayan date set aside to honor the hundreds of child soldiers that died during the War of the Triple Alliance.

SEPTEMBER Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 

September 15 - Japan's holiday that honors older adults 

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. 

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.

OCTOBER 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.
NOVEMBER 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.

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.

DECEMBER 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.

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.

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.

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