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Multicultural Observances

2016-2017 Academic Year

Religious, Spiritual, and National Observances

As indicated in our Diversity Statement, Stevenson University believes "its core values are strengthened when all of its members have voice and representation." It is for that reason that we have compiled a comprehensive list of religious, spiritual, and national observances in an effort to promote inclusion and fulfill the commitments outlined in our Diversity Statement. 

September 

Suicide Prevention Month
National Preparedness Month

  • September 5: Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)
  • September 5: Labor Day
  • September 11: Patriot Day
  • September 11: 9/11 Anniversary
  • September 11: Grandparents’ Day
  • September 12: Eid al-Adha (Islamic)
  • September 15-October 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • September 17: Constitution Day/Citizenship Day
  • September 21: World Peace Day
October

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Work & Family Month

  • October 2-4: Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
  • October 6: German-American Day
  • October 9: Leif Erikson Day
  • October 9-15: Mental Illness Awareness Week
  • October 10: National Indigenous People’s Day
  • October 11: National Coming Out Day
  • October 11: Vijayadashami/Dussehra/Dasara/Dashain (Hindu)
  • October 11: Ashura (Islamic)
  • October 12: Yom Kippur 
  • October 16-23: Sukkot (Jewish)
  • October 20: Birth of the Bab (Baha’i)
  • October 23-24: Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)
  • October 24-25: Simchat Torah (Jewish)
  • October 25: Hijri New Year (Islamic)
  • October 30-November 3: Diwali (Hindu)
  • October 31: Samhain (Gaelic)
November

National Native American Heritage Month

  • November 8: Election Day 
  • November 11: Veterans Day
  • November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • November 22-28: National Family Week
  • November 24: Thanksgiving
  • November 27-December 24: Advent (Christian)
December 

Universal Human Rights Month

  • December 1: World AIDS Day
  • December 1: Rosa Parks Day 
  • December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • December 7: Pearl Harbor Day
  • December 10: Human Rights Day
  • December 15: Bill of Rights Day
  • December 24-January 1: Hanukkah (Feast of Lights/Dedication)
  • December 24: Christmas Eve (Christian)
  • December 25: Christmas (Christian)
  • December 26–January 1: Kwanzaa
  • December 31: New Year’s Eve
January

National Mentoring Month

  • January 1: New Year’s Day
  • January 6: Epiphany (Christian)
  • January 12–15: Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
  • January 14: Makar Sankranti (Hindu)
  • January 15: World Religion Day
  • January 16: Religious Freedom Day
  • January 16: Dr. Martin Luther King Day
  • January 28: Lunar New Year
February 

Black History Month

  • February 1: Vasant Panchami (Hindu)
  • February 2: Candlemas (Jewish)
  • February 3: National Wear Red Day
  • February 4: Rosa Parks Day
  • February 10–11: Tu B’Shevat
  • February 14: St. Valentine’s Day
  • February 15: Parinirvana-Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
  • February 20: Washington’s Birthday/Presidents' Day 
  • February 21–27: Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week
March

Irish American Heritage Month
National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month
National Women's History Month

Deaf History Month

  • March 1: Ash Wednesday
  • March 2–20: Nineteen Day Fast (Baha'i)
  • March 8: International Women’s Day
  • March 12: Purim (Jewish)
  • March 12: Magha Puja (Buddhist)
  • March 13: Holi (Festival of Colors) (Hindu)
  • March 17: St. Patrick’s Day
  • March 20–21: Naw-Ruz (Persian & Baha'i New Year)
  • March 25: Greek Independence Day
  • March 31: Cesar Chavez Day
April 

National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
National Minority Health Month
National Child Abuse Prevention Month
National Cancer Control Month
Limb Loss Awareness Month

  • April 2: World Autism Awareness Day
  • April 9: Palm Sunday
  • April 10–18: Passover (Jewish)
  • April 13: Holy Thursday (Christian)
  • April 14: Good Friday
  • April 14: Pan American Day
  • April 16: Easter Sunday
  • April 21: National Day of Silence
  • April 23–24: Yom Ha-Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
May

National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Jewish American Heritage Month

National Mental Health Awareness Month

  • May 3: Buddha’s Birthday
  • May 4: National Day of Prayer
  • May 5: Cinco de Mayo
  • May 12: Military Spouse Appreciation Day
  • May 14: Mother's Day
  • May 14–21: National Women's Health Week
  • May 17: Anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education Decision
  • May 20: Armed Forces Day
  • May 22–23: Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)
  • May 28–29: Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)
  • May 29: Memorial Day

Please send all calendar addition requests and program suggestions to ome@stevenson.edu

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Contact Multicultural Experience

100 Campus Circle
Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
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Natalie Gillard
Assistant Vice President, Multicultural Experience
443-352-4489

 
 
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