There are hundreds of national and global holidays dedicated to raising awareness and support for important causes, the best known being heritage month throughout the year.
HAS Well well well, our goal is to help people have more hope and do more good. For years, we have used these heritage months to help our community celebrate good news and take action to make a difference (via our good news popular InstagramOUR Good newsletterand our Hello).
We’ve put together a list of all the major heritage months to help you or your organization draw attention to important communities and issues.
And where applicable, we’ve included resources specific to these causes and encourage you to share them if you find them helpful. (We will add more resources throughout the year.)
You can go beyond this list of heritage and history months with our Ultimate Calendar of Awareness Days and Months – which delves into a number of diverse holidays to celebrate throughout the year.
Bookmark this page and revisit it as often as necessary. We will continue to update it over time.
Main national heritage months and celebrations
February: Black History Month
February is Black History Month! This annual month-long observance is a time to celebrate and remember that Black history is American history, Black culture is American culture, and Black stories matter.
March: Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month is an annual observance in the United States that honors the contributions of women to events in history and modern society.
Women’s History Month coincides with International Women’s Day — which takes place on March 8 each year.
April: Arab American Heritage Month
In April 2021, President Biden officially recognized Arab Heritage Month, an annual celebration that honors the diverse and dynamic aspects of Arab American identity, culture, and experience.
Although this recognition is relatively recent, Arab Americans have long contributed to and shaped American society in various fields such as literature, gastronomy, music and culture.
May: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a celebration of the many contributions and accomplishments of the AAPI community.
Given the great diversity of the AAPI community, it is important to recognize that the AAPI umbrella is not a monolith. During the month of May, we are bringing our attention to the concerns and needs of the AAPI community and finding long-term ways to support them.
May: American Jewish Heritage Month
American Jewish Heritage Month, recognized annually in May, is a celebration of the achievements and contributions of the Jewish community in the United States of America.
To quote President Biden, “American Jewish history, and our nation’s history as a whole, is fueled by faith, resilience, and hope. It is a story defined by a firm belief in possibility, the determination to realize the promise of America for all Americans, and a commitment to perfecting our Union.
June: LGBTQ+ Pride Month
Although Pride Month has become known for its beautiful and noisy rainbow parades across the country, the LGBTQ+ community is celebrating this month in honor of a long and tumultuous history towards equality. rights in the United States.
July: Disability Pride Month
For over 30 years, July has been an important month for the disability community, as it is the month the Americans With Disabilities Act was passed in 1990.
Disability is a spectrum encompassing a vast diversity of illnesses. However, it is essential to recognize that, contrary to the societal norm, disability should not be seen as existing “outside”.
September: Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) is an annual celebration in the United States that honors the history, culture, and contributions of Americans whose ancestry dates back to 20 countries and one territory, which includes Mexico, l Central and South America, the Caribbean and Spain.
Although the official and more common umbrella term, “Hispanic,” is something most of us are familiar with, it (as we will return to later) does not represent the diversity of indigenous races, cultures, and languages that encompass this large community. This is why you may also see this recognized as Latinx Heritage Month.
November: Native American Heritage Month
November is Native American Heritage Month! This annual month-long celebration is an opportunity to come together to honor and celebrate the culture, traditions, history and contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Although Native Americans make up approximately 2.5% of the total population of the United States, their history and contributions are critically important to the nation’s history. Unfortunately, much of it has been forgotten or neglected.
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