Throughout the year, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity celebrates national heritage months with the release of a heritage guide and Spotlights focusing on diverse employees at Johns Hopkins Medicine and in the greater Johns Hopkins community.
Heritage Months to Celebrate
National Disability Employment Awareness Month aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.
National Native American Heritage Month, also referred to as National American Indian Heritage Month, began as Native American Awareness Week, authorized by Congress in 1976 after six decades of efforts to achieve official federal recognition of the contributions of Native Americans.
National Black History Month was first observed in 1926, when Carter G. Woodson proposed celebrating what he called Negro History Week to recognize the tremendous contributions of African Americans throughout U.S. history.
- Learn more about National Black History Month.
National Women’s History Month was first observed as National Women’s Day on Feb. 28, 1909. Later, in 1987, Congress designated March as Women’s History Month to recognize all American women and the role they play in our nation’s life.
- Learn more about National Women’s History Month
National Asian and Pacific Islander Month began as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week, first observed under President Jimmy Carter in 1979 and later expanded to cover the whole month of May by President George Bush in 1990.
- Learn more about National Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Pride Month began as a commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall riots, when members of the LGBTQ+ community took a stance against discrimination and violence toward the community. In 1999, President Bill Clinton issued a proclamation in which Gay Pride Day was expanded to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.
- Learn more about LGBTQ+ Pride Month.
Since 1968, Americans all over the nation have observed National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the vast histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
Expanding our knowledge of the diverse cultural and faith traditions of our patients, faculty members, staff members and students helps strengthen our relationships with one another and positively impacts the quality of patient care.
The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity and the Department of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy have created a Religious and Cultural Observances Toolkit to provide general information about cultural and religious observances, and how they may impact interactions with colleagues, students, and patients and their family members.
Use these fact sheets as guides for supporting our patients, staff members, faculty members and students. Please keep in mind that they are intended to provide a general overview, and the information may not apply to all individuals in any given culture or faith.
For More Information
For additional information, or to recommend additional religious or cultural observances we should highlight, please contact the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity at email@example.com or Paula Teague, senior director of the Department of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2022 Religious & Cultural Observances
- National Women's History Month
- Maha Shivaratri Hindu - Mar 1
- Month of Fast Baha'i - Mar 2 through 20
- Ash Wednesday and Lent - Eastern and Western Traditions - Mar 2
- Losar Buddhist - Mar 3 through 5
- Clean Monday (Lent Begins for Eastern Orthodox Churches) - Mar 7
- Purim Jewish - Mar 16 through 17
- Tao-te Tien-tsun (High Pure One) Taoist - Mar 17
- St. Patrick's Day - Mar 17
- Holi Hindu - Mar 18
- Taoist Festival honoring the Shen of Water, East and Spring - Mar 20
- Nowruz/Naw-Ruz Baha'i - Mar 20
- Transgender Day of Visibility - Mar 31
- National Arab American Heritage Month
- Ugadi/Gudi Padwa Hindu - Apr 1
- Ramadan (Month of Fasting) Islam - Apr 2 through May 2
- Qingming Festival Chinese - Apr 5
- Palm Sunday - Apr 10
- Vaisakhi Sikh/Hindu - Apr 14
- Memorial of Jesus' Death Jehovah Witness - Apr 15
- Good Friday/Holy Friday - Apr 15
- Passover Jewish - Apr 15 through 23
- Easter (Western Christianity) - Apr 17
- Festival of Ridvan Baha'i - Apr 20 through May 2
- Easter (Greek/Eastern Orthodox) - Apr 24
- Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) - Apr 27 through 28
- Jewish American Heritage Month
- Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
- Military Appreciation Month
- Beltane Wiccan - May 1
- Eid-al Fitr Islam - May 2 through 3
- Cinco de Mayo Mexican Heritage - May 5
- Visakha Puja Buddhist - May 6
- Armed Forces Day - May 21
- Declaration of the Báb Baha'i - May 24
- Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh Baha'i - May 29
- Memorial Day - May 31
- Caribbean-American Heritage Month
- LGBTQ+ Pride Month
- National Immigrant Heritage Month
- Dragon Boat Festival Chinese - Jun 3
- Shavuot Jewish - Jun 4 through 6
- Pentecost (Western Christianity) - Jun 5
- Pentecost (Greek/Eastern Orthodox) - Jun 12
- Juneteenth (Emancipation and End of Slavery) - Jun 19
- World Refugee Day - Jun 20
- Taoist Festival honoring Shang-Ti - Jun 21
- Hispanic Heritage Month - Sep 15 through Oct 15
- Labor Day - Sep 5
- Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Sep 8
- Chinese Celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival - Sep 10
- Exaltation of the Holy Cross - Sep 14
- Mabon (Autumnal Equinox) - Sep 23
- Taoist Festival honoring Shen of Winds, West, Autumn - Sep 23
- Rosh Hashanah Jewish - Sep 25 through 27
- Navratri Hindu - Sep 26 through Oct 4
- German American Heritage Month
- Italian American Heritage Month
- National Disability Employment Awareness Month
- Polish American Heritage Month
- Double Ninth Festival Chinese - Oct 4
- Yom Kippur Jewish - Oct 4 through 5
- Vijayadashami/Dussehra Hindu - Oct 5
- Sukkot Jewish - Oct 9 through 16
- Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Jewish - Oct 16 through 18
- Diwali (Indian Festival of Lights) - Oct 24
- Twin Holy Days Baha'i - Oct 25 through 27
- Samhain Gaelic - Oct 31 through Nov 1
- National Native American Heritage Month
- All Saints' Day - Nov 1
- Dia de los Muertos Mexican Heritage - Nov 1 through 2
- Veterans Day - Nov 11
- Transgender Day of Remembrance - Nov 20
- Thanksgiving Day - Nov 24
- Native American Heritage Day - Nov 25
- Day of the Covenant - Nov 26
- Ascension of Abdu'l-Bahá Baha'i - Nov 28
- Nativity Fast (Eastern Orthodox) - Nov 28 through Jan 6
- Advent - Dec 1 through 24
- Hanukkah Jewish - Dec 18 through 26
- Dongzhi Festival Chinese - Dec 21
- Yalda (Winter Solstice) - Dec 21
- Yule (Winter Solstice) Wiccan - Dec 21 through Jan 1
- HumanLight Humanist - Dec 23
- Christmas Day - Dec 25
- Kwanzaa - Dec 26 through Jan 1
- Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Sikh - Dec 29
Religious and Cultural Toolkit
The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity and the Department of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy have created a Religious and Cultural Observances Toolkit to provide general education and information about cultural and religious observances, and how they may impact interactions with colleagues, students, and patients and their family members.
Keep track of holidays and paydays at Johns Hopkins Medicine by downloading the Multicultural Calendar. The calendar notes the holidays and observances celebrated by our rich community. You can also pick up a calendar from your organization's human resources office.
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