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February Diversity Message

The month of February not only includes one of the most recognized days to celebrate love, “Valentine’s Day," but it includes an abundance of other days which highlights just how wonderfully diverse we are.

  • February 1st is not only recognized as the beginning of a month that is dedicated to acknowledging the contributions of people of African descent, known as “Black History Month”, but it is also “National Freedom Day”, which honors the ratification of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in 1865.
  • February 13th honors one of Hindu deities “Shiva” by celebrating Maha Shivaratri. Mardi Gras is also recognized on this day, which is the last day for Catholics to indulge prior to Ash Wednesday.
  • February 14th is recognized as “Ash Wednesday”, which is the beginning of Lent in Christian Faith.
  • February 15th is known as Nirvana Day, which is the commemoration of Buddha’s death at the age of 80, when he reached the zenith of Nirvana.
  • February 16th is the first day of the “Chinese New Year”. During this time, families celebrate with reunions and recognize this day as one of the most sacred of all Chinese holidays.
  • February 16-18th celebrates Losar, which is the Tibetan Buddhist New Year. During this holiday, sacred and secular practices are performed as an acknowledgement of a time of renewal.
  • February 19th recognizes George Washington’s birthday, as well as every president preceding after him.
  • February 24th is the beginning of Intercalary Days. During this time, people of Baha’i faith observe the following 5 days with gift giving, feasting, kind acts of charity, and preparation for the fasting that precedes the New Year.
  • February 28th is the beginning of Purim. Purim is a Jewish celebration that marks the time when the Jewish community living in Persia was saved from genocide. During this time, Jewish people offer charity and share food with friends.

So, as we continue to celebrate this month, let’s remain mindful of just how connected we all are. Let’s allow love to be our driving force this month. Let’s celebrate one another, celebrate ourselves, and celebrate diversity.

For more Diversity Committee information, please click here.

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