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Religious and Cultural Events and Holidays

Calendar content from Anti-Defamation League and Diversity Best Practices.
Please contact Katie Maguire-Jack (maguirejack.1@osu.edu) with calendar submissions or revisions.

Apr
1
Sat
Genocide Awareness Month
Apr 1 – Apr 30 all-day

A month that marks important anniversaries for past and contemporary genocides. Throughout the month, individuals, communities and organizations join together to commemorate and honor victims and survivors of mass atrocities.

Apr
21
Fri
Festival of Ridván – Bahá’í
Apr 21 – May 2 all-day

Annual festival commemorating the 12 days when Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet-founder of the Bahá’í Faith, resided in a garden called Ridván (Paradise) and publicly proclaimed His mission as God’s messenger for this age. The first (April 21), ninth (April 29), and twelfth (May 2) days are celebrated as holy days when Baha’is suspend work.

May
1
Mon
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
May 1 – May 31 all-day

Recognizes the contributions and celebrates the culture of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

International Worker’s Day
May 1 all-day

Also known as May Day, it celebrates the social and economic achievements of workers worldwide. The day commemorates the Haymarket Riot of 1886 in Chicago, in which police and protesters clashed following a workers’ strike for an eight-hour work day.

Jewish American Heritage Month
May 1 – May 31 all-day

Recognizes the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of American Jews.

Older Americans Month
May 1 – May 31 all-day

Older Americans Month was established in 1963 to honor the legacies and contributions of older Americans and to support them as they enter their next stage of life.

May
2
Tue
National Teacher’s Day
May 2 all-day

People often express their gratitude to their teachers by paying them a visit or sending them a card.

May
3
Wed
World Press Freedom Day
May 3 all-day

Serves as an occasion to inform the public of violations of the right to freedom of expression and as a reminder that many journalists brave death or jail to bring people their daily news.

May
5
Fri
Cinco de Mayo
May 5 all-day

In 1862 Mexican forces defeated French occupational forces in the Battle of Puebla.

May
10
Wed
Buddha Day – Buddhist
May 10 all-day

Also known as Vesak or Visakha Puja, it marks the occasion of the birth, spiritual awakening and death of the historical Buddha.