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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.

Aug
23
Wed
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
Aug 23 all-day

Memorializes the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade, coinciding with the anniversary of the uprising in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) that initiated its abolition.

Aug
25
Fri
Ganesh Chaturthi – Hindu
Aug 25 – Sep 5 all-day

Celebrates the birthday of Ganesha, the elephant-deity.

Aug
26
Sat
Women’s Equality Day
Aug 26 all-day

Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the August 26, 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution that gave women the right to vote. Congresswoman Bella Abzug first introduced a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day in 1971. Since that time, every president has published a proclamation recognizing August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.

Sep
2
Sat
Eid al-Adha – Islamic
Sep 2 all-day

The “Feast of Sacrifice” concludes the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca), and is a three-day festival recalling Ibrahim‟s willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God.

Sep
4
Mon
Labor Day
Sep 4 all-day

Celebrated the first Monday in September in recognition of U.S. workers.

Sep
8
Fri
International Literacy Day
Sep 8 all-day

Call to action for universal literacy.

Sep
12
Tue
Ethiopian New Year – Rastafarian
Sep 12 all-day

The Ethiopian New Year. Rastafarians celebrate the New Year on this date and believe that Ethiopia is their spiritual home.

Sep
15
Fri
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Sep 15 – Oct 15 all-day

This month corresponds with Mexican Independence Day,which is celebrated on September 16, and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended Spanish dictatorship.

Sep
17
Sun
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
Sep 17 all-day

Commemorates the ratification of the United States Constitution in 1787. Also honors all who have become U.S. citizens.

Sep
21
Thu
Navaratri – Hindu
Sep 21 – Sep 29 all-day

Nine-day festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil. It worships God in the form of the universal mother commonly referred to as Durga, Devi or Shakti, and marks the start of fall.