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Calendar of Holidays & Observances

With the holiday season upon us, it is the perfect time to reflect and appreciate all of our colorful and proud backgrounds. Below are just a some of the holidays, observances and commemorations to help you celebrate equity, varying diversity dimensions and inclusion in November. Share your celebration with us on social media by using #IamEDI. We welcome additions to our list -- please email us at edi@untsystem.edu.

 

National Adoption Month -- Throughout November
Celebrates adoptees, birth families and adoption professionals

National Native American Heritage Month -- Throughout November
Honors the history and culture of Native Americans and indigenous people in the United States

Daylight Savings Ends -- Nov. 1
Set your clocks back one hour

All Saint's Day (Catholic) -- Nov. 1
Also known as All Hallow's Eve, commemorates all known and unknown Christian saints

World Vegan Day -- Nov. 1
Celebrates the benefits of veganism for humans and the natural environment

All Souls' Day (Catholic) -- Nov. 2
Also known as the Day of the Dead and Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, it is a day of prayer and remembrance for the souls of those who have died

Election Day -- Nov. 3
Americans vote for President of the United States and other national, state and local offices

Guy Fawkes Day (United Kingdom) -- Nov. 5
Also known as Bonfire Night or Fireworks Night, it commemorates the 1605 arrest of Guy Fawkes and a failed plot to assassinate King James I, and was made an official day of thanksgiving in 1606

Veterans Day -- Nov. 11
Honors U.S. military veterans. This date is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, and commemorates the end of World War I

Diwali (Hindu) -- Nov. 14
A five-day festival of lights that celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and lightness over darkness

Transgender Day of Remembrance -- Nov. 20
Established in 1998, it is a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia and to raise awareness of the continued violence against the transgender community

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day -- Nov. 21
Observed on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, it promotes coming together and supporting the survivors of this tragic event; placed before Thanksgiving as the holiday can be a hard time for survivors

Feast of the Christ the King (Catholic) -- Nov. 22
Established as a day to give thanks to God for the gift of time and a rededication to the Christian faith

Nativity Fast (Orthodox Christian) -- Nov. 25 - Jan. 6
A period of abstinence and penance practiced by the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches in preparation for the Nativity of Jesus

Thanksgiving (U.S.) -- Nov. 26
Originally day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year, this nonsectarian holiday urges all of us to be grateful for things we do have

Native American Heritage Day -- Nov. 27
Established in 2008 to encourage Americans to observe and honor Native Americans

Advent (Christian) -- Nov. 29 - Dec. 24
A season of celebration leading up to the birth of Christ

St. Andrew's Day (Christian) -- Nov. 30
The feast day for St. Andrew within various Christian denominations