Calendar of Holidays & Observances

DEI Event Calendar: March

DEI Event Calendar: March 

“This March, celebrate the many diverse holidays and observances and pay tribute to the diverse minds and beliefs held by all cultures around the world. We live in a multicultural society and embracing the values of various cultures only strengthens our understanding and appreciation of the world. Open your mind to new views and ideas, appreciate cultural differences, and enjoy a fresh perspective you may have been missing. It helps you become a true citizen of the world”. Share your celebration with us on social media: #IamDEI.  We welcome additions to this list – please email us at dei@untsystem.edu.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life, as well as awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live. 

Women’s History Month 
This month, as we continue our work to advance gender equity and equality, let us celebrate the contributions of women throughout our history and honor the stories that have too often gone untold.  Let us recognize that fundamental freedoms are interconnected:  when opportunities for women are withheld, we all suffer; and when women’s lives are improved, we all gain.  Let us strive to create a Nation where every woman and girl knows that her possibilities know no bounds in America. 

March 3  Employee Appreciation Day

Launched in 1995 by Workman Publishing, National Employee Appreciation Day, on March 3, reminds managers that strong employer-employee relations are at the core of any truly successful business. Having a great relationship with your employees is an important aspect of being a manager, and appreciating their efforts can go a long way towards making workers feel valued. Take some time on National Employee Appreciation Day to connect with your employees, offer authentic praise, and listen to their experiences. If you can, give your employees part of the day off, or treat them to a special lunch or group activity. 

March 6-7  Purim

The festival of Purim commemorates the Divinely orchestrated salvation of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.” It is celebrated with Megillah readings, gifts of food, charity, feasting, and merriment. Purim - March 6 -7, 2023.

March 8  International Women’s Day 
Beginning in 1910, March 8 became annually observed as International Women's Day. Women's History Week was instituted in 1978 in an effort to begin adding women's history into educational curricula. In 1987, the National Women's History Project successfully petitioned Congress to include all of March as a celebration of the economic, political and social contributions of women.”  

March 8  Holi 
Holi is a unique festival in India as it binds people of all religions and casts in the vibrant colours of brotherhood, and rich Indian traditions. It is celebrated prominently not only in India but also in America. The date of Holi is calculated based on the Hindu calendar and panchang, so it keeps changing every year in the month of March.

March 10  Harriet Tubman 
Harriet Tubman Day honors and commemorates the legacy, heroism, and bravery of Harriet Tubman (1822-1913), a former slave who escaped slavery and became a conductor in the Underground Railroad leading many enslaved people to freedom and helping them in their new life. The day is officially observed in Maryland and New York on March 10th. The day Tubman passed away. This day is about Tubman and all the enslaved people who fought for freedom for themselves and the next generations.

March 14  Pi Day (π Day)
And why, you might ask, is Pi Day celebrated on March 14th every year? Well, that's because if you round pi to two decimal places, you get 3.14. Which converted to a date, is the 14th of March. Pi Day is a fun little holiday where we can celebrate pi, mathematics and its impact on the world, and eat pie!  

March 17  St. Patrick’s Day 
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17, the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. St. Patrick’s Day 2023 will take place on Friday, March 17. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. St. Patrick’s Day.

March 21  World Down Syndrome Day
World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) was declared December 2011 by the United Nations General Assembly. On this day, people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world organize and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and create a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome. 

March 21  Persian New Year (Nowruz)
International Day of Nowruz celebrated every March 21 is a highly significant and anticipated global New Year holiday occurring on the spring equinox, ringing in the arrival of spring and symbolizing rebirth and renewal of nature. The United Nations’ holiday declared on March 21, 2010, also known as ‘Nauryz,’ ‘Navruz,’ or ‘Nowrouz’ translated — ‘new day,’ dating back to at least 3,000 years is amazingly celebrated by over 300 million people worldwide. However mainly in Iran, Afghanistan, the Kurdish regions of Iraq, Turkey, Syria, India, and throughout Central Asia. The Nowruz Day festival aims to promote values of peace, friendships, and harmony, uniting humanity across the globe. 

March 22  Ramadan Begins (Islam)
The Islamic calendar follows the phases of the moon, commonly known as the lunar cycle. As a result, the Holy month of Ramadan falls approximately 10 days earlier each year in the Gregorian calendar. The Ramadan start date for 2023 is expected to begin on Wednesday 22 March, following the sighting of the moon over Mecca. Lasting for 30 days, Ramadan will end on Friday 21 April, with the celebratory days of Eid al-Fitr starting on Saturday 22 April or Sunday 23 April. 

March  23     International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
In commemoration of the memory of the victims, the General Assembly, in its resolution 62/122 of 17 December 2007, declared 25 March the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, to be observed annually. The resolution also called for the establishment of an outreach programme to mobilize educational institutions, civil society and other organizations to inculcate in future generations the "causes, consequences and lessons of the transatlantic slave trade, and to communicate the dangers of racism and prejudice."