School of Medicine

Cultural Calendar



Cultural events and celebrations are a reflection of our community’s rich diversity. At the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, we value all characteristics and identities that make our students, staff and faculty diverse and elevate our department. The DFPM cultural calendar is not static nor exhaustive. However, we hope to highlight events relevant to our community. Personal narratives in the DFPM weekly newsletter will accompany many of these cultural dates. We hope many will share their experience and perspective.

JANUARY
DAY EVENT CULTURE
  Poverty Awareness Month US
6 Epiphany Christian
18 Martin Luther King Junior Day (2021) US
FEBRUARY
DAY EVENT CULTURE
  Black History Month US
12 Lunar New Year China
20 World Day of Social Justice International
MARCH
DAY EVENT CULTURE
  Developmental Disabilities Month  
  Women's History Month  
17 St. Patrick’s Day International
21 World Day of Social Justice International
APRIL
DAY EVENT CULTURE
  Arab American Heritage Month  
  Autism Awareness Month  
4 Easter (2021) Christian
12 Ramadan (Apr 12 - May 12, 2021) Muslim
15 Passover (15th - 23rd, 2021) Jewish
MAY
DAY EVENT CULTURE
  Asian Pacific American Heritage Month  
  Jewish American Heritage Month  
5 Cinco de Mayo Mexican American
JUNE
DAY EVENT CULTURE
  Caribean American Heritage Month  
  LGBTQI+ Pride Month  
19

Juneteenth commemorates the day when slaves in Texas were officially freed, June 19, 1865. The Emancipation Proclamation was enforced by Union Army officials soon after the Civil War. However, it took Union Army officials over 2 years to get to Texas, the most remote state of the union at that time. This day holds a special place in the hearts of many African Americans, because it symbolizes the humanization of our people, though systematic oppression has continued for many subsequent generations, i.e. sharecropping, Jim Crow, separate but equal, geographic red lining, racial profiling, etc.

As an adolescent, I remember recognizing Juneteenth by visiting the Allensworth Historic Park in the San Joaquin Valley near Los Angeles, California. Allensworth was a township founded by retired Colonel Allen Allensworth to give Black people the opportunity to live the “American Dream.” I remember visiting the replica of this old Western town and reliving the excitement many enslaved people felt when they learned of their freedom. But, I also remember the frustration of wondering why it took so long for many to realize the freedom granted by the Emancipation Proclamation. (“I’m sure slave owners new about it…” I lamented.) This mixture of pride and anger still resonates with me today, as another Juneteenth comes. However, this is a time to celebrate progression and the hope of better to come. As a nation, as a people, we are moving forward towards a brighter future.

- Jessica L. Jones, MD, MSPH
Associate Professor

US
20 World Refugee Day International
JULY
DAY EVENT CULTURE
4 Independence Day US
AUGUST
DAY EVENT CULTURE
9 International Day of Indigenous People International
26 Women's Equality Day US
SEPTEMBER
DAY EVENT CULTURE
  Latinx Heritage Month US
6 Rosh Hashanah (6th - 8th, 2021) Jewish
OCTOBER
DAY EVENT CULTURE
  Global Diversity Awareness Month US
  National Disability Awareness Month US
6 German American Heritage Day US
10 World Mental Health Day International
12 Indigenous People's Day (2021) US
31 Dia de los Muertos Latinx
NOVEMBER
DAY EVENT CULTURE
  American Indian/Native Alaskan Heritage Month US
26 Native American Heritage Day (2021) US
28 Hanukkah (Nov 28, 2021 - Dec 6, 2021) Jewish
DECEMBER
DAY EVENT CULTURE
3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities International
10 Human Rights Day International
25 Christmas Christian
26 Kwanzaa US