October & November Coming Events
October 20, 2021 - SIETAR Europa Webinar: “Intercultural Playground (ICP): Inscape Room for Global Teams” with Joanna Sell and Dr. Grazia Ghellini. Visit SIETAR Europa Events to register!
October 20, 2021 – SIETAR Deutschland Webinar: “How to adapt to a new culture without losing your identity” with Kinga Białek and Aleksandra Darul-Hagemeister. Visit SIETAR Deutschland Events to register!
October 21, 2021 – SIETAR Italia Webinar:“Talking about interculture to the new generations” with Marco Croci and Veronica La Via. Visit SIETAR Italia Events to register!
October 27, 2021 – SIETAR France Webinar: “Made in France and elsewhere: Identity as a preliminary prototype” with Bjorn Ekelund. Visit SIETAR France Events to register!
October 29, 2021 – SIETAR BC Webinar: “Self-studies - Language and Pedagogy”. Visit SIETAR BC Events to register!
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This observance was launched in 1945 when Congress declared the first week in October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1998, the week was extended to a month and renamed. The annual event draws attention to employment barriers that still need to be addressed.
October is LGBT History Month, a U.S. observance started in 1994 to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and the history of the gay-rights movement.
October is Global Diversity Awareness Month, a month to celebrate and increase awareness about the diversity of cultures and ethnicities, and the positive impact that diversity can have on society.
October is Filipino American History Month, which celebrates and recognizes the heritage and history of the Filipino community, past and present. It also commemorates the arrival of the first Filipinos that landed in what is now Morro Bay, California on October 18, 1587. It is also the birth month of Filipino American labor leader Larry Itliong.
October is German-American Heritage Month, which honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of German-Americans in the United States.
October is Italian-American Heritage Month, which honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of Italian-Americans in the United States.
October is Polish-American Heritage Month, which honors, celebrates, and pays tribute to the contributions of Polish-Americans in the United States.
October 1-7:National Diversity Week, which was founded in 1998 to raise awareness about the diversity which has shaped, and continues to shape, the United States.
October 10:World Mental Health Day, which is observed to raise awareness about mental health and to dismantle the social stigma surrounding it.
- Columbus Day, a national holiday in many countries of the Americas and elsewhere, and a federal holiday in the United States that marks the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492.
- Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a newly-designated federal holiday that was formally declared by Pres. Biden to celebrate and honor Native American peoples and commemorate their histories and cultures.
- National Coming Out Day, which celebrates the LGBTQ+ community.
Oct 12: Día de la Hispanidad (Spain), Dia de la Raza (Mexico), Día de las Culturas (Costa Rica), Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity (Argentina), Decolonization Day (Bolivia), Day of Interculturality and Plurinationality (Ecuador), Day of Indigenous Peoples and Intercultural Dialogue (Peru), and Indigenous Resistance Day (Venezuela) all celebrate the contributions of the countries’ indigenous, Spanish, African, and Asian cultures.
October 15: International Day of Rural Women, which was first observed by the United National General Assembly in 2008 and recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security, and eradicating rural poverty.” It is purposely held the day before World Food Day in order to highlight the role played by rural women in food production and food security.
October 18 (every third Monday in October):Multicultural Diversity Day, adopted as a national event by the NEA’s 1993 Representative Assembly to “increase awareness of the tremendous need to celebrate our diversity collectively.”
October 18-19 (sundown to sundown):Eid Milad un-Nabi, an Islamic holiday commemorating the birthday of the prophet Muhammad.
October 18-19:Mawlid al-Nabi or Eid Milad Un Nabi, which celebrates the birth and life of Prophet Muhammad. It falls on the 12th or 17th day of the Islamic month of Rabi’ al-awwal.
October 20:Sikh Holy Day, the day Sikhs celebrate Sri Guru Granth Sahib, their spiritual guide.
October 20 (third Wednesday of October):International Pronouns Day seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace.
October 21:LGBTQ+ Spirit Day, which was created to demonstrate support for LGBTQ+ youth and to speak out against bullying.
October 29: National Organization for Women (NOW), which was founded in 1966 to take action to bring about equality for all women.
October 31-November 1 (sundown to sundown): Samhain, a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year.
November 2, 2021 – SIETAR Switzerland Webinar: “Cultural diversity: what opportunities, what challenges? Café Philo: a place of reflection and debate” moderated by Dr. Pia Stalder and Anne-Claude Lambelet, and the participation of Sabine Baerlocher and Benoît Théry. Visit SIETAR Switzerland Events to register!
November 6, 2021 – SIETAR UK Event: “A Brief Exploration of the Cultural Journeys of Refugees and Volunteers: A 3h Short Online Intercultural Training Session”. Visit SIETAR UK Events to register!
November 11, 12 & 19, 2021 – SIETAR Deutschland Webinar: “How do I write a book?" with Debra Messer. Visit SIETAR Deutschland Events to register!
November is National Native American Heritage Month, which was started in 1915 by Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian and Director of the Museum of Arts in Rochester, NY. Initially, it was a single day designed to recognize the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S. In 1990, then-President G.W. Bush approved the designation of the full month of November as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.
November 1:Día de los Santos Inocentes (“Holy Innocents Day”) or Día de los Angelitos (“Day of the Little Angels”), an observance festivity in Mexico that celebrates and honor one’s ancestors, specifically children and infants, and is based on the belief that there is an interaction between the living world and the world of spirits.
November 2:Día de los Muertos or Día de los Difuntos (“Day of the Dead”), a celebration in Mexico to honor deceased adult family members.
November 4:Diwali (“Festival of Lights”), a major Hindu holiday that signifies the renewal of life and the victory of good over evil, and combines a number of festivals to celebrate different gods/goddesses and life events.
November 5-6 (sundown to sundown):Birth of Báb, a Bahá’í holiday celebrating the birth of the prophet Báb.
November 6-7 (sundown to sundown): The birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í religion.
November 11:Veterans Day (US), Armistice Day (UK), and Remembrance Day (AU), a day to honor military veterans.
Holiday Calendar courtesy of: https://seramount.com/articles/category/heritage-months/