Addiction is more prevalent than we realize, especially when we move beyond just focusing on drugs and alcohol and incorporate things like food, gambling and spending. This observance gives us the chance to really reflect on the topic and celebrate those who are in recovery.
Deaf individuals aren’t just hearing impaired; the Deaf community actually has a very rich culture with a lot that we can learn about and from. Deaf Awareness Month is an excellent time to not just think about making our world more accommodating but discovering Deafness as a defining aspect of a community.
Mexicans and Mexican-Americans make up the majority of Latinos in the United States, so it is fitting that National Hispanic Heritage Month starts not on the first of the month but on the 15th, when Mexico celebrates its Independence Day.
Hispanic Heritage Month is a 30-day celebration of all things related to Hispanic cultures. Not only does it embrace elements from the originating cultures, but it also lifts up elements unique to the diaspora. Take this month to learn about just how diverse the Hispanic world is and learn about some of the lesser-known cultures.
While most of the celebrations start on the 15th and run through the night, Mexico’s actual Independence Day is September 16. The big event happens at midnight with the “Cry of Dolores,” Miguel Hidalgo’s infamous battle cry that spurred on the rebellion that led to Mexican freedom from Spanish rule.
While associate Oktoberfest with beer, beer, and more beer, it is actually a folk festival meant to celebrate life, love, and happiness – beer optional! While the official Oktoberfest is held in Munich, it is celebrated all over the world, especially by those with German heritage.
The legacy of the residential school system is a dark one, and one that is often swept under the rug. National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is meant to bring attention to the atrocities of the past and how they continue to impact First Nations communities in Canada.
This observance is used to both raise awareness of breast cancer and raise funds to seek a cure. Just be aware that some of the typical slogans used during this month don’t always land well with everyone. Look for inclusive ways to talk about breast cancer.
The United States is home to the largest Polish population outside of Poland itself. While many of those with Polish heritage are centered in the Midwest (Chicago, specifically), Polish-Americans are in all of our communities and greatly impacting our culture as a whole. October was chosen for this observance as it is the month Polish settlers first arrived in the United States.
The first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was held in 1989. This month is an excellent time to raise awareness of domestic violence in all of its forms and make sure your employees understand that there are resources for them if they need to leave a dangerous situation.
While pride is focused more on celebrating identities, LGBTQ+ History Month is centered on looking back. From the elders lost to the AIDS crisis to sexual identities always skipped over in the history books, this month is meant to bring the lives and contributions of LGBTQ+ people to light.
Throughout October, you can pay tribute to the diverse ideas, cultures and communities across the world as part of Global Diversity Awareness Month. Remember that you can look beyond national cultures and counties of origin. Think about things like disabilities, languages, religions and more.
While Pride Month is all about identity, acceptance and loving yourself, LGBTQ+ History Month takes a look backward. Many LGBTQ+ figures have been erased from the history books or had their truths hidden. This month gives us the chance to look at the distance and recent past to see the history that didn’t make the textbooks.
A month-long awareness campaign, it focuses not on the struggles that those with disabilities face, but specifically on how they are assets to workplaces and communities. This is a great time to confront hidden bias in yourself and your company.