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The United States Coast Guard Multicultural, Diversity and Inclusion Calendar for 2012 was developed by the Office of Diversity and the Civil Rights Directorate as an education and training tool to enhance mutual understanding and respect among the various religious, ethnic and cultural groups.  This calendar is about honoring our differences and increasing awareness of the numerous important national and international observances and celebrations that may be commemorated in the United States.  Acknowledging and respecting these events promotes greater knowledge of multiculturalism and diversity and is a foundation to inclusion.  Realizing diversity requires the creation of an inclusive work environment that respects and values the differences that each service member and employee brings to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard is defined by its history, culture, missions and traditions.  This includes our people who bring a wide range of diverse backgrounds and experiences that enrich our ability to perform our global missions. People are the strength of our service and diversity and inclusion is vital to our mission readiness and excellence.

Our mission is to build a positive work environment for all personnel and nurture a climate of respect for all people of all backgrounds and cultures.  To this end, we will position the Coast Guard organization as the "Service of Choice" and nationally recognized leader in diversity and inclusion management in the federal government.

Cultural Observances are held service-wide to recognize the continuous achievements of all Americans to American culture and to increase awareness, mutual respect, and understanding.  Educational programs and cultural observances are effective ways to promote the employment and advancement of women, members of targeted racial and ethnic groups, and people with disabilities.  The following cultural events are observed by the Coast Guard:

                                        January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
                                        February: African-American History Month
                                        March: National Women's History Month
                                        May: Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month
                                        August 26: Women's Equality Day
                                        September 15 - October 15: Hispanic Heritage Month
                                        October: National Disability Employment Awareness Month
                                        November: National Native American Heritage Month

For more information about Special Observances and education programs, contact your Civil Rights Service Provider (CRSP)

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January
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Remember! Celebrate! Act!
A Day On, Not a Day Off

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
New Years
Temple Day (Buddhist)
Gantan-sai (Shinto)
2 3 4 5 6
Epiphany (Christian)
Christmas (Armenian Orthodox Christian)
7
Orthodox Christmas Day (Russia)
8 9
Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
10 11 12 13 14
Makar Sankranti (Hindu)
Religious Freedom Day (US)
15
World Religion Day (Bahá'i)
16
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
17 18 19 20 21
22
Seollal Holiday (S. Korea) 22-24
23
Lunar New Year
National No Name Calling Week
24
Spring Festival Golden Week (China)
25 26 27
International Commemoration Day in Memory of Victims of the Holocaust
28
Vasant Panchami (Hindu)
29 30
Greek Education Day

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February
National African-American History Month
Black Women in American Culture & History

 
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
      1
National Freedom Day
2 3 4
5
Milad Al-Nabi (Islamic)
6
Constitution Day (Mexico)
Lantern Festival (China)
7 8
Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
Tu B'Shvat (Jewish)
9
Milad un Nabi (Muslim)
10 11
12 13 14
Valentine's Day
Race Relations Day
15
Susan B. Anthony Day
Nirvana Day (alternative date, Buddhist)
16 17 18
19 20
President's Day
World Day of Social Justice
Mahashivaratri (Hindu)
21
International Mother Language Day
Mardi Gras
President's Day
22
Ash Wednesday (Christian)
23
Zhonghe Festival (China)
24 25
26
Ayyam-I-Ha/Intercalary Days (Bahá'i) through 1 Mar
27
Clean Monday (Eastern Christian)
28 29      

March
National Women's History Month
Women's Education - Women's Empowerment
Irish-American History Month

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
        1 2
Nineteen Day Fast (Bahá'i)
3
Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival) (Japan)
4 5 6 7 8
International Women's Day
Purim (Jewish)
Holi (Hindu)
9 10
11 12 13 14
Commonwealth Day(Canada)
15 16 17
St. Patrick's Day
18 19 20
Vernal Equinox
Naw-Ruz (Iranian New Year) (Bahá'i)
21
Naw-Ruz (Iranian New Year) (Bahá'i)
22
International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination
23
Padwa/Ugadi (Hindu)
24
25
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery
26 27 28 29 30 31

April
Celebrate Diversity Month

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
Ramanavami & Swaminarayan Jayanti (Hindu)
Palm Sunday (Christian)
2
World Autism Awareness Day
3 4
International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
Qing Ming Jie (China)
5
Holy Thursday (Christian)
6
Passover (Jewish)
Theravada New Year (Buddhist)
Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)
Good Friday (Christian)
7
Passover or Pesach (Jewish) until 14 Apr
World Health Day
8
Easter (Christian)
9 10 11 12 13 14
Varsakhi (Hindu)
15
Days of Remembrance
until 22 Apr
16 17 18 19
Yom Hashoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day
20 21
Ridvan Festival (Bahá'i) until 2 May
22
International Earth Day
23
World Book and Copyright Day
St. George's Day (Canada)
24
Yom Haatzmaut (Independence Day) (India) until 26 Apr
25 26 27 28
29
Shōwa Day (Japan)
30          

May
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Jewish American Heritage Month

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1
International Worker's Day
Spring and Labor Day (Russia)
2
Spring and Labor Day (Russia)
3
World Press Freedom Day
4 5
National Day of Prayer
Cinco de Mayo (Mexico)
Wesak or Buddha Day (Buddhist)
6 7 8 9
Victory Day (Russia)
10
Lag B'Omer (Jewish)
11 12
13
Mother's Day
14 15
International Day of Families
16 17
Ascension Day (Christian)
18 19
20 21
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue & Development
22 23
Declaration of the Báb (Bahá'i)
Victoria Day (Canada)
24 25 26
27
Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) (Jewish)
28
Memorial Day
29
Ascension of the Bahá'u'lláh (Bahá'i)
30 31    

June
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month
Caribbean-American Heritage Month

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
          1 2
3 4
International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
5
World Environment Day
6 7 8 9
10
Race Unity Day (Bahá'i)
All Saints Day (Eastern Christian)
11 12
Loving Day
Russia Day (Russia)
13 14
Flag Day
15 16
17
Isra and Mi'raj (Muslim)
18 19 20
World Refugees Day
21 22 23
United Nations Public Service Day
Dragon Boat Festival (China)
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

July
American Heritage Month

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
Canada Day (Canada)
2 3
Asala Puja or Dharma Day (Buddhist)
4
Independence Day
5
Nisf Shabaan (Buddhist)
6 7
8 9
Martyrdom of the Báb (Bahá'i)
10 11
World Population Day
Imamat Day (Muslim)
12 13
Festival of Souls (Japan) until 15 Jul
14
15 16
Umi no Hi (Japan)
Wassana (Buddhist)
17 18 19 20
Ramadan (Muslim) until 18 Aug
21
22 23 24
Pioneer Day (Mormon)
Tanabata (Japan)
25 26 27 28
Tisha B'Av (Jewish)
29 30 31        

August
Family Heritage and Diversity Month

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
      1 2
Raksha Bandham (Hindu)
3 4
5 6
Hiroshima Day (Japan)
7 8 9
International Day of the World's Indigenous People
10
Janmashtami (Hindu)
11
12
International Youth Day
13 14
Laylat al Qadr (Muslim)
15
Assumption (Christian)
Liberation Day (Korea)
16 17 18
19
Eid-al-Fitr (Muslim)
20
Asman (Bahá'i)
21 22 23
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
24 25
26
Women's Equality Day
27 28 29 30 31  

September
National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15 - Oct 15)
Healthy Aging Month
Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
            1
Israel Miraji Ascent of the Prophet Muhammad
2 3
Labor Day
4 5 6 7 8
International Literacy Day
9
Grandparent's Day
10 11
Patriot Day
12 13 14
San Genarro Day (Italian-American)
15
San Genarro Day (Italian-American)
16
Independence Day (Mexico)
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
17
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
18 19 20 21 22
Autumnal Equinox (Japan)
23 24 25
Yom Kippur (Jewish)
26 27 28 29
30            

October
Diversity Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
German-American Heritage Month
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual History Month
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Italian-American Awareness Month
National Mental Illness Awareness Month
Polish-American Heritage Month

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  1
Sukkot (Jewish) until 7 Oct
2 3 4 5 6
7
Simchat Torah (Jewish)
8
Native American Day
Columbus Day
Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)
9
Cirio de Nazare (Brazil)
10 11
National Coming Out Day
12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26
Eid-al-adha (Islamic, Muslim)
27
28
Mother in Law Day
29 30 31
Halloween
Reformation Day (Christian)
     

November
National Native American Heritage Month
American Diabetes Month
Epilepsy Awareness Month
National AIDS Awareness Month
National Long Term Care Awareness Month

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
        1
All Saints Day (Christian)
2
All Souls Day (Christian)
3
4 5 6
Election Day
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Eid-al-adha (Brazil)
7 8 9
Kristallnacht
10
11 12
Veteran's
Day

Birthday of Baha'u'llah (Bahá'i)
American Education Week
13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22
Thanksgiving
23 24
25 26
Dec Al Hijra (Muslim) until 28 Nov
27 28 29 30  

December
Universal Human Rights Month

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
            1
World AIDS Day
Rosa Parks Day
2
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
Advent Begins
3
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
4 5
International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
6 7 8
Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
9 10
Human Rights Day
11 12
Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe (Mexico)
13 14 15
Bill of Rights Day
16 17 18
International Migrants Day
19 20
International Human Solidarity Day
Hanukkah (Jewish) until 27 Dec
21 22
23 24 25
Christmas Day
26
Boxing Day (Canada)
Kwanzaa until 1 Jan
27 28 29
30 31
New Year's Eve
Omisoka (Japan)
         

Honoring Differences

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