Diversity & Inclusion Professionals

Creating Impact with DEIJ Holidays and Observances

As a DEIJ practitioner and advocate, you know that inclusivity means considering and recognizing the ways in which our communities are diverse, through differences in race, religion, cutlure, sexual orientation, gender, age, differing abilities, and so much more. 

Many organizations choose to build a culture of inclusivity and belonging by recognizing the rich diversity found within their employees, clients, and customers. In our DAIP community, we often talk about avoiding performative acknowledgement of diversity within your organization or community. Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, for instance, should be about more than sampling foods from various Hispanic cultures between September 15th and October 15th. Instead, organizations should strive to create calls to action which work towards real, systemic impacts. This work should also extend beyond the date of commemoration to take place intentionally year-round. 

Here are categories of holidays that you might choose to recognize within your organization: 

  • Religious or cultural holidays and observances;
  • Birthdays or holidays related to famous trailblazers and activists that have a connection to your community;
  • International days and weeks recognized by the United Nations, which raise public awareness and celebrate achievements of humanity.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you are facing challenges or roadblocks in creating inclusivity within your workplace. DAIP also hosts quarterly Unfiltered Coffee Chats which operate like virtual office hours–an opportunity for attendees to connect and share challenges and successes related to DEIJ with other members of the DAIP community. 

Here is a list of holidays and observances to consider recognizing for the remainder of 2022 and the first two months of 2023. 


Las Posadas, Dec. 16 – 24, Learn more

International Migrants Day (U.N.), Dec. 18, Learn more

Hannukah (Jewish), Dec. 18 – 26, Learn more

International Human Solidarity Day, Dec. 20, Learn more

Yule Winter Solstice (Pagan, Wiccan), Dec. 21 – Jan. 1, Learn more

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 & Christmas (Christian), Dec. 25, Learn more

Kwanzaa (Black American), Dec. 26 – Jan. 1, Learn more


Poverty in America Awareness Month, Learn more

World Braille Day – Jan. 4, Learn more

Christmas (Eastern Orthodox) – Jan. 7, Learn more

Mahayana New Year (Buddhist) – Jan. 7, Learn more

Makar Sankranti (Hindu) – Jan. 15, Learn more

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (U.S.A.) – Jan. 16, Learn more

Chinese New Year – Jan. 22, Learn more

World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture (UNESCO) – Jan. 24, Learn more

International Day of Education (United Nations) – Jan. 24, Learn more

International Holocaust Remembrance Day – Jan. 27, Learn more


Black History Month (2023 theme: Black Resistance), Learn more

National Freedom Day – Feb. 1, Learn more


National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Feb. 7, Learn more

Nirvana Day, also known as Parinirvana Day (Buddhist) – Feb. 15, Learn more

World Day of Social Justice – Feb. 20, Learn more

Ash Wednesday (Christian) – Feb. 22, Learn more

Kevin Matta


Kevin Matta  (he, him, his) is a strategic differentiator, comfortable challenging the status quo, and brings both passion and experience to ensure client success and human engagement with his brilliant ability to make connections.

Kevin’s interest in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion work developed as he witnessed his parents encounter inequities and injustices while navigating the American healthcare and workplace landscape. His passion for this work continues to be strengthened by the systemic injustices people around the world continue to experience.

Kevin serves as president of DAIP’s board of directors.