2008 HOLIDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS

January 6 Three Kings DayRecognizes the Three Wise Men; children in Mexico receive gifts 21 Martin Luther King's BirthdayHonors the memory of the late civil rights leader February Black History MonthTraces the history of African Americans in the U.S. 7 Chinese Lunar New YearThe first day of the Chinese lunar calendar 13 Black Love DayDemonstration of love within the black community March 23 Holi (Phagwah)Annual

January
6 Three Kings Day
Recognizes the Three Wise Men; children in Mexico receive gifts
21 Martin Luther King's Birthday
Honors the memory of the late civil rights leader
February
Black History Month
Traces the history of African Americans in the U.S.
7 Chinese Lunar New Year
The first day of the Chinese lunar calendar
13 Black Love Day
Demonstration of love within the black community
March
23 Holi (Phagwah)
Annual Hindu spring festival celebrated in India
May
Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month
Honors Asian American history
5 Cinco de Mayo
Marks the victory of the Mexican army over the French at the Battle of Puebla
25 African Liberation Day
Observes Africa's independence from colonial rule
June
Caribbean Heritage Month
Celebrates Caribbean history
8 Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon boat races are held in China and Taiwan to commemorate the death of Chu Yuan, who drowned himself to protest against the emperor
12 Philippine Independence Day
Remembers the day that the Philippines declared independence from Spain in 1898
19 Juneteenth National Freedom Day
Commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S.
September
14 Harvest Moon Festival
(also called Mid-Autumn Festival or Chinese Moon Festival)

Celebrated in China, Taiwan, South Korea and Vietnam in honor of the moon
15 Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
Celebrates Hispanic history
16 Mexican Independence Day
Honors Mexico's independence from Spanish rule
October
28 Diwali (Deepavali); also called the Festival of Light
Diwali is one of the most important and most celebrated festivals of India. It symbolizes the end of the darkness of ignorance and the beginning of knowledge that enlightens all
November
Native American Heritage Month
Honors the history of Native Americans
December
12 Our Lady of Guadalupe
Feast day commemorating Mexican icon depicting an apparition of the Virgin Mary
24 Noche Buena
Hispanic holiday feast
26 Kwanzaa (Dec. 26-Jan. 1)
African American unity celebration