Are you eagerly anticipating the April holidays?
Tracking the plethora of holidays that your diverse community commemorates can be a formidable feat. But, fret not! We’ve got you covered with our curated catalog of April holidays.
Month-long celebrations in April
Celebrate Diversity Month
Celebrate Diversity Month started in 2004 as a way to recognize and honor the diversity that surrounds us every day in the hopes of gaining a deeper understanding of ourselves and others. This holiday represents an opportunity for leaders to create meaningful interactions and find value in each other’s experiences.
National Arab-American Heritage Month
April is also National Arab-American Heritage month – a time to recognize the contributions and achievements of Arab-Americans. It’s a time to celebrate and learn more about the Arab heritage and identity, while connecting Arab-Americans with each other.
Stress Awareness Month
Since the pandemic, many of us have become acutely aware of the impact stress can have on our lives. When we fail to manage our stress, it can affect our mental and physical health, our relationships and our success at work. It’s important to know how to recognize when you – or members of your team – are stressed and what tools can help you manage stress and build resilience.
World Autism Month
Did you know that one in 44 children and one in 45 adults have autism? World Autism Month focuses on sharing stories and providing opportunities to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism. (Note: April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. This holiday works to destigmatize neurological differences and end the discrimination that often accompanies those differences.)
Earth Month encourages us to raise environmental awareness, including awareness of the issues affecting our planet. (Note: April 22 is Earth Day, one of the largest secular observances in the world, marked by over 1 billion people each year. First held in 1970, this holiday is observed as a day of action to create global, national, and local policy changes to positively impact the environment.)
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Additional April DEI holidays
World Autism Awareness Day
See World Autism Month above for details.
National Employee Benefits Day
HR and people teams work tirelessly to provide employee benefits that truly impact their lives. That’s why there’s a whole day dedicated to appreciating all of the planning, research and implementation that goes into employee benefits.
The first of two canonical festivals of Islam, Eid al-Fitr is the “Festival of Breaking Fast,” marking the end of Ramadan. This holiday is a time to get together with friends, give gifts, wear new clothes and visit the resting places of dead relatives.
Day of Silence
All around the country, students and allies take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ+ people in schools. The day often ends with rallies and events where students can share their experiences and bring attention to ways schools and communities can become more inclusive.
National ASL Day
Did you know that the first lasting school for the deaf opened on April 15, 1817? Over 200 years later, we celebrate American Sign Language on April 15th.
Although Tax Day is not really a “holiday,” it is the deadline for filing federal tax returns. On this day, you may want to recognize that people across your team may have elevated levels of stress.
See Earth Month above for details.
One of the most widely observed holidays in the Jewish religion, Passover is a weeklong festival commemorating the Israelites’ escape from slavery in Egypt. This holiday includes several rituals, including the seder – a traditional Passover meal with the retelling of the exodus tale.
Administrative Professionals Day
Keeping the company office running smoothly is no small feat – whether in-person, fully remote or hybrid. Administrative Professionals Day was created to recognize those who work behind the scenes to keep things organized and efficient.
Take Our Children to Work Day
More than just “shadowing” a parent, this day gives parents or parental figures the opportunity to show children the value of their education, discover the power and possibilities for their lives, and allow them to get hands-on experience that may help them toward their goals.
National Pet Parents Day
Parenthood takes many forms – and for a lot of people, that includes their pets. Celebrate the pet parents in your organization by creating a photo challenge or even host a “bring your pet to work day.”
*Indicates a holiday that begins at sundown the day prior.
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