Calendar of Holidays, Observances, and Local Cultural Events:
Thank you for taking time to explore this Calendar of Holidays, Observances, and Local Cultural Events. This calendar was developed by the Office of Inclusive Excellence at the Community College of Aurora. Please note that this calendar of dates, times, holidays, observances, and events may not be 100% accurate as some do not operate under the Gregorian calendar or event dates/times/locations may change from the organizer. It is best to research and confirm, yourself, in addition to reading this document.
Each holiday, observance, or event title that is underlined is a link to an informative website. Participants of the religions/cultures noted may observe some of the holidays, none of the holidays, or all of the holidays. They may participate in the holiday in the ways listed or not.
This calendar is not all encompassing and hoping to grow in inclusion. For additions to this holiday, observances, and local cultural events calendar (or suggestions for modification), please submit them to this form: https://bit.ly/2DAdL2C
Special thanks to Missouri State for inspiration.
Autism Awareness Month promotes Autism awareness, Autism acceptance and inclusion, and draws attention to the tens of thousands receiving an Autism diagnosis each year. Arab American Heritage Month celebrates the achievements of Arab Americans, the community’s rich heritage, and numerous contributions to society. Deaf History Month, celebrated March 13th through April 15th, honors several significant advancements for Deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States and celebrates Deaf history and awareness of American Deaf culture.
- Wed, Feb 17-Apr 3: Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begin on Ash Wednesday and end on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter. This represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
- Participants may fast, abstain from certain foods/activities, pray, reflect, repent, serve in the community, and prepare for the coming of Easter.
- Sat, Mar 27-Apr 4: Passover, an eight-day festival going sunset to sunset, commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.
- Participants may not work March 27th, 28th, April 3rd, or 4th as it is not permitted. Participants abstain from eating any foods containing leavening components (such as bread, cake, and donuts), spend time with family and friends, and pray.
- Thu, Apr 1: Community Blood Drive occurs from 11am – 3pm at the Tattered Cover Bookstore, 2526 E. Colfax Ave, Denver, 80206. Blood donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies.
- Fri, Apr 2: World Autism Awareness Day speaks out against discrimination, celebrates the diversity of our global community, and strengthens the commitment to the full inclusion and participation of people with autism. Good Friday is a day when people remember Jesus’ death on the cross. First Friday Jazz Hop occurs from 5pm – 7pm MST at the beloved Sonny Lawson Park at 2401 Welton Street in Five Points, Denver. Please wear masks and socially distance. La Neva Cara- The New Face of Photography exhibition can be visited for free from 12pm – 9pm at Museo De Las Americas. Reservations are required to ensure social distancing. There is also an opening reception that will be livestreamed from 6pm – 7:30pm MST.
- Participants in Good Friday may attend service and read from the Bible.
- Sat, Apr 3: Sibling Clubhouse is a peer moderated group with others who know what it’s like to have a sibling on the spectrum. Children should be old enough to have a meaningful conversation about being a sibling of someone with Autism. It occurs over Zoom from 4pm – 5pm MST and is hosted by the Autism Community Store in Aurora.
- Sun, Apr 4: Qingming or Tomb-Sweeping Day commemorates and pays respect to a person’s ancestors. Easter celebrates Jesus Christ’s victory of death through His resurrection and the fulfillment of the Biblical prophecy of the coming Messiah.
- Participants of Qingming or Tomb-Sweeping Day may spend time with family, visit and clean gravesites, fly kites, pray, and spend time in nature.
- Participants of Easter may attend service, worship, give gifts, and feast with friends, family, and the community.
- Tue, Apr 6: National Tartan Day honors people past and present with roots in Scotland and signifies the date the Declaration of Arbroath was signed.
- Wed, Apr 7: Rwanda Genocide Commemoration marks the start of the 1994 genocide which saw over 800,000 Tutsis, moderate Hutu and others who opposed the genocide, systematically killed in less than three months. It is an opportunity to honor those who were murdered and reflect on the suffering and resilience of those who survived. How to Unfriend your Inner Critic and Harness you Inner Creator uses a combination of mindset training, meditation and sound to become aware of the inner critic and ask it to step off the stage so we can remember the Creators that we are. This virtual event occurs from 10:30am – 11:30am MST and registration is required.
- Thu, Apr 8: Yom Hashoah: Legacies of the Holocaust: Antisemitism in the 20th and 21st Centuries will be presented virtually by Dr. Amy Simon of Michigan State University. Dr. Simon will explore the legacy of the hatred of Jews during the Holocaust and how and why it continues to impact the globe. This virtual event is free and occurs at 4pm MST. Registration is required. Projecto LGBTQ+ is the new Spanish speaking LGBTQ+ social support group that meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. This free virtual event occurs at 6:30pm MST and registration is required. LGBTQ+ Basics Training, sponsored by The Center on Colfax, introduces attendees to basic terminology and identities, while creating a safe space for questions. This virtual training occurs from 7pm – 8:30pm MST and tickets are $20-$25.
- Thu, Apr 8-9: Yom Hashoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day, evening to evening, commemorates the approximately six million Jews and five million others who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories, and for the Jewish resistance in that period.
- Participants may light candles for Holocaust victims, listen to stories from survivors and family, pray, and reflect.
- Sat, Apr 10: Metro Autism Consortium is a support group for Autistic people (on the Autism spectrum) 18 and older & some allies. It occurs over Zoom from 1pm – 3pm MST and is hosted by the Autism Community Store in Aurora.
- Sun, Apr 11: Annual Gathering of Remembrance invites you to join the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York to virtually gather in observance of Yom HaShoa (Holocaust Remembrance Day). The program will feature music, remarks from Holocaust survivors, young people, and public figures, and a candle-lighting ceremony. This free virtual gathering occurs at 12pm MST and registration is required.
- Mon, Apr 12-May 12: Ramadan, beginning at sunset on April 12th, is the holiest month of the year for Muslims and is a time to practice self-control, gratitude, and compassion.
- Participants may fast from food and drink during the sunlit hours, read from the Qur’an, pray, and spend time with the community.
- Tue, Apr 13: White Supremacy Culture in Professional and Personal Contexts, hosted by the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, will focus on the framework “White Supremacy Culture” by Tema Okun and Kenneth Jones and will include real-life examples from the world of diversity, equity, and inclusion facilitation, organizational change, and the online work world during the pandemic. Tickets are $20 and this professional development occurs from 10am – 12pm. Feng Shui 101 will teach you the basics of Feng Shui, how it can be applied to your space, and tips you can implement immediately. Presented by Betty Wang, the founder of Feng Shui Canary in New York, this virtual event occurs from 11am – 12pm MST. Registration is required.
- Tue, Apr 13-18: Women+Film Fest is in its 12th year and features over 15 premieres, including local stories, powerful documentaries, and compelling narratives. This virtual event also presents poignant conversations with community leaders focused around the films in the festival and pressing issues facing the community. It occurs April 13-18 and ticket prices vary.
- Wed, Apr 14: Live Stream with Chloe Davis, author of The Queen’s English: The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of Lingo and Colloquial Phrases, will discuss the comprehensive guide to modern gay slang, queer theory terms, and playful colloquialisms that define and celebrate LGBTQIA+ culture. Sponsored by the Tattered Cover Book Store, this free virtual event occurs at 6:00pm MST. Registration is required.
- Thu, Apr 15: OH FUDGE: A Beginner’s Guide to Navigating Your Mental Health will provide tangible tips and tricks for navigating your mental health and wellness in a world that can have a lot of noise and how you can maintain a healthy headspace in the process. This free virtual event occurs from 5:30pm – 6:30pm MST and registration is required.
- Fri, Apr 16: Queens Girl in the World tells the tale of one young woman’s journey through those awkward feelings of adolescence, to a time of self-discovery at the onset of our nation’s Civil Rights movement. This is the opening night of the Aurora Fox Arts Center production and runs until May 9th. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. Tickets range from $15 - $40.
- Sat, Apr 17: Zikr Dance Ensemble presents Lifting the Veil, a dance performance focusing on the hidden forces that have been directing and assisting mankind behind the scenes for centuries and which are now being revealed for the first time in our current age. This occurs at the Lakewood Cultural Center, the performance is at 7:30pm, and tickets are $30.
- Sun, Apr 18: International Day for Monuments and Sites promotes cultural heritage, and an opportunity to raise awareness about its diversity, its relevance, how vulnerable it can be and what the needs and benefits of its conservation are. CAMP Ramadan Free Community Suhoor Breakfast is a free breakfast for all from 3am – 4:15am. More details are coming. Zikr Dance Ensemble presents Lifting the Veil, a dance performance focusing on the hidden forces that have been directing and assisting mankind behind the scenes for centuries and which are now being revealed for the first time in our current age. This occurs at the Lakewood Cultural Center, the performance is at 2:00pm, and tickets are $30.
- Mon, Apr 19: Patriot’s Day commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord, fought on April 19th, 1775, which started the Revolutionary War.
- Mon, Apr 19-20: First Day of Ridvan (meaning “paradise”), sundown to sundown, commemorates the beginnings of the Bahá’í Faith in 1863.
- Participants of the First Day of Ridvan may refrain from work and spend time with family, friends, and the community in prayer and rejoice.
- Wed, Apr 21: Online Lunch & Learn: Are You Aware Of All the Social Security Benefits Available to You? sponsored by The Center on Colfax, will provide an educational session for all attendees on how benefits are calculated, benefit eligibility factors, the application process, an overview of all the different benefits Social Security administers, and more. This free virtual event occurs from 12:30pm – 1:30pm and registration is required.
- Thu, Apr 22: Earth Day is a day of political action and civic participation towards environmental protection. The Canvas Project: Earth Day is bringing fresh art and serious culture to the Town Center at Aurora. Join us in planting a flower! It occurs from 5pm – 7pm and you must register ahead of time. Projecto LGBTQ+ is the new Spanish speaking LGBTQ+ social support group that meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. This free virtual event occurs at 6:30pm MST and registration is required.
- Fri, Apr 23: Day of Silence is a student-led national event where folks take a vow of silence to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTQIA+ people at school. Bisexual Health Panel Discussion will talk about topics ranging from physical and emotional health to dating, relationships, and sexual health and will be answering questions from the live chat stream. Sponsored by The Center on Colfax, this virtual and free event occurs at 2pm MST. Registration is required.
- Sun, Apr 25: Día del Niño – Day of the Child is being celebrated at the Clyfford Still Museum. Tickets to the museum are free on this day, but must be reserved in advance. Free Day at the Denver Art Museum provides free general admission, but a ticket reservation is required.
- Tue, Apr 27-28: Ninth Day of Ridvan, sundown to sundown, commemorates the flooding Tigris receding enough so that the Baha’u’llah’s family could cross the river and join him on the island, symbolizing reunification and strength of the bond of family and humanity.
- Participants may refrain from work and spend time with family, friends, and the community in nature playing games, hiking, and enjoying picnics.
- Fri, Apr 30-May 1: Twelfth Day of Ridvan, sundown to sundown, celebrates the transformation and of Baha’u’llah’s banishment from tragedy to triumph, demonstrating the power of the Manifestation of God to create good from evil, bring forth light from darkness, and win victory from seeming defeat. Beltane represents life, the peak of Spring, the beginning of Summer, and the fertility of the coming year. It is celebrated sunset to sunset.
- Participants of the Twelfth Day of Ridvan may refrain from work and spend time with family, friends, and the community in prayer and rejoice.
- Participants of Beltane may spend time courting, in nature, lighting bonfires, and feasting.
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