Celebrating African-American Holidays Throughout the Year
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Celebrating African-American Holidays Throughout the Year

The African-American culture has a reason to celebrate each month throughout the year. However, few people are aware of these year-round holidays and events.

The following list of holidays focus on the Black experience in the United States.  Each month of the year offers a reason to celebrate being an African-American with our wonderfully diverse culture in this post-modern society.  This calendar of events serves to educate and inspire families of African heritage and all other races to create new traditions that will bring them closer together. 

Spending quality time with your family and the ones you love is more important than the amount of money you spend.  Each holiday calls forward the best in human kind.  They give us reasons for creativity, giving, forgiveness and gratitude.


  1 - Emancipation Day- Signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.-

  1 - Last day of Kwanza

15 - Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday

(3rd Monday) - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday

February - Black History Month

  4 - Rosa Parks' Birthday

12 - President Abraham Lincoln's Birthday

March - Women's History Month

(1st Friday) - World Day of Prayer

(Last Saturday) - Brother and Sister Day

April - National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month

22 - Earth Day Birthday

May - "Get Caught Reading Month"

(2nd Sunday) - Mother's Day

31 - Memorial Day


19 - Juneteenth - Slaves in Galveston, Texas learned in 1865 that President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation on

                            January1, 1863,   two and a half years after the fact.

(3rd Sunday) - Father's Day

July - National Family Reunion Month and National Black Family Month

4 - Independence Day

August - Jazz Month

September - Reading Month

(1st Monday) - Labor Day

(1st Sunday after Labor Day) - National Grandparents' Day

October -Diversity Awareness Month and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

(3rd Saturday) - Sweetest Day

(Last Sunday before Holloween) - Mother-In-Law Day

November - Family Reunion Planning Month

(1st or 2nd Week) - Election Day

11 - Veterans Day, Armistice Day, Remembrance Day

(4th Thursday) - Thanksgiving Day

December - Universal Human Rights Month

World Aids Day

(26 - January 1) - Kwanzaa (7 Days)

Consider this list of holidays as a starting point--the beginning of new traditions and a richer life for you and your family.

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