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  The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Division 5 for District 11 North’s “Diversity and Inclusion Calendar” was developed as an education and training tool to enhance mutual understanding and respect among the various religious, ethnic and cultural groups. This calendar is about honoring our differences and increasing awareness of the numerous important national and international observances and celebrations that may be commemorated in the United States.

Acknowledging and respecting these events promotes greater knowledge of multiculturalism and diversity, and is a foundation to inclusion.

Realizing diversity requires the creation of an inclusive work environment that respects and values the differences and similarities that each service member and employee brings to the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is defined by its history, culture, missions and traditions. This includes our people, who bring a wide range of diverse backgrounds and experiences that enrich our ability to perform our missions. People are the strength of our service and diversity and inclusion is vital to our mission readiness and excellence.

Our mission is to build a positive environment for all personnel and nurture a climate of respect for people of all backgrounds and cultures. To this end, we will position the Coast Guard Auxiliary as a nationally recognized leader in diversity and inclusion management.

2018 Diversity Calendar 

                                                 

September

From September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, which corresponds with the Mexican Independence Day, September 16, and recognizes the 1810 revolution that ended their Spanish dictatorship.

September 2: Krishna Janmashtami, a Hindu celebration of Lord Vishnu’s most powerful human incarnations, Krishna, the god of love and compassion. Celebrations include praying and fasting.

September 3: Labor Day in the United States. Labor Day honors the contribution that laborers have made to the country and is observed on the first Monday of September.

September 6 (Sunrise): Paryushana Parva, a Jain festival lasting about 8-10 days, and is observed through meditation and fasting. Its main focus is spiritual upliftment, pursuit of salvation and gaining a deeper understanding of the religion.

September 9-11: Rosh-Hashanah, the Jewish New Year celebration, marking the creation of the world.

September 11: The Ethiopian New Year. Rastafarians celebrate the New Year on this date and believe that Ethiopia is their spiritual home.

September 12: Celebration of Ganesha, a Hindu holiday lasting around 10 days, where the elephant-headed Hindu God is praised and given offerings.

September 15 – October 15: Hispanic Heritage Month. This month corresponds with Mexican Independence Day,which is celebrated on September 16, and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended Spanish dictatorship.

September 18-19: Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, a day of atonement marked by fasting and ceremonial repentance.

September 20-21: Ashura, an Islamic holiday commemorating the day Noah left the ark and the day Allah saved Moses from the Egyptians.

September 23-30: Sukkot, a seven day Jewish festival giving thanks for the fall harvest.

September 28: Teacher’s Day in Taiwan. This day is used to honor teachers’ contributions to their students and to society in general. People often express their gratitude to their teachers by paying them a visit or sending them a card. This date was chosen to commemorate the birth of Confucius, the model master educator in ancient China.

September 30-October 2: Shemini Atzeret, a Jewish holiday also known as “The Eighth (Day) of Assembly” takes place the day after the Sukkot festival, where gratitude for the fall harvest is deeply internalized.

by Don Maiden
SO - Diversity
Division 5