Thursday, January 19, 2017

Weekly Multicultural Calendar Bulletin (Jan / Feb 2017)

STE's Weekly Calendar Alert Bulletin

A weekly bulletin to sensitize our subscribers to upcoming calendar events... breathes a little life, joy, and celebration into otherwise ordinary days.  

We also identify "Schedule Alerts", those upcoming dates when organizations can expect unanticipated absenteeism, special days when those marking the occasion customarily take time off from work as part of religious practices, or just to celebrate the occasion with family and friends.  

Diversity at work - a fact in most organizations. A "branded" online multicultural diversity calendar like this for your organization's intranet / extranet keeps your managers ahead of those events which will affect employee attendance.

Add a "branded"  Multicultural Calendar to YOUR organization's intranet and customize it with YOUR organization-specific dates, eg: Founder's day; date of IPO; company picnic, etc.

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LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER HISTORY MONTH - R.-U.: was initiated by Schools OUT in Britain in February 2005. This is an opportunity for all to learn more about the lives and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Britain and Northern Ireland.

Schedule consideration: These dates are National holidays or Religious
days when individuals may want to take time off to observe the holiday.

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017
Chinese New Year (China, Buddhist, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam)
The year of the Rooster. This is the year 4715 in the Chinese Lunar calendar and the most important holiday. It is a three-day holiday in China and Hong Kong. The Chinese clean and decorate their homes with the 5 lucky signs of happiness; new clothes are worn and even the poorest buy new shoes, for it is considered bad luck to step down on the ground into old shoes. Vietnamese call it the 'Tet' Festival.

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017
Solnal (Korea)
This is the biggest event of the year. 15 days after Solnal on the first full moon day, Koreans eat a five-grain meal and pray for a bountiful harvest.



Flute: A young boy in Guilin, South China plays a
bamboo flute by the edge of a river. Its tone is
gentle and soothing. Flutes made from bone are
among the oldest surviving instruments dating
back from the Stone Age. They were used by
primitive peoples as decoy instruments and for
making music.

February, BLACK HISTORY MONTH - Canada
In December of 1995, the Parliament of Canada recognized February as Black History Month following a motion introduced by the first African Canadian woman elected to Parliament, Jean Augustine. The presence of peoples of African descent in Canada dates back farther than Samuel de Champlain's (a French explorer and navigator in early 1600's) first voyage down the St. Lawrence River.

Black History Month, and more importantly, the study of black history is greatly owed to Dr. Carter G. Woodson who first launched “Negro History Week” in 1926. Woodson chose February because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly impacted the American black population. Abraham Lincoln (president of the United States who freed slaves during the Civil War), and Frederick Douglass (a black who worked to end slavery) have birthdays in February. The purpose of this month is to recognize the contributions of Black Americans and develop a better understanding of the Black experience.

Schedule consideration: These dates are National holidays or Religious
days when individuals may want to take time off to observe the holiday.
Monday, Feb 20, 2017
Presidents' Day (USA)
A US Federal holiday that celebrates the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln, born February 12, 1809, and George Washington, born February 22, 1732.

Monday, Feb 20, 2017
Family Day (Canada)
In parts of Canada… It’s complicated

Monday, Feb 27, 2017
Losar (New Year Tibet)
The Tibetan New Year is called Losar and is celebrated for three days by visiting, feasting and the relaxation the monastic discipline.

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