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CELEBRATING DIVERSITY: MARCH 2014 CALENDAR
Thursday, March 13, 2014

By the International and Multicultural Committee

This calendar is provided by the International and Multicultural Committee to celebrate diversity at Orange Coast College and in our community.

The following are celebrations of diversity for this month:

• Deaf History Month
• Greek-American Heritage Month
• Irish-American Heritage Month
• Mental Retardation Awareness Month
• National Women’s History Month
• Spiritual Wellness Month
• 1 – St. David’s Day (Welsh)
• 1 – Shabbat Shekalim (Jewish)
• 1— World Day of Prayer
• 2 – Nineteenth Day Fast (Baha’i)
• 2 – Losar (Tibetan Buddhism)
• 3 – Lent (Orthodox Christian)
• 4 – Shrove Tuesday (Christian)
• 5 – Ash Wednesday / Lent begins (Christian)
• 8 – International Women’s Day (United Nations)
• 9 – Orthodox Sunday (Orthodox Christian
• 13 – L. Ron Hubbard Birthday (Scientology)
• 15 to 16 – Purim (Jewish)
• 16 – Magha Puja Day (Buddhist)
• 17 – St. Patrick’s Day (Ireland, United States)
• 17 – Holi (Hinduism, India)
• 17 – Hola Mohalla (Sikh)
• 17 – Shushan Purim (Jewish)
• 19 – Saint Joseph’s Day (Christian)
• 20 – Spring Equinox
• 20 – Ostara / Mabon (Wiccan)
• 21 – Naw-Ruz (Baha’i, Persian)
• 21 – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
• 25 – Feast of Annunciation (Christian)
• 26 – Khordad Sal (Zoroastrian)
• 30 – Mothering Sunday (England)
• 31 – Ugadi (Hinduism)
*Note: Many of the Jewish and Muslim celebrations begin at sundown.

This month, we celebrate Women’s History Month in the United States and International Women’s Day (IWD) throughout the world. Women’s History Month’s 2014 theme is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment, which honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come. They have demonstrated their character, courage and commitment as mothers, educators, institution builders, business, labor, political and community leaders, relief workers, women religious, and CEOs. Their lives and their work inspire girls and women to achieve their full potential and encourage boys and men to respect the diversity and depth of women’s experience. These role models along with countless others demonstrate the importance of writing women back into history. Check out the list and brief biographies of the 2014 Honorees (http://www.nwhp.org/).

The first International Women's Day was held in 1911. International Women's Day 2014 theme is Inspiring Change. Women's equality has made positive gains, but the world is still unequal. International Women's Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action (http://www.Internationalwomensday.com).

This month also celebrates both Irish-American Heritage Month and Greek-American Heritage Month, along with St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17 in honor of Ireland’s patron saint. Born Magnonus Sucatus or Maewyn Succat sometime between 370 and 390 C.E. in the Roman Empire, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and sold into slavery in Ireland. He remained in captivity for six years during which he worked as a shepherd and began to have religious visions. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the United States are secular and date back as far as 1737 when Boston held its first St. Patrick Day’s parade. The day is celebrated with green beer, the wearing of green clothing, and parades. However, in Ireland, the day is primarily a religious occasion. Because many Americans celebrate their Irish heritage on St. Patrick’s Day, March was chosen as Irish-American Heritage Month, officially in 1995 (Diversity Calendar).

For information on this column or to submit an event or article, please contact Vinta Oviatt, IMC co-secretary, at ext. 21057 or voviatt@occ.cccd.edu; Dr. Rendell Drew or Dr. Michael Mandelkern, IMC co-chairs; or any member of our committee.