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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Provided by the Multicultural Committee

The following are celebrations of culture for January 2010:

• 5 – Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Birthday (Sikh)
• 7 – Christmas (Coptic Orthodox Christian, Eastern Orthodox Christian, Rastafarian)
• 14 – New Year (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
• 18 – Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day (U.S.A.)

*Note: Jewish and Muslim celebrations begin at sundown.

Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Day celebrates the Sikh’s tenth great master and teacher (1666-1708), who sought to abolish the caste system in India by creating a single community. It is celebrated according to the Nanakshahi calendar (Diversity Calendar).

Martin Luther King Jr’s Day celebrates the birthday and life (1929-1968) of this famous civil rights leader with a federal holiday on the third Monday in January. The Reverend Dr. King “gained national prominence during the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott of 1955-1956 and soon became the acknowledged national leader of the movement to obtain civil rights for African Americans” (Diversity Calendar). “His commitment to nonviolence, his courage, and the moral power of his vision, eloquently expressed in masterful oratory [e.g. the famous ‘I have a Dream’ speech] and writings, won him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964” (Diversity Calendar). He was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968.