DEI Celebrating April's Cultural Events Month


April's Cultural Events

National Arab American Heritage Month

National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM) is a time for celebrating the history, contributions, and culture of the diverse population of Arab Americans. In 2019, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) issued a congressional resolution for NAAHM to be recognized on a national scale. 

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Arab America invites you to recognize and celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April.

(WASHINGTON, DC) April 1, 2019 – During the month of April, Arab America formally recognizes the achievements of Arab Americans through the celebration of National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM). Across the country, cultural institutions, school districts, municipalities, state legislatures, public servants, and Arab Americans will engage in special events that celebrate our community’s rich heritage and numerous contributions to society.

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Earth Day

How to celebrate Earth Day 2021

Let’s face it, it’s been a long and hard year for the denizens of our planet since Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in 2020. However, it’s possible that things are looking up somewhat. Although the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging in many parts of the world, we do have vaccines that may eventually get us past this. And in the meantime, the Biden administration in DC is putting environmental programs in place that may get the US back on track. So perhaps it’s worth doing a little partying (and educating) on behalf of this year’s annual celebration of the environmental movement, which is set for April 22nd.

Once again, most Earth Day celebrations will be virtual. What follows is a sampling of some that you can attend. For a more complete list, or to find Earth Day celebrations in your area, you can use’s online tool for both online and on-site events.

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Inspirational Quotes for Earth Day

Nature has provided a bounty of philosophical insight for centuries, always offering a moment to reflect. The flora and fauna connect us all and give us a common ground on which to communicate. Use these quotes from writers, anthropologists, environmentalists, and more to celebrate the natural world on Earth Day—and every day.

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Hi, Earthling! Test Your Knowledge with These 10 Best Earth Day Quizzes 


Earth Day is an annual holiday celebrated on April 22nd every year that supports and spreads awareness about environmental protection. And in honor of this yearly event, people around the world get together to partake in a variety of fun Earth Day activities, from planting trees to picking up litter. As an Earthling yourself, you may think you already know all about the benefits our blue and green planet has to offer and the role we, as humans of the world, need to play in order to help and protect our Earth for the long-run. But, how much of an Earth Day expert are you really? Take one (or more!) of these best Earth Day quizzes to test your knowledge and find out.

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National Day of Silence 2021

Created in 1996 and held every April — April 23 this year — Day of Silence is a campaign that seeks to shed light on what many LGBTQ youth experience daily. Initially intended to focus on this problem within the school system, it has since expanded into workplaces, university campuses, and sporting events. Yearly, millions participate by staying silent for the duration of their day, representing the silencing of LGBTQ students.

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About National Day of Silence

National Day of Silence is observed in April each year as a movement against the harassment and bullying of individuals identifying with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) community.

As the name suggests, students protesting for this movement typically take a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent how the students from the LGBTQ+ community were silenced throughout the years.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Day of Silence

What is the Day of Silence?

The Day of Silence (DOS) is a student-led day of action on which those who support making anti-LGBT bullying and harassment unacceptable in schools participate in events to recognize and protest the discrimination and harassment – in effect, the silencing – experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and their allies.  Students who participate in DOS often take a vow of silence during the school day, handing out “speaking cards”, which explain the reason for their silence:

“Please understand my reasons for not speaking today.  I am participating in the Day of Silence, a national youth movement protesting the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies in schools.  My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by harassment, discrimination, and prejudice.  I believe that ending the silence is the first step towards fighting these injustices.  Think about the voices you are not hearing today.  What are you doing to end the silence?”

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Reopening New York STAY HOME. STOP THE SPREAD. SAVE LIVES. Guidelines for Religious and
Funeral Services

These guidelines apply to all religious and funeral gatherings, including burial and
committal services, statewide.

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, all operators of religious and funeral
services should stay up to date with any changes to state and federal requirements
related to religious and funeral services and incorporate those changes into their
operations. This guidance is not intended to replace any existing applicable local, state,
and federal laws, regulations, and standards.

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Ramadan 2021

Ramadan 2021

Is coming!!!

What school Faculty needs to know:

Ramadan is the Muslim month of fasting. Practicing Muslim students will be fasting from dawn until dusk (approx. 4:30 AM to 8:30 PM )

Fasting means NO FOOD and NO WATER.

Ramadan celebrations often involve prayers late into the night.

It is not unusual to be up past midnight for prayers and then get up at 3:30 – 4:00 am to eat before dawn and pray.

Ramadan 2021 will last approximately from April 13th – May 12th. Ramadan is scheduled on the lunar calendar so it moves dates each year.

Muslim students may be tired, hungry, and dehydrated in your classes – especially if they are with you late in the afternoon.


Arabic Ramaḍān, in Islam, the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and the holy month of fasting. It begins and ends with the appearance of the crescent moon. Because the Muslim calendar year is shorter than the Gregorian calendar year, Ramadan begins 10–12 days earlier each year, allowing it to fall in every season throughout a 33-year cycle.

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What Is Ramadan? Six Things to Know About the Muslim Holy Month

Millions of Muslims around the world on Monday marked the start of Ramadan, a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts. Others will begin fasting a day later, Tuesday, due to a moon-sighting methodology that can lead to different countries declaring the start of Ramadan a day or two apart.

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What Is Easter: Understanding the History and Symbols

Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the third day after his crucifixion. Easter is the fulfilled prophecy of the Messiah who would be persecuted, die for our sins, and rise on the third day. (Isaiah 53).

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Easter 2021 will be observed on Sunday, April 4! Easter is a “movable feast” that is always held on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25. Do you know how the exact date of Easter is determined? Find out why the date changes every year and how this holiday relates to the first full Moon of spring.

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at the table

Passover, Hebrew Pesaḥ, or Pesach, in Judaism, holiday commemorating the Hebrews’ liberation from slavery in Egypt and the “passing over” of the forces of destruction, or the sparing of the firstborn of the Israelites, when the Lord “smote the land of Egypt” on the eve of the Exodus.

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The History Behind 7 Passover Traditions

Passover is nearly here, which means millions of observing Jews all over the world will be ridding their pantries of all leavened breads and gearing up for a seder — or maybe two.

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