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November Cultural Awareness Brief

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November is National Native American Heritage Month, which celebrates the history and contributions of Native Americans. November is also National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes; and National Family Caregivers Month, which honors the more than forty million caregivers across the country who support aging parents, ill spouses, or other loved ones with disabilities who remain at home. 

November 1 is  All Saints’ Day, a Christian holiday commemorating all known and unknown Christian saints. November 2 is All Souls’ Day, a Christian holiday commemorating all faithful Christians who are now dead. In the Mexican tradition, the holiday is celebrated as Dia de los Muertos (October 31–November 2), which is a time of remembrance for dead ancestors and a celebration of the continuity of life. 

November 11 is Veterans Day, a federal holiday honoring military veterans. The date is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world and commemorates the ending of World War I in 1918. November 13 to 19 is Transgender Awareness Week, the week before Transgender Day of Remembrance; people and organizations participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender people and address issues members of the community face. November 19 is International Men’s Day, emphasizing the important issues affecting men (including health issues that affect men), improving gender relations, highlighting the importance of male role models, and promoting gender equality. November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance; established in 1998, the day is to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia and to raise awareness of the continued violence endured by the transgender community. November 20 is also Feast of Christ the King, a Catholic holiday established to thank God for the gift of time and a rededication to the Christian faith.

November 24 is Thanksgiving Day in the United States; it began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. November 25 is Native American Heritage Day; held annually on the Friday after Thanksgiving, it encourages Americans of all backgrounds to observe and honor Native Americans through appropriate ceremonies and activities.

November 27 to December 24 is Advent, a Christian season of celebration leading up to the birth of Christ. November 28 to January 6 is Nativity Fast, a period of abstinence and penance practiced by the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic Churches in preparation for the Nativity of Jesus. November 30 is St. Andrew’s Day, the feast day for St. Andrew within various Christian denominations.*

 

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