Communications from UNC's Vice President of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
January 20, 2023
2023 Lunar New Year: Year of the Rabbit
The 2023 Lunar New Year will begin on January 22 and will mark the Year of the Rabbit until the 15th day signaling the end with the Lantern Festival. The Lunar New Year is a major holiday in East and Southeast Asian cultures, such as China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, Korea, and many others. It is a time for families to gather, exchange gifts, and celebrate with traditional foods and customs.
December 19, 2022
The year draws to a close with the celebrations and holidays at the end of December and ushers in the new year. As we celebrate the Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hannukah, we observe several commonalities, including faith, culture, family gatherings, and food sharing.
November 18, 2022
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Transgender Day of Remembrance , which honors the memory of the transgender and non-binary people whose lives were lost due to acts of anti-transgender violence, is observed annually on November 20.
October 21, 2022
Celebrate Diwali in all its glory!
In India, Diwali, "the festival of lights," is one of the biggest and brightest festivals of the year, celebrated in the autumn annually during the Hindu month of Kartik. Specifically, Diwali occurs on the darkest day of the lunar month, the new moon day, since this is the darkest time during the lunar day. It is a significant holiday for Hindus, just as Christmas is for Christians There is a great deal of symbolism embodied in Diwali, which celebrates the victory of light over darkness.