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Reference List! October DEI Holidays & Observances

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

At Colorful Connections, we place an emphasis on recognizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) holidays, events, and observations throughout the year. We plan to share a curated list for your ease of reference each month.


As an employer and/or professional committed to DEI efforts, feel free to read through this list and share it with your networks! Kindly note that the following observances in October support cultural, religious, and social connotations. Visit us on social media @ColorfulConnections to learn more about ways to celebrate and show observance!

Global Diversity Awareness Month

Filipino-American Heritage Month

German-American Heritage Month

Italian-American Heritage Month

Polish-American Heritage Month

LGBTQ History Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Work and Family Month

October 4: Yom Kippur (Jewish)

October 9: National Indigenous Peoples’ Day (United States)

October 10: World Mental Health Day

October 15: Navratri begins (Hindu)

October 16: Waste Reduction Week

October 26: Intersex Awareness Day

October 31: Halloween

October 31-November 2: Day of the Dead

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