Ethnic Holidays

At National Today, we love learning more about the different ethnicities, cultures, and languages that make our world so diverse. We’re happy to celebrate 8 ethnic holidays each year!

Feb. 16Chinese New YearEthnicWorld
Mar. 17St. Patrick's DayEthnicWorld
Mar. 20French Language DayEthnicFrance, Other
Apr. 20Chinese Language DayEthnicWorld
Apr. 23St. George's DayEthnicU.K.
May 5Cinco de MayoEthnicU.S.
Jun. 6Russian Language DayEthnicWorld
Nov. 2Day of the DeadEthnicMexico

Where did ethnic holidays come from?

Some ethnic holidays have been established for even longer than we've been celebrating holidays like Christmas. Just look at Chinese New Year (Feb. 16), whose origins are thousands of years old. One of the oldest ethnic holidays, it was celebrated with a Spring Festival as early as the dynasties of Yao and Shun. That's 2333 BCE!

However, other ethnic holidays were more recently established to draw attention to different cultures. For example, Russian Language Day (June 6) was signed into law by the United Nations in 2010. It wanted to ensure that each of the UN's 6 official working languages were spoken equally throughout the organization, as well as celebrating cultural diversity.

Regardless of whether a holiday was calculated to draw attention to a cause or is a cultural tradition around the world, each encourages us to get out of our bubble and appreciate other perspectives.

Submit your favorite ethnic holidays

We always love to celebrate more holidays. If we're missing your favorite ethnic holiday, let us know at our holiday submission page! Before you submit the holiday, make sure you've compiled a bit of information that tells us more about the day. Has it been commemorated on social media? Is it widely celebrated? We look forward to hearing from you.

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