National American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month

Although the first "American Indian Day" was declared by the State of New York in 1916, a month long recognition of Native Americans was not achieved until 1990. In that year, President George Bush declared the first National American Indian Heritage Month on August 3rd. In each of the four previous years, Congress enacted legislation designating "American Indian Heritage Week." This consecutive legislation allowed for the establishment of a month-long observance.

Also: National Diabetes Awareness Month, National Arab-American Heritage Month and Latin-American Month

1st - All Saints Day (Christian, Roman Catholic) – honors all saints, particularly those who do not have their own special feast day. It is also known as All Hallows Tide, All-Hallomas or All Hallow’s Day.

2nd - Dia de los Muertos (Mexico) – also known as the Day of the Dead, is a celebration commemorating those who are deceased with flowers and candles.

5th - Diwali (Hindu) - also popularly known as the Festival of Lights is one of the biggest festivals of Hindus. It is traditional for adherents of Diwali-celebrating faiths to light small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil within an individual.


11th - Veteran’s Day (United States) – an annual holiday to honor veterans of the armed forces. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world.

14-18th - Hajj (Islam) - the pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the greatest religious observances in Islam and the largest annual pilgrimage in the world. It is the fifth pillar of Islam, a moral obligation that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so.

26th - Thanksgiving (United States) - a time to give thanks to God for the harvest and express gratitude to others for our many blessings. While historically religious in origin, Thanksgiving is now primarily identified as a secular holiday.

UAB Special Events

November - American Indian Heritage Month Resources: Mervyn H. Sterne Library, blog post(s), reading list,