Celebrating Diversity – December 1 to 7

December – Universal Human Rights Month – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the UN in 1948 as a response to the Nazi holocaust and to set a standard by which the human rights activities of all nations, rich and poor alike, are to be measured.  Some of the Rights are: No one shall be subjected to cruel and inhuman punishment, being entitled to a fair and public hearing by an impartial tribunal, the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, the right to freedom of thought , conscience and religion, the right to a standard of living to include food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, the right to education, the right to participate in the cultural life of the community, not being arbitrarily deprived of his property, a speedy juried trial and right to legal counsel.

December 1 – World AIDS Day (UN) – This day is designated by the World Health Organization and the United Nations to increase awareness and education of AIDS.  Today, over 41 million people are living with HIV/AIDS.

December 1 – Rosa Parks Day (USA) – Commemorates the arrest of Rosa Parks, in 1955, for defying segregation by refusing to give up her seat on the bus for a white passenger.  The incident led to the end of segregation.

December 6 – St. Nicholas Day (Christian) – He is the patron saint of Russia and came from a town in Turkey.  Being known as a protector of children, the tradition of leaving shoes out in the hopes of receiving treats is practiced in the Dutch, German and Eastern European communities.

December 7 – Pearl Harbor Day (USA) – This day commemorates the attack of the Imperial Japanese Navy and Air Force on the armed forces of the United States stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killing two thousand people.  This caused the United States to enter into World War II.

Source: www.multiculturalcalendars.com

Part of a posting series on multicultural events for 2009.

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