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With January, we start a whole new round of holidays — and there's plenty of room for more! In fact, whole months are free for the naming.

So far, the Library of Congress has established heritage celebrations for seven months, beginning with Black History Month, in February. March is dedicated to Women’s history and to Irish American heritage. May honors the heritage of Asian Pacific Americans and Jewish Americans. June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, and September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Latino Heritage Month. October is dedicated to disability awareness, and November is National American Indian Heritage Month. December is so-far unclaimed, as are January, April, July, and August.

There are plenty of candidates for additional celebrations.  Check out these holiday-related books for reference, and dedicate some days, weeks, or months for celebrations of your own!


Holiday Cooking Around the World by Kari Cornell

Festival Foods by Jenny Vaughan 

Celebrate! Connections Among Cultures by Jan Reynold 

Let’s Celebrate: Festival Poems from Around the World by Debjani Chatterjee and Shirin Adl

Every Month is a New Year: Celebrations Around the World by Marilyn Singer 

Let’s Celebrate! Special Days Around the World by Kate DePalma 

Feasts and Festivals Around the World by Alice B. McGinty 

Celebrate with Me! by Laura Gladwin

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