Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring all people who identify as moms! While some countries have centuries worth of history celebrating mothers, the American version of the holiday dates back to 1907. A year later, in 1908 Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s Day an official holiday. Activists continued to push for recognition, and slowly states started adopting an official Mother’s Day.
Mental Health Awareness Month
May is recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month. Each year in May, organizations, communities, hospitals, and individuals, raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral issues. The month is designed to help reduce the stigma and advocate for better mental health services.
Traditions Across Different Religions
April brings the start of warmer weather, but it also brings a number of religious holidays. This year, in the month of April members of 3 of the largest religious groups across the world celebrate Easter, Passover, and Ramadan.
Earth day is an annual event on April 22nd to celebrate our planet and demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, earth day has grown into an international day of recognition. Each year, a theme is selected and Earth Day 2023 is centered around “Investing In Our Planet.”
National Take Down Tobacco Day
Each year on April 1, National Take Down Tobacco Day (NTDTD) is recognized to aid in the fight against tobacco use. NTDTD is for supporting and educating on the dangers of tobacco, taking action by advocating and speaking out against the tobacco industry, and working to build a larger movement against the use of products that contain tobacco.
Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month
April is recognized as Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 19,000 esophageal cancer cases are diagnosed in the United States each year. Esophageal cancer is the cancer of the tube that runs from the throat to the stomach - otherwise known as the esophagus. The esophagus is the muscular tube that moves food and liquid from the throat to the stomach.
Vietnam War Veteran’s Day
The Vietnam War, also known as, the Second Indochina War or the Vietnam Conflict, was a conflict in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia that lasted from November 1955 to April 1975.
First Day of Spring
Spring has finally arrived! During early spring, the axis of the Earth is beginning to tilt closer to the sun, bringing longer days and more sun. The warmth causes new plants to grow and “spring forth” giving the season its name. Spring has always represented new beginnings and continued growth.
3/13 - Detroit Day
Detroit has many nicknames. The D. The Motor City. Motown. The 3-1-3. It may be obvious where some of these names come from. The motor city is of course after the auto industry that found its birthplace in Detroit. Motown is a reflection of the great music legends who have come out of the city. The 3-1-3 may not be as clear for some - but the nickname is a homage to the area code used in Detroit city limits.
Myeloma Awareness Month
The month of March is recognized as Myeloma Awareness Month. Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer that begins in plasma cells, a type of white blood cell that is important for a healthy immune system. Over time, myeloma cells will collect in the body’s bone marrow, forming tumors in the body’s bones.