DEI Spotlight

  • In early 2021, the City of Irvine passed a resolution reaffirming Irvine's commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our City and subsequently formed a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. The committee's first campaign, “We Are Irvine,” aims to embrace and celebrate diversity and foster an environment that is inclusive of all cultures, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, abilities, perspectives, and ways of thinking. 

This webpage is an arm of the We Are Irvine campaign and will be updated regularly to reflect the current and upcoming celebrations and observances of our community members and residents. 

Cultural & Religious Celebrations Cultural & Religious Recognitions
Equity & Inclusion Recognitions DEI Events

August 

Equity & Inclusion Recognitions

Purple Heart Day: August 7  
Purple Heart Day is a day for Americans to remember and honor the men and women who bravely represented their county and were wounded or killed whilst serving. These people are decorated with a Purple Heart, given by the President. This day is a chance to reflect on the bravery of those who have fought for the U.S. and ensure their courage is never forgotten.  

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples: August 9 
The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is observed on 9 August each year to raise awareness and protect the rights of the world's indigenous population. This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection. Learn more about the day here.  

The City of Irvine and Orange County area boasts rich Native American history. We pay homage and tribute to this history and preserve the Native American culture in many ways throughout the community:

  • The Portola Springs Community Center's Native American Wing includes cultural and historical artifacts and displays paying homage to the Native American tribes who once inhabited the Portola Springs area. Just outside the community center, nearby trails are home to native plants like the coastal prickly pear which has been known to be a food and medicine source for Native Americans, as well as a source of needles, containers and water.  Visit the Portola Springs Community Center to view the artifacts. The center is open Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.–10 p.m.; and Sunday: Noon–6 p.m.
  • Sunset Point is a popular lookout area in the Turtle Rock community. The hill was recently renamed Sunset Point after the City of Irvine sought to rename the hill to reflect the Native American history. The site had been locally known as "Suicide Hill" for the difficult climbs, and the City — seeking a more positive name — consulted with the Acjachemen Nation Tribal Manager and gathered input from the community in a public survey for new names. 

National Liberation Day of Korea/Victory Over Japan Day: August 15
This day commemorates the liberation of Korea from Japanese rule in 1945. While Korea has been an independent nation for centuries, it had been invaded multiple times, the last being the period of Japanese rule. The day the United States and Allied powers helped liberate Korea from 35 years of Japanese rule became known as Victory Over Japan Day. It took three years after Korea became independent in 1945 for the nation to establish the Republic of Korea. Many countries celebrate Victory Over Japan Day on August 15; however, America celebrates this day in September when the Japanese formally signed a declaration of surrender.  

  • Community members can enjoy the art of Korean-born artist Chloe Jeongmyo Kim at the City of Irvine's fall exhibition, Chloe Jeongmyo Kim: Transplanted Panorama, which is on display August 1–November 18 at Irvine City Hall as part of the Art at City Hall series. Since 2012, Kim has been living throughout the United States, traversing urban and suburban landscapes and embracing the multicultural aspects of American life. In 2015, Kim moved to Irvine and has been producing art in this City ever since. The exhibition combines abstract painting with photographs taken by Kim in both Irvine and Korea. An opening reception is 1–3 p.m. Saturday, August 13, at Irvine City Hall. All ages are welcome, and admission is free. Learn more at cityofirvine.org/artatcityhall

Senior Citizens Day: August 21 
On August 21st, National Senior Citizens Day recognizes the achievements of the more mature representatives of our nation. The day provides an opportunity to show our appreciation for their dedication, accomplishments, and services they give throughout their lives. To recognize Senior Citizens Day, spend time with the senior citizens you know. Let them know they are appreciated and loved. It may also be a good day to volunteer at a retirement home or share your smile with those who may not otherwise get a visitor today. 

Marlee Matlin’s Birthday: August 24
Marlee Matlin is the only hearing-impaired actor to win the Oscar for Best Actor or Best Actress. This is a big win for people with disabilities, and demonstrates the power of representation. Here are some ways you can be inclusive of deaf culture: 

  • Speak directly to people instead of their interpreter 
  • Look directly into the camera when speaking 
  • Make sure that only one person speaks at a time 
  • Take meeting minutes and have them distributed 

Women’s Equality Day: August 26 
Women’s Equality Day is celebrated to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex.  

Cultural & Religious Recognitions

Krishna Janmashtami: August 18-19 
The Krishna Janmashtami festival marks the birth of Krishna, one of the most popular deities worshipped by Hindus. It is an important festival where celebrations are held throughout the night to celebrate when Krishna was born.  Hindus celebrate Janmashtami by fasting, singing, praying together, preparing and sharing special food, night vigils, and visiting Krishna or Vishnu temples. 

Al-Hijri: August 29 
Al-Hijri marks the start of the New Year in the Muslim faith. It begins on the evening of August 28 and ends on the evening of August 29. To celebrate this religious holiday, Muslims will make resolutions and spend time with family. It’s important to note there’s a significant difference in how the holiday is celebrated between the two sects of Islam (Shiites and Sunnis). 

Ganesh Chaturthi: August 31
Our August multicultural calendar includes Ganesh Chaturthi, a 10-day Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of this god. Lord Ganesha is the god of new beginnings and a fresh start, and the festival normally lasts 10 days long. If you need a fresh beginning this August, consider learning more about this practice and celebrating the festival. 

DEI Events

Irvine Multicultural Association Film Series: My Mother’s Castle 

Join Irvine Multicultural Association for light refreshments and a showing of My Mother’s Castle. This French film follows a young boy and his family as they journey to their holiday cottage in the hills of Provence. Using a key to trespass through private estates along a gated canal, the family encounters trouble when they are caught by a caretaker. 
Wednesday, August 3 | 5–7 p.m.  
Lakeview Senior Center  
Register Here  
 

Past Celebrations

Learn more about past celebrations and observances of our diverse community members and residents by clicking here.