Past DEI Spotlight Celebrations

Irvine is proud to be a City that embraces and celebrates diversity and fosters an environment that is inclusive of all cultures, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, abilities, perspectives, and ways of thinking. Learn more about celebrations and observances the City has highlighted throughout the year below.

See a list of past celebrations and recognitions below. See a collection of videos from past celebrations here. For current celebrations, visit cityofirvine.org/deispotlight.

DEI Spotlight Past Celebrations

December 2022
Equity & Inclusion Recognitions

National Learn a Foreign Language Month: December
Learning another language comes with a wealth of benefits, including boosting brain function by improving memory, creativity, and attention span, and reducing cognitive decline. That’s why December is National Learn a Foreign Language Month. Many language classes are available through the City of Irvine, visit yourirvine.org(link is external) for more information.

World AIDS Day: December 1
World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: December 3
The United Nations created the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in 1992 to help people with disabilities participate without any barriers and promote fair treatment of all people, regardless of ability.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: December 7
Each year on December 7, Pearl Harbor Survivors, veterans, and visitors from all over the world come together to honor and remember the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. A further 1,178 people were injured in the attack, which permanently sank two U.S. Navy battleships (the USS Arizona and the USS Utah) and destroyed 188 aircraft. On Aug. 23, 1994, the United States Congress designated Dec. 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Human Rights Day: December 10
Friday, December 10, is Human Rights Day. This year marks the 75th anniversary since the United Nation’s General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees the rights of every individual everywhere, without distinction, based on nationality, place of residence, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, language, or any other status.

World Arabic Language Day: December 18
The Arabic language is a pillar of the cultural diversity of humanity. It is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, used daily by more than 400 million people. World Arabic Language Day is celebrated every year on 18 December since 2012. The date coincides with the day in 1973 that the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted Arabic as the sixth official language of the Organization.

Cultural & Religious Holidays

Hanukkah: December 18-26
This is an 8-day, 8-night celebration in the Jewish faith honoring the triumph of their ancestors over the Syrian Greeks. To see the “Festival of Lights” observed, ask to join in a night of celebrations with a Jewish friend’s family.

Christmas: December 25
This is one of the most important Christian holidays that celebrates the birth of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is also of cultural importance to those who do not actively practice the Christian faith.

Kwanzaa: December 26
Kwanzaa is a 7-day celebration of life that is inspired by the African harvest celebrations. The holiday was created by an American professor of African studies, activist, and author, Maulana Karenga. It has been celebrated since the 1960s.

Cultural & Religious Recognitions

Las Posadas: December 16
The religious festival of Las Posadas is primarily celebrated in Latin American countries, Mexico, and Spain. Some Hispanics in the United States also celebrate this festival. The festival is a reenactment of Mary and Joseph traveling to various homes in the community that are designated as “inns.” After the reenactment, there is a celebration.

Winter Solstice/Yule: December 21
The Winter Solstice is known as Yule to those practicing the Pagan and Wiccan faiths. The day marks the longest night of the year and the return of the sun. 

DEI Events

Holidayz at the Park: November 19-January 1
’Tis the season for family fun and holiday cheer as Great Park transforms into a winterscape featuring holiday-themed art, music, and decorations. Enjoy festive lights, photo ops, and family activities from November 19, 2022 to January 1, 2023. There’s something for everybody. More information is available here.