In May we celebrated three important holidays that we often overlooked.

National Interpreter Appreciation Day, National Teacher Appreciation Day, and World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development all fall within May.

It is important to understand what were the beginnings of these celebrations.

The National Teacher Appreciation Day

The National Teacher Appreciation Day takes place on Tuesday of the first full week of May.

National Teacher Appreciation Day is: “The day of honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives”. Many teachers pushed to have a day of recognition but the idea did not receive acknowledgment until 1953.

In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt convinced congress to allocate a day to celebrate educators and the valuable work they do.

As a result of Roosevelt’s advocating, people began celebrating Teacher Appreciation Day and it grew in popularity.
Eventually, the National Education Association (NEA), along with a few other organizations, lobbied to Congress and succeeded at making it a National day on March 7, 1980.

The National Day of Recognition of Teachers continued in March until 1984. After that, the National Parent Teacher Association appropriated the first full week of May as Teacher Appreciation Week, making National Teacher Appreciation Day fall on that Tuesday. Shortly after National Teacher Appreciation Day comes National Interpreter Appreciation Day.

The first Wednesday in May is National Interpreter Appreciation Day.

Originally, the festival has its origin in recognizing sign language interpreters, but it has evolved. Now this holiday is considered the best opportunity to recognize the work of the interpreters; regardless of a specific language.

Interpreters help facilitate communication between two parties who otherwise would not be able to communicate. Interpreting is an excellent way to bridge different cultures and promote cultural diversity.

May 21st is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (Diversity Day).

The World Diversity Day is intended to teach people to understand the values of cultural diversity. And, also, to help people learn how to live with others without problems.

Inspired by an idea for cultural harmony; the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) made a Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in 2001.

After that, the United Nations General Assembly declared May 21st Diversity Day. Help support these holidays, and see how they stand out each year.

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