Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at Highlands
Black History Month was created to focus attention on the contributions of African Americans to the United States. It honors all Black people from all periods of U.S. history, from the enslaved people first brought over from Africa in the early 17th century to African Americans living in the United States today.
Lunar New Year
February 10, 2024
Gong Hei Fat Choy! “Wishing you great happiness and prosperity” is a popular Mandarin greeting for the Chinese New Year. It is also known as the Lunar New Year because it is celebrated in other countries including Vietnam, Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand to name a few. The date of Lunar New Year differs every year. In 2024 it occurs on February 10th.
Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, celebrates the end of winter and the arrival of spring. People focus on family and good luck. Legend tells of a monster, Nian, that attacked villages. Each year people scare it away with loud noises, fire and the color red. The Lunar New Year begins on a new moon and ends on the full moon with the Lantern Festival. 2024 is the Year of the Dragon (or Naga in Thailand)!