Ethnic Heritage Celebrations

chinese new year
filipino independence day
nowrooz
latino day
Heritage Month Celebrations

Through exploration of the many diverse heritages, cultures, and histories of people around us we can discover new ways of thinking. Public Works offers many opportunities to experience and enjoy our rich heritage and diverse workplace.

Ethnic Heritage Luncheons
Currently more than ten annual ethnic heritage celebrations serve to create a sense of belonging and build bridges of unity among different employee groups at DPW.

January
Chinese Lunar New Year
The day of the Lunar New Year is the most celebrated holiday of the year for nearly 1.5 million persons of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese descent in Southern California. Public Works celebrates Chinese New Year during an annual luncheon.

February
Black History Month
February is "Black History Month," a time to commemorate and celebrate the past and present achievements of African Americans. Public Works’ Black History Committee celebrates the Black History Month during an annual luncheon.

March
Iranian New Year, Nowruz
In March, we celebrate the Iranian New Year, Nowruz.

April
Cultural Diversity Month
In April, we celebrate Cultural Diversity Month. Celebrate Diversity Month is about opening dialogues that foster an appreciation of the differences that separate us, as well as the similarities that unite us.

May
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

June
Juneteenth
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States celebrated on June 19th, honoring African American heritage by commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. State of Texas in 1865.

July
Happy Birthday America
The Fourth of July is a holiday to commemorate America's declaration of independence on July 4, 1776. The Fourth of July is more than a celebration. It symbolizes the freedom millions dreamed about when they came to this country as immigrants. To many Americans who left their motherland to find freedom and opportunities for their children, the Fourth of July will always be a symbol of their sacrifice and struggle for the amazing privilege of becoming an American.

September
Hispanic Heritage Month
During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group's heritage and culture.

October
Filipino American History Month
October is the Filipino American History Month. At Public Works we are proud of our Filipino employees and honor their heritage and culture every year.

November

Diwali, Festival of Lights
Diwali, popularly known as the "Festival of Lights", is a five-day Hindu festival which falls between mid-October and mid-November. Traditionally, it is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil, where the light of knowledge dispels all ignorance.