For the month of May, the City recognizes the following:
Haitian Heritage Month
Haitian Heritage Month is a nationally recognized month and an opportunity for individuals including Haitians and lovers of the the Haitian culture to celebrate the rich culture, distinctive art, delicious food and learn the traditions of Haiti and its people. The celebration is an expansion of the Haitian Flag Day on May 18th, a major patriotic day celebration in Haiti and the Diaspora created to encourage patriotism. Visit the Haitian Heritage Museum for more information.
Jewish-American Heritage Month
On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed that May would be Jewish American Heritage Month. The president proclaimed the month would recognize the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture. More information is available at https://www.jewishheritagemonth.gov/about/.
Mental Health Awareness Month
Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, IDEC joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Mental health is an incredibly important part of overall health. With a growing number of Americans experiencing mental health symptoms, we need to join together to advocate for improving our nation's mental health care system.
Individuals experiencing a crisis can contact Crisis Services at 630-627-1700, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Or text TALK to 552020 for English or HABLAR for Spanish for the Illinois Call4Calm Text Line, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness for more information.
National Asian American and South Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month is a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island). The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. More information is available at https://asianpacificheritage.gov/about/.
Cinco de Mayo (May 5)
Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Thursday, May 5 in 2022, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. Within Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is primarily observed in the state of Puebla, where Zaragoza's unlikely victory occurred, although other parts of the country also take part in the celebration.
The City's Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Awareness Commission (IDEC) welcomes feedback, ideas, and suggestions to further the mission of inclusivity and respect for all in Warrenville. Comments may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.