November Observances

Embracing the spirit of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the City of Goleta is highlighting a few noteworthy November observances.

Native American Heritage Month celebrates the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, histories and important contributions of Native people. The month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.  

Dia de los Muertos (November 2), is an important cultural holiday in Latin American households. As a way to honor departed loved ones, families place offerings and altars decorated with cempasúchil (marigold) flowers, decorative paper, sugar skulls, sweet bread (pan de muerto), and a favorite dish that their relatives liked to whom the offering is dedicated.

Veteran’s Day, held annually on November 11, honors military veterans of the United States Armed Forces. We want to honor all of America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. 

Diwali, or Dipawali, is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year celebrated on November 12, 2023. Lasting for five days, from the 13th day of the dark half of the lunar month Ashvina to the second day of the light half of the lunar month Karttika. (fall in late October and November.) The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness.  

Thanksgiving Day (November 23) reminds us to pause and appreciate the abundance in our lives. It is a time to cherish the company of family and friends, and to give back to those in need. We want to take a moment to reflect on the history of our country, to acknowledge the contributions of diverse cultures, and to celebrate the values of compassion and generosity.  

We hope you can join the city of Goleta in acknowledging and learning more about the different cultural and awareness observances every month as we work to foster a more inclusive Goleta for all.