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Some November Interfaith Inspirations:
Pagan~ October31st~Samhain (Hallowe'en)~ Samhain (pronounced 'sow'inn') marks the Feast of the Dead. Many Pagans also celebrate it as the old Celtic New Year (although some mark this at Imbolc). Christian~ October31st~ Hallowe'en (All Hallows' Eve)~ Christian celebration of mystery combining prayers and merriment involving children and families. It is a prelude to All Saint's Day. The night before All Saints' Day (All Hallows' Day). Its origins date back over 2000 years to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. It was celebrated as a Christian festival by the 8th Century. Christian ~November1st~ All Saints Day~ Christian day of prayers of remembrance and intercession for the dead. Prayers of the faithful are seen as helping to cleanse the souls for the beatific vision of God in heaven. All Saints Day Christian day for honoring saints, known and unknown. In general, saints are persons with reputation for unusual lives of holiness and devotion to God or who were martyred for their faith. A Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholic Church where saints have special formal status. Christian ~November2nd~ All Souls Day~ All Souls Day Christian day of prayers of remembrance and intercession for the dead.
Prayers of the faithful are seen as helping to cleanse the souls for the beatific vision of God in heaven.
Hindu ~ Deepavali ~November 9-13th Hindu celebration - a five day festival of lights marking the end of the Hindu year.
First day is observed as a holiday by many Hindu people.
HinduSikhJain~ Diwali ~ Hindu New Year ~November11th Hindu Festival of Lights symbolizing the human urge to move toward the light.
Gift exchanges, fireworks and festive meals. Jain celebration of Lord Mahavira's day of final liberation. Jain ~November12th~ New Year Jain New Year based on a lunar calendar.
Our page for Jainism is here. And! Visit Jain World online!
Baha`i ~November12th~ Birth of Baha'u'llah Baha'i celebration of the birth of their founder and teacher. Refrain from work.
Orthodox Christian ~November15th ~ 25th~ Winter Lent A season of preparation for the Nativity of Christ
Sikh ~November24th~Guru Tegh Bahadur martyrdom Sikh time of remembering the execution of Teg Bahadur by the Moghul Emperor in India
Baha`i ~November26th~Day of the Covenant Baha`i celebration of the covenant given in the last will and testament of Baha`u`llah
Interfaith ~ US ~November26th~Thanksgiving A celebration in the United States for life's bounty and abundance. For some, the tradition
is dated to the fall feast between Native Americans and Pilgrim settlers.
It is a day of giving thanks
and appreciation for all the blessings we have symbolized by the feast on the table. Baha`i ~November28th~Ascension of Abdu`l-Baha(begins sundown 26th)
Baha`i celebration of the rising of the Spirit of Abdu`l-Baha to the heavenly dwelling.
Christian ~November29th ~ December 24th ~ Advent Begins Advent marks the beginning of the Christian worship year in preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ.
Always beginning on the Sunday nearest November 30, it is observed with the lighting of advent candles,
display of wreaths and special ceremonies. Many families also use an advent calendar with their children;
each day offering a special surprise.Celebrate & Play with us & our Affirmation Advent Calendar here!
Christian ~November30th~St. Andrews Day Christian observance of the coming of Christianity to the area now know as Scotland.
The martyrdom of St Andrew is remembered as the season of Advent is about to begin.
Some of the brief interfaith definitions & dates from the Interfaith Calendar by Delton Krueger ~ many, many thanks!
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