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Some October Interfaith Inspirations:
Hindu ~ Navaratri Dusserha ~ October 1-10
Hindu Festival of the divine mother honoring Durga, wife of Shiva, and seeking her blessings.
Also observed as a celebration recalling the days of Lord Krishna. Celebrate with us here!
Islam ~ Muharram - New Year ~ October 2
The first day of the first month of the Muslim year. The first Islamic year begins in 622 AD with the emigration of Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina, known as the Hijra. All religious duties, such as prayer, fasting in the month of Ramadan, and pilgrimage, and the dates of significant events, such as celebration of holy nights and festivals, are calculated according to the lunar calendar.
Judaism ~ Rosh Hashana ~ October 3-4
Sundown to Sundown
Jewish New Year. A time of introspection, abstinence, prayer and penitence. The story of Abraham is read, the ram's horn is sounded, and special foods are prepared and shared.
Christian ~ St Francis Day & Blessing Of The Animals ~ October 4th
Christian recognition of service to people and appreciation of the natural world,
as practiced by St Francis and the Franciscan Monastic Order which he founded.
Blessing of the Animals is a showing of respect for the domestic animals that people hold dear.
Observed on various dates - especially related to St. Francis.
Interfaith ~ Thanksgiving in Canada ~ October 10th
A celebration of the bounty of nature and peaceful harmony with each other & the world.
Hindu ~ Dasara or Dusserha ~ October 11th
Culmination of the Hindu festival celebrating the victory of good over evil. Celebrates Lord Rama's
victory over the evil demon Ravana. Goddess Durga and Lord Rama prevail over the demons.
Prayers for blessings and favor are offered. Celebrate with us here!
Islam ~ Ashura ~ October 12
Islamic optional one day fast. The Shia observance is based on the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad's Grandson, Hussein, martyred on this date in 683/684 AD at the battle of Kerbala. Sunni observance is a recognition of Moses fasting in gratitude to Allah/God for liberation from oppression.
Judaism ~ Yom Kippur ~October 12 ~ begins sundown 11th
Jewish day of atonement.
This holiest day of the Jewish year is observed with strict fasting and ceremonial repentance.
Judaism ~ Sukkot ~ October 17-23 ~ begins sundown 16th
5 days after the solemn Jewish day of atonement, this is one of the most joyous Jewish celebrations.
The word "Sukkot" means "booths," and refers to the temporary dwellings that are commanded to live in during this holiday in memory of the period of wandering. Some make these structures in their backyards and sleep in them during this week. Celebrate with us here!
Christian ~ Saint Luke Day ~ Patron Saint of Physicians & Surgeons ~ October 18th
Christian recognition of Apostle and Evangelist Luke, disciple of Jesus.
Bahai ~ Birth of the Bab ~ October 20th
Baha'i honoring of the founder of the Babi religion, forerunner to Baha'u'llah and the Baha'i faith.
Sikh ~ Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth ~ October 20th
Sikh scriptures, the Adi Granth, are honored as perpetual Guru.
Interfaith ~ United Nations Day ~ October 24th
Commemorates the founding of the world organization in 1945.
Interfaith ~ G.O.D. Day ~ Global Oneness Day ~ October 24th
Global Oneness Day was created to awaken the world to Oneness in this generation so we create a culture of solidarity that serves humanity and all of life on Earth.
Judaism ~ Shemini Azteret ~ Oct. 24th
Jewish completion of the annual cycle of reading of the Torah.
Judaism ~ Simchat Torah ~ Oct. 25th
Jewish day to celebrate the reading of the Law.
Synagogue services involve readings, processions and blessing of the children.
Hindu Sikh Jain ~ Diwali ~ Hindu New Year ~ October 30th
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.
Pagan ~ October 31st ~ 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 ~ October 31st ~ 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 ~ November 1st ~ 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 ~ November 2nd ~ 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.
Baha`i ~ November 2nd ~ Birth of Baha'u'llah
Baha'i celebration of the birth of their founder and teacher. Refrain from work.
Some brief definitions and dates from the Interfaith Calendar by Delton Krueger ~ many, many thanks!