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Some September Interfaith Inspirations:
HinduKrishna Jayanti (Sri Krishna Janmashtami)~September 5 Hindu commemoration of the birth of Krishna - the 8th incarnation of god Vishnu
who took the form of Krishna to destroy the evil king Kansa.
International Literacy Day ~ September 8 Call to action for universal literacy.
ChristianNativity of Mary~September 8 Christian celebration of the birth of the Virgin Mary.
New Thought ChristianUnity World Day Of Prayer ~
September 9/10 Annual World Day of Prayer. 2015 theme is Pray Up Your Life, Pray Up the World and the affirmation:
As I pray, I connect my highest thoughts with my deepest faith.
Ethiopian New Year(Rastafari ) ~September 12 The start of the New Year in Ethiopia is recognized because Rastafarians believe Ethiopia
to be their spiritual homeland, and a place to which they want to return.The Ethiopiancalendar is the principal calendar used in Ethiopia and also serves as the liturgical calendar for Christians in Eritrea and Ethiopia belonging to the Orthodox Tewahedo churches, Eastern Catholic Church and Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt.
Centers For Spiritual Living: World Day Of Service ~September 13~ Donate an hour or a day in your community!
(US) National Grandparents Day ~September 13~ In 1978, then President Jimmy Carter declared that the first Sunday after Labor Day,
would be Grandparents Day! ~ Celebrating the lives and influences of grandparents.
JudaismRosh Hashanah~September 14-15 ~ begins Sundown 13th 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.
Hindu Ganesh Chaturthi Sept. 17 A Hindu festival honoring the god of prosperity, prudence and success. Images of Ganesha are worshipped.
Paryushana Parva~September 18 ~ Last Day Jain 8 day festival signifying human emergence into a new world of spiritual and moral refinement. Marked by recitations from Jain sacred writing and family exchange of cards and letters. Celebration of the natural qualities of the soul. The 8th day (Samvatsari) is most important and is focused on forgiveness.
Islam~ Waqf al Arafa - Hajj Day~ Sept. 22 ~ begins sundown 21st Islamic pilgrimage rites at Mecca on 7-12th days of month of Dhu al-Hajja.
Concludes with Eid ul Adha when those not traveling to Mecca take part.
Judaism ~ Yom Kippur ~ September 23 ~ begins sundown 22nd Jewish day of atonement.
This holiest day of the Jewish year is observed with strict fasting and ceremonial repentance.
Wicca/PaganOstara & Mabon September 23 (northern/southern hemispheres, begins sundown 22nd) The time when the sun is directly above a point on the equator.
The equinox will be either Vernal or Autumnal depending on the hemisphere.
Equinox celebrations as days of equal light & dark mark the turning of the wheel.
Mabon:Wicca observance of the autumnal equniox when day and night are of equal length.
A harvest festival time. Ostara: Wicca welcoming of spring and the goddess-as-maiden.
Islam~ Eid al Adha - Sacrifice Day~ Sept. 23-26 ~ begins sundown 22 Islamic Festival of Sacrifice. The day after Arafat, the most important day in Hajj ritural.
A three-day festival recalling Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah.
Judaism~ Sukkot ~ Sept. 28-Oct. 4th ~ begins sundown Sept. 27 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!
Native American Day~September 25 Celebrates Native American history and culture, the fourth Friday of every September.
Some of the brief interfaith definitions & dates from the Interfaith Calendar by Delton Krueger ~ many, many thanks!
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