A few October Interfaith Inspirations:
Hindu Navaratri ~ September 25 - October 3
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.
Islam ~ October 3rd ~ Waqf al Arafa - Hajj Day
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 ~ October 4th ~ Yom Kippur
Jewish day of atonement.
This holiest day of the Jewish year is observed with strict fasting and ceremonial repentance.
Hindu ~ October 4th ~ Dasara or Dusserha
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!
Christian ~ October 4th ~ Saint Francis Day
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.
Sikh ~ October 9th ~ Birthday of Guru Ram Das (Nanakshahi calendar)
Guru Ram Das (1534-1581) was the fourth of the Sikh Gurus.
Judaism ~ October 9th-15th ~ Sukkot
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!
Interfaith ~ October 13th ~ Thanksgiving in Canada
A celebration of the bounty of nature and peaceful harmony with each other & the world.
Christian ~ October 18th ~ Saint Luke Day
Christian recognition of Apostle and Evangelist Luke, disciple of Jesus.
Bahai ~ October 20th ~ Birth of the Bab
Baha'i honoring of the founder of the Babi religion, forerunner to Baha'u'llah and the Baha'i faith.
Sikh ~ October 20th ~ Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth
Sikh scriptures, the Adi Granth, are honored as perpetual Guru.
Interfaith ~ October 24th ~ United Nations Day
Commemorates the founding of the world organization in 1945.
Interfaith ~ October 24th ~ G.O.D. Day ~ Global Oneness Day
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.
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.
Brief definitions and dates from the Interfaith Calendar by Delton Krueger
& from the BBC Interfaith Calendar ~ & from the PBS Multifaith Calendar ~ many, many thanks!