Some October Interfaith Inspirations:
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!
Christian ~ Saint Francis Day ~ 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.
Judaism ~ Shemini Azteret ~ Oct. 5th
Jewish completion of the annual cycle of reading of the Torah.
Judaism ~ Simchat Torah ~ Oct. 6th
Jewish day to celebrate the reading of the Law.
Synagogue services involve readings, processions and blessing of the children.
Interfaith ~ Thanksgiving in Canada ~ October 12th
A celebration of the bounty of nature and peaceful harmony with each other & the world.
Hindu ~ Navaratri Dusserha ~ October 13-21
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.
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.
Hindu ~ Dasara or Dusserha ~ October 22nd
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 ~ Saint George Day ~ Patron Saint of England ~ October 23rd
Christian remembrance of a person who, in the 4th century, was a martyr and became an ideal of martial valor and selflessness. Legend of killing a dragon is connected with this patron saint of England. It is said the dragon stands for wickedness and the lady saved from the dragon stands for God's holy truth.
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.
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.
Some of the brief interfaith definitions & dates from the Interfaith Calendar by Delton Krueger ~ many, many thanks!