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September 2018

Krishna Janmashtami [birth] – Hindu**

3 September 2018

Krishna Janmashtami - Hindu** (Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.) by Subhamoy Das As an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu, Lord Krishna is one of the faith's most revered divinities. The story of how the Hindu god of love and compassion was born is one woven through many of Hinduism's most sacred texts, and it inspires faithful throughout India and beyond. Background And History References to Lord Krishna can be found in several important Hindu texts, most notably the epic poem the  Mahabharata. Krishna also is a principal figure in the Bhagavata Purana, another…

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START of 8 or 10 day Paryushana Parva ** – Jain

6 September 2018

26th August – 4th September Paryushana Parva ** - Jain (**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.) 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. --------------------------------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jain_rituals_and_festivals#Paryushana_Parva Paryushana Parva is one of the most important festival for Jains.  Paryusana is formed by two words meaning ‘a year’ and ‘a coming back’.  This festival comes…

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Nativity of Virgin Mary – Christian

8 September 2018

The Nativity of Mary, or Birth of the Virgin Mary, refers to the traditional birthday of Saint Mary. The modern canon of scripture does not record Mary's birth.  The earliest known account of Mary's birth is found in the Protoevangelium of James (5:2), an apocryphal text from the late second century, with her parents known as Saint Anne and Saint Joachim. In the case of saints, the Church commemorates their dies natalis or date of birth, with Saint John the Baptist and the Virgin Mary as the few whose birth dates are commemorated.  The reason for this is found in…

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Meskel – Ethiopian Christian

27 September 2018

Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox Christian commemoration of the discovery of the True Cross by Queen Eleni (St. Helenea) in the 4th century a.d. -------------------------------------------- The Meskel celebration includes the burning of a large bonfire, or Demera, based on the belief that Queen Eleni had a revelation in a dream. She was told that she shall make a bonfire and that the smoke would show her where the true cross was buried. So she ordered the people of Jerusalem to bring wood and make a huge pile. After adding frankincense to it the bonfire was lit and the smoke rose high…

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Michael and All Angels – Christian

29 September 2018

Michael and All Angels – Christian Michaelmas /ˈmɪkəlməs/, the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel (also the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, Uriel and Raphael, the Feast of the Archangels, or the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels), is a day in the Western Christian liturgical year that occurs on 29 September.  In medieval England, Michaelmas marked the ending and beginning of the husbandman's year, George C.  Homans observes: “at that time harvest was over, and the bailiff or reeve of the manor would be making out the accounts for the year.” In Christianity, the Archangel Michael is the…

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October 2018

International Day of Non-Violence

2 October 2018
Everywhere

International Day of Non-Violence From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Observed by All UN Member States The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on October 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. This day is referred to in India as Gandhi Jayanti. In January 2004, Iranian Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi had taken a proposal for an International Day of Non-Violence from a Hindi teacher in Paris teaching international students to the World Social Forum in Mumbai.  The idea gradually attracted the interest of some leaders of India's Congress Party ("Ahimsa Finds Teen Voice", The Telegraph, Calcutta) until a Satyagraha Conference resolution in…

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Gandhi Jayanti – Hindu

2 October 2018

Gandhi Jayanti - Hindu** (Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.) Gandhi Jayanti is a national festival celebrated in India to mark the occasion of the birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who is unofficially called the "Father of the Nation". It is one of the three national holidays of the country. The United Nations General Assembly announced on 15 June 2007 that it adopted a resolution which declared that 2 October will be celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence .  It is celebrated every year. Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated yearly on 2 October. It is…

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St Francis Day – Catholic Christian / Blessing of the Animals – Christian, esp. Spanish Catholicism

4 October 2018

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. --------------------------------------------------- On November 29, 1979, Pope John Paul II declared St. Francis the Patron Saint of Ecology. ----------------------------------------------------------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_of_Assisi Saint Francis of Assisi (Italian: San Francesco d'Assisi; born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, but nicknamed Francesco (a tribute to France) by his father; 1181/1182 – October 3, 1226) was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher.  He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the Third Order of Saint…

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February 2019

Festival of the Chariots

10 February @ 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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