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Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)
On this day, sisters of all ages tie a talisman or amulet called the rakhi around the wrists of their brothers. They symbolically protect them, receive a gift in return, and traditionally invest the brothers with a share of the responsibility of their potential care. (Wikipedia)
St. Rosa of Lima (Peru)
Rose of Lima became known for both her life of severe penance and her care of the poverty stricken of the city through her own private efforts. She is the patroness of Peru. Some celebrate her feast day on August 23.
International Day of Charity (UN)
Charity, like the notions of volunteerism and philanthropy, provides real social bonding and contributes to the creation of inclusive and more resilient societies. Charity can alleviate the worst effects of humanitarian crises, supplement public services in health care, education, housing and child protection. (UN Day)
Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)
Krishna Janmashtami is a festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. The celebratory customs associated with Janmashtami include a celebration festival, reading and recitation of religious texts, dance and enactments of the life of Krishna according to the Bhagavata Purana, devotional singing till midnight (the time of Krishna's birth), and... Read More
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Christian)
A feast day celebrating the birth of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The earliest known account of Mary's birth is found in the Gospel of James (5:2), an apocryphal text from the late second century. (Wikipedia)
International Literacy Day (UN)
This is a day to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society. (UN Day)
Enkutatash/New Year (Ethiopia & Eritrea)
Enkutatsash is a celebration of the new year according to the Ethiopian calendar. According to tradition this day marks the return of the Queen of Sheba from her visit to King Solomon in Jerusalem. (Wikipedia)
International Day of Democracy (UN)
The UN supports democracy by promoting human rights, development, and peace and security. Only with the full participation of and support by the international community, national governing bodies, civil society and individuals, can the ideal of democracy be made into a reality to be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere. (UN Day)
Rosh Hashana (Jewish)
Rosh HaShanah is the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah begins a ten-day period of penitence culminating in Yom Kippur, as well as beginning the cycle of autumnal religious festivals running through Sukkot and ending in Shemini Atzeret. (Wikipedia)
Keiro No Hi/Respect For The Aged Day (Japan)
On this holiday, people return home to visit and pay respect to the elders. Some people volunteer in neighborhoods by making and distributing free lunch boxes to older citizens.
Independence Day (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)
Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival commemorating the birth of the Hindu god Ganesha. The festival is marked with the installation of Ganesha's clay idols privately in homes and publicly on elaborate pandals (temporary stages).
International Day of Peace (UN)
The United Nations has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. Fostering peace contributes a sustainable life for all (UN Day)
Mabon is the modern Pagan celebration of the Autumnal equinox. a modern Pagan ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and the Gods during the coming winter months.
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Shuki Koreisai (Japan, Shinto)
Shuki Koreisai is a day corresponding to the autumnal equinox to pay respect to past emperors and imperial family members.
Culture Days – Morden
Yom Kippur (Jewish)
Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day in Judaism. Primarily centered on atonement and repentance, the day's main observances consist of full fasting and ascetic behavior accompanied by long prayer services in synagogue, as well as sin confessions. (Wikipedia)
Mawlid is the Islamic observation of the day when the Islamic prophet Muhammad was born. Often organized in some countries by the Sufi orders, Mawlid is celebrated in a carnival manner, large street processions are held and homes or mosques are decorated. Charity and food is distributed, and stories about the life of Muhammad are... Read More
Ananta-Chaturdashi (Jain, Hindu)
Ananta-Chaturdashi is a festival dedicated to Vishnu that is celebrated by Jains and Hindus. (Wikidpedia)
Chuseok (South Korea)
Like many other harvest festivals around the world, Chuseok is held around the autumn equinox, i.e. at the very end of summer or in early autumn. It is the biggest traditional holiday in South Korea. It is three day holiday in South Korea and celebrated for one day in North Korea. (Wikipedia)
Sukkot is a seven day festival that both celebrates the harvest and is a remembrance of the Exodus out of Egypt. It is sometimes called "Feast of Booths" or "Feast of Tabernacles". This season is recognized by some through building of a temporary structure called a sukkah. (Wikipedia)
Pitru Paksha (Hindu)
Pitru Paksha is a 16-day period in the Hindu calendar when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors, especially through food offerings. (Wikipedia)
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Canada)
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a Canadian holiday to recognize the legacy of the Canadian Indian residential school system. Colloquially known as "Orange Shirt Day" the use of an orange shirt as a symbol was inspired by the accounts of Phyllis Jack Webstad, whose personal clothing—including a new orange shirt—was taken from... Read More