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Events during 2001-JUL:

bulletJUL-1: Canada Day marks the beginning of Canada in 1867.
bulletJUL-1: Some Native American plains tribes begin Sun Dance rituals on this day. The celebration includes the decoration of a a sacred crow totem.
bulletJUL-4: Independence Day in the U.S. marks the birth of the United States in 1776. 
bulletJUL-5: Buddhists celebrate Asala: the day when the Buddha made his first spiritual proclamation to five ascetics.
bulletJUL-8: Yom Tammuz is an observance by some Jews of the bwreach of the walls of Jerusalem. It is a day of mourning and fasting from dawn to dusk.
bulletJUL-8: This is Gay Pride Day in the Netherlands. The celebration will be particularly significant this year, as the definition of marriage in the country has recently been expanded to include both same-sex and opposite-sex couples.
bulletJUL-9: The Martyrdom of the Bab is observed by members of the Baha'i Faith. It was the date in 1850 CE when the Bab was executed for his religious beliefs at the age of 31. Members of the Baha'i faith abstain from work and commerce on this day.
bulletJUL-9: This is celebrated in Australia as Aborigine's Day, also known as National Aboriginal and Islander Day of Celebration (NAIDOC).  A main purpose of this day is to promote increased understanding of Aboriginal cultures in Australia.
bulletJUL-11: Roman Catholics celebrate St. Benedict Day in honor of the father of the Western Church's monastic tradition. He founded the Benedictine Order.
bulletJUL-13 to 15: O-bon is a Japanese Shinto celebration in honor of their ancestors. They light lanterns, hold circular folk dances, and welcome their departed spirits.
bulletJUL-15: On this day, in 1099, Christians on the first crusade captured Jerusalem, burning 6,000 Jews alive in their synagogue and slaughtering 30,000 Muslims who took refuge in their mosque. Some Christians formed a reconciliation walk in 1999; they retraced the steps of the first crusade, arriving in Jerusalem on this day, apologizing for the tragedy.
bulletJUL-24: This is Pioneer Day the anniversary of the date when the first members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints entered Salt Lake Valley after a long westerly trek to escape religious persecution and genocide by other Christians.
bulletJUL-28: Khao Pansa marks the beginning of the Buddhist lent. It is the preferred day for Buddhist men in some countries to be ordained as monks. It is celebrated in the full moon of the eight lunar month, typically in July.
bulletJUL-29: Jews observe Tisha be-Av: a day of fasting in recollection of tragedies in the history of the Jewish people, including the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple 516 BCE by the Babylonians, and in 70 CE by the Romans.
bulletJUL-31: Lammas (aka Lunasa) is the first of the harvest festivals celebrated by Wiccans and many other Neopagans. The holiday actually falls on AUG-1, but many Wiccans follow the ancient Celtic practice of starting each each day at noon. 
bulletJUL-31 : International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) begins their celebration of Jhulan Yatra, the swing festival for their deities Radha and Krishna

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Copyright © 2001 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Essay prepared on 2001-JUN-29
Latest update: 2001-JUL-25
Compiled by B.A. Robinson

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