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2001-NOVEMBER

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Events during 2001-NOV:

bulletNOV-1: National American Indian Heritage Month begins today. It was established by Congress in 1990 to honor the important contributions made by America's Aboriginal peoples.
bulletNOV-1: All Saints' Day (a.k.a. All Hallows' Day) is a holy day when Christians in the west recall the lives of the saints. The Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate All Saints Day in the springtime -- the Sunday after Pentecost.
bulletNOV-2: All Souls' Day (a.k.a. the Day of the Dead). This is a Christian day for prayer and almsgiving in memory of ancestors who have died. Catholics pray for the souls of the dead, in an effort to hasten their transition from Purgatory to Heaven.
bulletNOV-6: This is Election Day in the U.S.
bulletNOV-11: This is Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada - a time to recall the sacrifices made by our soldiers during wartime and, more recently, during peacekeeping duties. 3
bulletNOV-12: Members of the Baha'i Faith celebrate the Birthday of Baha'u'llah. He is the divine messenger and the founder of the Baha'i faith.
bulletNOV-4: The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is held yearly so that Christians can pray for fellow believers who live in lands were there is little religious freedom. 6
bulletNOV-14: The five-day festival of Diwali begins. Also called Divali, Dewali, Deepavali, and the Festival of Lights, it is a celebration of good over evil, and is related to ancient stories of struggles between a goddess and a demon. It is observed by both Hindus and Jains. It is also the time of the New Year according to the Vikrama calendar. 2
bulletNOV-16: Ramadan begins approximately today. Its exact beginning depends upon viewing the crescent moon. It is a lunar month of about 30 days. Muslims engage in prayer, fasting and meditation.
bulletNOV-18: The annual National Bible Week starts in the U.S. It has been sponsored by the National Bible Association since 1941. Everyone is encouraged to read the Bible. 5
bulletNOV-22: Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. 
bulletNOV-23: Sikhs celebrate the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev.
bulletNOV-26: Members of the Baha'i Faith observe the Day of the Covenant -- the day that Baha'u'llah's son Abdul-Baha became the Center of the Covenant.
bulletNOV-26: Jains celebrate Maunajiyaras, a day of fasting, silence, and meditation on the five holy teachers of Jainism. 
bulletNOV-28: Members of the Baha'i Faith observe the day of Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha, recalling the death of Abdul-Baha.
bulletNOV-30: Christians celebrate St. Andrew's Day.

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Early in December:

bulletDEC-2: This is the First Sunday in Advent, a.k.a. Advent Sunday. Advent is a series of Christian observances leading up to Christmas.
bulletDEC-8: This is The feast of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated by Roman Catholics. The feast is linked to the date 1854-DEC-8, when Pope Pius IX formally defined the dogma. It is the belief that the Virgin Mary was conceived without sin circa 20 BCE. Many people believe incorrectly that it refers to Jesus' conception circa 5 BCE.
bulletDEC-10: Jews celebrate Hanukkah.

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References:

  1. National American Indian Heritage Month at: http://www3.kumc.edu/diversity/ethnic_relig/naihm.html 
  2. The National Day of Prayer is at: http://www.fotf.org/spotlight/spotfeatures/a0013305.cfm 
  3. The Department of Veterans' Affairs has a Veterans Day home page is at: http://www.va.gov/pubaff/vetsday/ 
  4. International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church http://www.persecutedchurch.org/
  5. National Bible Week at: www.nationalbible.org/nbw/
  6. The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, at: http://www.persecutedchurch.org/

Copyright © 2001 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Essay prepared on 2001-OCT-27
Latest update: 2001-NOV-28
Compiled by B.A. Robinson

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