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2001-SEPTEMBER

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Events during 2001-SEP:

bulletSEP-2: Buddhists celebrate Ullambana (aka Happy Buddha Day, and The fest of the Hungry Ghosts). They make offerings in the form of candles (symbolic of wisdom), fresh flowers (symbolizing the shortness of life) and incense (representing good conduct) to a statue of the Buddha.
bulletSEP-03: Hindus celebrate Janam Ashtami, celebrating the birth of Krishna -- the eighth incarnation of Vishnu.
bulletSEP-03: The first Monday in September is Labor Day, a secular holiday observed in many countries around the world. 
bulletSEP-08: This is the day traditionally associated with the birth of the Virgin Mary by the Roman Catholic church. Her actual day, month and year of birth are unknown.
bulletSEP-12: Zoroastrians observe Paitishem, a celebration of the harvesting of corn and of the creation of the earth.
bulletSEP-11: The third Tuesday in September has been named the International Day of Peace by the United Nations. This is the first day of Culture of Peace Week, set for Tuesday, SEP-11 to SEP-18. Its goal is to highlight the United Nations International Decade for A Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World 2001-2010, to bless the children of the world, and to support the United Nations Special Session for Children. It is supported by "We the Peoples" initiative, which is composed of 250 organizations. People all over the world are asked to stop at noon, their time, to think about and/or pray for peace.
bulletSEP-14: President Bush has proclaimed this as a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance. He urges Americans to attend their "church, synagogue, mosque or other place of worship."
bulletSEP-15: This is the start of National Hispanic-American Heritage Month, which runs until mid-OCT. It is a time to study the contributions that Hispanics have made to American society.
bulletSEP-18, at sunset: This is the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and the anniversary of creation. Year 5762 AM begins, according to the Jewish calendar.
bulletSEP-22 at 23:04 UT: The Fall Equinox (a.k.a. Mabon) occurs on this day -- a time when the daytime and night time are closest to being equal -- each lasting approximately 12 hours, 0 minutes. 1 It is the main harvest festival for Wiccans and other Neopagans. It is also celebrated by followers of many aboriginal religions, worldwide.
bulletSEP-22: Buddhists celebrate Higan, the equinox. It symbolizes peace, equality and harmony.
bulletSEP-22: Pagan Pride Day: This is celebrated at various times during September by Neopagans, such as Wiccans, Druids, followers of Asatru, etc. The DC Pagan Pride Day will take place in the ceremonial loop in front of the FDR Memorial. See: www.openhearth.org/paganpride
bulletSEP-25: This is Sukkoth or the Feast of Booths. It is an 8 day, Jewish harvest festival -- a time of thanksgiving.
bulletSEP-27: Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement follows the Jewish new year. It is the most solemn of Jewish holy days -- a time of fasting and praying for Jews.
bulletSEP-28: This is the first day of the Hindu celebration of Navaratra Deshara. Durga, wife of Shiva, is honored. It lasts until OCT-7
bulletSEP-28: This is also the day on which the birthday of Confucius is remembered by followers of Confucianism. Confucius teachings stress self-enlightenment through the Five Virtues of charity, justice, propriety, wisdom and loyalty. In Taiwan, costumed dancers perform at local temples.
bullet SEP-30: Chusok (aka Moon Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival) This is held in many far-Eastern countries. Ancestors and guardian spirits are honored.

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Early in October:

bulletOCT-7: Protestant Christians will observe World Communion Sunday.

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References:

  1. "Find the equinoxes and solstices for a particular year," at  http://einstein.stcloudstate.edu/Dome/equiSol.html

Copyright © 2001 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Essay prepared on 2001-AUG-24
Latest update: 2001-SEP-18
Compiled by B.A. Robinson

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