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Events of the Month

2002-NOVEMBER

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Note:

Among the most socially significant observances in November are:

bulletThe International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on Nov. 10, and
bulletQuds Day on NOV-29 when Muslims observe a time of solidarity with oppressed Muslim people.

Since the most serious recent mass murders and genocides of Christians have been by Muslims, and the most serious mass murders and genocides of Muslims have been by Christians, it is a pity that the two religions cannot join forces and have a common day of remembrance for all victims of religious hatred, mass murder and oppression -- regardless of their faith. 1

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Events during 2002-November:

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. 2
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 Roman Catholic 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-4: 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  Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains. It is also the time of the New Year according to the Vikrama calendar.
bulletNOV-5: This is Election Day in the U.S.
bulletNOV-6: Ramadan begins approximately today. Its precise beginning does not depend upon the timing of the new moon. It requires the viewing of the crescent moon. It is a lunar month of about 30 days. Muslims engage in prayer, fasting and meditation.
bulletNOV-10: 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. 3
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. 4
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-17 is World Peace day. Don Morris, a.k.a. Peaceguy, conceived of this observance in 1997. 6 At least eight other peace days have been proposed. 7
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. 4
bulletNOV-23: Sikhs celebrate the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev.
bulletNOV-24: National Bible Week in the U.S. The Bible is considered to be the Word of God by conservative Christians. Liberal Christians generally consider it to contain the spiritual yearnings of its authors, along with some material that opposes the will of God. The Bible remains the most purchased book in North America. 5
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-28: Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. 
bulletNOV-28: Members of the Baha'i Faith observe the day of Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha, recalling the death of Abdul-Baha.
bulletNOV-29: This is Quds Day among Muslims -- a time of solidarity with oppressed Muslim people.
bulletNOV-30: Christians celebrate St. Andrew's Day.
bulletNOV-30: Jews observe Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. An eight-candle menorah is lit in many homes.

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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.

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Although care was taken in the preparation of this list, we cannot accept responsibility for any errors or their consequences.

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References:

  1. See our essays on:
    bulletCurrent wars motivated in part by religion
    bulletGenocides, mostly religiously motivated
  2. National American Indian Heritage Month at: http://www3.kumc.edu/diversity/ethnic_relig/naihm.html
  3. The National Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is at: http://www.persecutedchurch.org/
  4. The U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs has a Veterans Day home page is at: http://www.va.gov/pubaff/vetsday/
  5. National Bible Week at: www.nationalbible.org/nbw/
  6. Don Morris, "World Peace Day," at: http://www.peaceday.org/
  7. Other peace days are listed at: http://www.peaceday.org/

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Copyright 2002 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Essay prepared on 2002-OCT-25
Latest update: 2002-NOV-13
Compiled by B.A. Robinson

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