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Among the most socially significant observances in November are:

bullet The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on Nov. 10, and
bullet Quds 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:

bullet NOV-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
bullet NOV-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.
bullet NOV-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.
bullet NOV-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.
bullet NOV-5: This is Election Day in the U.S.
bullet NOV-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.
bullet NOV-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
bullet NOV-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
bullet NOV-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.
bullet NOV-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
bullet NOV-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
bullet NOV-23: Sikhs celebrate the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev.
bullet NOV-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
bullet NOV-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.
bullet NOV-28: Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. 
bullet NOV-28: Members of the Baha'i Faith observe the day of Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha, recalling the death of Abdul-Baha.
bullet NOV-29: This is Quds Day among Muslims -- a time of solidarity with oppressed Muslim people.
bullet NOV-30: Christians celebrate St. Andrew's Day.
bullet NOV-30: Jews observe Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. An eight-candle menorah is lit in many homes.

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Early in December:

bullet DEC-2: This is the First Sunday in Advent, a.k.a. Advent Sunday. Advent is a series of Christian observances leading up to Christmas.
bullet DEC-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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  1. See our essays on:
    bullet Current wars motivated in part by religion
    bullet Genocides, mostly religiously motivated
  2. National American Indian Heritage Month at:
  3. The National Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is at:
  4. The U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs has a Veterans Day home page is at:
  5. National Bible Week at:
  6. Don Morris, "World Peace Day," at:
  7. Other peace days are listed at:

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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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