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Events during 2002-SEPTEMBER:

Many religions celebrate harvest festivals during this month. They are generally centered around the time of the Autumn equinox.

bullet SEP-1: The First Parkash is observed by Sikhs. This recalls the day when Adi Granth, their holy scripture, was installed at the Golden Temple in 1604 CE.
bullet SEP-2: The first Monday in September is Labor Day, a secular holiday observed in many countries around the world. It celebrates the contributions made by workers.
bullet SEP-4: This is the first day of a eight-day observance by Janists called Paryushana. It marks the retreat of the nomadic months during the monsoon period. If they were to travel, they could not avoid killing many insects -- a violation of their principle of Ahimsa (non-violence). Various sects observe Paryushana at slightly different times.
bullet SEP-6, at sunset: This is the eve of Rosh Hashanah, and the Jewish anniversary of creation. Year 5764 begins, according to the Jewish calendar. This is the first of the ten Days of Awe (or Days of Repentance).
bullet SEP-8: This is the day traditionally associated with the birth of the Virgin Mary by the Roman Catholic church. Her actual day, month, year, and location of birth are unknown.
bullet SEP-8: UNESCO, the United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization sponsors International Literacy Day. It focuses attention on adult and child literacy.
bullet SEP-6: Sri Ganesha Chaturthi (a.k.a. Ganesha Chaturthi) is a ten day festival marking the birthday of Ganesh, the Lored of Beginnings, and one of the major Hindu deities. He is generally portrayed with the head of an elephant. He is the son of Shiva and Parvati, and is widely worshiped as the God of wisdom and success. His support is often invoked at the start of new projects.
bullet SEP-6 to 8: National Days of Prayer and Remembrance:  President George W. Bush proclaimed days of prayers and remembrance during the weekend that contains the anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attack. He wrote: "I ask all Americans to join together in cities, communities, neighborhoods, and places of worship to honor those who were lost, to pray for those who grieve, and to give thanks for God's enduring blessings on our land. And let us, through prayer, seek the wisdom, patience, and strength to bring those responsible for the attacks to justice and to press for a world at peace." 1
bullet SEP-19: The United Nations has declared that the International Day of Peace be observed on the opening day of its annual regular session. 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.
bullet SEP-12: Zoroastrians observe Ghambar Paitishem, a celebration of the harvesting of corn and of the creation of the earth.
bullet SEP-15: This is the start of National Hispanic-American Heritage Month, which runs from mid-SEPT until mid-OCT. It is a time to study the contributions that Hispanics have made to American society.
bullet SEP-16: Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement follows the Jewish new year. It is the most solemn of Jewish holy days -- a time of fasting, confession of sins, and praying for Jews.
bullet SEP-19: This is the 20th anniversary of the invention of the smiley symbol  :-)  which was first used on 1982-SEP-19. It was first suggested by Scott Fahlman, an artificial intelligence researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, as a method of differentiating jokes from other writing. This has absolutely nothing to do with religion, but we thought you would like to know.
bullet SEP-21: Jews celebrate Sukkot (a.k.a. Sukkoth, the Festival of Booths and Festival of Tabernacles). Booths are built to remind Jews of their wandering through the wilderness.
bullet SEP-23: Buddhists celebrate Higan, which means literally "the other shore." It is celebrated on the day of the equinox. It symbolizes peace, equality and harmony. Ancestors are honored, and families visit their family grave sites.
bullet SEP-22: Pagan Pride Day: This is celebrated at various times during September by Neopagans, such as Wiccans, Druids, followers of Asatru, etc. The second DC Pagan Pride Day will take place in the ceremonial loop in front of the The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, DC. 2
bullet SEP-23 at 4:55 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. It is the main harvest festival for Wiccans and other Neopagans. It is also celebrated by followers of many aboriginal religions, worldwide.
bullet SEP-23: 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.
bullet SEP-28: This is the first day of the ten day Hindu celebration of Navaratra Deshara. Durga, wife of Shiva, is honored. It lasts until OCT-7
bullet SEP-28: This is 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-29: Jews celebrate Simhat Torah (a.k.a. Rejoicing the Law). This is the start of the annual reading cycle in each synagogue.
bullet SEP-20: Chusok (aka Crop Day, Moon Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival) This is held in many far-Eastern countries on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. Ancestors and guardian spirits are honored. 

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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. George W. Bush, "National Days of Prayer and Remembrance Proclamation," at:
  2. "DC Pagan Pride Day," at:

Copyright 2002 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Essay prepared on 2002-JUL-28
Latest update: 2002-SEP-19
Compiled by B.A. Robinson

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