November 2012: Major Holidays: World Cultures & Religions

Thank you to Mrs. Gammons, who is a member of the Cultural Competency Committee, for submitting this!

The following is a list of major holidays from around the world! 


Month of:  American Indian/Native American Heritage; National AIDS awareness; National Family Caregivers; Long Term Care Awareness; National Adoption; American Diabetes; Epilepsy Awareness 


Nov. 1: All Saints Day (Christians) Honors all known and unknown saints.


Nov. 1: Samhain (Pagan/Wiccan) “summer’s end”/ A harvest festival with ancient roots in Celtic polytheism, it was linked to festivals held around the same time in other Celtic cultures, continued to be celebrated in late medieval times, and greatly influenced modern celebration of Halloween.


Nov. 1-2: Dia de los Muertos (Mexico) A national holiday in Mexico and is also celebrated in parts of the USA. Mexicans regard this annual holiday as a happy occasion that reunites them with the souls of loved ones.


Nov. 2: All Souls Day (Roman Catholic Christian) Day of prayer, remembrance and intercession for the dead.




Nov. 11: Veteran’s Day/Armistice Day/Remembrance Day (USA, British Commonwealth, other European countries) Celebrated on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month to commemorate the ending of the First World War that ended in 1918.


Nov. 12: Birth of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i) Celebration of the birthday of the founder of the Baha’i religion.


Nov. 13: Diwali (Hindu, Jain and Sikh) The festival of lights; celebrating the victory of good over evil. The most colorful and popular festival celebrated with great fervor by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. 


Nov. 13 – 20: World Kindness Week (Global) An entire week dedicated to spreading kindness around the world. Celebrate and commit at least one act of kindness each day of the week.


Nov. 11 – 17:  American Education Week (USA) Presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education.


Nov. 11 – 17:  National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week (USA)During this week, a number of schools, communities and cities take part in a nationwide effort to bring greater awareness to the problems of hunger and homelessness. 


Nov. 15 – Dec. 13: Al Hijra / Muharram (Islam) Islamic New Year.Remembrance of the migration of Mohammed and followers to Medina.


Nov. 18 – 24:  National Family Week (USA) Designed to build community connections and honor those who strengthen families.


Nov. 22: Thanksgiving (USA) Commemoration of the first Thanksgiving that was celebrated by the people of the Wampanoag Tribe and the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony in 1621.


Nov. 24: Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Sikh) Commemoration of the martyrdom of the ninth Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur.


Nov. 24: Day of Ashura (Islam) Commemorated by Shia Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.


Nov. 26: Day of Covenant (Baha’i) Celebration of the covenant of Baha’u’llah and the life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá on this day.


Nov. 28: Guru Nanak Jayanti (Sikh) the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of the faith- is an occasion for great rejoicing.


Nov. 30: Asalha Puja (Buddist)  one of the most sacred days in Buddism, the anniversary of the day on which Lord Buddha delivered this first sermon to his five disciples, also marks the beginning of the worship of Buddha.


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