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Religious Holy Days in September

1st                   Religious year begins – Orthodox Christian
                        The beginning of the Christian Eastern Orthodox liturgical year.

4th-11th               Paryushana Parva- Jain
8-day festival signifying human emergence into a new world of spiritual and moral refinement. Marked by recitations from Jain sacred writing and family exchange of cards and letters. Celebration of the natural qualities of the soul. The 8th day (Samvatsari) is most important and is focused on forgiveness.

7th-6th                   Rosh Hashanah * – Jewish
Jewish New Year. A time of introspection, abstinence, prayer and penitence. The story of Abraham is read, the ram’s horn is sounded, and special foods are prepared and shared.

8th                   Nativity of Virgin Mary – Christian
Celebration of birth of the Virgin Mary.

10th                 Ganesh Chaturthi ** – Hindu
Festival honoring the god of prosperity, prudence and success. Images of Ganesha are worshipped.

11th                Ethiopian New Year

13th                Yom Kippur– Jewish
Jewish Day of Atonement. This holiest day of the Jewish year is observed with strict fasting and ceremonial repentance.

21st-27th            Sukkot * – Jewish
Feast of Tabernacles which celebrates the harvest and the protection of the people of Israel as they wandered in the wilderness dwelling in tents. Temporary dwelling places have leaves for a roof so the sky can be seen. In temperate climates, night is spent in the Succoth.

22nd                Mabon – Imbolc – Wicca/Pagan
Observance of the autumnal equinox when day and night are of equal length. A harvest festival time, and a reflection on the power of the gods from which physical and spiritual harvest will come.

28th                Shemini Atzeret * – Jewish
Completion of the annual cycle of reading of the Torah.

29th                Michael and All Angels – Christian
Celebration of angels as companions who help fight off the power of evil and who are present at the hour of death.

Simchat Torah * – Jewish
Day to celebrate the reading of the Law. Synagogue services involve readings, processions and blessing of the children.

*Holy Days usually begin at sundown on the evening before this date
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