Celebrating Diversity – September 1 to 7

September 1 – Parkash (Sikh) – First Parkash commemorates the installation of the Adi Granth, The Sikh Scriptures’ first edition, in the Golden Temple by the fifth Guru, Arjan Dev, in 1604 CE.

September 2 – Onam (India) – A 10-day harvest festival in Kerala, South India celebrates the return of their legendary ancient ruler King Mahabali under whose reign peace and prosperity prevailed.  During these days children prepare floral designs in front of their homes and extravagant boat races are organized.

September 3 – Ananta-Chaturdasi (Jain) – ‘Festival of Ten Virtues’ is a 10-day fast and meditation for the Jains.

September 4 – Ksamavani (Jain) – Ksamavani is the ‘day of universal forgiveness’ for wrongs committed by them and to them.

September 5 – Braemar Highland Gathering (Scotland) – Each year the village of Braemar in Royal Deeside, Scotland holds the Highland Games.  It features the finest Pipe Bands, pipers, Highland dancers, and athletes in a beautiful setting surrounded by hills.  The patron of the Gathering is the Queen of England.

September 7 – Labour Day (Canada, USA) – On June 29, 1894, the U.S. Congress voted Labour Day as a National Holiday to honour working people’s contribution of labour.  The day is celebrated with parades and speeches.

Source: www.multiculturalcalendars.com

Part of a posting series on multicultural events for 2009.

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