Celebrating Diversity – September 11 to 19

September 11 – Day of Remembrance (USA) – The effects of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001 impacted Americans and most other nations and has brought us to focus on the devastation terrorism has caused in the world.

September 11 – Meskerem (New Year) (Ethiopia) – During the time of Pharoahs 4,000 years ago, the appearance of Soothis (Dog Star) marked the signal that the Nile River would rise, flooding the fertile plains so that planting could begin.  The end of the rainy season became known as the New Year.

September 12-16 – Gahambar Paitishahem (Zoroastrian) – This day celebrates the creation of earth.

September 15 – Keiro No Hi (Japan) – This is know as Feast of Lanterns by the Japanese Buddhists.  Prayer services are held to remember their ancestors, food is offered to them, all houses are lit with lanterns and lanterns floated down rivers or the sea to guide their spirits back to the other world.

September 16 – Laylat al-Qadr (begins in evening) (Islam) – Night of Power, commemorates the revelation of the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad in 610 CE.

September 16 – Dia De La Independencia (Mexico) – Mexican Independence Day.  Mexico and other Central American countries declared their independence from Spain on this date in 1821.  Hispanics celebrate independence day with craft displays and regional dances.

September 19 – Rosh Hashanah/New Year (through September 20) (Jewish) – Literally ‘Head of the Year’ marks the first and second day of the Jewish New Year and the anniversary of the creation of the world.  It begins at sundown the night before and ends 10 days later with Yom Kippur.  It is celebrated with prayers and religious services.

September 19 – Navratri (Hindu) – It means’ nine nights’ starting on the new moon and ending on Dussehra.  It is dedicated to the goddess Durga who had nine incarnations and has the power of good to destroy demons.

September 19 – Oktoberfest (through October 4) (Germany) – In 1810, King Joseph Maximilian of Bavaria, first decided to celebrate his marriage with princess Theresa of Saxonie in royal style and chose the now famous Theresienwiese (wiese=meadow).  Originally it was meant to be just a simple horse race event but the Bavarian character quickly took over and it became a happy gathering of cheerful beer drinkers.  The Oktoberfest attracts approximately 7 million visitors each year and lasts for two weeks.

Source: www.multiculturalcalendars.com

Part of a posting series on multicultural events for 2009.

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