September 20 – Aloha Week (Hawaii) – Begun in 1945, Aloha Week celebrated Hawaiian traditions and costumes. It starts the third week of September on the island of Oahu and each island celebrates the holiday on a different week until the end of October.
September 21 – Eid-ul-Fitr (Islam) – This marks the end of the Ramadan fast and is celebrated for 3 days. Date of observance may vary according to sighting of new moon.
September 22 – Mabon (Wicca) – This day celebrates the fall equinox and the end of the harvest season. Apples are juiced for cider and grapes for wine.
September 22 – Chichen Itza Festival (Mexico) – During the Autumn Equinox, thousands gather at the Mayan Temple of Kukulkan to see the interplay of sun and shadow as it forms the impression of a long-tailed serpent leading downward to the stone head of the serpent Kukulkan.
September 22 – Shubun no hi (Japan, Shinto) – On this Autumnal Equinox Day, the Japanese honour family ancestry, visiting ancestral graves and have family reunions.
September 24 – Durga Puja (Hindu) – This day celebrates the divine creative force of the universe and honours the 10-armed goddess Durga, wife of Shiva, and the destroyer of demons.
September 24 – Our Lady of Las Mercedes (Dominican Republic, Peru) – In Carhuaz, Peru celebrations are held in honour of the virgin, with traditional processions, bands of musicians, bullfights and fireworks. In the Dominican Republic, a precession is held at the site of the 16th-century shrine of Our Lady of Las Mercedes, where Columbus fought against the Indians and the Virgin Many appeared to him.
September 27 – Mashiyyat (11th Month) (Baha’i) – The first day of the eleventh Baha’i month. The English translation of Mashiyyat (Arabic) is Will.
Part of a posting series on multicultural events for 2009.