Celebrating Diversity – September 20 to 27

September 20, 2009

Arts, Sport, Heritage & Culture

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.

Source: www.multiculturalcalendars.com

Part of a posting series on multicultural events for 2009.

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2 Comments on “Celebrating Diversity – September 20 to 27”

  1. Alli Says:

    I noticed that the list is lacking some very important days of celebration!

    The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah was celebrated on Sept.18-19, 2009 and the high holy days continue until Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which will be September 27-28, 2009.

  2. ksulliva Says:

    Hi Alli,

    Rosh Hashanah is listed in the September 11 to 19 post: https://mayorsblog.guelph.ca/2009/09/11/celebrating-diversity-september-11-to-19/

    Yom Kippur will be part of the September 28 post, which will be up on Monday.

    I hope this helps,

    Kate Sullivan
    Mayor’s Office

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