Celebrating Diversity – October 12 to 20

October 12 – Thanksgiving (Canada) – Early Canadian settlers gave thanks for good harvests by decorating their churches with fruits and vegetables and celebrating dinner with venison and waterfowl.

October 12 – Columbus Day (Observed) (USA) –This day commemorates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World.

October 12-16 – Gahambar Ayathrem (Zoroastrian) – This day celebrates the creation of plant life.

October 12 – Nossa Senhora De Aparecida (Brazil) – In 1717, a group of Brazilian fisherman pulled up a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary which was followed by an abundant catch after a fruitless fishing day.  They enshrined the statue and in 1929, the Brazilian nation declared Nossa Senhora De Aparecida, the Patroness of Brazil.  At least five hundred pilgrims flock to this sanctuary annually.

October 12 – Dia De La Raza (Mexico) – This day celebrates the Hispanic and Latino heritage in the Americas.

October 16 – National Boss Day (Canada, USA) – A day dedicated to appreciate our supervisors at work.

October 17 – Diwali (Sikh, Hindu) – It means ‘row of lights’ and is the Hindu New Year.  Diwali lasts for 5 days: Day 1 – New Year for businesses, Day 2 – the triumph of god Vishnu over the evil demon, Day 3 – Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity visits homes lit by lamps, Day 4 – Bali worship day, Day 5 – devoted to brothers and sisters.

October 17 – Mahavira Nirvana (Jain) – This day celebrates the attainment of Moksa by Lord Mahavira and is the ‘Festival of Lamps’.

October 20 – Birthday of the Bab (Baha’i) – Born Siyyid ‘Ali Muhammad in southwestern Iran in 1819.  His title, in Arabic, means ‘The Gate’.  Work is suspended and Baha’is come together for prayer and festivities.

Source: www.multiculturalcalendars.com

Part of a posting series on multicultural events for 2009.

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