Celebrating Diversity – November 11 to 20

November 11 – Remembrance Day (Canada, UK) – This day commemorates the soldiers killed in World Wars I and II.  Canadians always set aside this day in memory of those who gave their lives for freedom.  Many observers wear red poppies as a symbol of this day.

November 11 – Veterans Day (USA) – It was first proclaimed as Armistice Day in 1919 to commemorate the termination (at 11am on November 11, 1918) of World War I.

November 12 – Birth of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i) – Born Mirza Husayn ‘Aliinto one of the leading noble families of Persia in 1817.  His name is a title, in Arabic, meaning ‘The Glory of God’.

November 13 – International World Kindness Day (International) – The spark for World Kindness Day was lit at the Second Conference of the World Kindness Movement in November, 1997 in Japan.  Starting as random acts of kindness, the movement now has members in over 17 countries including USA and Canada.  They are committed to building a global organization dedicated to inspire and promote kindness.

November 15 – Shichi-Go-San (Japan) – Prayers are offered for children’s growth.  The ages of three and five for boys, three and seven for girls—are celebrated.  On this day, children dress up in their gala dresses and go with their parents to a Shinto shrine to pay a visit to the tutelary deity.  Children are given thousand-year candy which is red and white (auspicious colours) with crane and turtle illustrations (symbols of long life).

November 16 – Louis Riel Day (Aboriginal/Native Canadian) – He was the famous Métis leader who in 1885 led a rebellion and lost against Canadian authorities because he feared more Métis land would be taken away by the settlers.  Today his name is a symbol for Native independence.

November 20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance (USA) – Begun in 1999, vigils, services and a variety of other events are held to mark this day set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.

Source: www.multiculturalcalendars.com

Part of a posting series on multicultural events for 2009.

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