November 23 – Kinro Kansha No Hi (Japan) – This is the Japanese Labour Thanksgiving Day when people express gratitude to each other for their labours throughout the year.
November 24 – Martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur (Sikh) – This day commemorates his martyrdom (1621-1675). He was the ninth of the Ten Sikh Gurus and was executed in Delhi by the Mughal emperor. He died for the Sikh faith and also for religious liberty.
November 25 – St. Catherine’s Day (Canada, France) – She is the patron saint of virgins and philosophers, lived in Alexandria in the 4th century A.D. and was martyred after being tortured on a spiked wheel. At one time, match-making balls were held on this day.
November 26 – Thanksgiving Day (USA) – Early American settlers gave thanks for good harvests by decorating their churches with fruits and vegetables and celebrated with venison and waterfowl.
November 26 – Day of Hajj (Day of Arafat) (Islam) – Muslims perform the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The pilgrimage is one of the five Pillars of Islam. All Muslims are expected to perform the Hajj at least once in their lifetime. About 6 million Muslims from over 70 countries journey to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. In one of the rites of the Hajj, pilgrims move in a circular, counterclockwise procession around the Ka’bah.
November 26 – Day of Covenant (Baha’i) – The eldest son and appointed successor of Baha’u’llah, Abdu’l-Baha, referred to this day as the ‘Centre of the Covenant’ which was established to safeguard the unity of the community.
November 27-29 – Canadian Aboriginal Festival (Canada) – Held at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, over 8,000 people gather to share and learn about North America’s Aboriginal peoples. Events include a powwow, traditional teachings and performing arts.
November 28 – Eid-ul-Adha (Islam) – It concludes the Hajj and is a three-day festival celebrating Abraham’s test of obedience to Allah when he was asked to sacrifice his son Ismael. At the last minute, Allah replaced Ismael with a lamb.
November 28 – Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha (Baha’i) – After years of serving his father and safeguarding the unity of the Faith, Abdu’l-Baha passed away in Haifa, Israel in 1921.
November 29 – First Sunday of Advent (Christian) – The Christian church year begins with Advent (from the Latin adventus, meaning coming or arrival) which is also a time when Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ.
November 30 – St. Andrew’s Day (Scotland) – This day commemorates the life of the patron saint of Scotland.
Part of a posting series on multicultural events for 2009.