Some September Interfaith Inspirations:
Jain Das Laxanä Parva ~ August 26 - September 4
The Festival of the Ten Virtues, celebrated over ten days by the Digambara Jains, helps believers to recall and practice forgiveness, tenderness or humility, honesty, contentment or purity, truth, self-restraint, austerities, charity, celibacy, and non-attachment.
For Native Americans, September marks the season of Genuuqwiikw, the season of mountain trails and the beginning of the fall hunt for game; the Iroquois Green Corn Ceremony, a time of renewal involving dances, fasting, offerings, and readings from the code of Handsome Lake;
and the Jicarilla Apache Ghost Dance in New Mexico.
Islam ~ Eid al Adha - Sacrifice Day ~ (sundown) Sept. 1-4 ~
Islamic Festival of Sacrifice. The day after Arafat, the most important day in Hajj ritural.
A three-day festival recalling Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah.This festival of sacrifice begins at sundown and is the concluding act of pilgrimage for Muslims;
adherents offer sheep, goats, and camels, whose meat is then distributed to the poor.
Jainism Ksamavani ~ September 4
A day of universal forgiveness, in which Jains ask forgiveness of others for wrongs
committed during the previous year, and they also forgive those who have caused them suffering.
JainismHinduism Anant Chaturdashi ~ September 5
For Hindus this day celebrates Anant, one form of Lord Vishnu. If a devout Hindu vows to honor Vishnu and keeps that vow for 14 years, it is believed that she or he will see wealth. This is also the last day of Ganesh Utsav, a 10-day Hindu celebration. Statues of Lord Ganesha are carried to bodies of water to be submerged, accompanied by devotional songs and dancing. Jains celebrate this day with special worship services and processions to the community’s main temple.
Taoism Zhōngyuán Jié (Ghost Festival) ~ September 5
According to Chinese Taoist belief, this day is when deceased ancestors visit the homes of the living. Families prepare feasts and set tables with empty chairs so that the living and the dead can share the meal together.
Hinduism Pitr-paksha or Mahalay Paksha ~ September 5
The beginning of a two-week period during which Hindu adherents perform shraddha rites to gratify the spirits of their deceased ancestors, including giving food or other donations as a form of charitable service.
Baha'i ‘Izzat ~ September 7
The beginning of the tenth month of the Bahá’í year, meaning “might.”
Christian Nativity of Mary ~ September 8
Christian celebration of the birth of the Virgin Mary.
International Literacy Day ~ September 8
Call to action for universal literacy.
(US) National Grandparents Day ~ September 10 ~
In 1978, then President Jimmy Carter declared that the first Sunday after Labor Day,
would be Grandparents Day! ~ Celebrating the lives and influences of grandparents.
Ethiopian New Year (Rastafari ) ~ September 11
The start of the New Year in Ethiopia is recognized because Rastafarians believe Ethiopia
to be their spiritual homeland, and a place to which they aspire to return. The Ethiopian calendar is the principal calendar used in Ethiopia and also serves as the liturgical calendar for Christians in Eritrea and Ethiopia belonging to the Orthodox Tewahedo churches, Eastern Catholic Church and Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt.
Zoroastrianism Ghambar Paitishahem begins ~ September 12 Runs through Saturday, September 16
This festival celebrates the creation of the earth and the summer harvest.
New Thought Christian Unity World Day Of Prayer ~
September ( 13th ~ )14th
Annual World Day of Prayer. A 24 hour vigil & celebration held the 2nd Thursday in September.
2017 theme is Peace In The Midst Of All Matters affirming: I am peace in the midst of all matters!
Christian Elevation or Exultation of the Holy Cross ~ Sept 14
This day recognizes the Cross as a symbol of Christ’s love for humankind and God’s victory over death. It also marks the finding of the Holy Cross by St. Helen after it had been stolen in the 7th century C.E. Orthodox churches begin their commemoration at sundown on the preceding day. In the Ethiopian Orthodox tradition, this day is known as Meskel and is marked on September 27th.
Islam ~ Ra’s al-Sanat al-Hijriyah: Islamic New Year
[First of Muharram] ~ September 20 ~
Commemorating the migration of the prophet Muhammad and his small band of followers from Mecca
to Medina in 622 C.E., in order to escape persecution and to establish the first Muslim community. The Islamic year 1439 begins at sundown.
Hindu ~ Navaratri Dusserha ~ September 21
9 day Hindu Festival begins of the divine mother honoring Durga, wife of Shiva, and seeking her blessings. Also observed as a celebration recalling the days of Lord Krishna. Fasting and prayer are practiced. Celebrate with us here!
Judaism ~ Rosh Hashana ~ September 21-22
Sundown to Sundown
Jewish New Year. Beginning at sundown is New Year’s Day for the year 5778 and the anniversary of the creation of the world. Jews celebrate Rosh Hashanah with the blowing of the shofar (ram’s horn) and apples and honey, marking it as the first of the Ten Days of Awe [or Repentance].
Celebrate with us here!
Wicca/PaganOstara & Mabon September 22
(northern/southern hemispheres, begins sundown 21st)
The time when the sun is directly above a point on the equator.
The equinox will be either Vernal or Autumnal depending on the hemisphere.
Equinox celebrations as days of equal light & dark mark the turning of the wheel.
Mabon: Wicca observance of the autumnal equniox when day and night are of equal length.
A harvest festival time.
Ostara: Wicca welcoming of spring and the goddess-as-maiden.
Celebrate with us here!
A memorial service similar to the March equinox service (Shunki-sorei-sai), this day is marked by the cleaning and purification of gravesites and the reverence of ancestors as kami, or divine spirits.
A celebration of the equinox that is of particular importance to Japanese, Korean, and Tibetan Buddhists. During this festival, the six Paramitas [virtues] are emphasized:
generosity, morality, wisdom, honesty, endeavor, and patience.
Native American Autumn Feast
A day to honor the harvest end and the coming and going of the seasons,
including prayers, songs, and the telling of tribal stories.
Native American Day ~ September 22
Celebrates Native American history and culture, the fourth Friday of every September.
Baha'i Mashí’yyat ~ September 26
The beginning of the eleventh month of the Bahá’í year, meaning “perfection.”
Christian Arch Angel Michael & all Angels Day ~ September 29
This is the feast day of St. Michael and all the Angels. It is the most ancient of all the angel festivals. The Anglican church celebrates all angels, both named and unnamed on one day. Roman and Orthodox Churches separate them into two categories (with the unnamed angels having their feast day on October 2nd). From fairly early on, Michaelmas was an important holiday, the religious or Christian equivalent of the autumn equinox.
Judaism ~ Yom Kippur ~ September 29 ~
Jewish day of atonement.
This holiest day of the Jewish year is observed with strict fasting and ceremonial repentance To reestablish their relationship with God, Jews ask for forgiveness and forgive others [Kol Nidre], and then they can confess their sins and ask for divine forgiveness. Prayer and fasting begin at sundown on this day and continue through the following day.
Hindu Dashara, Vijaya Dashami, or Dussehra ~ September 30
Celebrates the triumph of Durga, the Divine Mother who manifests fierce compassion,
over the forces of evil, as well as commemorating Rama’s victory over the demon Ravana.
Brief definitions and dates from the Interfaith Calendar by Delton Krueger, Win Calendar,
The Interfaith Observer & ACPE's Religious Holy Days ~ many, many thanks!