Some October Interfaith Inspirations:
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.
For Native Americans, October marks the season of the Cherokee Green Corn Ceremony and the season of Xlaaw, the season to put up food for the coming winter.
Islam ~ Ashura ~ October 1
Islamic optional one day fast. The Shia observance is based on the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad's Grandson, Hussein, martyred on this date in 683/684 AD at the battle of Kerbala. Sunni observance is a recognition of Moses fasting in gratitude to Allah/God for liberation from oppression.
Zoroastrianism Jashan-e Mehregan ~ October 2
A celebratory festival of friendship, righteousness and justice.
Christian ~ St Francis Day & Blessing Of The Animals ~ October 4th
Christian recognition of service to people and appreciation of the natural world,
as practiced by St Francis and the Franciscan Monastic Order which he founded.
Blessing of the Animals is a showing of respect for the domestic animals that people hold dear.
Observed on various dates - especially related to St. Francis.
Judaism ~ Sukkot ~ October 5 -11 ~
5 days after the solemn Jewish day of atonement, this is one of the most joyous Jewish celebrations.
The word "Sukkot" means "booths," and refers to the temporary dwellings that are commanded to live in during this holiday in memory of the period of wandering. Some make these structures in their backyards and sleep in them during this week. Celebrate with us here!
Interfaith ~ Thanksgiving in Canada ~ October 9th
A celebration on the 2nd Monday in October,
the bounty of nature and peaceful harmony with each other & the world.
solidarity that serves humanity and all of life on Earth.
Judaism ~ Shemini Azteret ~ Oct. 12th
Jewish completion of the annual cycle of reading of the Torah.
Judaism ~ Simchat Torah ~ Oct. 13th
Jewish day to celebrate the reading of the Law.
Synagogue services involve readings, processions and blessing of the children.
Baha'i ~ ‘Ilm – Bahá’í ~ October 15
The beginning of the twelfth month of the Bahá’í year, meaning “knowledge.”
Christian ~ Saint Luke Day ~ Patron Saint of Physicians & Surgeons ~ October 18th
Christian recognition of Apostle and Evangelist Luke, disciple of Jesus.
Hindu Sikh Jain ~ Diwali ~ Hindu New Year ~ October 19th
Hindu Festival of Lights symbolizing the human urge to move toward the light.
Gift exchanges, fireworks and festive meals. Jain celebration of Lord Mahavira's day of final liberation.
Bahai ~ Birth of the Bab ~ October 20th
Baha'i honoring of the founder of the Babi religion, forerunner to Baha'u'llah and the Baha'i faith.
Sikh ~ Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth ~ October 20th
Sikh scriptures, the Adi Granth, are honored as perpetual Guru.
Jain Jain New Year ~October 20th
Christian ~ Saint George Day ~ Patron Saint of England ~ October 23rd
Christian remembrance of a person who, in the 4th century, was a martyr and became an ideal of martial valor and selflessness. Legend of killing a dragon is connected with this patron saint of England. It is said the dragon stands for wickedness and the lady saved from the dragon stands for God's holy truth.
Interfaith ~ United Nations Day ~ October 24th
Commemorates the founding of the world organization in 1945.
Interfaith ~ G.O.D. Day ~ Global Oneness Day ~ October 24th
Global Oneness Day was created to awaken the world to Oneness in this generation
so we create a culture of solidarity that serves humanity and all of life on Earth.
Pagan ~ October 31st ~ Samhain (Hallowe'en) ~
Samhain (pronounced 'sow'inn') marks the Feast of the Dead. Many Pagans also celebrate it
as the old Celtic New Year (although some mark this at Imbolc).
Christian ~ October 31st ~ Hallowe'en (All Hallows' Eve) ~
Christian celebration of mystery combining prayers and merriment involving children and families. It is a prelude to All Saint's Day. The night before All Saints' Day (All Hallows' Day).
Its origins date back over 2000 years to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain.
It was celebrated as a Christian festival by the 8th Century.
Christian ~ November 1st ~ All Saints Day ~
Christian day of prayers of remembrance and intercession for the dead. Prayers of the faithful are seen as helping to cleanse the souls for the beatific vision of God in heaven. All Saints Day Christian day for honoring saints, known and unknown. In general, saints are persons with reputation for unusual lives of holiness and devotion to God or who were martyred for their faith. A Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholic Church where saints have special formal status.
Christian ~ November 2nd ~ All Souls Day ~
All Souls Day Christian day of prayers of remembrance and intercession for the dead.
Prayers of the faithful are seen as helping to cleanse the souls for the beatific vision of God in heaven.
Baha`i ~ November 2nd ~ Birth of Baha'u'llah
Baha'i celebration of the birth of their founder and teacher. Refrain from work.
Brief definitions and dates from the Interfaith Calendar by Delton Krueger, Win Calendar,
The Interfaith Observer & ACPE's Religious Holy Days ~ many, many thanks!