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September 2017 Religious Holidays

by Logan Arlen

In part 1 of September 2017 diversity calendar, we covered how Jesse Owens became a hero to the world, Jane Addam’s rise to becoming the first woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize, and the significance of Hispanic Heritage Month. Check out the full September diversity calendar here

In Part 2, we’ll explore some of the most important September 2017 religious holidays and other diversity events.

September 2017 Religious Holiday Rosh Hashanah

Jewish: Rosh Hashanah (New Year)

A key religious date, it begins at sundown, and marks the Jewish New Year 5777 and the Jewish month of Tishri. Rosh Hashanah is a time of reflection for both the past year and looking forward for the year to come. During the seders during this time, apples are dipped in honey to signify a ‘sweet’ new year. This also a time of forgiveness, to be asked from both God and the people in one’s life in order to live a better life in the upcoming year. A common greetings during the holiday is L’shana Tova, which means “Happy New Year”.

 

September 2017 Religious Dates: Yom KippurJewish : Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is viewed as the most holy religious holidays of the year in Judaism, much of the observance is spent in prayer and services at synagogue before a celebratory feast at the end of the fasting period. Ten days after Rosh Hashanah, beings Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement.

Jewish law requires one to eat a large and festive meal on the afternoon before Yom Kippur in order to prepare for the 25-hour fasting period ahead. Fasting on this holy day is symbolizes atonement and repentance, during this time Jews are to remind themselves of their sins and seek forgiveness for their wrongdoings. An appropriate greeting during this holiday would be “Good yuntef.”

September 2017 Religious Events

Celebration of Confucius Death

The vast majority of people in Eastern Asia practice some form of religion in which Confucius is a deity. Thus the People’s Republic of China honors Confucius on the day of his death. Confucius’ philosophy focused on morality, sincerity and justice, and the correctness of social relationships.

He was an advocate for strong loyalty to one’s family as well as respect between husband and wife, and the respect of elders from children. He is perhaps most famous for his saying “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself”, otherwise know as the Golden Rule. As such he is a deity in Taoism, which places a strong emphasis on living in harmony with the world.


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People with Disabilities : Christopher Reeve (1952-2004)

Distinguished actor best known for his role of Superman, Reeve’s life was forever changed when he suffered a spinal injury during an equestrian competition that left him paralyzed from the neck down.

It was only after a long and arduous effort was he able to regain the ability to speak and breathe. It was then that Reeve became an advocate for research on healing spinal cord injuries. He went on to establish his own research center and foundation to provide grants to local agencies that focus on quality of life for the disabled and raise money for research. Years after his accident he was able to gradually regain sensation parts of his body. Even then he continued his work and became a spokesperson for support for stem cell research.

To see what events you missed last month look in our diversity calendar for August 2017.

 


August 2017 Diversity Calendar


by Logan Arlen

August is packed with a multitude of events ranging from musical legends Louis Armstrong and Michael Jackson to pillars of Islam. Our 2017 diversity calendar will show you why August is celebrated worldwide as a such a holy month.

Check out the full diversity calendar here

To see what events you missed last month look at the July 2017 blog post

 

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Islam : The Hajj

An annual pilgrimage to the most holy city of Islam, Mecca, Saudi Arabia. All Muslims have a religious obligation to make the pilgrimage at least once if they are able. The Hajj is both a time for celebration and reflection on the past year. The height of the holiday comes during the most important feast of the Muslim calendar, a three day long festival called The Feast of Sacrifice. Pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the Five Pillars of Islam along with faith, prayer, charity and fasting.

 

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United States : Women’s Equality Day

As of 1971, Congress has designated August 26th the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote without needing to submit to possible conscription. This date has been certified into law as Women’s Equality Day. Each year, the President of the United States proclaims it Women’s Equality Day to commemorate the anniversary. It is important to reflect on how far women have come in America, but there is always more we can do.

 

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Hindu : Raksha Bandhan

Otherwise known as Rakhi, this Hindu celebration is mainly observed in India and Nepal. Raksha means “bond of protection” which celebrates the love and duty between brother and sister relationships. During the holiday the brother promises to protect the sister, while giving her a token gift. The sister, to symbolize her love, says a prayer for the brother’s happiness and prosperity while tying a sacred thread (rakhi) onto his wrist.

 

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LGBT/Black American: James Baldwin (1924-1987)

Another significant black figure for the month of August is James Baldwin. He was an active participant in the civil rights movement, despite being eschewed by many participants for being gay. Baldwin used his trade as a writer to make racial inequity known. Baldwin used his writing to explore issues of self identity, often delving into issues beyond race such as sexuality. His work has also led to him being an inspirational figure in the the gay rights movement.

 

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Jewish American : Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

Bernstein gained his fame as a legendary music director for the New York Philharmonic. During his tenure, he created music for some of the most famous plays and musicals ever, including Peter Pan and West Side Story. Music critic Donal Henaha once said he was “one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history.” Bernstein was one of the first American-born conductors to receive critical acclaim across the globe.

 

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Black American: Louis Armstrong and  Michael Jackson

Both Louis Armstrong “The King of Jazz Trumpet” and the Michael Jackson the “King of Pop” were born during August, on the 4th and 29th respectively. Both of these men left a massive impact on music both artistically and culturally. Michael Jackson has the third most sold albums of all times behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley.  

 

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Mexican : Emiliano Zapata (1877-1919)

An essential leader in the Mexican Revolution as the main leader of the peasants against the small landowning class. In the midst of the conflict, Zapata and other peasant leaders formed the Liberation Army of the South of which he became the leader. When revolutionary leader Madero became president he renounced all ties with the Zapatistas. Zapata promulgated the Plan of Ayala, a framework for land reform to the peasants and Indians. Eventually, his conflict with the new government led to his murder in an ambush on this date in 1919.

 

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Worldwide Independence Days

There are over 25  different Independence Days celebrated in the month of August the foremost independence days this month include:

• Pakistan gained independence in 1947 the day before the partition of India was to take effect. 

• India commemorates their freedom from British rule with the partition of India, when the British Indian Empire was split among religious lines into Pakistan and India.

• South Korea celebrates The National Liberation Day of Korea alongside North Korea. This day honors Victory over Japan Day (V-J) in which the Korean Peninsula was freed from Japanese rule.

• Indonesia marks their independence when The Proclamation of Indonesian Independence was read, declaring the start of the Indonesian National Revolution.


Be sure to check out next month’s diversity calendar for a preview of September’s events. For a complete list of 2017 events, see our online diversity calendar.

 

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