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Index of Holy Days
The Falling Leaves Moon – BinaaKawii Giizis (Anishinaabe – First Nations) Month of October
This is the month when the leaves fall to the ground, preparing Mother Earth for the coming months of winter.
For more information on local Full Moon Ceremonies go to www.facebook.com/groups/16994197269 or contact Trent University Department of Indigenous Studies.
The Ontario Native Literacy Coalition has released this informative PDF to share information about Ojibway, Cree, and Mohawk languages and their respective understandings of moons, seasons, days and cycles of ceremonies. It also explains the significance of the Aboriginal Calendar.
Win Translation’s page “Ojibwe Months: Names Chosen by Nature?” explores the relationship between the Ojibwe languages and dialects, and how moons come to have been named in such a way.
Simchat Torah (Jewish)* - October 2
Simchat Torah marks the end of Sukkot, a joyous occasion concluding with the synagogue reading of the Torah (Pentateuch).
Navaratri (Hindu)** - October 9-18
A festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil, Navaratri honours God as a mother figure- an element that is unique from many other religions. Women traditionally plant nine different seeds at this time, in honour of the goddess Durga.
This website is devoted to providing information on Navaratri, its celebrations, the nine goddesses, as well as the day that each goddess is celebrated.
Dussehr(Hindu)** - October 18
Dussehra continues from Navratri festivities to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. It honours the Goddess Durga.
World Teachers' Day - October 5
We all know how important the role of being a teacher is in any given community. Teachers help to nurture, instruct and guide the next generation so that they made become successful and strong adults. World Teacher’s Day is a day to celebrate their work, and to make space for important discussions around poor training, staff shortages, and low status internationally.
For more information, please visit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO)’s site here:
Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day - October 16
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (UN) - October 17
Person’s Day (Canada) - October 18
Person’s Day commemorates the date in 1929 when England’s Privy Council decided that women were indeed persons and therefore entitled to all the rights of the persons under the law. This reversed the 1927 decision by Canada’s Supreme Court that the word “person” did not include women. It also created the opportunity for women to be appointed to the Canadian Senate.
Hallowe'en - October 31
This significant date stems from Celtic origins and marks a time when people believed spirits of the dead crossed over into the world of the living for one night. Many people wear costumes and children visit homes in their neighborhoods to receive candy.
The Irish Genealogy Toolkit gives an historical account to the evolution of Hallowe’en as a Celtic event, and how it has changed into what we celebrate today:
Ontario Native Literacy Coalition
World Literacy Federation
Métis Harvester's Guide - Métis National Council
This book assumes familiarity with the concepts of challah and Rosh Hashanah, and offers a gently humorous explanation for a question which probably occurs to children each Rosh Hashanah. The illustrations are very simple cartoons.
Happy Birthday, World introduces some of the customs of Rosh Hashanah (eating apples dipped in honey, blowing the shofar, giving tzedakah) by comparing them with activities a child would associate with their own birthday (eating cake, tooting party horns, getting presents). The realistic illustrations show a contemporary boy and girl with their parents.
Talia of Talia and the Rude Vegetables fame is back with another pun-driven story of misheard words and malapropisms. When grandma talks about preparing for breaking the Yom Kippur fast, Talia instead hears the words as 'breakfast' and 'Yum' Kippur, setting a funny series of events into motion with her misunderstanding.
On Yom Kippur, also called the Day of Atonement, Jews fast, pray, and ask God's forgiveness for their sins. Deborah Heiligman's lively first-person text introduces readers to the sounding of the shofar, the holidays' greeting cards, prayers, and special foods. Rabbi Shira Stern's informative note puts the High Holy Days into wider historical and cultural context for parents and teachers.
A collection of writings from an extensive number of sources and presents them in an accessible, user-friendly format for those interested in learning about the Bahá’í Faith. The question-and-answer format highlights the clarity in which many of the topics associated with the Faith are discussed, and can be used by those seeking a basic and informational introduction to what is one of the fastest growing religions in the world.
The beautiful artwork by Anna Koan not only introduces little readers to our festival of lights but also amuses them with its funny storyline. It is a tale of tradition, fun and lot of curiosity! It keeps your child engrossed with the funny story of three monkeys – Suno, Dekho and Jaano, who discovers a mysterious package, a Diwali Gift that arrives just in time, making them excited and curious about what package holds in it.