Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - November 2005

Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - November 2005

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November 1

All Saints Day
Day honoring all saints, known and unknown.
Resource: Saints Be Praised

Five-day festival of lights; heralds joy, mirth, and happiness for the new year.
Essay: Diwali Days: Childhood Memories of a Hindu Festival
Link: About Diwali
eCards: Send a Diwali Greeting

November 2

All Souls Day
Commemoration of the faithful departed; called "Day of the Dead" in Mexico.
Essays: What's the Point of Praying for the Dead?, Death Needs a Holiday

November 3

Eid-al Fitr
Marks the end of Ramadan and the fast; festive and joyous occasion filled with special foods and delicacies (begins at sundown).
Resource: About Ramadan
Links: About Eid ul Fitr, Id-Ul-Fitr

November 12

Birthday of Baha'u'llah
Celebrates the birth of the prophet-founder of the Baha'i faith.
Link: Baha'i Holy Days and Festivals

November 15

Guru Nanak's Birthday
Commemorates the birth of the founder of the Sikh religion.
Essay: Guru Nanak: Ahead of His Time
Link: About Guru Nanak

Haile Selassie Coronation Day
Day honoring the crowning of Haile Selassie, emperor of Ethiopia and Messiah of the Rastafarian faith.
Link: The Coronation of Haile Selassie

November 24

National holiday generally observed as an expression of gratitude to God for the bounty of the autumn harvest. Commemorates a feast held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag.
Feature: Thanksgiving: Remembering Our Blessings
eCards: Send a Thanksgiving Greeting

November 26

Day of the Covenant
Commemorates the designation of Baha'u'llah's son, Abdu'l-Baha (begins at sundown).
Link: Baha'i Holidays and Festivals

November 27

Beginning of Advent
Start of a 4-week period of preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ.
Feature: Advent Calendar

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