October calendar for 2007

October calendar for 2007

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September 27 - October 3

Feast of Booths; harvest festival commemorating the divine protection of Israelites during their 40-year wandering in the desert (begins at sundown September 26).
Basics: Sukkot and Simchat Torah Primer
Feature: Jewish Holidays
eCards: Send a Sukkot Greeting

October 4

Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi
Honors the founder of the Franciscan order, patron saint of animals.
Excerpt: A Powerful Retelling of St. Francis' Conversion

Shemini Atzeret
Completion of the annual cycle of the reading of the Torah.
Basics: Sukkot and Simchat Torah Primer

October 5

Simchat Torah
"Rejoicing in the Torah"; celebrates the completion of the yearly Torah reading cycle and the beginning of the new cycle (begins at sundown the night before).
Basics: Sukkot and Simchat Torah Primer

October 9

Lailat ul-Qadr (Shab-e-Qadr)
"Night of Power"; commemorates the revelation of the Qur'an to Muhammad.
Link: About Lailat ul-Qadr
eCards: Send a Lailat ul-Qadr Greeting

October 12 - October 21

Festival devoted to the worship of the destructive, protective, and knowledge giving roles of the supreme being.
Explore: The Goddess Dances
Link: About Navratri

October 13

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

October 14

Winter Nights
Festival honoring the Disir or family spirits; a time to honor family, both living and dead (sometimes observed October 31).
Basics: Who Are the Asatruar?
Link: About Winter Nights and Other Asatru Holidays

October 20

Birthday of the Bab
Commemorates the birth of the prophet-herald of the faith (begins sundown the previous day).
Resource: The Birth of the Bab
Link: Baha'i Holy Days and Festivals

October 29

Reformation Day
Commemorates Martin Luther's nailing of the 95 theses on the church door, starting the Protestant Reformation.
Link: Questions and Answers About Reformation Day

Karva Chauth (Karwa Chauth)
Fast observed by married women honoring the god Shiva and his consort Parvati; ensures the well-being, prosperity, and longevity of husbands.
Link: About Karwa Chauth

October 31

The last harvest festival and the end of the Wiccan year; marks the death of the god.
Essay: The Spiritual New Year
Basics: The Witches' New Year, More About Samhain
eCards: Send a Samhain Greeting

All Hallows Eve
Evening of preparation for All Saints Day, once called All Hallows.
Feature: Do Religion and Halloween Mix?

Non-religious holiday recognizing the dead, celebrated in much of North America and parts of Western Europe.
Essays: Making Real Decisions About Halloween, Surprise: Halloween's Not a Pagan Festival After All
eCards: Send a Halloween Greeting

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