Religious Calendar

Rosh Hashanah – Jewish

Rosh Hashanah - Jewish

September 4, 2013 – September 6, 2013
Jewish New Year begins the evening of September 4th.  A time of introspection, abstinence, prayer and penitence.  The story of Abraham is read, the ram’s horn is sounded, and special foods are prepared and shared.

Ganesh Chaturthi – Hindu

Ganesh Chaturthi - Hindu

September 9, 2013
A Hindu festival honoring the god of prosperity, prudence and success.  Images of Ganesha are worshipped.

Paryushana Parva – Jain

Paryushana Parva - Jain

September 10, 2013
Beginning of the Jain 8 day festival signifying human emergence into a new world of spiritual and moral refinement.  Marked by recitations from Jain sacred writing and family exchange of cards and letters.  Celebation of the natural qualities of the soul.  The 8th day (Samvatsari) is most important and is focused on forgiveness.

Yom Kippur – Jewish

Yom Kippur - Jewish

September 13, 2013 – September 14, 2013
Jewish Day of Atonement begins the evening of September 13th.  This holiest day of the Jewish year is observed with strict fasting and ceremonial reprentance.

Holy Cross Day – Christian

Holy Cross Day - Christian

September 14, 2013
A Christian day of recognition for the cross on which Jesus was crucified as a central symbol of the Christian religion.

Sukkot – Jewish

Sukkot  - Jewish

September 18, 2013 – September 27, 2013
Jewish Feast of Tabernacles begins the evening of September 18.   This feast is in celebration of the harvest and the protection of the people of Israel as they wandered in the wilderness dwelling in tents.  Temporary dwelling places have leaves for a roof so the sky can be seen.  In temperate climates, night is spent in the Succoth.  No work can be done the evening of he 18th through the 20th and the evening of the 25th through the 27th.

Mabon/Equinox – Wicca/Pagan

Mabon/Equinox - Wicca/Pagan

September 22, 2013
Wicca observance of the autumnal equinox when day and night are of equal length in the northern hemisphere.  A harvest festival time.

Shemini Atzeret – Jewish

Shemini Atzeret - Jewish

September 26, 2013
Jewish completion of the annual cycle of the reading of the Torah.  The holy day begins the evening of the 25th.

Saint Francis Day – Catholic Christian

Saint Francis Day - Catholic Christian

October 4, 2013
Christian recognition of service to people and appreciation of the natural world, as practiced by Saint Francis and the Franciscan Monastic Order, which he founded.