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Mosaic Calendar ‑ November 2014

Posted by Office of Human Rights, Equity & Harassment Prevention on October 31, 2014 in General Announcements

All Saints’ Day (CH) - (G)

All Saints’ Day is a Christian holy day observed by many Western churches on November 1 and by Eastern churches on the first Sunday after Pentecost. The day now honours all saints of the church, even those not known by name.

Day of the Dead
A Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in many cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it attains the quality of a National Holiday, and all banks are closed. In most regions of Mexico, November 1 honors children and infants, whereas deceased adults are honored on November 2. This is indicated by generally referring to November 1 mainly as Día de los Inocentes ("Day of the Innocents") but also as Día de los Angelitos ("Day of the Little Angels") and November 2 as Día de los Muertos or Día de los Difuntos ("Day of the Dead").

Ashura (IS)

The Day of Ashura, (10th day of Muharram), an Islamic holiday, which is well-known because of mourning for the martyrdom of Hussein Ibn Ali.

Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (SI)

Founder of the Sikh faith and first of the Ten Gurus, was born in 1469 CE. He was an accomplished poet; 974 of his hymns are contained in the Sikh Scriptures, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

Qudrat (Power) is the the thirteenth month of the Baha'i calendar, starting at sunset November 3rd and ending at sunset November 22nd. During the month of Power, the Anniversary of the Birth of Bahá'ulláh is observed.

Remembrance Day (Canada)

Remembrance Day also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day (the event it commemorates), or Veterans Day is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War. It is observed on 11 November to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918.

Veteran’s Day (U.S.)
This is the equivalent holiday in the U.S. for honouring military veterans. Both and federal and state holiday in all states, it is always celebrated on November 11th each year. However, if it occurs on a weekend, then the following Monday is designated as a holiday. Veteran’s Day is largely intended to thank living veterans for their service and to acknowledge their contributions to national security.

Birth of Baha’u’llah (BA)

The Bahá’í Faith was founded in Iran in the mid-19th century by Mirza Hosyn Ali Nuri, known as Bahá’u’lláh (Arabic for’Glory of God’) (1817-1892), who is regarded by Bahá’ís as the most recent in the line of divine messengers of God that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Mohammed. Non-work day – Baha’i.

Lokashah Jayanti (JA)

The full moon of the calendar’s first month is a time to celebrate the births of revered and scholarly persons. The most famous of these is the 15th century reformer Lonka Saha whose opposition to temple worship and the use of images led to the founding of the Sthanakavasi sect, which emphasizes scholarship.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which occurs annually on November 20, is a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, or the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and acts to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender graphic designer, columnist, and activist, to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts.]

Qawl (BA)

First day of the 14th month of the Baha’i Calendar.

Martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur Ji (SI)

Guru Tegh Bahadur was the ninth of the ten Gurus who founded Sikhism. He’s honoured and remembered as the man who championed the rights for all religious freedom.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against women (UN)

Women’s activists have marked November 25 as a day against violence since 1981. On December 17, 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The UN invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designated to raise public awareness of the problem on this day as an International observance

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates, November 25, International Day against Violence against Women and December 10, International Human Rights Day, in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.

Day of the covenant (BA)

Celebrates the anniversary of the appointment of ‘Abdul-Baha, the son of Baha’u’llah, as the Center of the Covenant.

Thanksgiving Day (US)

In the United States, Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day is an annual one-day legal holiday to express gratitude for the things one has at the end of the harvest season. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.

Ascension of Abdul’Baha (BA)
On 28th November, at 1 am, Baha’is around the world commemorate the moment that ‘Abdu’l-Baha passed away in 1921. It was a fairly unexpected event, though ‘Abdu’l-Baha had made some comments in the preceding month to the effect that He had completed His work and was ready to leave this life

Advent begins (CH-E)

Is a season of the Christian church, the period of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus, in other words, the period immediately before Christmas. It is the beginning of the Western Christian year and commences on Advent Sunday.