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Multifaith Calendar ‑ December 1 ‑ 9

Posted by Human Rights & Equity Services on November 30, 2017 in General Announcements

See below for a sample of dates to observe, reflect, and celebrate or view the full Multifaith calendar, available on our website: 

December 1
Mawlid al-Nabīy
The anniversary of the birth of Prophet Muḥammad. Some Muslims mark this occasion by fasting or with parades, special prayers or conferences. Other Muslims may mark the occasion by dedicating more time to read the Koran. (Special worship, including prayers, fasting and other observances begin at sunset of the previous day, November 30.)

​December 2
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (UN)
The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.​

December 3
International Day of Persons with Disabilities (UN)
The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons, December 3, aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life.​

December 6
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (Canada)
Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of fourteen young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women. As well as commemorating the fourteen young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society.​

Halifax Explosion Memorial Day
The Halifax Explosion occurred on Thursday, December 6, 1917, when the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia was devastated by the huge detonation of a French cargo ship, fully loaded with wartime explosives that had accidentally collided with a ship set for Belgium in “The Narrows” section of the Halifax Harbour.

December 8
Awakening Day
Anniversary of the historical Buddha’s awakening. (Mahāyāna) Japan, North America​​