JANUARY 2009 CELEBRATIONS & COMMEMORATIONS
"If your festival
is missing, please share it with me and my world of friends"
Festivals, Celebrations & Commemorations :
You may enjoy knowing about the people you live amidst,
what they celebrate or commemorate.
attempt will be made to write a short summary about each
such event, it will be with the intention of grasping the
idea, knowing the essence of it and certainly not to
become an expert on it. If you have a good piece on any
one of the events below, please share the link or the
essay to be shared with my world. Meanwhile, please
refer to the
Glossary of terms for a brief description. We will be
updating this throughout the month to catch up with every
event listed here or added from your contribution.
1, Thursday :: New Year - Celebration of new calendar
Jan 1, Thursday :: Shogatsu -
Shinto New Year
1, Thursday :: Feast of St. Basil -
Orthodox Christian - Orthodox Christian commemoration of St
Basil t he Great, who wrote a Eucharist Liturgy which bears
Friday :: Brigid's Day
dedicated to the Celtic goddess Brigid.
Jan 5, Monday :: Guru Gobind
Singh's Birthday -
honoring of the birth of the founder of the Khalsa who lived
from 1469 -1539 c.e. He is the 9th Guru who gave a
finality to Sikh faith, although Guru Granth Sahib,
Sikhism's holy book is considered the 10th and final
Tuesday :: 10th Tevet -
- A Jewish day of fasting in remembrance of the destruction
of the Temple in 586 b.c.e. and 70 c.e.
Tuesday :: Feast of the Theophany -
Christian - Orthodox Christian Feast to recall the
revelation of the Holy Trinity in the baptism of the Lord.
Wednesday :: Yom -e- Ashura -
Islam - Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) Grandson, Imam
Hussain (ra), was martyred on this date in 683/684 AD in the
battle of Karbala fighting against a corrupt ruler to bring
just rule. Also it is an Islamic optional one day fast
recognizing the Creation, Noah's departure from the ark, and
the saving of Moses from Pharaoh.
11, Sunday :: Mahayana New Year -
Wednesday :: Makara Sankranti
Hindu - A Hindu celebration marking turning of the sun
toward the north. Observed by flying kites, feeding the poor
and offering liberation to the dead.
18, Sunday :: World Religion Day -
- Baha'i sponsored day dedicated to the unity and oneness of
all world religions.
19, Monday :: Martin Luther King Day
27, Tuesday :: Holocaust Memorial Day -
31, Saturday :: Vasanta Panchami -
Hindu - Hindu celebration dedicated to Saraswati,
goddess of learning.
Please join us to
reflect upon the II Annual Holocaust and Genocides. Let's make room
in our hearts for the precious feelings for human
helplessness. Kindly mark your calendars for 7:00 - 9:15
PM on Saturday, January 24th, 2009. Details at: