Labor Day is on Monday, September 2nd. Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history, although in fact it was more of a protest march. The official holiday came about as a reconciliation gesture after the violence of the famous Pullman strike.
International Literacy Day celebrates and promotes literacy all over the world.It is aways celebrated on September 8th. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), established International Literacy Day as an annual event, with the first celebration on September 8, 1965. According to their website: “The aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies.”
Literacy is a global issue, and hence the UN takes an active role in promoting it. They do recognize and celebrate that billions of people are literate. But, they go further to promote literacy, and to seek improved literacy rates in every country of the world.
Chinese Moon Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th Lunar month, which falls on September 13th this year. The Chinese Moon Festival is one of the biggest annual holidays in China. It is also called the Mooncake Festival or Lantern Festival and is a celebration of the Autumn harvest. It occurs when the moon is the brightest. and the highest in the sky. This celebration is one of the oldest holidays in the world, dating back thousands of years. Early celebrations included worship of the moon as a god.
Today, the Chinese Moon Festival is celebrated as a national holiday in China and other Asian countries. People take the day off from work. They view the moon They cook special meals and enjoy family and friends. Making, giving, and eating mooncakes is an tradition on this day. Mooncake pastries are thick and dense and filled with a variety of things. Mooncake fillings are not usually sweets, but most often beans, nuts, or seeds. Recipes vary.
Mexican Independence Day On September 16th Mexico celebrates their independence from Spain. Like the U.S. Independence Day, this day is celebrated in Mexico with parades, fiestas, fireworks, and picnics. In 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo of Dolores, Mexico was planning a revolt to free the country from Spanish rule. On September 15, 1810 at 11:00 pm, Father Hidalgo rang his church bell to call his parishioners, and rally them to fight off Spanish rule. He then made a speech to his congregation, and the fight for freedom began. Today, Mexican people mark this very special holiday, by repeating the ringing of the bells at 11:00 pm on the 15th. It is followed by a day of celebrations on the 16th.
Oktoberfest The German Oktoberfest actually starts in September, this year on the 21st and runs until October 6. The two week festival is held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. While it is a giant world festival in Germany, Oktoberfest celebrations are held around the world during this time and throughout October. So, if you can’t get to the fair in Germany, you can participate in a local event. Each year, the Oktoberfest is opened by the mayor of Munich tapping a keg a of beer of the special Oktoberfest beer. But Oktoberfest is as much about food, music, dancing, rides, and carnival booths as it is beer.
Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on September 29th this year. It commemorates the creation of the world and is the Jewish New Year, marking the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in Yom Kippur , also known as the Day of Atonement. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the two High Holy Days of the Jewish religion.
Sharada Navaratri is a post-monsoon autumn Hindu festival that spans nine nights (and ten days) and is celebrated every year in the autumn. This year it begins on September 29th. It is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian subcontinent. Theoretically, there are four seasonal Navaratri. However, in practice, Sharada Navaratri is the most observed in the honor of the divine feminine Devi (Durga).
Celebrations include stage decorations, recital of the legend, enacting of the story, and chanting of the scriptures of Hinduism. The nine days are also a major crop season cultural event. Activities such as competitive design and staging of pandals, (temporary outdoor structures for the staging of the holiday events), a family visit to these pandals and the public celebration of classical and folk dances of Hindu culture are common.. On the final day, called the Vijayadashami or Dussehra, the statues are either immersed in a water body such as river and ocean, or alternatively the statue symbolizing the evil is burnt with fireworks marking evil’s destruction.