Cultural Calendar: November 2016
October 31, 2016
Bhai Dooj – Bhai Dooj is of great significance and a highly valued day in Hinduism. In India, this special day glorifies brother-sister love. Sisters pray on this day for the happiness and long life of their brothers and brothers offer gifts to their sisters.
November 3 - 6
Chhath Puja – This is one of the most favourable holidays in Hinduism. Lord Syra is the Hindu Sun God. Lord Surya is considered as the only visible form God that can be seen every day. Lord Surya is the chief solar deity in the Hindu religion. People place the sign of the Sun over main doors as they think it will bring them good luck.
Kartik Purnima – Kartik is the holiest month in the Hindu calendar. Purnima is the day that the full moon appears. Many Hindu followers in India pledge to take a holy dip every day in the Ganges River and other holy rivers throughout the month of Kartik. Many Hindu rituals and festivals culminate on this day as well.
Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Birthday – Guru Nanak Sahib is the founder of Sikhism. Born in 1469, he is the first of the ten gurus of Sikhs. His birthday is celebrated by Sikhs world-wide. He is honored for establishing Sikhism as a religion based on equality, fraternal love, goodness, and virtue.
Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom – This is an extremely important event in Sikhism since it had a profound impact on the future direction of Sikhism. Guru Tegh Bahadur is the ninth of the ten Gurus of Sikhism. This is the day of remembrance of the execution of Guru Tegh Bahadur in 1675 by the Moghul Emperor of India because Guru Tegh Bahadur refused to convert to Islam. He is honoured as a martyr because he was beheaded protecting the right of a person to freely practice his or her religion without interference or hindrance.
Courtesy of Cultural & Generational Training