November 2023 - Intercultural calendar

The calendar provides an overview of holidays, public holidays, traditional holidays and international commemoration days without intending to be exhaustive.

1 November: All Saints' Day (Catholic, public holiday) - Christianity
The day to honour all saints of the church was established when the Pantheon in Rome was consecrated and an anniversary to honour all the saints was fixed for 1 November.
2 November: All Souls' Day (Catholic) - Christianity
The day is closely associated with All Saints' Day. The day commemorates the faithful departed and those baptised and believed to be in purgatory. It is a day of remembrance and intercession for the dead.
11 November: Saint Martin's Day (Catholic) - Christianity
The feast day of Martin of Tours, who gave half his cloak to a beggar according to legend. Customs: children go by the doors with paper lanterns and candles and sing songs. The food traditionally eaten on this day is goose.
12 November: Diwali - Hinduism
The "Festival of Lights" is the most widely celebrated Hindu festival. Diyas, oil lamps made from clay, are the most important symbol of the festival. Diwali is a celebration of the victory of good over evil. Devotees perform a ritual to invite Goddess Lakshmi to their homes and offer prayers to her so that the New Year is filled with peace, wealth and prosperity. The beginning of Diwali may vary by one day due to local and national regulations (e.g. there are differences between the West and East of India, Europe, and the United States).
15 November: Saint Leopold's Day (Catholic) - Christianity
The day commemorates Leopold III, Margrave of Austria, the founder of the monasteries of Klosterneuburg, Heiligenkreuz and Klein-Mariazell. Leopold is the patron saint of Lower Austria, Upper Austria and Vienna. There is the tradition of "Fasselrutschen", sliding over a huge barrel in the monastery wine cellar in Klosterneuburg. It is an old tradition dating back to the time when the barrel held the wine the monastery received as a tithe.
20 November: World Children's Day - international
World Children's Day was first established in 1954 with the aim of pointing out and promoting the need for the best interests of the child and, in this regard, cohesion. On November 20, 1989, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopts the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, including all children in the world, with the rights to survival, development, protection and participation. The day is celebrated all over the world with numerous activities. Events, games, festivals and symbols are used to draw attention to the rights of children: cities, organizations, town halls, schools, for example, light up their landmarks (including buildings) in blue. A blue handprint is also a widespread symbol that can be used to draw attention to children's rights
22 November: Penance Day (Protestant) - Christianity
A Protestant holiday for reflection and prayer for the remission of sins.
25 November: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - international
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is a day of activism and a day to raise awareness to end violence against women and girls.
26 November: Sunday in commemoration of the dead (Protestant) - Christianity
The Sunday in commemoration of the dead (also called Eternity Sunday) is basically the Protestant version of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. It is a day for people to visit cemeteries and decorate graves.
27 November: Birthday of Guru Nanak - Sikhism
Sikhs celebrate Guru Nanak's birthday with a reading of the Sikh holy scriptures, the Guru Granth Sahib, continuously from beginning to end over 48 hours. Musical recitation of hymns and lectures are followed by langar, a vegetarian meal from the free kitchen.
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