November 2019 - Intercultural calendar

The list provides an overview of the most important holidays of the largest religious and ethnic groups in Vienna as well as public holidays in November.

Christianity

1 November: All Saints' Day (Catholic, public holiday)
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)
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
The feast day of Martin of Tours (4th century), 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.
15 November: Saint Leopold's Day
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: Penance Day (Protestant)
A Protestant holiday for reflection and prayer for the remission of sins.
24 November: Sunday in commemoration of the dead (Protestant)
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.

Islam

8 November: Mawlid an-Nabi - Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad
Muslims meet to commemorate the birth of Muhammad and to remember the life, teaching and example of the Prophet.

Sikhism

12 November: Birthday of Guru Nanak
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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