September 2019 - Intercultural calendar

The list provides an overview of the most important holidays of the largest religious and ethnic groups in Vienna in September.

Islam

10 September: Day of Ashura
The tenth day of the month of Muharram ("Day of Ashura") is of great importance in Islam because according to the religious tradition several important events occurred on that day. (Moses crossed the sea, Noah's Ark came to rest on a mountain after the great flood, etc.). It is commemorated by Shia Muslims as a day of mourning the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the Third Shia Imam and grandson of Prophet Muhammad, who lost his life at the Battle of Karbala (Iraq) against his rival Muawiya in the fight for the succession of the Prophet Muhammad. The Day of Ashura is also commemorated by the Alevi. The Sunni Muslims commemorate the exodus of the Children of Israel from Egypt on this day. Traditionally, a special soup or a sweet dish (depending on the tradition) are prepared on that day and donated to commemorate the stories of the prophets. Depending on the national calendar tradition, the date of the festival may vary by one or two days.

Judaism

29 September: Rosh HaShana
The Jewish New Year is the beginning of a ten-day period of reflection (see Yom Kippur). On the first day of the New Year the shofar (a ram's horn) is blown which is a call to repentance. Apples dipped in honey are eaten during a festive dinner to symbolise the desire for a "sweet" year. The traditional New Year's blessing is "May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year". The year 5780 after the creation of the world starts in the Jewish calendar.
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