06 Oct Autumn Holidays to Look Forward to
With the temperature dropping and leaves changing colors, we leave the warm summer months behind and begin to bundle up in boots and sweaters. There are a few upcoming holidays in Autumn to look forward to. Here are a few familiar, and a few not so familiar Autumn holidays:
At the end of September or October, Jewish belief is that God opens the Book of Life for ten days. The first day is called Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and ends with Yom Kippur (or the Day of the Atonement). During this holiday, Jews repent of their sins and forgive others. A shofar, or ram’s horn trumpet, is blown before and during Rosh Hashanah and also at the end of Yom Kippur. This year, Rosh Hashanah began September 20th and ended September 22nd.
On October 31st, Halloween is celebrated. Halloween originally stemmed from Celtic and Gaelic festivals celebrated around the harvest, though the origins of it’s beginning are still debated today. With time, the traditions of honoring and mourning the dead have turned into spooky costumes and trick-or-treating.
Day of the Dead
Celebrated on November 1st, the Day of the Dead or Dia de Los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday. It is a day of remembrance of their ancestors where one visits the graveyard and has a feast. You’ll surely recognize the multi colored skeletons used as decorations.
St. Martin’s Day
On November 11th, St. Martin’s Day is celebrated each year in Germany, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands. St. Martin was a Roman soldier who was baptized in adulthood and became a monk. The legend is that in a cold snowstorm, St. Martin cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar. Today the holiday is celebrated by children creating paper lanterns and parading the streets with them singing songs about St. Martin in exchange for treats.
Veteran’s Day is American holiday celebrated on November 11th as a day honoring military veterans. It coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which is celebrated in other countries as the end of World War I.
Thanksgiving takes place on the fourth Thursday of November at the end of the harvest season in the United States and the second Monday of October in Canada. The first Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth in 1621 after the Pilgrim’s first successful harvest. It is a day to express gratitude and thanks for the blessings- both material and spiritual- which were received throughout the year. The traditional cuisine includes turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and pumpkin pie. This year, Thanksgiving falls on November 23rd.
Which holiday are you looking forward to the most this fall? Comment below and tell us why!