On the first Sunday of each month, a few moments in our service are devoted to learning about upcoming special observances by other faiths and cultures around the world.

September 2: Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu holiday lasting around 10 days, where the elephant-headed Hindu God is praised and given offerings.

September 9-10: Ashura, n Islamic holiday commemorating the day Noah left and ark and the day Allah saved Moses from the Egyptians.

September 23: Ostara Mabon, a celebration of the vernal equinox. This is often done with apple harvest rites or by holding a gratitude ritual. Many Wiccans, as well as other pagans, also use this time of year to give to those who are less fortunate or to donate to a food drive.

September 28: Teacher’s Day in Taiwan is used to honor teachers’ contributions to their students and to society in general. People often express their gratitude to their teachers by paying them a visit or sending them a card. This date was chosen to commemorate the birth of Confucius, the model master educator in ancient China.

September 29-October 1: Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year celebration, marking the creation of the world. This day is believed to be the anniversary for the creation of the first man and woman in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve. As such, it is a day that is filled with much religious introspection, but it is also a day filled with much joy.

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