Columbus Day, observed annually on the second Monday of October, commemorates Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. In New England, the long weekend is a traditional time to get out and see the fall foliage and enjoy the mild weather while it lasts!
The Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah celebrates the end of the annual cycle of public Torah readings. As part of the celebration, the last chapter of Deuteronomy is read, followed by the first chapter of Genesis. Simchat Torah is also marked by dancing and drinking. This year Simchat Torah begins on October 4th and lasts until October 6th.
Learn more about Simchat Torah on our page of links.
Banned Books Week is an annual observance celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was first marked in 1982 “in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries.” Since its inception, more than 11,300 books have been challenged, according to the American Library Association. This year Banned Books Week runs from September 27 through October 4 and focuses on young adult literature.
See which books are most commonly challenged/banned and learn more about censorship on our page of links.
National Fire Prevention Week was started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1925 in remembrance of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. This calamity occurred on October 9th. Consequently, this week-long observance always takes place during the week in which October 9th falls. This year, National Fire Prevention Week is October 4th-October 10th. This year’s theme is: “Hear the Beep where you Sleep.”
See our page of links for fire safety tips and information on the Great Chicago Fire: http://www.noblenet.org/specials/fire-prevention-week/
Sukkot, also known as the “Feast of the Tabernacles” is a week-long celebration that follows the solemn holiday of Yom Kippur. Sukkot commemorates the forty-year period during which the children of Israel were wandering in the desert, living in temporary shelters. Because Sukkot is also associated with the fall harvest, it is also known as the “Festival of Ingathering.” This year, Sukkot begins on September 27th and lasts until October 4th.
Learn more about Sukkot on our page of links.
Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is considered the most sacred holiday on the Jewish calendar. Yom Kippur is observed by fasting, prayer and repentance. This year Yom Kippur begins at night fall on September 22nd and ends on September 23rd.
Learn more about this important observance on our page of links.