Events of the Month
Among the most socially significant observances in November are:
- The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
on Nov. 9, and
- Quds Day on NOV-29 when Muslims observe a time of solidarity
with oppressed Muslim people.
Since the most serious recent mass murders and genocides of Christians
have been by Muslims, and the most serious mass murders and genocides of
Muslims have been by Christians, it is a pity that the two religions cannot
join forces and have a common day of remembrance for all victims of
religious hatred, mass murder and oppression -- regardless of their faith. 1
Events during 2003-November:
- NOV-1: National American Indian Heritage Month begins today.
It was established by Congress in 1990 to honor the important contributions
made by America's Aboriginal peoples. 2
- NOV-1: All Saints' Day (a.k.a. All Hallows' Day) is a holy day
when Christians in the west recall the lives of the saints. The Eastern Orthodox churches
celebrate All Saints Day in the springtime -- the Sunday after Pentecost.
- NOV-2: All Souls' Day
(a.k.a. the Day of the Dead). This is a Roman Catholic day for prayer and
almsgiving in memory of ancestors who have died.
pray for the souls of the dead, in an effort to hasten their transition from
Purgatory to Heaven.
- NOV-4: This is Election Day in many states of the U.S.
- NOV-9: The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
(IDOP) is held
yearly so that Christians can pray for fellow believers who live in
lands were there is little religious freedom. 3
- NOV-11: This is Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada - a time to recall the sacrifices
made by our soldiers during wartime and, more recently, during peacekeeping duties. 4
- NOV-12: Members of the Baha'i Faith celebrate the Birthday of Baha'u'llah. He is
regarded as the divine messenger
and the founder of the Baha'i faith.
- NOV-15: This begins a 40 day period of fasting (Advent) in
preparation for Christmas in the Christian Orthodox churches. In Eastern
countries, believers abstain from meat and dairy products; only one meal a
day is eaten.
- NOV-17 is World Peace day. Don Morris, a.k.a. Peaceguy,
conceived of this observance in 1997. 6 At least eight
other peace days have been proposed for various days throughout the year. 7
This is the second annual Day of Peace
-- "a special day of Light, Healing and Prayer for World peace." It is sponsored by "Spirit Circle, in accordance with it's
mission of uniting spiritual people from all walks and paths..." 8
- NOV-23 to 30: National Bible Week in the U.S. The Bible is considered to be the
inerrant Word of God by conservative Christians Liberal Christians generally consider it to contain the spiritual yearnings of its authors, along with some material that opposes the will of God. The Bible remains the most purchased book in North America.
- NOV-25: Sikhs celebrate the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev.
- NOV-26: Members of the Baha'i Faith observe the Day of the
Covenant -- the day that Baha'u'llah's son Abdul-Baha
became the Center of the Covenant.
- NOV-26: This is the most probable date on which Muslims
observe Eid al-Fitr, the last day of the holy month of
Ramadan. The interval
recalls the gift of the Holy Qur'an to humanity. The actual date is
determined when the new moon becomes visible. 9
- NOV-27 to 29: Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S.
- NOV-28: Members of the Baha'i Faith observe the day of
Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha, recalling the death of Abdul-Baha.
- NOV-21: This is Quds Day among Muslims -- a time of solidarity with oppressed Muslim people.
- NOV-30: Christians celebrate St. Andrew's Day.
- NOV-30: This is the first Sunday in Advent a period of
reflection leading up to the day chosen to remember the birth of Yeshua of
Nazareth, Jesus Christ.
Important observances coming in 2003-DEC:
Although care was taken in the
preparation of this list, we cannot accept responsibility for any errors or
- See our essays on:
- National American Indian Heritage Month at:
- The National Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is at:
- The U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs has a Veterans Day home page is at:
- National Bible Week at: www.nationalbible.org/nbw/
- Don Morris, "World Peace Day," at:
- Other peace days are listed at:
- Spirit Circle's web page is at:
"Ramadan, Eid-al-Fitr & Eid-al-Adha 1423
Copyright © 2003 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Essay prepared on 2003-OCT-15
Latest update: 2003-OCT-15
Compiled by B.A. Robinson