Cultural Calendar: October 2021

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What About October?
Cultural Calendar
National disability employment awareness month
This month-long period of awareness is designed to commemorate contributions of people with disabilities to America's workplaces and economy. The theme for 2021 is "America's Recovery: Powered by Inclusion."
Oct 17-25
This 9 day Hindu celebration memorializes the triumph of good over evil and worships God in the form of the universal mother known as Durga, Devi, or Shakti.
LGBTQ+ History Month
First celebrated in 1994 by Rodney Wilson to coincide with the first LBGT Marches on Washington in '79 and '87, this month-long celebration recognizes the achievements and contributions of our LGBTQ+ heroes, colleagues, friends, and fellow citizens.
Oct 10-11
Simchat Torah
This holiday marks the end of weekly Torah readings by reading from Chapter one of Genesis to Deuteronomy 34, and then back to chapter one, in acknowledgment of the words of the Torah being a never-ending cycle.
Oct 28-29
Eid Milad un-Nabi
On the day of Muhammad's birth, homes and mosques are decorated, parades run through the streets, and those of the Muslim faith participate in charity events.
Oct 2-9
This Jewish festival celebrates and gives thanks for the coming fall harvest.
Oct 1
Native American Women's Equal Pay Day
This day is about raising awareness about the pay gap between Indigenous women and White men.
Oct 11
National Indigenous Peoples Day
This holiday celebrates the rich history of North America's original inhabitants and provides an opportunity for communities to learn of the unique struggles faced by Indigenous citizens as a result of centuries of colonization.
Oct 15
Dasara / Dussehra / Vijayadashami
Dasara, Dussehra, or Vijayadashami, in the eastern and northeastern states of India, marks the end of Durga Puja, remembering goddess Durga's victory over the buffalo demon Mahishasura to help restore dharma.
Oct 4
St. Francis Day
The feast day for St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, finds many Christians bringing their pets and companions to church in recognition of St. Francis’ love for all sentient beings.
Oct 11
National Coming Out Day (U.S.)
Individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, celebrate the process of coming out and the recognition of the 1987 march on Washington for gay and lesbian equality.
Oct 20
International Pronouns Day
This day is about respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns.
Oct 20
Sikh Holy Day
This day celebrates the conferment of "Guru" on Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the holy religious scripture of Sikhism which imagines a society based on divine freedom, mercy, love, and justice without oppression.

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