Native American Heritage Month is a time to honor the culture, traditions and history of America’s indigenous people.
Native American Heritage Month was first celebrated in 1990 by proclamation of President George H.W. Bush and was initially called “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Since 1994, each American President has issued a similar proclamation. Find resources, including booklists and lesson plans, on our page of links
Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, is celebrated each year on October 31st. This popular holiday is commonly celebrated by trick-or-treating, carving jack o’lanterns and general mischief-making.
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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 23rd and lasts until October 25th.
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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 October 16th and lasts until October 23rd.
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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!
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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 October 11th and ends on October 12th.
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