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Simchat Torah

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 11th and lasts until October 13th.

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Sukkot

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 4th and lasts until October 11th.

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Yom Kippur is coming

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 29th and ends on September 30th.

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Rosh Hashanah is coming

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins today at sunset. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram’s horn) and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey to evoke a “sweet new year”. Unlike the secular New Year’s Day celebration on January 1st, Rosh Hashanah is one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar. This year Rosh Hashanah is celebrated from September 20th through September 22nd.

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Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, falls on 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar and will be observed this year on September 15th. This festival has been celebrated by both Chinese and Vietnamese people for over 3,000 years and is one of the most important holidays on the Chinese calendar, as it marks the end of the harvest. See more about the Mid-Autumn Festival on our page of links.

Labor Day

Labor Day is a federal holiday, observed on the first Monday in September. It celebrates the role of the American worker. For many people, this three-day weekend also marks the end of the summer season, even though summer doesn’t officially end until a few weeks later. This year Labor Day falls on September 5th.

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