Tuesday, November 01, 2005

November Multicultural Schedule Alerts

Schedule alert days are national or religious holidays when individuals may take time off to observe a holiday.

November 1, 2005
Diwali - Hindu, Sikh
It means 'row of lights' and is the Hindu New Year. Diwali lasts for 5 days: Day 1 - New Year for business, Day 2 - the triumph of god Vishnu over the evil demon, Day 3 - Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity visits homes lit by lamps, Day 4 - Bali worship day, Day 5 - devoted to brothers and sisters.

November 4, 2005
Eid-Ul-Fitr - Islam
This marks the end of the Ramadan fast and is celebrated for 3 days. Date of observance may vary according to sighting of new moon.

November 15, 2005
Guru Nanak's Birthday - Sikh
He was born in 1469 CE and was the first of the Ten Gurus of the Sikh faith and founded Sikhism. An accomplished poet, the Sikh scriptures called the Guru Granth Sahib contain 974 of his hymns.

November 24, 2005
Thanksgiving Day - USA
Early American settlers gave thanks for good harvests by decorating their churches with fruits and vegetables and celebrated dinner with venison and waterfowl.

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