Tuesday, October 28, 2008

October 28th: Ochi / Okhi Day (Greece)

National Day in Greece and commemorated in Greek communities around the world.

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October 28
Okhi Day
Celebrated throughout Greece, Cyprus and the Greek communities around the world
Okhi Day
commemorates Greek dictator Ioannis Metaxas's (in power from August 4, 1936 until January 29, 1941) rejection of the ultimatum made by Italian dictator Mussolini on October 28, 1940.
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Monday, October 27, 2008

Oct 28, 2008: Diwali (Hindu, Sikh)

Indian Festival of lights, Diwali lasts 5 days. Day 1 - New Year.

Diwali is a "Schedule Alert". Those who mark this occasion may wish or just take time off from work.
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October 2008


 New Moon

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.
Hindu, Sikh

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

SHRM 2008 Diversity Conference - Atlanta

... excellent learning and networking opportunity for all professionals with responsibilities in diversity.

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SHRM Diversity Conference & Exposition, October 27-29, 2008, in Atlanta, Georgia. This is an excellent learning and networking opportunity for all professionals with responsibilities in diversity. Keynote speakers will motivate and inspire you, and educational sessions will discuss current issues, best practices and contemporary research.
Terrence Howard
Frans Johansson
Bill Strickland
Tuesday, October 28 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
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Society for Human Resource Management
1800 Duke Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314 U.S.A.
1.800.283.SHRM (U.S. only)
TTY/TDD: +1.703.548.6999
FAX: +1.703.535.6490
E-mail: shrm@shrm.org
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Thursday, October 23, 2008

October 23: National Day (Hungary)

Full details of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungarian_Revolution_of_1956
Coat of arms of Hungary
Flag of Hungary


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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October 23National DayNemzeti √ľnnepThe day of the Republic (since 1989), 1956 Revolution memorial day. Celebrated with speeches and exhibitions.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tzolk'in: Ancient Mayan calendar

The Tzolk'in ...may have been circumstantially significant for agriculture along the south coast of Guatemala. The April 30 zenith transit occurs just before the beginning of the rainy season. Farmers in the region presently plant their corn at the end of April or early in May In August 13 zenith transit the Maya initiate its current era in this day', approximates the time of the harvest of the dried corn.
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The tzolk'in, the most fundamental and widely-attested of all the Maya calendars, was a pre-eminent component in the society and rituals of the ancient Maya. The Tzolk'in is still in use by several Maya communities in the Guatemalan highlands. Its use is marginal but spreading in this region, although opposition from Evangelical Christian converts has erased it from some communities.

The Maya used several cycles of days, of which the two most important were the Tzolk'in, or Sacred Round of 260 days and the approximate solar year of 365 days or Haab. The Sacred Round combined the repeating cycle of numbers 1-13 with 20 day names ... so that any particular combination would recur in 13 x 20 or 260 days; the day name and the number changed together: 1 Imix, 2 Ik, 3 Akbal ... as we might say Monday 1, Tuesday 2, Wednesday 3, and so on

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October 22, 2008: Simchat Torah (Jewish)

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Simchat Torah
Simchat Torah or Rejoicing in the Torah is the beginning of the synagogue's annual reading cycle. It begins at previous sundown.
Simchat Torah
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Oct 22: Abu Simbel Festival (Egypt)

One of my favorite fun events on the "Diversity" calendar.

Eric "Calendarwallah" Snyder
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October 2008


Abu Simbel Festival
Built by Ramses II, his temple is angled so that the inner sanctum lights up twice a year on the: once on the anniversary of his rise to the throne and, once on his birthday. Crowds pack in the temple before sunrise to watch the shafts of light illuminate the statues of Ramses, Ra and Amon. The other date for this event is Feb. 22.
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Friday, October 17, 2008

October 17th, 2008: Int'l Day for Eradication of Poverty (UN)

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17 October

International Day for Eradication of Poverty

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed every year since 1993, when the General Assembly, by resolution 47/196, designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries, particularly in developing countries - a need that has become a development priority.
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 Int’l Day For Eradication Of Poverty, UN
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