Friday, October 28, 2016

November Holidays and Observances

(See bottom of post for sources and notes)

November Holidays and Observances

Month-long observances (US)
  • Native American Heritage Month 
  • National Adoption Month
  • Military Family Month
  • National Entrepreneurship Month
  • National Diabetes Awareness Month
  • National College Application Month
  • National Alzheimer's Disease Month
  • National Family Caregivers Month
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • All Saints Day (Christian)
  • Birth of the Bab (Baha'i) [Begins at sunset on Oct 31]
  • Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i) [Begins at sunset on Nov 1]
  • Bai Phonta (Bengali Hindu)
  • Bhau-beej (Hindu)
  • Samhain (Neo-Pagan) [Begins at sunset on Oct 31]
  • Day of the Innocents (Mexico, Haiti)
  • All Souls Day (Catholic Christian)
  • International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (UN)
  • Day of the Dead (Mexico)
  • The coronation of Haile Selassie (Rastafari)
  • Sooranporu (Hindu)
  • World Tsunami Awareness Day (UN)
  • Guy Fawkes Night (UK)
  • Chhath (Hindu)
  • International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflicts (UN)
  • Daylight Savings Time ends (US)
  • International Week of Science and Peace begins (UN)
  • Election Day (US)
  • Intersex Solidarity Day
  • Schicksalstag (Germany)
  • International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism (EU)
  • World Freedom Day (US)
  • World Science Day for Peace and Development (UN)
  • Veterans Day (US) / Armistice Day (EU)
  • Tulsi Vivah (Hindu)
  • Yitzhak Rabin Memorial (Israel) [Begins at sunset Nov 12]
  • Remembrance Sunday (UK)
  • Anti-Bullying Week begins (UK)
  • Karthik Purnima (Hindu)
  • Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (Sikh)
  • World Diabetes Day (UN)
  • Get Smart About Antibiotics Week begins (US)
  • American Education Week begins (US)
  • National Apprenticeship Week begins (US)
  • Shichigosan (Shinto)
  • Nativity Fast/Winter Lent begins - ends Dec. 24 (Orthodox Christian)
  • America Recycles Day (US)
  • International Day for Tolerance (UN)
  • World Philosophy Day (UN)
  • Great American Smokeout (US)
  • National Adoption Day (US)
  • National Child's Day (US)
  • World Toilet Day (UN)
  • Christ the King (Christian)
  • Africa Industrialization Day (UN)
  • Universal Children's Day (UN)
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • Bhairava Ashtami (Hindu)
  • World Television Day (UN)
  • Niiname-sai (Shinto)
  • Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Sikh)
  • Day of the Covenant (Baha'i) [Begins at sunset Nov 24]
  • Thanksgiving (US)
  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (UN)
  • Native American Heritage Day (US)
  • Advent Sunday (Christian)
  • Mitzvah Day International (UK)
  • Sigd (Ethiopian Jewish) [Begins at sunset Nov 29]
  • International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (UN)
  • St. Andrew's Day (Christian/Scotland)



1)  This calendar focuses on Religious Holidays, International Observances as declared by the United Nations, and United States Observances as declared by the White House. I add a few extra observances of my own choosing.

2) As a family historian - what holidays might my ancestors have observed? What holidays do my current kin observe? I am unable to find an individual website with all of the days above listed. Which is one reason I find the process useful, for me, and perhaps useful for others. Wikipedia, as one might guess, comes closest, though in addition to not being complete (which I could fix) they have a lot of what I consider flotsam and jetsam. The calendar above consolidates and filters the information from a variety of sources.

3) I do not include weekly or monthly religious observances. By that I mean, many religions observe a weekly day as a holy day. Many religions also observe the first and/or last day of every month as a holy day. These days I have not included in the calendar. I also have not included the numerous Saints Days on the Catholic calendar, unless they are highlighted on one of the interfaith calendars I reference. 

4) Please let me know if you spot any errors, or if you have suggestions for additions.

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