September dates for your diary

Calendar snapshots

9th       Anant Chaturdashi – Hindu

Anant Chaturdashi is observed by Hindus and Jains. It marks the end of a joyful ten day celebration of Lord Ganesha, and it is customary to bid the god farewell by immersing an idol in water before sunset.

14th     Triumph of the Cross – Christian

Similar to the festival of Meskel described above, the Triumph of the Cross marks the discovery of the true cross. This is a major festival in the Christian calendar and is celebrated differently by the various branches of the church.

26th     Rosh Hashanah – Judaism

The two-day celebration of Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. At this time, Jews traditionally ask for forgiveness for their sins. They also believe that God looks at everyone’s actions over the previous 12 months and decides what the next 12 will be like.

This month’s dates at a glance

5th       International Day of Charity

6th       Colour Blind Awareness Day

8th       Nativity of Virgin Mary – Christian

Nativity of the Theotokos – Orthodox Christian

International Literacy Day

9th       Anant Chaturdashi – Hindu

10th     World Suicide Prevention Day

14th     Triumph of the Cross – Christian

Exaltation of the Cross – Orthodox Christian

15th     International Day of Democracy  

18th     International Equal Pay Day

21st     Feast of Saint Matthew – Christian

International Day of Peace

World Alzheimer’s Day

23rd    Autumn Equinox, Mabon – Ostara – Wicca/Pagan

Bi Visibility Day

International Day of Sign Languages

25th     World Deaf Day

26th     Rosh Hashanah – Judaism

Navaratri begins – Hindu

UK National Inclusion Week begins

27th     Meskel – Ethiopian Orthodox Christian

28th     Fast of Gedaliah – Judaism

International Right to Know Day

29th     Michaelmas – Saint Michael and All Angels – Christian

World Heart Day.