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Friday, September 14, 2007

September Festivals


Janmashtami, Paryushan, Enkutatash, Ramadan, Rosh Hashanah, Ganesh Chaturathi, Mabon/AutumnEquinox/Freyfaxi, Dussehra/Durga/ Gowri Puja, Yom Kippur,

This is essentially a month of reflection in general, and the three festivals stand out to expresses our innate desire to reflect, measure and fine tune our own spirituality, they are; Paryushan, Rosh Hashanah and Ramadan. Every festival indeed is a reflection.

I have some good articles on each one of the festivals, God willing, time permitting, I shall post these on the websites
http://www.foundationforpluralism.com/ and http://www.mikeghouse.net/ and http://www.worldmuslimcongress.com/ by this weekend.

May you all be blessed and refresh yourselves in your mind and body and be a good human being to one and all.

Mike Ghouse.


Janmashtami - September 3
Celebration of the birthday of Krishna; features a day-long fast broken at midnight, the time of Krishna's birth.


Paryushan - September 2-9
A week of reflection on the past year and starting the new year with new goals


Enkutatash - September 11
Coptic, Ethiopian Christians
Ethiopian New Year; traditions include a family meal, singing, and visiting friends


Ramadan - September 13 - October 12
y month in which the Qur'an was revealed; a time of worship, Qur'an reading, charitable acts, and individual reflection and purification.

Rosh Hashanah - September 13 - 14
Jewish New Year, anniversary of the creation of the world; a 2-day observance (begins at sundown on the 13th).

Ganesh Chaturathi - September 15
Celebrates Ganesha, the elephant-headed god and destroyer of obstacles.

Pagan/ Wiccan/ HeathenSeptember 21
Mabon/Autumn Equinox/Freyfaxi
Pagan observance of the second harvest festival; a time to give thanks and look inward. To mark the Fall Harvest, Heathens celebrate a festival for the God Freyr and the Goddess Freya.

Dussehra/Durga Puja - September 15
Festival celebrating the victory of good over evil; honors the ten-armed goddess of fertility and the third embodiment of the Devi, Durga

Yom Kippur - September 22
Day of Atonement; humans' fates for the coming year are sealed by God (begins at sundown the night before).


Sukkot - September 27 - October 3
Feast of Booths; harvest festival commemorating the divine protection of Israelites during their 40-year wandering in the desert (begins at sundown September 26).


Mike Ghouse
(214) 325-1916
Foundation For Pluralism

If we can learn to accept and respect the God given uniqueness of each
one of the 7 billion of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.


1) We shall not ridicule anyone that God has created.
It amounts to ridiculing their Creator.

2) We shall not attempt to undermine the divinity of other faiths.
It amounts to arrogance, a quality to get rid of, and become a righteous person.

3) We shall not commit another sin in attempting to enforce that one religion is better
than another by claiming that we have the best solutions, or hinting any superiority.

4) We shall not blame any religion or a group for the acts of the individuals
just because they belong to that faith or group.

5) Let’s learn to differentiate the wrong doers from the religion,
while appreciating the goodness of each religion.

6) We shall strive to rid ourselves of greed, anger, hate, haughtiness,
ill-will, pettiness, malice, and ignorance to achieve spirituality.

Our salvation, our peace of mind, our nirvana, our Moksha, our mukti, our freedom
and our joining the kingdom of God is directly dependent on living a prejudice free life
and a life as described in the 6th commandment. Every religion frees us from the negative
engagements. When we truly believe in the ultimate oneness of God and the ultimate
oneness of mankind, we have accepted God’s greatness and parity of human beings.

The world is a better place today because of the spirituality, without which there would be chaos.
All the religions are on the same side; that of goodness for mankind.

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