Monday, December 02, 2013

Not Just Christmas

Here in the US, at least, the "holiday season" tends to indicate November through January. For the War On Christmas people, who want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and only a Merry Christmas, may I remind you about these 2013/2014 dates...

November 3: Diwali, the Hindu celebration of lights
November 4: Al-Hijira, the Muslim new year
November 12: Birth of Baha'u'llah, the celebration of the founder of the Baha'i faith
November 13: Ashura, an Islamic day of mourning for Husayn ibn Ali
November 15: Shichi-go-san, the Shinto day of prayer for the health and growth of children
November 17: the Sikh celebration of the birth of Guru Nanak
November 23: Niinamesei, Shinto harvest/labor thanksgiving day celebration
November 24: Sikh observance of the martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur
November 26: Baha'i celebration of the Day of the Covenant, when 'Abdu'l-Baha' promised to unite the people
November 28: Baha'i commemoration of the death and ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha'
November 28: Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of light

December 8: Bodhi Day, the Buddhist celebration of enlightenment
December 21: Yule, the Pagan celebration of the birth of the God, and the return of the sun
December 26: Kwanzaa (really? I'd originally left out Kwanzaa????), a celebration of Family, Community and Culture

January 5: the Sikh celebration of the birth of Guru Bogind Singh
January 7: Rasafarian Christmas
January 13: Milad un-Nabi, the Muslim commemoration of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad
January 14: Makar Sankranti, the Hindu celebration of the movement of the sun into the Northern Hemisphere/ into Makara Rashi
January 15: the Shinto "Coming of Age Day", Seijin Shiki
January 16: Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish new year for trees
January 31: the Sikh celebration of the birth of Guru Har Rai

(all dates from

So! Folks, next time you feel like maybe Christmas isn't getting a good enough shake or enough attention, do try to remember ~ it's not just Christmas happening this "holiday season."

Those are Pobble Thoughts. That and a buck fifty will get you coffee.