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September Cultural Awareness Brief


September marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month which is observed from September 15 to October 15 and corresponds with Mexican Independence Day which is celebrated on September 16 and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended Spanish dictatorship in Mexico.

September 5 is Labor Day honoring the contribution that workers have made to the United States. September 11 is Ethiopian New Year which is celebrated by Rastafarians who believe that Ethiopia is their spiritual home. September 18 is International Equal Pay Day; recognized for the first time in September 2020, the day represents the long-standing efforts toward the achievement of equal pay for work of equal value. It further builds on the United Nations’ commitment to human rights and its efforts to eliminate all forms of discrimination.

September 22 is Ostara Mabon, a celebration of the vernal equinox commemorated by Pagans and Wiccans. September 23 is Native American Day, a federal holiday observed annually on the fourth Friday in September in the state of California and Nevada and on the second Monday in October in South Dakota and Oklahoma.

September 25 to 27 (sundown to sundown) is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year celebration marking the creation of the world. September 26 to October 5 is Navratri, the nine-day festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil. Festival participants worship God in the form of the universal mother commonly referred to as Durga, Devi, or Shakti and the event marks the start of fall. September 27 is Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross); in some Christian denominations, this is a day that commemorates the cross used in the crucifixion of Jesus. September 27 is also Meskel, a religious holiday in the Ethiopian Orthodox and Eritrean Orthodox Churches that commemorates the discovery of the True Cross by the Roman Empress Helena in the fourth century.

September 28 is Teacher’s Day in Taiwan; this day is used to honor teachers’ contributions to their students and to society in general. People often express their gratitude to their teachers by paying them a visit or sending them a card. The Birth of Confucius, the model master educator in ancient China, is also commemorated on this date. September 29 is Michaelmas, or the Feast of Michael and All Angels; a minor Christian festival dedicated to Archangel Michael that is observed in some Western liturgical calendars.



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