October 10th is Columbus Day

Columbus Day, observed annually on the second Monday of October, commemorates Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. In New England, the long weekend is a traditional time to get out and see the fall foliage and enjoy the mild weather while it lasts!

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Yom Kippur is coming

Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is considered the most sacred holiday on the Jewish calendar. Yom Kippur is observed by fasting, prayer and repentance. This year Yom Kippur begins at night fall on October 11th and ends on October 12th.

Learn more about this important observance on our page of links.

Rosh Hashanah is coming

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins today at sunset. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram’s horn) and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey to evoke a “sweet new year”. Unlike the secular New Year’s Day celebration on January 1st, Rosh Hashanah is one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar. This year Rosh Hashanah is celebrated from October 2nd through October 4th.

Learn more about Rosh Hashanah and find ideas for observing this holiday on our page of links.

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is an annual observance celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was first marked in 1982 “in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries.” Since its inception, more than 11,300 books have been challenged, according to the American Library Association. This year Banned Books Week runs from September 25 through October 1 and focuses on young adult literature.

See which books are most commonly challenged/banned and learn more about censorship on our page of links.

Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, falls on 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar and will be observed this year on September 15th. This festival has been celebrated by both Chinese and Vietnamese people for over 3,000 years and is one of the most important holidays on the Chinese calendar, as it marks the end of the harvest. See more about the Mid-Autumn Festival on our page of links.

Labor Day

Labor Day is a federal holiday, observed on the first Monday in September. It celebrates the role of the American worker. For many people, this three-day weekend also marks the end of the summer season, even though summer doesn’t officially end until a few weeks later. This year Labor Day falls on September 5th.

See our page of links to learn more about Labor Day.

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