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October 2021

Mawlid an-Nabi begins at sundown

October 18

Mawlid al-Nabim, celebrated on the 12th of Rabiulawal, marks the birth of Muhammad in A.D. 570. The holy day is celebrated in different ways by different Islamic sects. Mohammed (ca. 570–632) is considered by Muslims to be the prophet and messenger of Allah. Mohammed was raised an orphan in Mecca. As a young man he was a caravan manager in his native city and felt that charity and kindness were lacking in his society. Though reports suggest he had a knack…

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November 2021

Chanukah begins at sundown

November 28

Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day,wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting,special prayers and fried foods.In the second century BCE, the HolyLand was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who tried to force the peopleof Israel to accept Greek culture and beliefs instead of mitzvah observance andbelief in the Lord. Against all odds, a small band of faithful but poorly armedJews, led by Judah the Maccabee, defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth,drove the Greeks from the land,…

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December 2021

First Day of Kwanzaa

December 26

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States and in other nations of the Western African diaspora in the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. It was created by Maulana Karenga, and was first celebrated in 1966. Dr. Karenga researched African harvest celebrations and combined aspects of several different celebrations, such as those of the Ashanti and the Zulu, to form…

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