November is the eleventh and penultimate month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. It is the fifth and last month to have 30 days and is named after the Latin name of the Roman Goddess, 'Novem'.
This article calendar provides the list of all November global holidays as well as a brief analysis of the holiday and its significance. The information for each holiday was obtained from Wikipedia and the public domain. This information may be freely distributed, provided it is credited to this website.
|1. All Saint's Day||November 1st|
|2. All Souls’ Day||November 2nd|
|3. National Thanksgiving Day||November 3rd|
|4. Day of Unity in Russia||November 4rth|
|5. Pre-Full Moon Day||November 6th|
|6. Water Festival Ceremony||November 7th|
|7. Guru Nanak's Birthday||November 8th|
|8. Lady of the Almudena||November 9th|
|9. Remembrance Day||November 11th|
|10. Descending Day of Lord Buddha||November 15th|
|11. Day of Freedom and Democracy and International Student Day||November 17th|
|12. Black Awareness Day||November 20th|
|13. US Thanksgiving||November 24rth|
All Saints' Day is a commemoration day for all Christian saints and martyrs. It is celebrated on 1st November. Some churches also commemorate those who died during the year on the day itself. One tradition is to place candles on the graves the evening before All Saints' Eve.
All Souls' Day is a Catholic holiday that commemorates the dead. Prayers and Masses are said for those in Purgatory, who are believed to still be members of the church and are suffering to cleanse any outstanding sins. The goal is to help relieve their suffering and to help them get to Heaven.
The President of Liberia issues a proclamation every year declaring the first Thursday in November as National Thanksgiving Day. On this day, people are encouraged to go to church and give thanks to God for protection.
The Day of Unity is a public holiday in Russia that celebrates the liberation of Moscow from Polish troops in 1612. This event marked the end of the "time of troubles" and foreign intervention in Russia. It led to Mikhail Romanov’s accession to the throne.
The full moon of Tazaungmone is a time of celebration and festivities in Myanmar. This is the time when the rainy season ends and the Kathina festival is held. This festival is celebrated with new robes being offered to monks as well as candles being lit as an offering to Buddha. This is also the time when the festival of Tazaungdaing is held. This festival is celebrated with giant paper balloons being lit and sent up into the sky.
The Cambodian Water Festival is a three day festival that celebrates the reversal of the flow between the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers.
The festival marks the end of the rainy season, when the Tonle Sap river becomes swollen with water and flows upstream to Tonle Sap lake. The festival is a time to give thanks to the rivers for providing the region with fertile farming land and plenty of fish.
Guru Nanak Sahib was the founder of Sikhism and the first Sikh Guru. His birthday is celebrated as a holiday by the Sikh community. This day is significant to Sikhs and is marked by special ceremonies and prayers.
In India, this day is also known as Guru Nanak Gurpurb, Guru Nanak's Prakash Utsav or Guru Nanak Dev Hi Jayanti. It is a gazetted holiday in many states and Indian stocks, bonds and currency markets are closed.
The Lady of Almudena is a statue of the Virgin Mary holding the infant Jesus that is venerated by Catholics in many places in Spain and Latin America.
The statue is said to have been carved by Nicodemus and painted by Saint Luke, and it was brought to Spain by Saint James. It is said that as the Moors approached Madrid in the 8th century, the statue was taken and hidden inside the walls of the town.
The day commemorates the end of World War I in 1918. It is meant to remember the fallen on both sides of the war. The date has an older tradition that is associated with war and peace. In the Christian calendar, it was known as 'Martinmas' or St. Martin's day.
Martin was a Roman soldier who converted to Christianity and refused to fight under a pagan flag. After leaving the army, he became a monk and rose up through the orders to eventually become a bishop.
The date marks the signing of the armistice (peace agreement) between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France. The armistice took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning - the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month."
Lhabab Duchen is a Buddhist festival that celebrates the return of Lord Buddha to earth from the heavenly realm.
On this day, followers of Buddhism go to monasteries to light butter lamps, burn incense, and offer prayers to Lord Buddha. Monks and lamas spend the day reading scriptures and chanting mantras.
One important highlight of Lhabab Duchen is the placement of freshly painted ladders on rocks near monasteries to symbolize the holy descent of Buddha.
The Day of Freedom and Democracy celebrates the role of students in fighting for democracy in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The holiday commemorates the 1939 Nazi storming of the University of Prague, which led to the execution of nine student leaders and over 1200 students were sent to concentration camps.
In 1989, there was a memorial march to mark the 50th anniversary of the student revolt which grew into non-violent strikes that eventually led to the end of the communist regime.
November 20th is celebrated as "Zumbi Day" in Brazil in honour of a legendary black hero and freedom fighter. "Zumbi" was born inside the Quilombo of Palmares, the largest colony of escaped slaves in Brazil in 1655. The colony had a government system that organised similarly to an African Kingdom and "Zumbi" was chosen as King.
The colony fought bravely against colonisers from Portugal and Holland for 65 years before it was finally destroyed in 1694. "Zumbi" managed to escape from the colony and many believed that he was immortal. He was finally captured on November 20th 1695 and beheaded. Nowadays "Zumbi Day" is celebrated as a symbol of the struggle for freedom.
Thanksgiving is a celebration of the harvest that dates back to ancient civilizations.
The modern celebration is not commonly a major event, but the American tradition of Thanksgiving dates back to 1621. The pilgrims gave thanks for their first bountiful harvest, and the celebration was held for three days.