All Saints Day — 1 November
In 1954, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children’s Day to be observed as a day of worldwide unity and understanding between children, to be observed as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world. 20 November, marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.”
Remembrance Day resources
Remembrance services are held both in church and at war memorials. For some this is an opportunity to focus on peace.
Remembrance Sunday is observed on the second Sunday in November, generally the Sunday nearest to 11 November.
Remembrance Day “was originally conceived as a commemoration of the war dead of the First World War but after the Second World War the scope of the ceremony was extended to focus on the nation’s dead of both World Wars, and in 1980 it was widened once again to extend the remembrance to all who have suffered and died in conflict in the service of their country and all those who mourn them.”
Diwali (date fluctuates between mid-October and mid-November)
“Deepawali or Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights (deep = light; avali = a row, i.e., a row of lights) marked by four days of celebration and illumination. Each of the four days in the festival of Diwali is separated by a different tradition, but what remains true and constant is the celebration of life, its enjoyment and goodness.” Read more on the BBC religion site.
International Day for Tolerance — 16 November
“In 1996, the UN General Assembly invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public. This action followed on the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995. The 2005 World Summit Outcome document (A/RES/60/1) furthered the commitment of Heads of State and Government to advance human welfare, freedom and progress everywhere, as well as to encourage tolerance, respect, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures, civilizations and peoples.”
Transgender Day of Remembrance — 20 November
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) honours the memory of those whose lives have been lost through murder and suicide as a result of anti-transgender violence.
St Andrew’s Day — 30 November
“St Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s national day commemorating St Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland, as well as several other countries including Greece, Romania, Russia and Ukraine.”
Click here for Worship Words resources for St Andrew’s Day.
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