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The Holidays and Celebrations of Autumn

A look at some of the Holidays, Festivals and Celebrations of the Season of Autumn.

Northern Hemisphere:
Late Sept. - Late Dec.

Horoscope / Zodiac Signs:
Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius

Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)

Celebrated: According to the Jewish Calendar
September / Early October
Literally the Head of the Year, Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of a new year in the Jewish calendar and an opportunity for repentance and spiritual renewal.
More info: High Holy Day on the Net / Rosh Hashanaha

Yom Kippur (Jewish)

Celebrated: According to the Jewish Calendar
September / October
The holiest day in the Jewish calendar. On Yom Kippur, known as the Day of Atonement, Jews spend the day fasting and praying to atone for their sins. The holiday ends tomorrow night.
More info: High Holy Day on the Net / Yom Kippur


Observed: September 21- October 22
The seventh astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Libra. In astrology, Libra is considered a "masculine", positive (extrovert) sign.

Sukkot (Jewish)

Celebrated: According to the Jewish Calendar
Late September / October
This weeklong Jewish holiday is also known as the Feast of the Tabernacles. On Sukkot, Jewish people build temporary booths in which they eat and even sleep.
More info: Sukkot on the Net

Thanksgiving (Canada)

Celebrated: Second Monday in October
Canadians spend their Thanksgiving giving thanks for a successful harvest, which typically culminates by early October in the northern country of Canada.
More info: Thanksgiving on the Net / Thanksgiving Day in Canada

Diwali (Hindu)

Celebrated: According to the Hindu Calendar
October / November
Diwali is the five-day Hindu celebration known as the "Festival of Lights". Whether with modest oil lamps or awesome firework displays, the Diwali festival illuminates Hindu homes and businesses for five spectacular days.
More info: Diwali on the Net


Observed: October 23 - November 21
The ruling planet is Pluto or Mars today as the astrological sign of the Scorpio begins. The symbol of this Zodiac sign is the scorpion.


Celebrated: October 31st
A favorite holiday among kids, Halloween is an ancient celebration that blends Druid and Christian customs. Long associated with spirits and ghosts, Halloween today is a reason to dress up in costume and trick-or-treat for candy.
More info: Halloween on the Net

Los Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead)

Celebrated: November 01st & 02nd
A Mexican holiday that, like All Saints' Day, celebrates the spirit of departed friends and loved ones. Traditions include placing a sugar skull with the name of the deceased upon a special alter made to honor his or her memory.
More info: Los Dias de los Muertos on the Net


Observed: November 22 - December 21
The ruling planet is in Jupiter as the astrological sign of Sagittarius begins.

Thanksgiving (US)

Celebrated: 4th Thursday in November
Thanksgiving Day in America is a time to offer thanks, of family gatherings and holiday meals. A time of turkeys, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. A time for Indian corn, holiday parades and giant balloons.
More info: Thanksgiving on the Net

Chanukah (Jewish)

Celebrated: According to the Jewish Calendar
Late November / December
Commemorates religious freedom, national pride and the 2nd century BCE victory of the Maccabees over the Greeks. Jewish people mark this eight-day holiday by lighting the menorah, an eight-branched candelabra, and eating foods fried in oil such as potato latkes and jelly donuts.
More info: Chanukah on the Net

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A History & Overview of the Autumn Season
Holidays and Celebrations of Summer
Did You Know? September
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