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Written by: Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach
Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wondering when certian secular and spiritual holidays of Indians, Americans, Hindus, Buddhist, Jews, Christians, Muslims are in September 2009?

 

India and American holidays September 2009 Calendar
 Day  Date                    Holiday                          Represents Culture 
Tuesday  September 1,        2009              

Onam                             
Onnam Onam - 1st Onam
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India -       Kerala        
Wednesday September 2, 2009  

Onam
ThiurvaOnam
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India -Kerala       
Thursday September 3, 2009  

Onam
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India -Kerala 
Friday September 4, 2009  

Onam
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India -Kerala
Monday September 7, 2009  

American Labor Day

America
Saturday September 19, 2009  

Navarathri
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Hindu
Saturday September 19, 2009  

Rosh Hashanah-
Jeiwsh New Year

Jewish
Sunday September 20, 2009  

Navarathri
Tamil Nadu Golu
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Hindu
Sunday September 20, 2009  

Rosh Hashanah-
Jeiwsh New Year

Jewish
Sunday September 21, 2009  

Eid-ul Fitr

Muslim
Monday September 21, 2009  

Navarathri
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Hindu
Monday September 21, 2009  
Rosh Hashanah-
Jeiwsh New Year
Jewish
Tuesday September 22, 2009  

Navarathri
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Hindu
Wednesday September 23, 2009  
Navarathri
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Hindu
Thursday September 24, 2009  

Navarathri
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Hindu
Friday September 25, 2009  

Navarathri
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Hindu
Saturday September 26, 2009 

Navarathri
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Durgashtami

Hindu
Sunday September 27, 2009 

Navarathri
Ayudha Puja
Saraswathi Puja more

Hindu
Monday September 28, 2009 

Navarathri
Vidhyarmbam
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Viajaya Dashami/ Dassera
Stories of Vijaya Dashami

Hindu
Monday September 28, 2009 

Yom Kippur

Jewish

 

Photos used by permission. All rights reserved, copyright, Krishna Kumar. Do not reuse.



About Onam:
Onam celebrations start in the Malayalam month of Chingam on Atham nakshatram and culminate on Thiruvonam nakshatram and is observed as Thiruvonam (Day of ONAM), the day it is believed that Mahabali comes to see his praja and rejoice.  The days (nakshatras) of Onam celebrations are Atham, Chitra, Choti, Visakham, Anizham, Trikketta, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthradam, Thiruvonam (Uthradam is observed as Onnam Onam - first Onam, Thiruvonam - ONAM, and the next day i.e. Avittam Nakshatra as Moonam Onam - third onam).
Onam 2008 - Thiruvathira Kali
On all days, starting from Atham, flower arrangements are made on the foreground of the house. Atham is an astrological measure of when this festival begins. Hence, this festival starts on the Atham Star in the Malayalam month of Chingam, which falls on different dates each year in the Western Calendar, between end of August and beginning of September.

Often times, calendars outside Kerala, and especially US will quote one day only as Onam festival. The day quoted is actually ThiruOnam, not the first day.

 It is only from September 1, 2009 that major Onam celebrations start, days before lead up to these days, preparing celebrations for return of King Mahabali.


Read articles about Onam

An American's Journey to Onam


Onam and Diwali, a Mysterious Connection

Thiruvathirakali Dance Performed for Onam

Thiruvathira - Folk Dance Performed During Onam in Kerala India


About Navarathri:
N
avarathri is the 9 nights/10 day festival dedicated to forms of the goddess. It is celebrated in different ways in different parts of India. In Tamil Nadu, some families put up a Golu or dolls display with themed decors like Christmas Nativity scenes. In Kerala, on the last day, Vidyarmbam, they take small kids to the temple to initiate into reading.

Submissions by browsers:

Navaratri: Then and Now
Padmini shares some sweet memories of Navarathri celebrations and preparations through the years.

Vijaya Dashami
Vijaya Dashami Festival in Mauritius Detail and Images of the Celebrations (Part 1 of 2)
Vijaya Dashami in Mauritius - Stories and Legends (Part 2 of 2)

Vidhyarmbam: Conclusion of Navarathri in Kerala
Saju shares details on the conclusion of Navarathri in Kerala- intiating small children into reading and writing, known as
Ezhuthiniruthu.

Nothing like Navarathri: An American’s Passion and Continuation of Navarathri in US
What Inspires me as an American to celebrate Navarathri in a Tamil way with Kolu and dolls?
Nothing Like Navarathri: Preparing for Festivities
How to create and decorate a golu.

Nothing Like Navarathri: What Is Celebrated During Navarathri
Why I am inspired to put up a golu? Other Navarathri traditions and etiquette.

Virtual Golu - Videos of Dolls Display for Navarathri
See YouTube videos of some inspirational and traditional Tamil kolu padi decor and set-ups.


Saraswathi Puja
Day before last day of Navar
athri. Kids look forward to this day- no studying! All books and learning implements are given respect by resting them and praying to Goddess for sucess in learning. I call this day a Reading Retreat because by taking a break from reading and studying we refresh ourselves.

 

 

 

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