The Human Truth Foundation

October Religious Festivals and Dates

https://www.humanreligions.info/october.html

By Vexen Crabtree 2023

#hinduism #islam #judaism #paganism

Note that some traditions have festivals and dates that start at sundown or in the evening of the night before, such as (Jewish, Muslim and some Pagan events). There are few Hindu dates on these calendars yet, due to the complexity & multiplicity of all the various calendars in use. Likewise, there are few south-east Asian calendar dates.

DateEventNotes
Oct 1st
Tuesday

(fixed)

Christian Harvest Festival

The symbol of ChristianityChristianity. Harvests are laid out in church.

Oct 2nd
Wednesday

(fixed)

Gandhi Jayanti

The symbol of HinduismHinduism. For the birthday of Mahatma Gandi who bears much responsibility for creating India.

Oct 3rd
Thursday

(2 days)
(this year)

Rosh Hashannah

The symbol of JudaismJudaism. New Years' day. For self-examination and memory of Abraham attempting to sacrifice his son.

Oct 4th
Friday
Oct 5th
Saturday
Oct 6th
Sunday
Oct 7th
Monday
Oct 8th
Tuesday
Oct 9th
Wednesday

(this year)

Guru Ram Das's Gurpurab/Prakesh (birthday)

The symbol of SikhismSikhism. The fourth guru.

Oct 10th
Thursday
Oct 11st
Friday

(this year)

Chong Yang Jie

Chinese religion. For climbing hills and high places, flying kites, and visiting family graves.

Oct 12nd
Saturday

(this year)

Yom Kippur

The symbol of JudaismJudaism. Follows from 10 days of repentance; the most important Jewish date in a year.

Oct 13rd
Sunday
Oct 14th
Monday
Oct 15th
Tuesday

(this year)

Feast of 'Ilm (Knowledge)

The symbol of the Bahai FaithBahá'í Faith.

Oct 16th
Wednesday
Oct 17th
Thursday

(7 days)
(this year)

Sokkot

The symbol of JudaismJudaism. Similar in style to the sabbath, but lasting a week instead of just Saturday.

Oct 18th
Friday
Oct 19th
Saturday
Oct 20th
Sunday

(this year)

Gurgadi Divas of Siri Guru Granth Sahib

The symbol of SikhismSikhism.

Oct 20th
Sunday

(this year)

The Granth Sahib Holy Book Becomes the 11th and Final Guru

The symbol of SikhismSikhism. The holy scriptures themselves became the final Guru in 1708 and the line of human Gurus ended.

Oct 20th
Sunday

(this year)

Harkrishan becomes the 8th guru

The symbol of SikhismSikhism.

Oct 20th
Sunday

(this year)

Guru Har Rai's Jyoti Jot (death)

The symbol of SikhismSikhism. The seventh guru.

Oct 20th
Sunday

(fixed)

Birth of the Bab (until 2014)

The symbol of the Bahai FaithBahá'í Faith. This was observed on the 20th of Oct each year until 2014, after which it was changed to the 8th new moon after each Bahai new year. The prophet who foretold the arrival of Baha'u'llah (another prophet).

Oct 21st
Monday

(this year)

Guru Gobind Singh's Jyoti Jot (death)

The symbol of SikhismSikhism. The tenth Guru.

Oct 22nd
Tuesday
Oct 23rd
Wednesday
Oct 24th
Thursday

(this year)

Shemini Atzeret

The symbol of JudaismJudaism. Seasonal date that marks the beginning of the rainy season in Israel marked by candles, festive meals and celebration. The annual reading of the Torah restarts.

Oct 24th
Thursday

(this year)

Simchat Torah

The symbol of JudaismJudaism. Outside of Israel, occurs a day later. The Torah reading moves from the end of Deuteronomy to the beginning of Genesis.

Oct 24th
Thursday

(5 days)
(this year)

Maidyoshahem (of Hordad)

The symbol of Zoroastrianism - wide bird-like wings and a man holding a ringZoroastrianism. The third day (Jishan-e-Tiragan) is the most important. The seasonal festival of Hordad, the Holy Immortal, who created water and represents health and completeness. Possibly originally a midsummer festival, but inaccurate calendars has meant the date has strayed.

Oct 25th
Friday

(this year)

Ava Mah Parab / Aban Jashan

The symbol of Zoroastrianism - wide bird-like wings and a man holding a ringZoroastrianism. Celebration of Ava, guardian of fertility and water.

Oct 26th
Saturday
Oct 27th
Sunday
Oct 28th
Monday
Oct 29th
Tuesday
Oct 30th
Wednesday
Oct 31st
Thursday

(5 days)
(this year)

Divali / Diwali

The symbol of HinduismHinduism. A seasonal harvest festival and the festival of light. In some Indian states, it starts a day later.

Oct 31st
Thursday

(fixed)

Halloween

The secular celebration of the ancient pagan festival of Samhain.

Oct 31st
Thursday

(fixed)

Samhain

Paganism. For the coming of winter. The turning of the natural cycles continues; this commemorates death and remembers those who are dead.