September

Rosh Hashanah / Jewish New Year

6-8 September

Rosh Hashanah / Jewish New Year

Judaism

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year festival, commemorates the creation of the world. A synagogue ritual is the blowing of the Shofar, a ram’s horn trumpet. Apples are dipped in honey as a symbol of the sweet New Year that lies ahead. Work is not permitted.


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African Union (AU) Day

9 September

African Union (AU) Day

Africa

AU Day offers an occasion to promote the African Union and its activities all over the African continent and in the world.


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Yom Kippur

16 September

Yom Kippur

Jewish

Also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people, characterised by repentance and forgiveness. Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services.


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National Week of Deaf People

19-25 September

National Week of Deaf People

Australia

The National Week of Deaf People (NWDP) is an opportunity for Deaf people to: Celebrate their community, language, culture and history; Recognise their achievements; Make the public aware of their local, state and national Deaf communities.


Be aware that many in the Deaf community do not identify deafness with disability, but rather as ‘capital D’ deaf culture ... so there are some important sensitivities to how this might be presented (Professor Keith McVilly). More information...

Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival

21 September

Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival

East and Southeast Asia

Mid-Autumn Festival, or “Mooncake Festival”, is a celebration of the harvest and the Autumn season at the time of the full moon. This celebration is observed in Australia, mostly by east and southeast Asian people.


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