Rosh Hashanah / Jewish New Year
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
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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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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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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