Sukkot or The Feast of Tabernacles, commemoratesthe years that the Jews spent in the desert on their wayto the Promised Land, and celebrates the way in whichGod took special care of them under impossibleconditions.Sukkot lasts for seven days,and work is not permitted onthe first two days.Saturday 3 OctoberJewish - Sukkot
The 7thday of SukkotFriday 9 OctoberJewish – Hoshanah RabbahSikh – Birthday of Guru Ram DasGuru Ram Das (1534-1581) was thefourth of the Sikh Gurus.
Shemini Atzeret can be translated as"the assembly of the eighth (day)."In Israel the festival is combinedwith Simchat Torah.Saturday 10 OctoberJewish – Shemini Atzeret
Simchat Torah means "Rejoicing inthe Torah." This holiday marks thecompletion of the yearly cycle ofweekly Torah readings.Sunday 11 OctoberJewish – Simchat Torah
Edward the Confessor was King of England 1042 -1066. He built Westminster Abbey where there is ashrine to him - and where the saint is alsocelebrated on January 5 each year, the anniversaryof his death.Tuesday 13 OctoberChristian – St Edward’s Day
Diwali, the festival of lights, is the most popular of allthe festivals from South Asia.It is an occasion for celebrationsby Hindus as well as Jains and Sikhs.Saturday 17 OctoberHindu - DiwaliSikh - DiwaliFor Sikhs, Diwali is particularly importantbecause it celebrates the release fromprison of the sixth guru, Guru Hargobind,and 52 other princes with him, in 1619.
Celebrates the birth of theprecursor of the founder ofthe Bahai faith.Tuesday 20 OctoberBahai – Birth of the Bab
Samhain marks the Feast of the Dead.Many Pagans also celebrate it as theold Celtic New YearSaturday 31 OctoberPagan – Samhain (Halloween)Christian - HalloweenThe night before All Saints Day (All Hallows Day). Itsorigins date back over 2000 years tothe ancient Celtic festival of Samhain.