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October 30, 2023

Weekly global religious, spiritual and nonreligious observance information

Submitted by David Yetter

The President's Committee on Religion, Spirituality and Nonreligious Diversity presents the global observance information for Oct. 30 to Nov. 5. 

Reformation Day, Tuesday, Oct. 31. Tradition: Christianity-Protestant. Commemorates the beginning of the Protestant reformation of Christianity with Martin Luther's challenge to the Roman church in the 16th century.

Samhain, Tuesday, Oct. 31. Tradition: Wicca/Paganism. The New Year and the final harvest festival, celebrating the last gifts of the Earth before winter and the return of the spirits of the dead.

American Indian/Indigenous Heritage Month, Nov. 1 to Nov. 30.

All Saints Day, Wednesday, Nov. 1. Tradition: Christianity-Protestant, Christianity-Roman Catholic. Christian celebration of the lives of all the saints, especially those not having a special day. Orthodox churches observe the feast on the Sunday following Orthodox Pentecost.

Haudenosaunee, pronounced who-DIN-oh-show-nee, Wednesday, Nov. 1. Tradition: Native American. Thanksgiving address greetings to the natural world. 

All Souls Day, Thursday, Nov. 2. Tradition: Christianity-Roman Catholic. Catholic Christian observance in memory of all the faithful who are deceased. In some Latin cultures, this day is known as "The Day of the Dead."

The President's Committee on Religious, Spiritual and Nonreligious Diversity welcomes those of all global religious, spiritual and nonreligious commitments. Further, we welcome any suggestions, questions or other comments. Please contact the committee's interim chair, David Yetter, at dyetter@k-state.edu