Published Saturday, October 14, 2000
Sukkoth, which began Friday night at sundown, continues today
through Sunday. During this time Jews are commanded to live in tents or
booths made of branches to commemorate God's care of them when they were
wandering in the desert after they fled from Egypt. It is also known as
the Festival of Tabernacles.
Sunday through Oct. 22 is a Christian observance of a Week
of Prayer for World Peace.
The Zoroastrian festival of Ayathram Gahanibvar ends Monday
It is a festival that celebrates prosperity. The teaching of Zarathustra
is essentially optimistic since he was said to be the only baby that
laughed at birth instead of crying.
On Wednesday, Western Christians honor St. Luke, Apostle and
Evangelist, who was believed to be one of the authors of the four
Friday is the Birth of the Bab, who predicted the
establishment of the Bahai faith and urged his followers to prepare for
it. His 19 disciples, known as Letters of the Living, taught throughout
Friday is also Installation of Holy Scriptures as Guru,
when Sikhs honor their holy writings by making them as important as a holy
teacher, or guru.
Shemini Atzeret, or the Eighth Day of Assembly, begins at
sundown Friday. The Jewish festival features prayers for rain and a good
harvest for the coming year.
-- Mall Area Religious Council
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