AGBMS Celebrations and Outings 2022-2023
Hanukkah is a Jewish festival commemorating the recovery of Jerusalem and subsequent rededication of the Second Temple at the beginning of the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd century BCE. Wikipedia
Date: Dec 08, 2023 – Dec 15, 2023
Money gift: Hanukkah gelt
Ends: 2 Tevet or 3 Tevet
Related to: Purim, as a rabbinically decreed holiday
Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in the United States, Canada, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Similarly named festival holidays occur in Germany and Japan. Wikipedia
How did Thanksgiving start? Colonists in New England and Canada regularly observed “thanksgivings,” days of prayer for such blessings as safe journeys, military victories, or abundant harvests. Americans model their holiday on a 1621 harvest feast shared between English colonists and the Wampanoag
Date: Thursday, November 23, 2023
Brookfield Zoo 2022
Tree Donated by
Patrick & Bridget Barrett
Thank you Barrett family for a fabulous time decorating the tree at Brookfield Zoo! The tree looks great and the students loved making the decorations. The tree will be up until January so there is time to visit with family, especially at night with the lights glowing around the zoo.
A federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Wikipedia
Date: Thursday, November 11, 2023
Observed for: 69 years
Celebrations: Veterans Day parades
Also called: Armistice Day
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama va.gov
Native American Indian Heritage Month
America is a vast land of many cultures dating back thousands of years to the original inhabitants of the land. Today, programs, partnerships, and parks preserve and share the stories and heritage of Indigenous people. National Native American Heritage Month is celebrated each year in November. It is a time to celebrate the traditions, languages, and stories of Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Island communities and ensure their rich histories and contributions continue to thrive with each passing generation. It is also a time to evaluate our pledge to maintain the meaningful partnerships we have with Tribal Nations and renew our commitment to our nation-to-nation relationships as we seek to ensure every community has a future they deserve.
Dates: November 2023
Also called Hallowe'en, All Hallowe'en, All Hallows' Eve and
All Saints' Eve.
Observed by Western Christians and many non-Christians around the world Type Christian.
Significance First day of Allhallowtide.
Celebrations Trick-or-treating, costume parties, making jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, divination, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions.
Observances Church services, prayer, fasting, and vigil.
Date: 31 October 2023
Diwali is a festival of lights and is one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs. The festival usually lasts five days, or six in some regions of India, and is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika.
Observances: Diya and lighting, home decoration, shopping, fireworks, puja (prayers), gifts, feast, and sweets
Date: 12 November 2023
Indigenous Peoples' Day is a holiday in the United States that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures.
On October 8, 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden became the first U.S. President to formally recognize the holiday, by signing a presidential proclamation declaring October 11, 2021, to be a national holiday.
It is celebrated across the United States on the second Monday in October, and is an official city and state holiday in various localities. It began as a counter-celebration held on the same day as the U.S. federal holiday of Columbus Day, which honors Genovese-born explorer Christopher Columbus. Some people reject celebrating him, saying that he represents "the violent history of the colonization in the Western Hemisphere". Indigenous People’s Day was instituted in Berkeley, California, in 1992, to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Columbus in the Americas on October 12, 1492. Two years later, Santa Cruz, California, instituted the holiday. Starting in 2014, many other cities and states adopted the holiday.
Columbus Day is a national holiday in many countries of the Americas and elsewhere, and a federal holiday in the United States, which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492.
Christopher Columbus was a Genovese-born explorer who became a subject of the Hispanic Monarchy to lead a Spanish enterprise to cross the Atlantic Ocean in search of an alternative route to the Far East, only to land in the New World. Columbus's first voyage to the New World on the Spanish ships Santa María, Niña, and La Pinta took about three months. Columbus and his crew's arrival in the New World initiated the colonisation of the Americas by Spain, followed in the ensuing centuries by other European powers, as well as the transfer of plants, animals, culture, human populations, and technology between the New and Old Worlds, an event referred to by some late 20th‐century historians as the Columbian Exchange.
Yom Kippur is the holiest day in Judaism and Samaritanism. It occurs annually on the 10th of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. Primarily centered on atonement and repentance, the day's observances consist of full fasting and ascetic behavior accompanied by intensive prayer as well as sin confessions. *Wikipedia
Observances: Fasting; prayer; asceticism
Significance: Atonement and repentance to God for personal sins; sealing of one's fate for the upcoming year
Yom Kippur 2023 will begin in the evening of
and ends in the evening of September 25th 2023
Rosh HaShanah is the Jewish New Year. The biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah, literally "day of shouting or blasting." It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days, as specified by Leviticus 23:23–25, that occur in the late summer early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere.
Also called: Jewish New Year
Observances: Praying in synagogue, personal reflection, and hearing or blowing the shofar
Dates: September 15-17 2023
On this day, 21 September, 2023 we mark forty two years of the International Day of Peace. This day was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly and has been designated as a day of non-violence and cease-fire. This year’s theme is “End racism. Build peace”. Cast your mind back 83 years to 21 September 1938, when Maria Montessori opens her first training course at the newly established training center in Laren, the Netherlands. In the introductory lecture, she addressed students and officials in attendance. Montessori called everyone to action: the kind of action that inspires to contribute to a better world. Dr. Montessori was recognized and twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
National Hispanic Heritage Month
(Spanish: Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana) is a period from 15 September to 15 October in the United States for recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. wikipedia.org