The First Amendment gives Americans many of our basic freedoms which all too often we narrowly define, and take for granted. In November and December there are about 24 holidays from secular to religious. This time period has several.
Christ the King
The Feast of Christ the King falls on the Sunday between 20 and 26 of November. It is also know as the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King. It is the last Sunday before the season of Advent. It is a modern church tradition started in the 1920’s by Pope Pius XI of the Catholic faith. The 1920’s was a time of great upheaval economically and politically. Kings often come to power through domination and violence. Religious leaders wanted a way to remind the faithful during this trying period that there was a king that through loving and serving others became the King of kings through spiritual power rather than human power. Hence a service and set of prayers was created. Below are two links for further information.
Wikipedia Article on Christ the King
Guru Nanak Birthday
Guru Nanak was the first guru of the Sikhs, and started the Sikh school of thought. The school of thought was essentially to meditate on the holy name of God, work, be honest, and share. There are prayers, liturgy, special celebrations with tea and snacks, and in some communities a parade. Sikh faith promotes truth, equality, freedom, justice, and karma. The link below provides information on the Sikhs.
In 1863 during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln announced a national holiday was to be held in November and to be called Thanksgiving Day. The day was to honor the Native Americans and the Pilgrims who for about fifty years with faith, harmony, and cooperation built a European colony, and who celebrated together their successes with an annual feast. The links below provide extensive information on the holiday.
Day of Covenant
The Day of Covenant is on November 26th and comes to us through the Bahai faith. This day has a two fold purpose. It celebrates Abdu’l-Baha, a man whose writings are an integral part of that faith who worked diligently for the advancement of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings. It also honors the covenant of Bahá’u’lláh’. It is not a holy day per se, but it is a day to think about spiritual things and what it takes to be that. Abdu’l-Baha in humbleness and faithfulness was an example of that. For more information on this holiday and the Bahai faith in general a link is provided below.