Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of an America where people would “not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” We have to continuously ask ourselves, where we are on the path to realizing his (and our) dream. Black History Month was a time for everyone to learn more, get involved, and take the path less traveled to create a world where we work together with understanding, compassion, and fortitude, taking steps forward to a more unified nation.
Our efforts can't stop with a single month's celebration. There must be a continuous voice spoken and consistent actions made that permeate our daily decisions to minimize bias, stereotypes, and prejudices that complicate our ability to effectively and efficiently excel together. Plum Borough School District is taking steps to make change, connect, and problem solve, making a difference in our District.
Celebrations and Observations
Hispanic Heritage Month is observed in September. The celebration begins on September 15 and concludes on October 15. Mexican Independence Day is also recognized this month. It recognizes the 1810 revolution that ended Spanish dictatorship.
|4 - 11th||Paryushana Parva, a Jain festival observed through meditation and fasting. Its main focus is spiritual upliftment, pursuit of salvation and a deeper understanding of the religion.|
|6th||Labor Day in the United States. Labor Day honors the contribution that laborers have made to the country and is observed on the first Monday of September.|
|6 - 8th||Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year celebration, marking the creation of the world, sundown to sundown.|
|10th||Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu holiday lasting around 10 days, where the elephant-headed Hindu God is praised and given offerings.|
|11th||Beheading of St. John the Baptist, a holy day observed by various Christian churches that follow liturgical traditions. The day commemorates the martyrdom by the beheading of St. John the Baptist on the orders of Herod Antipas through the vengeful request of his stepdaughter, Salome, and her mother. |
Ethiopian New Year. Rastafarians celebrate the New Year on this date and believe that Ethiopia is their spiritual home.
|15 - 16th||Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, a day of atonement marked by fasting and ceremonial repentance.|
|18th||International Equal Pay Day, celebrated for the first time in September 2020, represents the longstanding efforts towards the achievement of equal pay for work of equal value. It further builds on the United Nations’ commitment to human rights and against all forms of discrimination, including discrimination against women and girls.|
|20 - 27th||Sukkot, a seven-day Jewish festival giving thanks for the fall harvest.|
|24th||Native American Day, a Federal holiday observed annually on the fourth Friday in September in the state of California and Nevada and on the second Monday in October in South Dakota and Oklahoma, United States.|
|27th||Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross), a day that commemorates the cross used in the Crucifixion of Jesus in some Christian denominations.|
Meskel, religious holiday in the Ethiopian Orthodox and Eritrean Orthodox churches that commemorates the discovery of the True Cross by the Roman Empress, Helena, in the fourth century.
|27 - 29th||Shemini Atzeret, a Jewish holiday also known as The Eighth (Day) of Assembly, takes place the day after the Sukkot festival, where gratitude for the fall harvest is deeply internalized, sundown to sundown.|
|28th||Teacher’s Day in Taiwan. This day is used to honor teachers’ contributions to their students and to society in general. People often express their gratitude to their teachers by paying them a visit or sending them a card. This date was chosen to commemorate the birth of Confucius, the model master educator in ancient China.|
|28 - 29th||Simchat Torah, a Jewish holiday, marks the end of the weekly readings of the Torah. The holy book is read from chapter one of Genesis to Deuteronomy 34 and then back to chapter one again, in acknowledgement of the words of the Torah being a circle, a never-ending cycle, sundown to sundown.|
|29th||Michaelmas, or the Feast of Michael and All Angels, is a minor Christian festival dedicated to Archangel Michael that is observed in some Western liturgical calendars.|