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When September comes along, many people recognize Labor Day as being the most recognized and celebrated holiday for the month.

Did you know that another 130 global holidays exist during September? If you haven’t seen the world yet, then this list may just be the encouragement you need. If you’re ready to embrace a celebratory spirit, consider adding these days to your calendar!

Rosh Hashanah

This Jewish holiday is the first of the High Holy Days. It’s a two-day celebration that includes the sounding of the shofar. Families enjoy festive meals, with symbolic foods part of the tradition. You may see people eating honey-dipped apples as a way to promote the idea of a sweeter new year. Praying and reflection are part of the experience. 

Our Lady of Victories Day: Malta

This national holiday celebrates the lifting of the 16th century siege against the Turks. It also honors the 1800 capitulation by the French and the end of the Axis powers reign in 1943. You’ll see colorful boats rowing throughout the harbor during the afternoon, with traditional feasts held throughout the country. 

They also celebrate Independence Day on September 21 to honor their separation from the United Kingdom in 1964.

International Day of Peace: United Nations

World Peace Day is dedicated to the absence of violence and war. It was first celebrated in 1981, and many nations honor it with temporary ceasefires and battle cessation. Each year brings a new emphasis to the holiday, with 2019 being a time to create positive climate action.

Talk Like a Pirate Day

This holiday got its start in Albany, Oregon, in 1995. The Pastafarians observe it in a parodic way. It was first an inside joke, but it became more prominent when columnist Dave Barry wrote about it in 2002. It’s now celebrated internationally, even if most governments don’t give it a second thought.

Yom Kippur

This Jewish holiday sometimes falls in October, but it can have a late September date. It’s the holiest day of the year, with the central theme involving repentance and atonement. The traditional observation is to spend 25 hours in fasting and prayer.

Many countries have holidays during the month of September, but these selections are the most recognized. Which ones do you celebrate in your home?

Scott Larson