October 12th is Hispanic Day

Every year, Hispanic Day is celebrated on October 12th. It is a national holiday in Spain (combined with the day of the Armed Forces) and commemorates the exact date when Christopher Columbus reached the Americas (Bahamas) in 1492. On this day in Spain, the King of Spain oversees the raising of the Spanish national flag in the center of Madrid. …

Begins Tonight: Feast of the Tabernacles

Tonight, many Jews in the US will begin celebrating their week-long Feast of the Tabernacles. Some families may erect small temporary shelters in their backyards to remind them of their history of wandering in the dessert. They also may decorate with dried squash and corn as a picture of God’s blessing and provision. However, the first day is to be …

Pray: Mongolia Teachers’ Day

For the first 5 days of October, Mongolian teachers celebrated Mongolia Teachers’ Day, which coincides with World Teacher’s Day observed on October 5th. Please pray that God will continue to use various Christian organizations to reach out to the over 10,000 teachers in Mongolia and that many will come to a saving faith in Jesus. Praise God for the 3 …

Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) begins at sundown this Saturday and concludes the season of Hajj pilgrimages to Mecca. It honors the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his promised son. Ishmael (Ismail). Here’s the story: “Eid-ul-Adha celebrates the occasion when Allah appeared to Ibrahim in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son Isma’il as an act of …

Today: Native American Day!

Since the 1990s, the states of California and Washington have celebrated “Native American Day” on the 4th Friday of September. That’s today!.  On the 2nd Monday of October, South Dakota will also celebrate, while California and Minnesota celebrate “Indigenous People’s Day.”  Note that on this day most other states are observing Columbus Day (but not California, Oregon, Nevada, and Hawaii to name a …

Shanah Tova!

The 2-day Jewish New Year, called Rosh Hashanah, began at sundown yesterday. It is one of the High Holy Days that takes place in early Autumn; Yom Kippur is another and is observed 10 days later. The days in between allow time for self-examination and repentance. Rosh Hashanah focuses on life: the creation, God’s provision of a sacrificial lamb for …