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Carter G. Woodson is considered the father of black history month. He was the son of former slaves. Carter noticed and was displeased that the history textbooks ignored America’s black population. In 1926, Woodson developed Negro History Week. In 1976 this week was expanded into Black History Month. ...
The third Sunday in January is annually celebrated as World Religion Day. Established in 1950, its purpose was to encourage interfaith understanding. Today there are many interfaith movements, and it is necessary to respect and to join with others in claiming our global humanity and saving our common home. ...
One of the few ancient Indian festivals observed according to solar cycles instead of the lunar calendar, Makar Sankranti usually falls on or around the same day each year (normally January 14). This is a time of peace, insight, and joy....
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January. Dr. King, Jr. is best known as a civil-rights leader. His leadership in the movement brought him worldwide attention. His famous march on Washington was in 1964. He was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964....
During Hanukkah we celebrate with our Jewish Sisters and Brothers: It’s an eight-day festival of lights commemorating the rededication of the Temple after purifying it from the idolatrous activities that defiled it in the second century BCE. Hanukkah includes special blessings, prayers, songs, and the nightly lighting of the Menorah....
The 2019 winter solstice is December 21st.  The date of the winter solstice varies from year to year, and can fall anywhere between December 20 and December 23.  Day light hours lessen before the solstice and it is the longest night of the year. ...
The Dominican Center wishes a very Happy Thanksgiving to all those who visit our site and to those who enroll in our programs. We are grateful for you and hope that we can be a spiritual lens and gift for you. We are grateful and we thank you....
It is estimated that there are 1.1 billion people in the world who adhere to the Hindu faith. In the United States there are 1.5 million. Hinduism is one of the oldest religions and many people claim it. This Sunday begins the feast of Diwali, a most popular Hindu holiday. ...
Statistics suggest that every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten. Most often, the abuser is a partner or a member of her own family. Let us pray for those who are victims of domestic violence, for the perpetrators, and for the children who witness...
Photo: “Slichot” Prayer by Mark Neyman for Government Press Office / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Yom Kippur 2019 begins at sundown on Tuesday, October 08.  This is the holiest day of the year for our Jewish brothers and sisters.  It is often called a day of atonement and reconciliation.  Jewish people...