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Epilepsy Awareness Month – Brings attention to a condition affecting more than 1 million in the United States. This life-long condition has no cure, and continued research is needed. Epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological disease and it impacts everyone. The condition does not discriminate. While anyone of any age and any population develop epilepsy, it is more common in children and the elderly.
National Native American Heritage Month – Celebrates the diverse and rich culture, history, and traditions of Native people. The observance is also a time to educate anyone and everyone about the different tribes, raise awareness about the struggles native people have, and continue to face. Native American pictures, words, names, and stories are a crucial part of American history.
American Education Week – Celebrates public education and honors individuals who are making a difference in ensuring every child in the U. S. receives a quality education.
National Hunger & Homelessness Week – an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness.
All Saints Day & All Souls’ Day – All Saints and All Souls comprise the two-day celebration of the Communion of Saints – those who are with God in heaven and those who are on their way to heaven.
Election Day – A day set by U.S. law for the election of public officials. If you are eligible, please vote!
International Day of Tolerance –A call to action to promote tolerance, acceptance, respect, and value for all people and cultures.
Native American Heritage Day – Celebrates and honors the history and culture of Native Americans and indigenous people in the United States.
Thanksgiving Day – A day set aside to remember all that we are grateful for and to spend time with those we love.
Transgender Day of Remembrance – Memorializes those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.
Diwali – The Festival of Lights is the time that followers worship Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi descends to earth to bless her devotees.
Veteran’s Day –Honors those who have served in the US Armed Forces.
World Diabetes Day – The percentage of adults who suffer with diabetes has nearly doubled since 1980. Diabetes is a major cause of other ailments including kidney disease and blindness. However, with treatment and a healthy lifestyle, the effects of the disease can be managed.
Daylight Saving Time Ends – Fall back…
Kristallnacht – Known as “The Night of Broken Glass”, commemorates the 1938 pogrom against Jews throughout Germany and Vienna.