November events 2021

Publication date:
01 November 2021
Date range:
November 2021


2 Nov (Tuesday) Anniversary of the Crowning of Haile Selassie – Rastafari

  • One of the holiest days of the Rastafarian year
  • It celebrates Haile Selassie’s accession to the Ethiopian throne.
  • It cements the role Ethiopia plays at the heart of
    Rastafarian tradition.

4 Nov (Thursday) Diwali – Hindi/Sikhs/Jains

  • Diwali is the five-day Festival of Lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world.
  • It is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.
  • Fireworks are set off and light are hung out during the festival.
  • It is generally associated with Lakshmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity, or with the victorious return of Rama and Sita after their exile.
  • Diwali marks the beginning of the Indian financial year.

14 Nov (Sunday) Remembrance Sunday – National

  • remember the service and sacrifice of all those that have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life.
  • We remember the Armed Forces, and their families, from Britain and the Commonwealth, the vital role played by the emergency services and those that have lost their lives as a result of conflict or terrorism.
  • HM The Queen will pay tribute alongside Members of the Cabinet, Opposition Party leaders, former Prime Ministers, the Mayor of London and other ministers.

28 Nov (Sunday) Advent Sunday – Christianity

  • The start of the Christian year and the fourth Sunday before Christmas.
  • Advent means 'Coming' in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world.
  • Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas.
  • It is often celebrated by lighting the first candle in the advent crown – a circular wreath of greenery.
  • A further three candles are lit on subsequent Sundays, culminating with the Christmas candle on the 25th December. This signifies the transition from darkness to light.

29 Nov – 6 Dec (Mon-Mon) Hanukah – Jews

  • The eight-day celebration known as Hanukkah commemorates the reclaiming of the Second Temple in Jerusalem after, according to legend, the Jews rose up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.
  • For the eight evenings of the festival, candles are lit from right to left in a hanukkiah.
  • Foods cooked with oil - such as doughnuts and latkes (potato cakes) – are traditional to remember the miracle with oil that happened at this time.