Fall arrives this month. September also means kids are back in school, the evenings are getting shorter, and the days are getting cooler. Here are 10 holidays and events your family can recognize during the month of September:
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National Cheese Pizza and Pepperoni Pizza Days
Sept. 5 and Sept. 20
What? Two days to celebrate pizza this month? Why not?!? Celebrate National Cheese Pizza Day first, and then a few weeks later mark National Pepperoni Pizza Day. The kids will love you! Order out or grill your pizza to celebrate. What's your favorite pizza place? My family loves Pizza Pete's, Skippereno's, and John's Wildwood Pizza out by Behrend (insider tip: Add an order of the cinnamon sticks and your kids will think they've died and gone to heaven!)
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Labor Day is the day Americans pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of our workers. Plus it's a great day for an end of summer BBQ.
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Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. This year it begins at sundown Sept. 6. Many families celebrate with large family meals featuring traditional food such as challah and apples dipped in honey, representing the wish for a sweet, happy new year. Try this amazing recipe for Jewish Apple Cake, another popular recipe at Rosh Hashanah celebrations.
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National Day of Service and Remembrance
Sept. 11 is a day to reflect on the devastating 2001 attacks that changed our country so much. Remember those we lost and give thanks to the first responders. Erie's 9/11 Memorial is located outside of Blasco Library.
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National Grandparents Day
Grandparents are special. If your children's grandparents are local, spend time showing them just how important they truly are to your family.
If they aren't local, plan ahead and send a handmade card and a hug: Simply tape together a few pieces of newspaper or use the white side of wrapping paper and outline your child with their arms outstretched. Let your kids color themselves in. Fold it up, put it in an envelope and send that hug to grandma!
Hispanic Heritage Month
Sept. 15-Oct. 15
One of our former publishers shared this delicious Arroz con Leche recipe for Hispanic Heritage Month that she learned from her mother and grandmothers while growing up in Tepic, Nayarit. Make it this month as one way to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
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Yom Kippur is the “Day of Atonement” during which Jews around the world reflect on their sins from the past year and ask for forgiveness. The focus of the Yom Kippur holiday? Introspection and connecting to your religion. To do that, Jews fast from sundown the night before to sundown the night of Yom Kippur.
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International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Ahoy, Matey! Have fun and talk like a pirate today. Better yet, take the kids on a ride on the Scallywags Pirate Ship! Pirate cruises happening Sept. 7-30 on weekends.
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First Day of Fall
As summer slips away into fall and days get shorter, enjoy the cooler fall weather. Celebrate fall by finding all of the local fall happenings on our event calendar.
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Good Neighbor Day
We all need more good neighbors. How can you be a good neighbor? Here are three ideas: Invite neighbors to gather on a weekend to help an elderly neighbor with yard work, start a neighborhood garden, or visit Erie's own Tool Lending Library!