November 2014 moon events include a Full Moon on November 6. Enjoy the cooler temperatures by gathering outdoors with family and friends for a bonfire or a night time walk on the beach. If you’ve never seen the full moon rising on the beaches of Florida, you’re in for a treat! The New Moon occurs on November 22, after which we begin looking forward to even more gatherings to celebrate Thanksgiving, on November 27. Thanksgiving is often celebrated with turkey, mashed potatoes and football, but that’s certainly not the only way to observe the holiday. It’s important for adults and children alike to learn that people all over the world have much to be thankful for. On November 16 1995, the United Nations agency UNESCO launched International Day for Tolerance. UNESCO quotes

“ Education for tolerance should aim at countering influences that lead to fear and exclusion of others, and should help young people develop capacities for independent judgement, critical thinking and ethical reasoning. The diversity of our world’s many religions, languages, cultures and ethnicities is not a pretext for conflict, but is a treasure that enriches us all. “

This year, ask your friends and family attending a gathering to contribute a dish or a story that reflects the cultural history of themselves, a spouse or a parent. The greatest thing to be thankful for is not just an abundant feast, but to live in a time where you can celebrate with a kaleidoscope of cultures around one table.
Blessed be!