During September there are several national days and notable holidays and festivals. Why not brighten up your video calls by using our virtual backgrounds to highlight these special days?
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September 1st – Slovak Constitution Day
In Slovak, this holiday is called ‘Deň Ústavy Slovenskej republiky’. It is the National Day of Slovakia and commemorates the adoption of the Slovak constitution on September 1st 1992.
September 2nd – Vietnam National Day
The day marks Vietnam’s declaration of independence from France on this day in 1945. It is the national holiday of Vietnam.
September 3rd – San Marino Foundation Day
San Marino National Holiday and Foundation of the Republic is observed on September 3rd each year. It commemorates the foundation of San Marino on this day in 301 AD by Saint Marinus. The Republic of San Marino is a landlocked nation surrounded by Italy. It is the smallest republic in the world and the oldest existing state in Europe.
September 6th – US Labor Day
For most people, Labor Day means two things: a day off and a chance to say goodbye to the summer. But why is it called Labor Day? Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and Canada since 1894.
September 7th – Brazilian Independence Day
On September 7th 1822, a declaration of independence from Portugal was made by Pedro di Alcântara, the 23-year-old son of the Portuguese King.
September 10th – Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as ‘Vinayak Chaturthi’ or ‘Vinayaka Chavithi’ is the day when all Hindus celebrate one of the most popular deities, Lord Ganesh.
The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon). This means the date will normally fall between August 19th and September 20th.
September 16th – Mexico Independence Day
Also known as ‘Día de la Independencia‘ or ‘Grito de Dolores’, it marks the anniversary of the Mexican War of Independence against Spain on September 16th 1810.
September 18th – Chilean Independence Day
This public holiday is always celebrated in Chile on September 18th and marks the date when the Chilean people declared independence from Spain in 1810. It is Chile’s National Day and along with Christmas, this period is the most important holiday time in the year in Chile.
September 22nd – Mid Autumn Festival
This festival originated in a fairy tale. A hero names Hou Yi saved his people by shooting down the other nine suns that burned his people to death. He was then bestowed with the elixir of immortality by the Queen Mother of the West. Read more.
September 23rd – Japan Autumnal Equinox Day
Autumnal Equinox Day was established as a national holiday in 1948. Before then, the autumnal equinox was an imperial ancestor worship festival called ‘Shūki kōrei-sai’ and the holiday had its roots in Shinto traditions as a time to give thanks to the deities for a successful harvest.
October 30 – Botswana Day
This public holiday is Botswana’s National Day and marks independence from the United Kingdom on this day in 1966.