June Solstice: Another Turn of the Cycle

Quick Facts   Summary: a celebration of the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere   2018 Date: 21st June (exact timing depends on location)   Celebrated by: Numerous cultures worldwide, modern pagans   Linked Holidays: December Solstice, Wiccan Wheel of the Year festivals, Feast of St John […]

Eid al-Fitr: Breaking the Fast

Quick Facts Summary: an Islamic festival that celebrates the end of Ramadan   2018 Date: 15th June (starting at sunset on 14th June)   Celebrated by: Muslims   Linked Holidays: Ramadan, Eid al-Adha (Islam)   Background and Theological Significance Eid al-Fitr (in Arabic, عيد الفطر) is one of the most important festivals in the Islamic […]

St Columba’s Day: Celtic Christianity

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian feast day remembering the abbot and missionary St Columba   2018 Date: 9th June   Celebrated by: Christians (especially in Scotland and Ireland), those influenced by Celtic Christianity   Linked Holidays: Feast days of Celtic Christian saints (e.g. St Adomnán)   Background and Theological Significance St Columba’s Day is the […]

Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh: Community Manifest

Quick Facts Summary: a Bahá’í commemoration of the death of Bahá’u’lláh   2018 Date: 29th May (usually starting at sunset on 28th May)   Celebrated by: Bahá’í   Linked Holidays: Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, Ridván (Bahá’í)   Background and Theological Significance The Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh is the annual remembrance in the Bahá’í Faith of the death […]

Shavuot: Gifts from God

Quick Facts Summary: a Jewish harvest festival that also commemorates the giving of the Torah   2018 Date: 19th – 21st May (sunset to sunset)   Celebrated by: Jews   Linked Holidays: Pesach / Passover, Sukkot (Judaism), Pentecost (Christianity)   Background and Theological Significance Shavuot (in Hebrew, שבועות), literally meaning the Festival of Weeks, is […]

Ramadan: Receiving the Word of God

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: A Holy Month in the Islamic calendar celebrating the revelation of the Quran.   2018 Date: May 17- June 15 (This varies place to place as it is based upon the sighting of the crescent moon)   Celebrated by: Muslims   Linked Holidays: Laylat al-Qadr, Eid al-Fitr   Background / […]

Ascension Day: Humanity Brought to Heaven

Quick Facts   Summary: a Christian feast celebrating the ascension of the Resurrected Christ into heaven   2018 Date: 10th May (Western Christianity), 17th May (Eastern Christianity)   Celebrated by: Christians   Linked Holidays: Easter, Pentecost (Christianity)   Background and Theological Significance The Feast of the Ascension, or Ascension Day, is the celebration in the […]

Beltane: Summer has arrived!

Quick Facts   Summary: a pagan festival celebrating the start of summer   2018 Date: 1st May (often starting at sundown on 30th April)   Celebrated by: Modern pagans, Gaelic culture   Linked Holidays: May Day (Northern hemisphere), Wheel of the Year Sabbats (Wicca)   Background and Theological Significance Beltane is the Gaelic name for […]

Vesak: Breaking the Cycle

Quick Facts   Summary: a Buddhist festival celebrating the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha   2018 Date: varies around the world, but dates include 29th April and 29th May   Celebrated by: Buddhists (predominantly Theravada), some countries as a National Holiday   Linked Holidays: Buddha’s Birthday, Bodhi Day (Buddhism)   Background and Theological […]

Ridván: The Quest for Unity and Peace

Quick Facts Summary: a Bahá’í festival commemorating Bahá’u’lláh as a Manifestation of God   2018 Date: 21th April – 2nd May (sundown to sundown)   Celebrated by: Bahá’í Faith   Linked Holidays: Naw-Rúz   Background and Theological Significance   Ridván is the principal religious festival of the Bahá’í Faith, and is often referred to as […]