Vesak: Breaking the Cycle

Quick Facts Summary: a Buddhist festival celebrating the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha 2019 Date: 19th May, but dates vary Celebrated by: Buddhists (predominantly Theravada), some countries as a National Holiday Linked Holidays: Buddha’s Birthday, Bodhi Day (Buddhism) Background and Theological Significance Vesak, also known as Buddha Jayanti, Buddha Purnima or simply ‘Buddha […]

Ramadan: Receiving the Word of God

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: A Holy Month in the Islamic calendar celebrating the revelation of the Quran. 2019 Date: May 5- June 4 (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 / Theological Significance Ramadan is […]

Ridván: The Quest for Unity and Peace

Quick Facts Summary: a Bahá’í festival commemorating Bahá’u’lláh as a Manifestation of God 2019 Date: 20th April – 2nd May (sundown to sundown) Celebrated by: Bahá’í Linked Holidays: Naw-Rúz Background and Theological Significance Ridván is the principal religious festival for Bahá’í, and is often referred to as the ‘Most Great Festival’. It is seen as […]

Beltane: Summer has arrived!

Quick Facts Summary: a pagan festival celebrating the start of summer 2019 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 the festivities that are normally […]

Easter: He Is Risen

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ 2019 Date: 21st April Celebrated by: Christians, Westerners Linked Holidays: Holy Week (Christianity), Passover (Judaism) Background and Theological Significance Easter refers to the Sunday on which the Resurrection of Christ is celebrated by Christians. It marks the end of Holy Week; which is […]

Mahavir Jayanti: Learning Liberation

Quick Facts Summary: a Jain festival celebrating the birth of Mahavira 2019 Date: 17th April Celebrated by: Jains, Indians (as a National Holiday) Linked Holidays: Diwali (Jainism), Buddha Jayanti (Buddhism) Background and Theological Significance Jainism developed in the Dharmic theological tradition that originated and evolved in the Indian subcontinent over the course of thousands of […]

New Year’s Celebrations: Renewing Reality

Quick Facts Summary: A Modern Global Celebration of the New Year. Date: December 31st – January 1st. Celebrated: Globally, especially in cities. Linked Holidays: Various New Years celebrations at different times in the yearly cycle. Background and Theological Significance New Year’s celebrations come at different times; East Asia will celebrate the Lunar New Year in […]

Guru Nanak Gurpurab: The First Teacher

Quick Facts Summary: A Sikh festival celebrating the birth of the founder of the faith Guru Nanak 2018 Date: 23rd November Celebrated by: Sikhs, Nanakpanthis, parts of India (as a National Holiday) Linked Holidays: Gurpurab festivals, Vaisakhi (Sikhism) Background and Theological Significance Guru Nanak Gurpurab, also known as Guru Nanak Jayanti and Guru Nanak’s Prakash […]