September Equinox: Shifting Light

Quick Facts Summary: a celebration of the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the vernal equinox in the Southern Hemisphere2018 Date: 23rd September (exact timing depends on location)Celebrated by: Numerous cultures worldwide, modern pagansLinked Holidays: March Equinox, Wiccan Wheel of the Year festivals, Harvest FestivalBackground and Theological Significance The September Equinox is the equinox […]

Ganesh Chaturthi: Beginnings

Quick Facts Summary: A Hindu festival that honours the god Ganesha2018 Date: 13th – 23rd September (eleven days inclusive)Celebrated by: Hindus, parts of India (as a National Holiday)Linked Holidays: Anant Chaturdashi, Ganesh Jayanti (Hinduism) Background and Theological Significance Ganesh Chaturthi (in Hindi, गणेश चतुर्थी) also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is an important celebration in the […]

Rosh Hashanah: The Head of the Year

Summary: The Jewish New Year celebration2018 Date: 9th – 11th September (sunset to sunset)Celebrated by: Jews, the State of IsraelLinked Holidays: Yom Kippur, Jewish High Holy DaysRosh Hashanah (in Hebrew, רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה, meaning ‘the head of the year’) is the Jewish New Year festival that marks the beginning of the civil year. Rosh Hashanah is […]

Raksha Bandhan: Brothers and Sisters

Summary: a Hindu festival that celebrates the bond between sisters and brothers2018 Date: 26th AugustCelebrated by: Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, the Indian subcontinent.Linked Holidays: Bhai Dooj / Bhai TikaRaksha Bandhan, deriving from the Sanskrit for ‘the bond of protection or care’, is a festival celebrated primarily in the Indian subcontinent that honours the bond between brothers […]

Eid al-Adha: Sacrifice

Summary: an Islamic festival that celebrates the Prophet Ibrahim offering up his son to Allah2018 Date: 21st – 25th August (sunset to sunset)Celebrated by: MuslimsLinked Holidays: Eid al-Fitr, the Hajj (Islam)Eid al-Adha (in Arabic, عيد الأضحى), literally translating as ‘the Feast of the Sacrifice’, is widely considered to be the most important festival in the […]

The Feast of the Transfiguration: A Human Fully Alive

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian festival celebrating the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ   2018 Date: 6th August   Celebrated by: Christians (especially in the Orthodox Churches)   Linked Holidays: Twelve Great Feasts of Orthodoxy   Background and Theological Significance The Feast of the Transfiguration is an annual festival in the Christian liturgical calendar that celebrates […]

Lammas: First Fruits of the Earth

Quick Facts Summary: a festival in the Northern Hemisphere to mark the start of the harvest   2018 Date: 1st August or thereabouts   Celebrated by: European, Christians, Pagans   Linked Holidays: Harvest Festival, Wiccan Wheel of the Year festivals   Background and Theological Significance Lammas is the name given in English-speaking parts of the […]

Asalha Puja: Teaching Begins

Quick Facts Summary: a Theravada Buddhist festival commemorating the Buddha’s first sermon   2018 Date: 27th July   Celebrated by: Theravada Buddhists, Thailand (as a National Holiday)   Linked Holidays: Vesak   Background and Theological Significance Asalha Puja, also known as Asanha Bucha or Dharma Day, is an annual Buddhist festival that celebrates the first […]

Tisha B’Av: Commemorating Tragedy

Quick Facts Summary: a Jewish fast day that commemorates the destruction of the Jerusalem Temples   2018 Date: 21st – 22nd July (sunset to sunset)   Celebrated by: Jews, the State of Israel   Linked Holidays: The Three Weeks and the Nine Days   Background and Theological Significance Tisha B’Av (in Hebrew, תִּשְׁעָה בְּאָב) literally […]