Vassa and Kathina: Retreat From the World

Quick Facts Summary: Vassa is an annual three-month retreat undertaken by Buddhist monks, whilst Kathina is a festival of celebration that occurs immediately after it 2020 Date: 6th July – 1st October (Vassa); 2nd October – 20th September 2021 (Kathina) Celebrated by: Theravada Buddhists Linked Holidays: Asalha Puja (Buddhism), Lent (Christianity) Background and Theological Significance […]

Feast of SS Peter and Paul

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian feast day commemorating the martyrdom of St Peter and St Paul 2020 Date: 29th June Celebrated by: Christians (especially Roman Catholics), the City of Rome Linked Holidays: Feast days of the Twelve Apostles Background and Theological Significance The Feast of SS Peter and Paul is an annual celebration in the […]

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 2020 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 the Baptist Background and […]

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 annual celebration in the […]

Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh: Community Manifest

Quick Facts Summary: a Bahá’í commemoration of the death of Bahá’u’lláh 2019 Date: 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 of its founder Bahá’u’lláh. Followers of the Bahá’í Faith believe that […]