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 […]

Yom Hashoah: Remembering Destruction

Quick Facts   Summary: a commemoration for Jews killed during the Holocaust   2018 Date: 11th-12th April (sundown to sundown)   Celebrated by: Jews, the State of Israel   Linked Holidays: International Holocaust Remembrance Day (worldwide)   Background and Theological Significance   Yom HaShoah, or in full Yom Hazikaron laShoah ve-laG’vurah (יום הזיכרון לשואה ולגבורה), […]

Mahavir Jayanti: Learning Liberation

Quick Facts   Summary: a Jain festival celebrating the birth of Mahavira   2018 Date: 29th March   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 […]

Easter: He Is Risen

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ   2018 Date: 1st April (Western Christianity), 8th April (Eastern Christianity)   Celebrated by: Christians, Western culture   Linked Holidays: Holy Week (Christianity), Passover (Judaism)   Background and Theological Significance Easter refers to the Sunday on which the Resurrection of Christ is celebrated […]