St Francis of Assisi: A Voice for the Voiceless

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian feast day commemorating the beloved saint and religious founder St Francis of Assisi.2018 Date: 4th OctoberCelebrated by: Christians (predominantly Roman Catholics, Anglicans and other Protestants), animal rights activists, others.Linked Holidays: World Animal Day, Feast days of Christian saints.Background and Theological Significance The Feast of St Francis of Assisi (also called […]

Meskel: The Cross Engulfed in Flames

Quick Facts Summary: a celebration of the discovery of the True Cross in the Ethiopian Orthodox and Eritrean Orthodox Churches2018 Date: 27th SeptemberCelebrated by: Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox Christians, Ethiopia and Eritrea (as a National Holiday)Linked Holidays: Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Christianity)Background and Theological Significance Meskel (from the Ge’ez መስቀልmeaning ‘cross’) […]

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 […]