Lohri: The Sun Travels North

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: Winter Solstice Punjabi Folk Festival 2020 Date: 13th January Celebrated by: Punjabi People, Hindus, Sikhs. Linked Holidays: Makar Sankranti, Winter Solstice, Yule Background and Theological Significance In the Punjab region that straddles the border between India and Pakistan, Lohri ties together multiple significant strands. It takes place at the time […]

Epiphany: A Divine Realisation

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: Christian Feast celebrating the revelation of Jesus Christ as the Son of God. 2020 Date: January 6th, or The first Sunday of the New Year Celebrated by: Christians Linked Holidays: Christmas, Feast of the Baptism, Transfiguration. Background and Theological Significance The revelation of Jesus Christ as the Son of God […]

New Year’s Celebrations: Renewing Reality

Quick Facts Summary: A Modern Global Celebration of the New Year. Date: December 31st – January 1st. Celebrated: Globally. 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 January; Many parts […]

Hanukkah: Dedication

Quick Facts Summary: an eight-day Jewish festival that celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple 2018 Date: 2nd – 10th December (sunset to sunset) Celebrated by: Jews, the State of Israel Linked Holidays: Purim, Diwali. Background and Theological Significance Hanukkah (in Hebrew, חֲנוּכָּה, literally meaning ‘dedication’, also translated as Chanukah) is a Jewish festival celebrating […]

Advent: Awaiting a Miracle

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian season of preparation before the celebration of Christmas 2019 Date: 1st – 24th December (Western Christianity), 28th November – 6th January (Eastern Christianity) Celebrated by: Christians, Westerners Linked Holidays: Christmas, Lent, Martinmas (Christianity) Background and Theological Significance Advent is a liturgical season of preparation within the Christian Church which is […]

Guru Nanak Gurpurab: The First Teacher

Quick Facts Summary: A Sikh festival celebrating the birth of the founder of the faith Guru Nanak 2019 Date: 12th 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 […]

Mawlid al-Nabi: The Birth of a Prophet

Quick Facts Summary: an Islamic festival commemorating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad 2019 Date: 9th November (Sunni), 10th November (Shi’a) Celebrated by: Muslims, most Islamic countries around the world Linked Holidays: Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Christmas Background and Theological Significance Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif (in Arabic, مَولِد النَّبِي, literally meaning ‘the birth of the prophet’) […]