Ridván: The Quest for Unity and Peace

Quick Facts Summary: a Bahá’í festival commemorating Bahá’u’lláh as a Manifestation of God 2020 Date: 19th April – 1st May (sundown to sundown) Celebrated by: Bahá’í Linked Holidays: Naw-Rúz Background and Theological Significance Ridván is the principal festival for Bahá’í, and is often referred to as the ‘Most Great Festival’. It is seen as the […]

Easter: He Is Risen

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ 2020 Date: 12th April Celebrated by: Christians, Europeans Linked Holidays: Holy Week (Christianity), Passover (Judaism) Background and Theological Significance Easter refers to the Sunday on which the Resurrection of Christ is celebrated by Christians. It marks the end of Holy Week; which is […]

Mahavir Jayanti: Learning Liberation

Quick Facts Summary: a Jain festival celebrating the birth of Mahavira 2020 Date: 6th April 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 over the course of thousands of […]

Rama Navami: The Birth of Lord Ram

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: Hindu celebration of the Birth of Lord Ramachandra, the Seventh Avatar of Vishnu. 2020 Date: 2nd April Celebrated by: Hindus Linked Holidays: Maha-Shivaratri, Ratha Yatra, Kalashtami, Navaratri. Background and Theological Significance Central to Hindu theology is the concept of divinities returning again and again in different forms or Avatars. In […]

Annunciation: The Lord and Our Lady

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: Christian celebration of the Angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary to tell her she is pregnant with Jesus. 2020 Date: March 25 Celebrated by: Christians Linked Holidays: Epiphany, Christmas, Pentecost. Background and Theological Significance The theological significance of the festival for Christians is twofold. The first is the fact that Mary […]

Holi: The Festival of Colours

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: Hindu celebration of Spring, Love, and Forgiveness 2020 Date: March 9th – 10th Celebrated by: Hindus, Indians Linked Holidays: Diwali, Lohri, Easter Background and Theological Significance Holi is an ancient festival from the Indian subcontinent that traditionally marks the arrival of Spring and the end of Winter. The celebrations are […]

Ash Wednesday: Dust to Dust

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: Christian Festival marking the beginning of Lent, a period of penitence leading to Easter. 2020 Date: February 26th Celebrated by: Christians, especially Western Christians. Linked Holidays: Easter, Lent, Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Carnival, Palm Sunday, Ramadan Background and Theological Significance One of the most enduring symbolic practices of Ash Wednesday […]

Maha-Shivaratri: Wisdom in Darkness

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: A Festival dedicated to the god Shiva. 2020 Date: 21st February Celebrated by: Hindus Linked Holidays: Ram Navami, Janmashtami, Raksha Bandhan. Background and Theological Significance Maha-Shivaratri, ‘The Great Night of Shiva’ is the most important night of the year for the worshippers of Shiva. The day before each month’s New […]