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’) […]

Hallowtide: Facing Death

Quick Facts Summary: a three-day Christian commemoration of the saints and all the faithful departed. 2019 Date: 31st October, 1st November, 2nd November Celebrated by: Western Christians, Western Culture Linked Holidays: Hallowe’en (Western), Samhain (Pagan) Background and Theological Significance Hallowtide, also called Allhallowtide or the Hallowmas season, is a triduum (three day observance) in the […]

Diwali: Festival of Light

Quick Facts Summary: a five-day ‘festival of lights’ celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists 2019 Date: 27th October (regional variations) and two days either side Celebrated by: Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Indians Linked Holidays: Tihar and Swanti (Nepalese variations of Diwali), Bandi Chhor Divas (Sikhism), Raksha Bandhan (Hinduism), Galungan (Balinese Hinduism), Kali Puja (Hinduism) […]

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 2019 Date: 17th July – 13th October (Vassa); 14th October – 12th November (Kathina) Celebrated by: Theravada Buddhists Linked Holidays: Asalha Puja (Buddhism), Lent (Christianity) Background and Theological Significance Vassa […]

Navaratri: Divine Feminine

Quick Facts Summary: a nine-night Hindu festival that celebrates the goddess Durga and the triumph of good over evil 201 Date: 29th September – 8th October (ten days inclusive) Celebrated by: Hindus Linked Holidays: Vijayadashami/ Dussehra, Durga Puja (Hinduism) Background and Theological Significance Navaratri (from the Sanskrit, नवरात्रि, meaning ‘nine nights’) is a Hindu festival […]

Rosh Hashanah: The Head of the Year

Summary: The Jewish New Year celebration 2018 Date: 29th September – 1st October (sunset to sunset) Celebrated by: Jews, the State of Israel Linked Holidays: Yom Kippur, Jewish High Holy Days Rosh Hashanah (in Hebrew, רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה, meaning ‘the head of the year’) is the Jewish New Year festival that marks the beginning of the […]

September Equinox: Shifting Light

Quick Facts Summary: a celebration of the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the vernal equinox in the Southern Hemisphere 2019 Date: 23rd September (exact timing depends on location) Celebrated by: Numerous cultures worldwide, modern pagans Linked Holidays: March Equinox, Wiccan Wheel of the Year festivals, Harvest Festival Background and Theological Significance The September […]

International Day of Peace: Peace One Day

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: Festival established by the UN to try to promote World Peace and reduce conflict. 2019 Date: 21st September Celebrated by: Globally, Humanists Linked Holidays: Human Rights Day, International Youth Day Background and Theological Significance The International Day of Peace is the most modern Festival we have covered in this series. It […]