Feast of 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 October Celebrated by: Christians (predominantly Roman Catholics, Anglicans and some Protestants), animal rights activists, many other individuals Linked Holidays: World Animal Day (international), feast days of Christian saints Background and Theological Significance The Feast […]

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 Churches 2018 Date: 27th September Celebrated 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 […]

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 2018 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 […]

Ganesh Chaturthi: Beginnings

Quick Facts Summary: A Hindu festival that honours the god Ganesha 2018 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 […]

Rosh Hashanah: The Head of the Year

Summary: The Jewish New Year celebration 2018 Date: 9th – 11th September (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 civil […]

Raksha Bandhan: Brothers and Sisters

Summary: a Hindu festival that celebrates the bond between sisters and brothers 2018 Date: 26th August Celebrated by: Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, the Indian subcontinent. Linked Holidays: Bhai Dooj / Bhai Tika Raksha Bandhan, deriving from the Sanskrit for ‘the bond of protection or care’, is a festival celebrated primarily in the Indian subcontinent that honours […]

Eid al-Adha: Sacrifice

Summary: an Islamic festival that celebrates the Prophet Ibrahim offering up his son to Allah 2018 Date: 21st – 25th August (sunset to sunset) Celebrated by: Muslims Linked 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 […]

The Dormition and Assumption of Mary: Celebrating the Mother of God

Quick Facts and Stats   Summary: A Feast commemorating the death of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and her subsequent assumption into heaven.   2018 Date: 15th August   Celebrated by: Christians (Primarily the Orthodox and Catholic churches)   Linked Holidays: The Twelve Great Feasts of the Eastern Orthodox Church; The Feast of the Transfiguration. […]