Eid al-Fitr: Breaking the Fast

Quick Facts Summary: an Islamic festival that celebrates the end of Ramadan 2018 Date: 5th June (starting at sunset on 4th June) Celebrated by: Muslims Linked Holidays: Ramadan, Eid al-Adha (Islam) Background and Theological Significance Eid al-Fitr (in Arabic, عيد الفطر) is one of the most important festivals in the Islamic calendar. Literally translating as […]

Ascension Day: Humanity Brought to Heaven

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian feast celebrating the ascension of the Resurrected Christ into heaven 2019 Date: 30th May Celebrated by: Christians Linked Holidays: Easter, Pentecost (Christianity) Background and Theological Significance The Feast of the Ascension, or Ascension Day, is the celebration in the Christian liturgical year of the bodily ascension of the Risen Jesus […]

Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh: Community Manifest

Quick Facts Summary: a Bahá’í commemoration of the death of Bahá’u’lláh 2019 Date: 28th May Celebrated by: Bahá’í Linked Holidays: Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, Ridván (Bahá’í) Background and Theological Significance The Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh is the annual remembrance in the Bahá’í Faith of the death of its founder Bahá’u’lláh. Followers of the Bahá’í Faith believe that […]

Vesak: Breaking the Cycle

Quick Facts Summary: a Buddhist festival celebrating the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha 2019 Date: 19th May, but dates vary Celebrated by: Buddhists (predominantly Theravada), some countries as a National Holiday Linked Holidays: Buddha’s Birthday, Bodhi Day (Buddhism) Background and Theological Significance Vesak, also known as Buddha Jayanti, Buddha Purnima or simply ‘Buddha […]

Ramadan: Receiving the Word of God

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: A Holy Month in the Islamic calendar celebrating the revelation of the Quran. 2019 Date: May 5- June 4 (This varies place to place as it is based upon the sighting of the crescent moon) Celebrated by: Muslims Linked Holidays: Laylat al-Qadr, Eid al-Fitr Background / Theological Significance Ramadan is […]

Ridván: The Quest for Unity and Peace

Quick Facts Summary: a Bahá’í festival commemorating Bahá’u’lláh as a Manifestation of God 2019 Date: 20th April – 2nd May (sundown to sundown) Celebrated by: Bahá’í Linked Holidays: Naw-Rúz Background and Theological Significance Ridván is the principal religious festival for Bahá’í, and is often referred to as the ‘Most Great Festival’. It is seen as […]

Beltane: Summer has arrived!

Quick Facts Summary: a pagan festival celebrating the start of summer 2019 Date: 1st May (often starting at sundown on 30th April) Celebrated by: Modern pagans, Gaelic culture Linked Holidays: May Day (Northern hemisphere), Wheel of the Year Sabbats (Wicca) Background and Theological Significance Beltane is the Gaelic name for the festivities that are normally […]

Easter: He Is Risen

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ 2019 Date: 21st April Celebrated by: Christians, Westerners 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 […]