Hungry Ghost Festival: Ancestors of Community

Quick Facts Summary: A festival month in East Asia in which people leave food and offerings for ancestors and others who have are suffering in the afterlife.   2018 Date: August 25. The Seventh month of the East Asian Lunar Calendar.   Celebrated by: Buddhists, Taoists, Chinese and East Asian societies.   Linked Holidays: Sweeping […]

Feast of SS Peter and Paul

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian feast day commemorating the martyrdom of St Peter and St Paul   2018 Date: 29th June   Celebrated by: Christians (especially Roman Catholics), the City of Rome   Linked Holidays: Feast days of the Twelve Apostles Background and Theological Significance The Feast of SS Peter and Paul is an annual […]

Eid al-Fitr: Breaking the Fast

Quick Facts Summary: an Islamic festival that celebrates the end of Ramadan 2018 Date: 15th June (starting at sunset on 14th 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 […]

St Columba’s Day: Celtic Christianity

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian feast day remembering the abbot and missionary St Columba   2018 Date: 9th June   Celebrated by: Christians (especially in Scotland and Ireland), those influenced by Celtic Christianity   Linked Holidays: Feast days of Celtic Christian saints (e.g. St Adomnán)   Background and Theological Significance St Columba’s Day is the […]

Shavuot: Gifts from God

Quick Facts Summary: a Jewish harvest festival that also commemorates the giving of the Torah   2018 Date: 19th – 21st May (sunset to sunset)   Celebrated by: Jews   Linked Holidays: Pesach / Passover, Sukkot (Judaism), Pentecost (Christianity)   Background and Theological Significance Shavuot (in Hebrew, שבועות), literally meaning the Festival of Weeks, is […]

Ascension Day: Humanity Brought to Heaven

Quick Facts   Summary: a Christian feast celebrating the ascension of the Resurrected Christ into heaven   2018 Date: 10th May (Western Christianity), 17th May (Eastern Christianity)   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 […]