Raksha Bandhan: Brothers and Sisters

Summary: a Hindu festival that celebrates the bond between sisters and brothers2018 Date: 26th AugustCelebrated by: Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, the Indian subcontinent.Linked Holidays: Bhai Dooj / Bhai TikaRaksha Bandhan, deriving from the Sanskrit for ‘the bond of protection or care’, is a festival celebrated primarily in the Indian subcontinent that honours the bond between brothers […]

Eid al-Adha: Sacrifice

Summary: an Islamic festival that celebrates the Prophet Ibrahim offering up his son to Allah2018 Date: 21st – 25th August (sunset to sunset)Celebrated by: MuslimsLinked 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 important festival in the […]

The Feast of the Transfiguration: A Human Fully Alive

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian festival celebrating the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ   2018 Date: 6th August   Celebrated by: Christians (especially in the Orthodox Churches)   Linked Holidays: Twelve Great Feasts of Orthodoxy   Background and Theological Significance The Feast of the Transfiguration is an annual festival in the Christian liturgical calendar that celebrates […]

Lammas: First Fruits of the Earth

Quick Facts Summary: a festival in the Northern Hemisphere to mark the start of the harvest   2018 Date: 1st August or thereabouts   Celebrated by: European, Christians, Pagans   Linked Holidays: Harvest Festival, Wiccan Wheel of the Year festivals   Background and Theological Significance Lammas is the name given in English-speaking parts of the […]

Asalha Puja: Teaching Begins

Quick Facts Summary: a Theravada Buddhist festival commemorating the Buddha’s first sermon   2018 Date: 27th July   Celebrated by: Theravada Buddhists, Thailand (as a National Holiday)   Linked Holidays: Vesak   Background and Theological Significance Asalha Puja, also known as Asanha Bucha or Dharma Day, is an annual Buddhist festival that celebrates the first […]

Tisha B’Av: Commemorating Tragedy

Quick Facts Summary: a Jewish fast day that commemorates the destruction of the Jerusalem Temples   2018 Date: 21st – 22nd July (sunset to sunset)   Celebrated by: Jews, the State of Israel   Linked Holidays: The Three Weeks and the Nine Days   Background and Theological Significance Tisha B’Av (in Hebrew, תִּשְׁעָה בְּאָב) literally […]

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 […]