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 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 […]