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 […]

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 […]