Hallowtide: Facing Death

Quick Facts Summary: a three-day Christian commemoration of the saints and all the faithful departed. 2018 Date: 31st October, 1st November, 2nd November Celebrated by: Western Christians, Western Culture Linked Holidays: Hallowe’en (Western), Samhain (Pagan) Background and Theological Significance Hallowtide, also called Allhallowtide or the Hallowmas season, is a triduum (three day observance) in the […]

The Dormition and Assumption of Mary: Celebrating the Mother of God

Quick Facts and Stats   Summary: A Feast commemorating the death of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and her subsequent assumption into heaven.   2018 Date: 15th August   Celebrated by: Christians (Primarily the Orthodox and Catholic churches)   Linked Holidays: The Twelve Great Feasts of the Eastern Orthodox Church; The Feast of the Transfiguration. […]

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 […]