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 […]

Feast of St Francis of Assisi: A Voice for the Voiceless

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian feast day commemorating the beloved saint and religious founder St Francis of Assisi 2018 Date: 4th October Celebrated by: Christians (predominantly Roman Catholics, Anglicans and some Protestants), animal rights activists, many other individuals Linked Holidays: World Animal Day (international), feast days of Christian saints Background and Theological Significance The Feast […]

Meskel: The Cross Engulfed in Flames

Quick Facts Summary: a celebration of the discovery of the True Cross in the Ethiopian Orthodox and Eritrean Orthodox Churches 2018 Date: 27th September Celebrated by: Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox Christians, Ethiopia and Eritrea (as a National Holiday) Linked Holidays: Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Christianity) Background and Theological Significance Meskel (from […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Beltane: Summer has arrived!

Quick Facts   Summary: a pagan festival celebrating the start of summer   2018 Date: 1st May (often starting at sundown on 30th April)   Celebrated by: Modern pagans, Gaelic culture   Linked Holidays: May Day (Northern hemisphere), Wheel of the Year Sabbats (Wicca)   Background and Theological Significance Beltane is the Gaelic name for […]