Feast of SS Peter and Paul

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian feast day commemorating the martyrdom of St Peter and St Paul 2020 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 celebration in the […]

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 annual celebration in the […]

Ascension Day: Humanity Brought to Heaven

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian feast celebrating the ascension of the Resurrected Christ into heaven 2019 Date: 30th May 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 Christian liturgical year of the bodily ascension of the risen Jesus […]

Beltane: Summer has arrived!

Quick Facts Summary: a pagan festival celebrating the start of summer 2020 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 the festivities that are normally […]

Easter: He Is Risen

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ 2020 Date: 12th April Celebrated by: Christians, Europeans Linked Holidays: Holy Week (Christianity), Passover (Judaism) Background and Theological Significance Easter refers to the Sunday on which the Resurrection of Christ is celebrated by Christians. It marks the end of Holy Week; which is […]

Annunciation: The Lord and Our Lady

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: Christian celebration of the Angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary to tell her she is pregnant with Jesus. 2020 Date: March 25 Celebrated by: Christians Linked Holidays: Epiphany, Christmas, Pentecost. Background and Theological Significance The theological significance of the festival for Christians is twofold. The first is the fact that Mary […]

Ash Wednesday: Dust to Dust

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: Christian Festival marking the beginning of Lent, a period of penitence leading to Easter. 2020 Date: February 26th Celebrated by: Christians, especially Western Christians. Linked Holidays: Easter, Lent, Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Carnival, Palm Sunday, Ramadan Background and Theological Significance One of the most enduring symbolic practices of Ash Wednesday […]

Candlemas: Presenting the Divine

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: Christian Festival celebrating the presentation of Jesus to the Temple and the purification of Mary, Jesus’ mother. 2020 Date: February 2nd Celebrated by: Christians Linked Holidays: Epiphany, Imbolc, Groundhog Day Background and Theological Significance It was traditional, forty days after giving birth, for Jewish parents to bring their newborn baby […]