Easter: He Is Risen

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ 2019 Date: 21st April Celebrated by: Christians, Westerners 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 […]

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 […]