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 […]

Imbolc: Spring is Coming

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: Gaelic Festival celebrating the beginning of Spring 2020 Date: 1st February Celebrated by: Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Gaelic, Pagans Linked Holidays: Beltane, Samhain, Candlemass, Maghi, Lohri. Background and Theological Significance Imbolc’s history stretches back back for perhaps thousands of years. But at its core it has always been motivated by the […]

Epiphany: A Divine Realisation

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: Christian Feast celebrating the revelation of Jesus Christ as the Son of God. 2020 Date: January 6th, or The first Sunday of the New Year Celebrated by: Christians Linked Holidays: Christmas, Feast of the Baptism, Transfiguration. Background and Theological Significance The revelation of Jesus Christ as the Son of God […]

Advent: Awaiting a Miracle

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian season of preparation before the celebration of Christmas 2019 Date: 1st – 24th December (Western Christianity), 28th November – 6th January (Eastern Christianity) Celebrated by: Christians, Westerners Linked Holidays: Christmas, Lent, Martinmas (Christianity) Background and Theological Significance Advent is a liturgical season of preparation within the Christian Church which is […]