Ganesh Chaturthi: Beginnings

Quick Facts Summary: A Hindu festival that honours the god Ganesha 2019 Date: 2nd September Celebrated by: Hindus, parts of India (as a National Holiday) Linked Holidays: Anant Chaturdashi, Ganesh Jayanti (Hinduism) Background and Theological Significance Ganesh Chaturthi (in Hindi, गणेश चतुर्थी) also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is an important celebration in the Hindu calendar […]

Raksha Bandhan: Brothers and Sisters

Summary: a Hindu festival that celebrates the bond between sisters and brothers 2019 Date: 15th August Celebrated by: Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, the Indian subcontinent. Linked Holidays: Bhai Dooj / Bhai Tika Raksha Bandhan, deriving from the Sanskrit for ‘the bond of protection or care’, is a festival celebrated primarily in the Indian subcontinent that honours […]

Shavuot: Gifts from God

Quick Facts Summary: a Jewish harvest festival that also commemorates the giving of the Torah 2018 Date: 8th – 10th June (sunset to sunset) Celebrated by: Jews Linked Holidays: Pesach / Passover, Sukkot (Judaism), Pentecost (Christianity) Background and Theological Significance Shavuot (in Hebrew, שבועות), literally meaning the Festival of Weeks, is one of the most […]

Beltane: Summer has arrived!

Quick Facts Summary: a pagan festival celebrating the start of summer 2019 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 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 […]

New Year’s Celebrations: Renewing Reality

Quick Facts Summary: A Modern Global Celebration of the New Year. Date: December 31st – January 1st. Celebrated: Globally, especially in cities. Linked Holidays: Various New Years celebrations at different times in the yearly cycle. Background and Theological Significance New Year’s celebrations come at different times; East Asia will celebrate the Lunar New Year in […]

Diwali: Festival of Light

Quick Facts Summary: a five-day ‘festival of lights’ celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists 2018 Date: 6th or 7th November (regional variations) and two days either side Celebrated by: Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Indians Linked Holidays: Tihar and Swanti (Nepalese variations of Diwali), Bandi Chhor Divas (Sikhism), Raksha Bandhan (Hinduism), Galungan (Balinese Hinduism), Kali […]