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 […]

September Equinox: Shifting Light

Quick Facts Summary: a celebration of the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the vernal equinox in the Southern Hemisphere 2018 Date: 23rd September (exact timing depends on location) Celebrated by: Numerous cultures worldwide, modern pagans Linked Holidays: March Equinox, Wiccan Wheel of the Year festivals, Harvest Festival Background and Theological Significance The September […]

Ganesh Chaturthi: Beginnings

Quick Facts Summary: A Hindu festival that honours the god Ganesha 2018 Date: 13th – 23rd September (eleven days inclusive) 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 […]

Rosh Hashanah: The Head of the Year

Summary: The Jewish New Year celebration 2018 Date: 9th – 11th September (sunset to sunset) Celebrated by: Jews, the State of Israel Linked Holidays: Yom Kippur, Jewish High Holy Days Rosh Hashanah (in Hebrew, רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה, meaning ‘the head of the year’) is the Jewish New Year festival that marks the beginning of the civil […]

Raksha Bandhan: Brothers and Sisters

Summary: a Hindu festival that celebrates the bond between sisters and brothers 2018 Date: 26th 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: 19th – 21st May (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 […]

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 […]

Easter: He Is Risen

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ   2018 Date: 1st April (Western Christianity), 8th April (Eastern Christianity)   Celebrated by: Christians, Western culture   Linked Holidays: Holy Week (Christianity), Passover (Judaism)   Background and Theological Significance Easter refers to the Sunday on which the Resurrection of Christ is celebrated […]