Lohri: The Sun Travels North

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: Winter Solstice Punjabi Folk Festival 2020 Date: 13th January Celebrated by: Punjabi People, Hindus, Sikhs. Linked Holidays: Makar Sankranti, Winter Solstice, Yule Background and Theological Significance In the Punjab region that straddles the border between India and Pakistan, Lohri ties together multiple significant strands. It takes place at the time […]

New Year’s Celebrations: Renewing Reality

Quick Facts Summary: A Modern Global Celebration of the New Year. Date: December 31st – January 1st. Celebrated: Globally. 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 January; Many parts […]

Diwali: Festival of Light

Quick Facts Summary: a five-day ‘festival of lights’ celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists 2019 Date: 27th October (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 Puja (Hinduism) […]

Rosh Hashanah: The Head of the Year

Summary: The Jewish New Year celebration 2018 Date: 29th September – 1st October (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 […]

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 2019 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 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 […]