June Solstice: Another Turn of the Cycle

Quick Facts Summary: a celebration of the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere 2020 Date: 21st June (exact timing depends on location) Celebrated by: Numerous cultures worldwide, modern pagans Linked Holidays: December Solstice, Wiccan Wheel of the Year festivals, Feast of St John the Baptist Background and […]

Rama Navami: The Birth of Lord Ram

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: Hindu celebration of the Birth of Lord Ramachandra, the Seventh Avatar of Vishnu. 2020 Date: 2nd April Celebrated by: Hindus Linked Holidays: Maha-Shivaratri, Ratha Yatra, Kalashtami, Navaratri. Background and Theological Significance Central to Hindu theology is the concept of divinities returning again and again in different forms or Avatars. In […]

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 […]

Holi: The Festival of Colours

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: Hindu celebration of Spring, Love, and Forgiveness 2020 Date: March 9th – 10th Celebrated by: Hindus, Indians Linked Holidays: Diwali, Lohri, Easter Background and Theological Significance Holi is an ancient festival from the Indian subcontinent that traditionally marks the arrival of Spring and the end of Winter. The celebrations are […]

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 […]

Maha-Shivaratri: Wisdom in Darkness

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: A Festival dedicated to the god Shiva. 2020 Date: 21st February Celebrated by: Hindus Linked Holidays: Ram Navami, Janmashtami, Raksha Bandhan. Background and Theological Significance Maha-Shivaratri, ‘The Great Night of Shiva’ is the most important night of the year for the worshippers of Shiva. The day before each month’s New […]