International Day of Peace: Peace One Day

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: Festival established by the UN to try to promote World Peace and reduce conflict. 2019 Date: 21st September Celebrated by: Globally, Humanists Linked Holidays: Human Rights Day, International Youth Day Background and Theological Significance The International Day of Peace is the most modern Festival we have covered in this series. It […]

Ashura: Commemoration

Quick Facts Summary: an Islamic festival commemorating several significant events, including the death of Husayn ibn Ali and the saving of the Israelites from the Egyptians 2019 Date: 9th September (starting at sunset on 8th September) Celebrated by: Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims (although for different reasons), many Islamic countries as a national holiday Linked Holidays: […]

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 […]

Eid al-Ghadir: Final Sermon

Quick Facts Summary: an Islamic festival that celebrates the Prophet Muhammad appointing Ali ibn Abi Talib as his successor 2019 Date: 19th August (starting at sunset on 18th August) Celebrated by: Shi’ite Muslims; Iran, Iraq and other Shi’ite countries (as a National Holiday) Linked Holidays: The Hajj Background and Theological Significance Eid al-Ghadir (in Arabic, […]

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 […]

The Feast of the Transfiguration: A Human Fully Alive

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian festival celebrating the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ 2019 Date: 6th August Celebrated by: Christians (especially in the Orthodox Churches) Linked Holidays: Twelve Great Feasts of Orthodoxy Background and Theological Significance The Feast of the Transfiguration is an annual festival in the Christian liturgical calendar that celebrates the Transfiguration of Jesus […]

Lammas: First Fruits of the Earth

Quick Facts Summary: a festival in the Northern Hemisphere to mark the start of the harvest 2019 Date: 1st August or thereabouts Celebrated by: European, Christians, Pagans Linked Holidays: Harvest Festival, Wiccan Wheel of the Year festivals Background and Theological Significance Lammas is the name given in English-speaking parts of the Northern Hemisphere to the […]