Kalashtami: The Ferocious Manifestation

Quick Facts Summary: a monthly Hindu festival that honours the deity Bhairava, a manifestation of Shiva 2019 Date: 24th July, 23rd August, 22nd September, 21st October, 19th November (this is Bhairava Ashtami), 19th December Celebrated by: Hindus of the Shaivite tradition Linked Holidays: Bhairava Ashtami Background and Theological Significance Kalashtami is a Hindu festival that […]

Asalha Puja: Teaching Begins

Quick Facts Summary: a Theravada Buddhist festival commemorating the Buddha’s first sermon 2018 Date: 16th July Celebrated by: Theravada Buddhists, Thailand (as a National Holiday) Linked Holidays: Vesak Background and Theological Significance Asalha Puja, also known as Asanha Bucha or Dharma Day, is an annual Buddhist festival that celebrates the first sermon that Siddhartha Gautama, […]

Ratha Yatra (Puri): An Unstoppable Juggernaut

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: Hindu Chariot procession, specifically the procession of Lord Jaganath, his elder brother and younger sister, to Lord Jaganath’s birthplace and the temple of their Aunt in Puri in the Indian state of Odisha 2019 Date: July 4th, date varies Celebrated by: Hindus, Indians especially in the East of the subcontinent. […]

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 2019 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 […]

Eid al-Fitr: Breaking the Fast

Quick Facts Summary: an Islamic festival that celebrates the end of Ramadan 2018 Date: 5th June (starting at sunset on 4th June) Celebrated by: Muslims Linked Holidays: Ramadan, Eid al-Adha (Islam) Background and Theological Significance Eid al-Fitr (in Arabic, عيد الفطر) is one of the most important festivals in the Islamic calendar. Literally translating as […]

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 […]

Guru Nanak Gurpurab: The First Teacher

Quick Facts Summary: A Sikh festival celebrating the birth of the founder of the faith Guru Nanak 2018 Date: 23rd November Celebrated by: Sikhs, Nanakpanthis, parts of India (as a National Holiday) Linked Holidays: Gurpurab festivals, Vaisakhi (Sikhism) Background and Theological Significance Guru Nanak Gurpurab, also known as Guru Nanak Jayanti and Guru Nanak’s Prakash […]

Mawlid al-Nabi: The Birth of a Prophet

Quick Facts Summary: an Islamic festival commemorating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad 2018 Date: 20th November (Sunni), 25th November (Shi’a) Celebrated by: Muslims, most Islamic countries around the world Linked Holidays: Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Christmas Background and Theological Significance Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif (in Arabic, مَولِد النَّبِي, literally meaning ‘the birth of the prophet’) […]