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) […]

Navaratri: Divine Feminine

Quick Facts Summary: a nine-night Hindu festival that celebrates the goddess Durga and the triumph of good over evil 201 Date: 29th September – 8th October (ten days inclusive) Celebrated by: Hindus Linked Holidays: Vijayadashami/ Dussehra, Durga Puja (Hinduism) Background and Theological Significance Navaratri (from the Sanskrit, नवरात्रि, meaning ‘nine nights’) is a Hindu festival […]

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 […]

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, […]