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 […]

Hungry Ghost Festival: Ancestors of Community

Quick Facts Summary: A festival month in East Asia in which people leave food and offerings for ancestors and others who have are suffering in the afterlife. 2019 Date: August 15. The Seventh month of the East Asian Lunar Calendar. Celebrated by: Buddhists, Taoists, Chinese and East Asian societies. Linked Holidays: Sweeping Tomb Festival, Phi […]

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 […]

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 […]