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 […]

Shavuot: Gifts from God

Quick Facts Summary: a Jewish harvest festival that also commemorates the giving of the Torah 2018 Date: 8th – 10th June (sunset to sunset) Celebrated by: Jews Linked Holidays: Pesach / Passover, Sukkot (Judaism), Pentecost (Christianity) Background and Theological Significance Shavuot (in Hebrew, שבועות), literally meaning the Festival of Weeks, is one of the most […]

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 […]

Ascension Day: Humanity Brought to Heaven

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian feast celebrating the ascension of the Resurrected Christ into heaven 2019 Date: 30th May Celebrated by: Christians Linked Holidays: Easter, Pentecost (Christianity) Background and Theological Significance The Feast of the Ascension, or Ascension Day, is the celebration in the Christian liturgical year of the bodily ascension of the Risen Jesus […]

Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh: Community Manifest

Quick Facts Summary: a Bahá’í commemoration of the death of Bahá’u’lláh 2019 Date: 28th May Celebrated by: Bahá’í Linked Holidays: Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, Ridván (Bahá’í) Background and Theological Significance The Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh is the annual remembrance in the Bahá’í Faith of the death of its founder Bahá’u’lláh. Followers of the Bahá’í Faith believe that […]

Vesak: Breaking the Cycle

Quick Facts Summary: a Buddhist festival celebrating the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha 2019 Date: 19th May, but dates vary Celebrated by: Buddhists (predominantly Theravada), some countries as a National Holiday Linked Holidays: Buddha’s Birthday, Bodhi Day (Buddhism) Background and Theological Significance Vesak, also known as Buddha Jayanti, Buddha Purnima or simply ‘Buddha […]

Ramadan: Receiving the Word of God

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: A Holy Month in the Islamic calendar celebrating the revelation of the Quran. 2019 Date: May 5- June 4 (This varies place to place as it is based upon the sighting of the crescent moon) Celebrated by: Muslims Linked Holidays: Laylat al-Qadr, Eid al-Fitr Background / Theological Significance Ramadan is […]