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 […]

Diwali: Festival of Light

Quick Facts Summary: a five-day ‘festival of lights’ celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists 2018 Date: 6th or 7th November (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 […]

Navaratri: Divine Feminine

Quick Facts Summary: a nine-night Hindu festival that celebrates the goddess Durga and the triumph of good over evil 2018 Date: 10th – 19th 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 that […]

Ganesh Chaturthi: Beginnings

Quick Facts Summary: A Hindu festival that honours the god Ganesha 2018 Date: 13th – 23rd September (eleven days inclusive) 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 […]

Raksha Bandhan: Brothers and Sisters

Summary: a Hindu festival that celebrates the bond between sisters and brothers 2018 Date: 26th 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 […]

Mahavir Jayanti: Learning Liberation

Quick Facts   Summary: a Jain festival celebrating the birth of Mahavira   2018 Date: 29th March   Celebrated by: Jains, Indians (as a National Holiday)   Linked Holidays: Diwali (Jainism), Buddha Jayanti (Buddhism)   Background and Theological Significance   Jainism developed in the Dharmic theological tradition that originated and evolved in the Indian subcontinent […]