Yom Hashoah: Remembering Destruction

Quick Facts Summary: a commemoration for Jews killed during the Holocaust 2021 Date: 7th-8th April (sundown to sundown) Celebrated by: Jews, the State of Israel Linked Holidays: International Holocaust Remembrance Day (worldwide) Background and Theological Significance Yom HaShoah, or in full Yom Hazikaron laShoah ve-laG’vurah (יום הזיכרון לשואה ולגבורה), is the official Holocaust Remembrance Day […]

Easter: He Is Risen

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ 2021 Date: 3rd April Celebrated by: Christians, Europeans Linked Holidays: Holy Week (Christianity), Passover (Judaism) Background and Theological Significance Easter refers to the Sunday on which the Resurrection of Christ is celebrated by Christians. It marks the end of Holy Week; which is […]

Candlemas: Presenting the Divine

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: Christian Festival celebrating the presentation of Jesus to the Temple and the purification of Mary, Jesus’ mother. 2020 Date: February 2nd Celebrated by: Christians Linked Holidays: Epiphany, Imbolc, Groundhog Day Background and Theological Significance It was traditional, forty days after giving birth, for Jewish parents to bring their newborn baby […]

Hanukkah: Dedication

Quick Facts Summary: an eight-day Jewish festival that celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple 2018 Date: 2nd – 10th December (sunset to sunset) Celebrated by: Jews, the State of Israel Linked Holidays: Purim, Diwali. Background and Theological Significance Hanukkah (in Hebrew, חֲנוּכָּה, literally meaning ‘dedication’, also translated as Chanukah) is a Jewish festival celebrating […]

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 […]

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 […]