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Sikhs celebrate the birth of their founder

Sikhs around the world are joining together to celebrate 550 years since the birth of Guru Nanak – the religion’s founder and first guru. His birth is celebrated worldwide as Guru…

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Remembrance and Poppies

In the UK, Remembrance Sunday is always the Sunday nearest to 11th November.  Poppies have become an important symbol of remembrance. 11th November is Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice…

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Muslims celebrate the Birth of the Prophet Muhammad

Muslims across the world will celebrate Milad ul Nabi this week, – the festival which marks the Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Although Muhammad’s exact date of birth is unknown,…

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Rastafari celebrate the coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie

One of the holiest days of their year, Rastafari people are today (2nd November) celebrating Haile Selassie’s accession to the Ethiopian throne. Born Tafari Makonnen, Emperor Haile Selassie I was…

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Saints and Souls

After the revelry and fun of Halloween comes two days of honouring the dead – All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. All Saints’ Day on 1st November is also…

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So, what’s Halloween all about?

Halloween has its background within a couple of very different traditions – Christian and Pagan. The name itself, and some of the meaning, comes from its links with the Christian…

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From darkness to light…

This weekend Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists are all celebrating Diwali. This is a 5-day festival, often called the ‘Festival of Lights’, because in Sanskrit Diwali means “a row…

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Jewish people celebrate harvest and freedom

This week is the Jewish festival of Sukkot.  Also called the Feast of Tabernacles, it’s considered the most joyous festival of the Jewish year. Sukkot begins five days after Yom Kippur, and…

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Interfaith Week of Prayer for World Peace

The 8 days from the 2nd to the 3rd Sunday in October each year are kept as an occasion when members of all faiths focus their prayers on world peace.…

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A solemn day for Jewish people

Today is Yom Kippur, also known as the ‘Day of Atonement’.  This ‘Sabbath of Sabbaths’ is the holiest day of the Jewish year. Yom Kippur is the 10th of the 10…

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