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The Longest Day – Let the sun shine!

The Longest Day – Let the sun shine! The Summer Solstice, also known as ‘the longest day’, is when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, with the Earth’s…

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Father’s Day

Unlike Mothering Sunday, which has a long tradition dating back to the 16th century, Father’s Day in the UK is a relatively new celebration. Celebrated in the UK on the…

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Rastafari celebrate Leonard Howell Earthday

Rastafari celebrate Leonard Howell Earthday The Rastafari movement, also known (improperly) as ‘Rastafarianism’, emerged in the early 1930s.  Rastas see themselves as conforming to a vision of how Africans should…

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Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Guru Arjan

This anniversary, commemorated on 16 June, is an important day in the Sikh calendar. Guru Arjan (in Punjabi: ਗੁਰੂ ਅਰਜਨ ) was the first of the two Gurus martyred in the Sikh faith.  Born in…

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Pentecost – the Church’s birthday!

The Christian holy day of Pentecost is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter According to the Christian Bible, it was while the apostles were praying together that the Holy…

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The Jewish festival of Shavuot

Shavuot is known as the Festival of Weeks in English and Pentecost in Ancient Greek.  (Pentecost is also the name of a Christian festival which, this year, happens on the…

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Eid al-Fitr

The end of Ramadan is marked by a special festival called Eid al-Fitr – the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast.  It can last from 1-3 days.  In the…

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Ramadan

Ramadan is one of the holiest months in the Islamic calendar, and is a period of fasting, extra prayer and charitable deeds. Ramadan takes place in the ninth month in…

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