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Why ‘Ash’ Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday is an important day in the Christian calendar, and marks the start of Lent – but why the name? Ash Wednesday follows Shrove Tuesday – more popularly known…

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Hindus celebrate ‘Great Shiva Night‘

Hindus across the world are tonight celebrating Maha Shivratri, also known as Great Shiva Night. Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of Lord Shiva.  Every night…

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Who was St Valentine?

We celebrate Valentine’s Day but who is the Valentine that the day is named after? Never one to do things by halves, the Early Church records at least three possible…

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Jewish ‘Earth Day’

Today, 10 February, is the Jewish festival of Tu B’Shevat – the Jewish ‘New Year for Trees’ – a festival seemingly tailor-made for today’s environmentalists. It is one of the…

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Twelfth Night, Epiphany, and all that!

Epiphany is the first Christian holiday after Christmas, and falls on 6th January, but when is Twelfth Night and are the two related? Most Christians in the UK recognise that…

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Shining a light on Hanukkah

The Jewish festival of Hanukkah started at sunset yesterday (22 Dec 2019). It lasts for 8 days. Hanukkah is known both as the Festival of Dedication and the Festival of…

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Fascinating facts about the shortest day of the year

Today, 22 December, is the shortest day of the year in the UK. In the northern hemisphere, the shortest day of the year is often known as the winter solstice…

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Is there more to Advent than calendars with daily gifts?

We’re all familiar with Advent Calendars, and that Advent happens in the run-up to Christmas, but what actually is it? Advent is a Christian season that leads to Christmas. It…

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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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