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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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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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