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Yaum Ashura – a day or remembrance

Yaum Ashura, or the Day of Ashera, is a holy festival of remembrance in Islam.  It is a day of differing significance to Sunni and Shi’a Muslims. For Sunni Muslims…

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International Forgiveness Day

Today is International Forgiveness Day or Samvatsari for Jains. Jainism is an ancient Indian religion and Samvatsari is the holiest day in their calendar. The largest communities are still based…

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Birthday of Ganesh

Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival that celebrates the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the Hindu god of wisdom and success. It can last up to 10 days during the Hindu Month…

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Sikh Guru Granth Sahib celebrated

On September 1st each year, Sikhs mark the installation of Guru Granth Sahib into the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Amritsar is the largest town in the Punjab, a state in…

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Muslims mark New Year

Today, Sunday 1st September, marks the first day of Islamic New Year – Al-Hijra. This is also known as the Hijri New Year.  Not as widely known among non-Muslims as…

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Hindus celebrate Krishna Jyanti

This weekend, many Hindus around the world are celebrating Krishna Jayanti – the Birthday of Lord Krishna As with many faith festivals, the exact date depends on the lunar cycle,…

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Khordad Sal – The birthday of Zoroaster

The Birthday of Zarathushtra, also known as Zoroaster, is one of the most important Zoroastrian festivals. Zoroastrianism is said to be one of the oldest monotheistic religions in the world. …

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Shia Muslims celebrate Eid Al Ghadir

Shia Muslims celebrate Eid Al Ghadir Eid Al Ghadir is a festival observed by Shi‘a Muslims alone.  For them, it is an extremely important day.  It commemorates an event shortly…

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Raksha Bandhan – a festival shared by several faiths

In Sanskrit, the name of this festival literally means “the bond of protection, obligation, or care”. This is a special festival which is celebrated in India and other Asian countries…

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Eid al-Adha

After the solemnity and discipline of Hajj pilgrimage, comes the festival of Eid al-Adha Traditionally lasting for four days, Eid al-Adha is also known as the ‘Festival of the Sacrifice’.…

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