This is the Christian celebration of the birth of the Virgin Mary.  

It is not clear why the feast only originated around the beginning of


The Orthodox Christian Church believe in the Holy Trinity of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as separate entities and not a


John the Baptist had admonished Herod for divorcing his wife, Phasaelis, and unlawfully taking Herodias, the wife of his brother Herod Philip I. 

Herod was an important political figure in Judea, a part of the Roman Empire. 

On Herod's birthday, Salome, the daughter of Herodias, danced before


While the Eastern Orthodox Church believe in the Dormition of the Theotokos (or the feast of falling asleep), they object to the papal definition of the dogma, seeing it as unnecessary, since belief in


The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the death of Mary and the event where her body was taken into Heaven, before it could begin to decay. 

Because the day signifies Mary's passing into eternal life, it is


The feast of the Transfiguration of Christ celebrates the occasion when Jesus revealed His divine glory on Mount Tabor in Galilee. 

Jesus told his disciples that He


This day is the beginning of the 14-day period of fast to prepare for the Dormition (or falling asleep) of the Virgin Mary.

Christians in Spain celebrate the life and deeds of James, the son of Zebedee, on this day. James was one of Jesus' first disciples.  

James was the brother of


Pioneer Day is a state holiday in Utah in the United States.

On the 24th July each the arrival of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into


St. Vladimir the Great was born around 958 and died on 15th July 1015.

Vladimir was violent, sneaky, womanising barbarians.  Then both got baptised. 

Clovis did not change much and in fact


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