Wednesday, 22 January 2014 07:03

St Lucy’s Day - Catholic

The Italian word Lucia means light, and St Lucy is the patron saint of the blind, of vision and of light. 

This is also associated with the


Published in Christianity
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 07:14

Meskel - Ethiopian

Meskel, also known as the Finding of the True Cross, is celebrated by dancing, feasting and lighting a massive bonfire known in Ethiopian tradition as "Damera". 

This feast commemorates the day in


Published in Christianity
Monday, 13 January 2014 07:26


Ethiopian New Year.  The Rastafarians believe that Ethiopia is their spiritual homeland and the place where they want to return. 

For this reason Rastafarians recognise the


Published in Rastafari
Monday, 13 January 2014 06:52

Beheading of John the Baptist

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


Published in Christianity
Sunday, 12 January 2014 14:14

Obon - Ullambana

Obon or Ullambana is also known as Ancestor Day.

The festival is aimed at celebrating the reunion of departed ancestors with their living families. 

Extended families often


Published in Shinto
Sunday, 05 January 2014 08:11

Risshun (Lìchūn)

Risshun or Lìchūn is the spring festival that marks the division between winter and spring.

The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar periods.


Published in Shinto

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