Festivals

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Posts on this page describe festivals and honour the wisdom of diverse faith traditions.

October 20, 2023 The Celts celebrated Samhain as a thin time, when the “distance between heaven and earth is shorter.” This same …

April 21, 2023 This Saturday evening, April 22, many Muslim families will be eagerly watching for the sighting of the new crescent …

March 10, 2023 The Sikh festival Hola Mohalla is celebrated this week in 2023, March 8 – 10.  It follows immediately after …

January 13, 2023 Needs in the world can feel overwhelming. We/I tend to take on others’ concerns such as their health needs, …

Christmas December 25, 2022 Dancing God Passionate leap  Of creative energy Skipping among the stars Waltzing on rivers Birthing a universe Dancing …

Hanukkah: December 18 – December 26, 2022 Hanukkah is considered the Jewish festival of lights. At sundown on the first day of …

November 18, 2022 In some ways I am like the Buddha. We both began our lives in privilege. Siddhartha Gautama, who later …

November 4, 2022 One evening this week we had some unusual visitors at our door – Marshmallow man, a pint-sized farmer, a …

October 9, 2022 This summer has been a time to reconnect with family, friends and neighbours following the stricter lock downs of …

September 30, 2022 If I could do one simple thing today that would help me to be a happier and healthier person, …

January 7 Every year Buddhists celebrate the Buddha’s awakening. Bodhi (awakening) Day this year is celebrated by Chinese Buddhists on January 10. …

April 30 This week we are midway through the Bahai festival of Ridvan, which extends twelve days, from April 21 – May …

April 15 See the Glossary Post, “Finding Peace in the Dark Night of the Soul,” for a more detailed explanation of “Dark …

Muslim: Ramadan

Ramadan Mubarak (Ramadan Blessings to you.) Nelson Mandela said, “Our human compassion binds us as human beings who have learnt how to …

March 18 Today, March 18, 2022 is the Hindu Festival of Colours, also called Holi. Holi is the celebration of Spring, of …

The universal recognition of the soul’s desire for peace is clear in these excerpts from writings of Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim …

Taoism: Yin and Yang

I like the Tao terms for the balance of “light” and “dark” energies: Yin and Yang. The balance of these energies is …

“The fact is, Maples have a far more sophisticated system for detecting Spring than we do.” Robin Wall Kimmerer. Potawatomi citizen and …

January 14 “The fact is, Maples have a far more sophisticated system for detecting Spring than we do.” Robin Wall Kimmerer in …

December 31 “The butterfly counts not months but moments, and had time enough.”  -Rabindranath Tagore As I teenager I once attended a …

December 24 The best ever Christmas gift was the birth of our first grandchild a few years back on December 24. None …

December 3 November and December are dark months. I begin to think it is human to be a bit “sad” in the …

“Diwali is one of the brightest and most widely observed Hindu festivals within India and around the world.” Jains, Sikhs and some …

November 5 Diwali, the Festival of Lights affirms a faith in the victory of light: knowledge over ignorance, good over evil.  From …

September 23 Sukkot, which means, “festival of booths,” recalls the make-shift dwellings of the Israelites when they wandered in the desert after …

The wisdom of the ages, across faith traditions has ritualized practices that bring individual and community healing. The holiest day of the …

Maturing Spirituality follows a development similar to a child growing to adulthood. Early religious formation is about the “letter of the law,” …

May 21 I was meditating with this text from the book of Wisdom in the Catholic Bible: “For she is the breath …

Albert Einstein said, “There are two ways to live. You can live as if nothing is a miracle. You can live as …

Fasting across Faith Traditions

Fasting is an important practice in Islam, Judaism and Christianity. People of other faiths also fast but that is not part of …

According to an old Russian folktale*, it is not Santa Claus, but Baboushka who brings toys for good children; She comes not …

Judaism: Origins of Hanukkah

During Hanukkah Jews remember a time when the consecrated oil that burned in the temple should have been enough for only one …