The Origins and Practices of Hijri & Pehla Parkash Guru Granth Sahib

Hijri/Hijra/Al-Hijra/Hijrah –August 31, 2019 Hijri is a Muslim holiday. This date marks the beginning of a new year for Muslims. Unlike the recent festivals, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, this day is not celebrated as much. The Muslim calendar is based on lunar cycles, so the date on the Gregorian calendar shifts every year. The…
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The Origins and Practices of Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan – August 15, 2019 Raksha Bandhan, also known as Rakhi (pronounced R-AH-K-REE) is a Hindu festival. This festival celebrates brother-sister relationships and sibling love. The term Raksha Bandhan originates from Sanskrit, and translates to “bond of protection.” Raksha Bandhan is observed on the full moon in the holy Hindu luni-solar month of Shravana…
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The Origins and Practices of the August Moon Festival/Mid-Harvest Festival

August Moon Festival/Mid-Harvest Festival - August 11 - October 13, 2019 The August Moon festival is an East Asian cultural celebration. Though this celebration started in China, many people who are ethnically Taiwanese, Japanese, South Korean, Malaysian, Vietnamese, and Filipino also celebrate it. This year, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England (CCBA) is…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Father’s Day & Shaheedi Guru Arjan Devji

June 16, 2019 - Father's Day Sunday, June 16, 2019 is Father's Day in the United States. The annual holiday falls on the third Sunday of June. Father's Day is meant to honor fathers, fatherhood, and paternal bonds. The origins of Father's Day is unclear. Some believe it was created in response to Mother's Day…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Laylat al-Qadr & Eid al Fitr

Laylat al-Qadr – May 31, 2019 Laylat al-Qadr (also known as Lailat al Qadr or Laylatul Qadr) is the holiest night of the year for Muslims. The name Laylat al-Qadr translates to “Night of Power.” This night commemorates the night Allah (Arabic for God) revealed the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. The Prophet Muhammad did…
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