The Origins and Practice of Holidays: Twelfth Night, Gurpurab Guru Gobindh Singh, Epiphany, Día de los Reyes

January 5, 2019 - Twelfth Night Twelfth Night is a Christian holiday, celebrated on January 5. It marks the twelfth and final night of the Christmas season and the coming of Epiphany. Contrary to popular belief, Christmas is not just December 25. Contrary to popular belief, Christmas is not just December 25. That is only…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Mary, Mother of God, New Year’s Day, and Oshogatsu

January 1, 2019 - Mary, Mother of God  On New Years Day, Catholics will celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, with a feast. This celebration is the octave of Christmas. An octave is an eight day extension of the feast. In the modern Roman Calendar, only Christmas and Easter have an octave. This…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Christmas

December 25, 2018 - Christmas Christmas is a Christian religious holiday, and an American federal holiday observed on December 25 of each year. However, many people of other faiths celebrate Christmas in a non-religious context. Christians celebrate this day as the birth of Jesus Christ, the son of God, on December 25. Eastern Orthodox Christians…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Yule and Shaheedi Chaar Sahibzaade

December 21, 2018 - Yule Yule is a Wiccan/Pagan holiday. As with many other pagan celebrations, it celebrates the changing of seasons. Yule happens on the winter solstice, and it celebrates rebirth and renewal. This is because the shortest day and longest night occur on the solstice. After the solstice, the days start to get…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Advent, Hanukkah, and the Immaculate Conception of Mary

December 2 - 24, 2018 - Advent Advent is a part of the days leading up to the Christian celebration of Christmas. Advent marks the beginning of of the liturgical calendar, which is the church calendar. Advent starts four Sundays before Christmas, which is December 2 this year. The first half of the liturgical year…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Day of the Covenant and Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Thanksgiving, Shaheedi Guru Tegh Bahadurji, Niinamesei, and Gurpurab Guru Nanak Devji

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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Veterans Day and The Birth of Bahá’u’lláh

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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Diwali, Bandi Chhorh Divas and Annakut

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