Posts Tagged ‘Religion’

A Question of Religion

August 30, 2011

How much do you know about different religions of the world? Do you know your Rivan from your Beltane? Why not try this set of quizzes from the BBC to find out?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/tools/quizzes/

Treasures of Heaven

July 5, 2011

A new major exhibition has opened at the British Museum in the last few days. Treasures of Heaven explores sacred objects and relics from the Medieval Period in Europe.

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/treasures_of_heaven.aspx

Eid

November 16, 2010

Today marks the beginning of the four-day Eid holiday in Islam. Here is some more information from the BBC Website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/holydays/eiduladha.shtml

عيد سعيد للجميع

Autumn Equinox

September 22, 2009

Today is the Autumn Equinox marking the start of Autumn. An Equinox marks the point in the year when day and night are of equal length. The Autumn Equinox signals the end of summer and for our Pagan ancestors it was the final festival of the harvest season before the dark descent into winter. If the harvest was good they would celebrate with a festival to thank the goddess – a tradition that has continued in the Christian religion.

You can find out more about the Equinox here

http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/september-equinox.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equinox

Ramadan

August 21, 2009

At midnight tonight the Islamic month of Ramadan begins. As well as fasting during daylight hours for those who are able to, other practices take place such as Taraweeh prayers in the evening and going into seclusion for the last ten nights. Here is a page from the BBC about it along with some health advice:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/practices/ramadan_1.shtml

Midsummer

June 24, 2009

Midsummer, Summer Solstice, the Feast Day of St. John, call it what you will. Today marks the pagan festival of Midsummer where, over most of the Northern Hemisphere, bonfires shall be lit and maypoles shall be danced around. Here is a Wikipedia article about it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midsummer

And here’s something from the BBC Website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/paganism/holydays/summersolstice.shtml

Today is also the Ratha Yatra festival in Hinduism, commemorating Krishna’s return to his people after a long absence:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratha_Yatra

May Day

May 1, 2009

Today is the First of May. A day that is traditionally associated with maypoles, spring and morris dancing. Here’s an article from the BBC Website about the festival of Beltane, which is the Celtic celebration of the coming of summer:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/paganism/holydays/beltane_1.shtml

Rama Navami

April 3, 2009

Today is the Hindu Festival of Rama Navami, celebrating the birth of Lord Rama (an incarnation of Vishnu).

Here is some information about the day, with some links, from the BBC website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/hinduism/holydays/rama.shtml