19th May 2013Pentecost Pentecost is a Christian observance commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus Christís disciples, according to the Christian Bible. Many Christians in the United Kingdom celebrate Pentecos Read more 26th May 2013Trinity Sunday Many Christians in the United Kingdom celebrate Trinity Sunday, which is the first Sunday after Pentecost. It is one of the few feasts that are celebrated as a doctrine instead of an event. It is also Read more 30th May 2013Corpus Christi Many Christians in the United Kingdom, especially those of Roman Catholic faith, observe Corpus Christi in honour of the Holy Eucharist. This event commemorates the Last Supper on the day before Jesus Read more 6th June 2013Isra & Miíraj This event commemorates the Prophet Muhammadís journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and his ascent into heaven. It is observed on the 27th day of Rajab, the seventh month in the Islamic calendar. Many peop Read more 16th June 2013Fatherís Day Father's Day is held on the third Sunday of June in the UK and is a day to honour fathers and father figures- grandfathers, step fathers, fathers-in-law. Most people make a special effort to visit the Read more 9th July 2013Ramadan Begins Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and is a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability for Muslims in the UK. The first verses of the Qu'ran were revealed to the Read more 12th July 2013Orangemenís Day People in Northern Ireland annually celebrate Orangemen's Day to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on Irelandís east coast in 1690. It is a bank holiday on or after July 12 and will ofte Read more 16th July 2013Tisha BíAv Tisha BíAv is on the ninth day of the month of Av, as observed in the Jewish calendar. Itís a day of mourning to remember events such as the destruction of the First Temple and Second Temple in Jerusa Read more 3rd August 2013Laylat al-Qadr Laylat al-Qadr falls on one of the last 10 days of the Islamic month of Ramadan. It is one of the most blessed of all nights in the Islamic calendar year.
Laylat al-Qadr is also known as the Night of Read more 8th August 2013 Eid al-Fitr Eid-el-Fitr is on the first day of Shawwal in the Islamic calendar. It marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan and the start of a feast that lasts up to three days in some countries. For many Read more 15th August 2013Assumption of Mary The feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is also known as Assumption Day, and marks the day that God assumed the Virgin Mary into heaven following her death, according to popular Christi Read more 5th September 2013Rosh Hashanah Rosh Hashanah is also known as the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah starts on the first day of Tishrei (or Tishri), which is the seventh month in the Jewish calendar, and may last for two days. Itís som Read more 14th September 2013Yom Kippur Yom Kippur is a Jewish holiday known as the Day of Atonement. Most Jewish people in the UK spend the day fasting and praying. The dayís theme centres on atonement and repentance, and is observed on t Read more 19th September 2013First Day of Sukkot Sukkot is the start of the Sukkot period. The Sukkot period, which is also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, lasts for about seven days. Itís observed during the week starting on 15th day of Tishri, Read more 26th September 2013Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Shemini Atzeret is a Jewish holiday dedicated to the love of God. Simchat Torah marks the end of the Sukkot festival. Shemini Atzeret is a time when prayers or celebrations for rain and a good harvest Read more 4th October 2013Feast of St Francis of Assisi The feast commemorates the life of St Francis, who was born in the 12th century and is the Catholic Churchís patron saint of animals and the environment. It is a popular day for pets to be ďblessedĒ. Read more 15th October 2013Eid-ad-Adha Eid-al-Adha commemorates Ibrahimís (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his son to God. This festival also marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Many make special efforts to wear new clothes or Read more 31st October 2013Halloween Halloween is a holiday annually celebrated on October 31st. Some people hold Halloween parties on or around this date, where the hosts and guests often dress up as skeletons, ghosts or other scary fig Read more 1st November 2013All Saints Day Many churches, particularly Catholic and Anglican churches, in the UK annually celebrate All Saints' Day on November 1st. This event honours all of the saints in Christian history, in particular those Read more 3rd November 2013 Diwali/Deepvali Diwali is a festival of lights that is observed on the 15th day of the month of Kartika in the Hindu calendar. Many people celebrate Diwali each year. It is a time known for spring cleaning in homes a Read more 5th November 2013Bonfire Night Bonfire night, or Guy Fawkes Night, marks the anniversary of the discovery of a plot organized by Catholic conspirators to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605. Many people light bonfire Read more Muharram/Islamic New Year Muharram is the first month of the Islamic year. Some Muslims celebrate the start of the Islamic year on the first day of Muharram. Others start to prepare for the Day of Ashura on the tenth day of th Read more 28th November 2013 First Day of Hanukkah November 28th is the start of the Hanukkah period, also known as Chanukah or Festival of Lights. Many Jewish communities in the UK begin celebrating the miracle of the sanctified oil during this time Read more 30th November 2013St Andrews Day St Andrew's Day falls on November 30th and is a bank holiday in Scotland. However, the bank holiday falls on Monday, December 1st or 2nd if November 30th is a Saturday or Sunday. St Andrew, who was ki Read more 1st December 2013First Day of Advent This date marks the start of the liturgical or church year. It also marks the start of the Christmas season for many people in the UK. Some Christians will attend special church services on the first Read more 5th December 2013Last Day of Hanukkah The last day of Hanukkah falls on the second or third day of the Jewish month of Tevet. The eight lit candles or oil lamps represent the eight days that the oil lamps burned from one bottle of sanctif Read more 8th December 2013Feast of the Immaculate Conception Some Catholics attend special church services to celebrate the Immaculate Conception (this means without sin) of Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, on December 8th each year. Read more 24th December 2013Christmas Eve Christmas Eve is the Day before Christmas Day, which is annually on December 24, according to the Gregorian calendar. People may attend a church service, often called midnight mass, on Christmas Eve, Read more 25th December 2013Christmas Day Christmas Day traditionally celebrates the birth Jesus Christ's but many aspects of this holiday have pagan origins. Christmas is a time for many people to give and receive gifts and prepare special f Read more