Event Archive

28 January 2017

Vietnamese/Chinese New Year - International

The start of the year on the Chinese calendar, also know as Tết in Vietnam. Read More

14 January 2017

Makar Sankranti - Hindu

This winter festival celebrates the Sun-God's entry into the Northern Hemisphere Read More

06 January 2017

Epiphany - Christian

Epiphany remembers the wise men visiting Jesus. Read More

05 January 2017

Birthday of Guru Gobindh Singh - Sikh

The tenth and last Guru, who created the order of Khalsa and instituted the Five 'Ks’. Read More

31 December 2016

OMISOKA

Japanese festival which prepares for the new year by cleansing Shinto home shrines and Buddhist altars. The bells of Buddhist temples are struck 108 times to warn against the 108 evils to be overcome. Read More

31 December 2016

HOGMANAY

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31 December 2016

new year's eve

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27 December 2016

Bank holiday

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26 December 2016

ZARATOSHT NO DISO

Zaratosht no diso is the death anniversary of Prophet Zarathushtra and is a sorrowful occasion. Tradition records that he was assassinated at the age of 77. It is customary to visit the Fire Temple, participate in special remembrance prayers (to him and to the Fravashis, the guardian spirits of departed ancestors), and ponder upon the Gathas or Hymns of Zarathushtra, which embody his eternal message to humanity. Read More

26 December 2016

boxing day

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26 December 2016

Horse racing - King George VI Chase, Kempton

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25 December 2016

HANUKAH

Celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after it was recaptured from the Syrian Greeks by the Maccabee brothers in 165 BCE. For the eight evenings of the festival, candles are lit from right to left in a hanukkiah, a nine-branched menorah - one() candle for each evening. The ninth candle is the shamash (the servant candle) from which the other candles are lit. Foods cooked with oil - such as doughnuts and latkes (potato cakes) - are traditional to remember the miracle with oil that happened at this time. A game of dreidel, a special small spinning top, is popular with children to commemorate 'the great miracle that happened there’. Read More

25 December 2016

Christmas day

Christmas Day celebrates the birth of Jesus, whom Christians believe to be the son of God. The words of St John’s Gospel (Chapter 1:1-18) are read in many churches at this time; these speak of 'the Word made flesh’, pointing to Christian belief in the Incarnation (God 'made flesh’, or human). Gifts are given as reminders of the offerings brought to the infant Jesus, and Christmas carols, plays and evergreens are associated with this time, while nativity sets are displayed in many churches and in some homes. Read More

24 December 2016

christmas eve

Evening carol services, crib services and Midnight Masses inaugurate the festival of Christmas. Santa Claus (from the Dutch Sinter Klaus) is a legendary figure, based on St Nicholas of Myra, and is supposed to bring presents to children on Christmas Eve. Read More

21 December 2016

YULE (archaic form Geola, pronounced Yula)

WINTER SOLSTICE (Alban Arthan or Alban Arthuan) Druid Yule is the time of the winter solstice, when the sun is reborn, an image of the return of all new life. Heathens celebrate Yule for twelve nights and days, starting the evening before the Winter Solstice (called Mother’s night), when they think of their female ancestors and spiritual protectors. The night heralds the beginning of the major holiday in Heathenry. Read More

19 December 2016

Equestrian - London International Horse Show (finish)

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17 December 2016

THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD'S BIRTHDAY / MILAD UL NABI (17th Rabi'ul-Awwal) (Shi'a)

Observed by Sunni Muslims on the 12th of Rabi'ul Awwal and by the majority of Shi'a Muslims five days later (though Nizari Ismali Shi'a Muslims who are followers of the Aga Khan celebrate this on the same day as the Sunnis, whereas Dawoodi Bohra Islamailis celebrate at the same time as other Shi'a).The day is widely celebrated within the Muslim world and is a public holiday in a number of Muslim countries. In the sub-continent of India and certain Arab countries like Egypt, the celebration starts with reading from the Qur’an, followed by poetry and songs in praise of the Prophet. There are also lectures and story telling. In some big cities of the Muslim world the day is marked with processions and flag waving under a huge decoration of lights. In the UK many Muslims celebrate at the mosque, but some refuse to celebrate the Prophet’s birthday, claiming it is a non-Islamic innovation introduced more than 600 years after the life of the Prophet. Tradition is not clear as to the exact date of the Prophet’s birth. Read More

14 December 2016

ISAF Sailing World Cup (finish)

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13 December 2016

Equestrian - London International Horse Show (start)

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12 December 2016

THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD'S BIRTHDAY / MILAD UL NABI (12th Rabi'ul-Awwal) (Sunni)

Observed by Sunni Muslims on the 12th of Rabi'ul Awwal and by the majority of Shi'a Muslims five days later (though Nizari Ismali Shi'a Muslims who are followers of the Aga Khan celebrate this on the same day as the Sunnis, whereas Dawoodi Bohra Islamailis celebrate at the same time as other Shi'a).The day is widely celebrated within the Muslim world and is a public holiday in a number of Muslim countries. In the sub-continent of India and certain Arab countries like Egypt, the celebration starts with reading from the Qur’an, followed by poetry and songs in praise of the Prophet. There are also lectures and story telling. In some big cities of the Muslim world the day is marked with processions and flag waving under a huge decoration of lights. In the UK many Muslims celebrate at the mosque, but some refuse to celebrate the Prophet’s birthday, claiming it is a non-Islamic innovation introduced more than 600 years after the life of the Prophet. Tradition is not clear as to the exact date of the Prophet’s birth. Read More