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American Thanksgiving by Rhema Hokama

You’ve seen it on American television shows and heard a lot about it, but what exactly is American Thanksgiving?

Halloween by Gabriel Tusinski

Halloween is an increasingly global commercial and consumerist celebration. As October 31st approaches, special types of candy, costumes and masks, and plastic decorative pumpkins and skeletons appear in retail outlets around the world.

Durga Pooja: Celebrating the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Buffalo-demon by Sandeep Ray

It is hours till dawn. We are huddled, dreaming. An alarm clock goes off shattering the stillness of night. It is an ungodly hour but the Goddess has arisen.

Mid-Autumn Festival by Zhao Zhenxing

Mid-Autumn festival falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, when the heat of the summer has given way to cool autumn weather, marked by blue skies and gentle breezes. Because of its […]

Hari Raya Puasa by Nazry Bahrawi

Hari Raya Puasa is the Malay name for ‘Eid al-Fitr ( عيد الفطر ) that is celebrated by Muslims worldwide. It is a common mistake among the uninitiated to think of it as a celebration […]

Dragon Boat Festival by Zhao Zhenxing

The Dragon Boat Festival or Duan Wu Jie (端午节) falls on the 5th day of the 5th Moon in the Chinese calendar, and its symbol is the pyramidal rice dumpling wrapped in bamboo leaves, called Zong Zi (粽子)

Vesak Day by Alastair Gornall

In Theravada Buddhism (the form of Buddhism practised in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia) the festival of Vesak is the day of the year in which the Buddha was (1) born, (2) became enlightened, and (3) died/entered nirvāṇa.

Labour Day by Nilanjan Raghunath

Labour Day or May Day is celebrated in many countries on 1 May. In the United States, it takes place on the first Monday in the month of September and therefore the long weekend is […]

Easter Week by Paolo Di Leo

Christmas, which marks the birth of Jesus Christ, is known and celebrated in many countries, even where Christianity is not the main religion. However, it is not Christmas that is the most important liturgical event […]