Synonyms of 'religion: Religious festivals'
Adventthe season including the four Sundays preceding Christmas or (in Eastern Orthodox churches) the forty days preceding Christmas Al Hijrahan annual Muslim festival marking the beginning of the Muslim year. It commemorates Mohammed's move from Mecca to Medina and involves the exchange of gifts and the telling of stories about Mohammed Ascension Daythe 40th day after Easter, when the Ascension of Christ into heaven is celebrated Ash Wednesdaythe first day of Lent, named from the practice of Christians of placing ashes on their heads as a sign of penitence Baisakhian annual Sikh festival commemorating the founding (1699) of the Order of the Khalsa by Gobind Singh Bodhi DayCandlemasChanukah or Hanukkahthe eight-day Jewish festival of lights beginning on the 25th of Kislev and commemorating the rededication of the temple by Judas Maccabaeus in 165 bc Ching MingChristmasthe season of Christmas extending from Dec 24 (Christmas Eve) to Jan 6 (the festival of the Epiphany or Twelfth Night) Corpus Christia festival in honour of the Eucharist, observed on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday Day of AtonementDhammacakkaDiwalia major Hindu religious festival, honouring Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Held over the New Year according to the Vikrama calendar, it is marked by feasting, gifts, and the lighting of lamps Dragon Boat FestivalDussehraEasterthe most important festival of the Christian Church, commemorating the Resurrection of Christ: falls on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox Eid ul-Adha or Id-ul-AdhaEid ul-Fitr or Id-ul-FitrEpiphanya Christian festival held on Jan 6, commemorating, in the Western Church, the manifestation of Christ to the Magi and, in the Eastern Church, the baptism of Christ Feast of TabernaclesGood Fridaythe Friday before Easter, observed as a commemoration of the Crucifixion of Jesus Guru Nanak's BirthdayHirjaHola MohallaHolia Hindu spring festival, celebrated for two to five days, commemorating Krishna's dalliance with the cowgirls. Bonfires are lit and coloured powder and water thrown over celebrants JanamashtamiLailat ul-BarahLailat ul-Isra Wal Mi'rajLailat ul-QadrLentthe period of forty weekdays lasting from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday, observed as a time of penance and fasting commemorating Jesus' fasting in the wilderness MahashivaratriMaundy Thursdaythe Thursday before Easter observed as a commemoration of the Last Supper MichaelmasMoon FestivalPalm Sundaythe Sunday before Easter commemorating Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem Passion Sundaythe fifth Sunday in Lent (the second Sunday before Easter), when Passiontide begins Passoveran eight-day Jewish festival beginning on Nisan 15 and celebrated in commemoration of the passing over or sparing of the Israelites in Egypt, when God smote the firstborn of the Egyptians (Exodus 12) Pentecosta Christian festival occurring on Whit Sunday commemorating the descent of the Holy Ghost on the apostles PesachPurimQuadragesimathe first Sunday in Lent Quinquagesimathe Sunday preceding Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent Raksha BandhanRamadanRama NaumiRogationRosh Hashanahthe festival marking the Jewish New Year, celebrated on the first and second days of Tishri, and marked by penitential prayers and by the blowing of the shofar Septuagesimathe third Sunday before Lent Sexagesimathe second Sunday before Lent Shavuota Jewish holiday, the Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost, originally celebrating the spring harvest, now chiefly commemorating the revelation of the Law at Mount Sinai: celebrated on the 6th & 7th days of Sivan Shrove TuesdaySukkoth or Succothan eight-day Jewish harvest festival beginning on Tishri 15, which commemorates the period when the Israelites lived in the wilderness TrinityWesaka festival in May celebrating the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha WhitsunWinter FestivalYom KippurYuan Tanan annual Chinese festival marking the Chinese New Year. It can last over three days and includes the exchange of gifts, firework displays, and dancing ▷ See religion
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