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Holy Days

Angels of Friendship

Michael Meade, D.H.L. | Posted 12.16.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Michael Meade, D.H.L.

In the modern world the common connotation of the word friend might be "a contact associated with through social media." Yet, online connections and t...

Baha'is To Celebrate "Twin Holy Days" For First Time Worldwide

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 11.05.2016 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

This Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14, the Baha'i community will for the first time on a global basis celebrate "Twin Holy Days" associated with the birthdays of the two Founders of their religion.

Childlessness on the High Holy Days

Constance Scharff, Phd | Posted 09.18.2016 | Religion
Constance Scharff, Phd

I sat deeply in my chair as the reader chanted the blessing before the Haftarah portion for the first day of Rosh Hashanah.

Iberian Holy Days: Celebrations Both Saintly And Wild

Associated Press | Giovanna Dell'Orto | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion

PORTO, Portugal (AP) - Smoke hung heavily over this hilly city, broken by flickering flames, when I mustered my courage, plunged into the crowd and br...

The Welcoming Jewish Holy Day Of Sukkot

Huffington Post | Religion Editors | Posted 10.08.2014 | Religion

The Jewish Feast of the Tabernacle, Sukkot, in 2014 begins at sundown on Wednesday, October 8, and ends at nightfall October 15. The Festival of Booth...

Baha'is to Implement New Calendar Worldwide

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

If you have Baha'i friends, you can ask them what day of what Badi month of what Vahid it is, and if they look a little confused please be forgiving as it may take some time to get adjusted to a new way of measuring one of our most precious common resources -- time.

The Faithful Shopper: For Your Holy Day Holiday

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 06.14.2014 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

With Passover here and Easter just days away, now is the time to plan a treat for your feast - or as a gift for your host or hostess. Whether you're a...

Eggs on End on the Spring Equinox

Donna Henes | Posted 05.17.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Donna Henes

The Spring Equinox has long been observed as the start of a new year throughout much of the world, which only makes sense. New life. New beginnings. The spring, when birds lay their eggs, when plants and animals are born, when all of nature is refreshed, replenished, renewed, is a perfect time to begin a new year.

Why are 5 Million 'Spies' Celebrating the First Day of Spring?

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

Arranging for so many 'secret agents', including Arctic Inuit and Kalahari tribes people, to celebrate "Naw Ruz", a holiday special to Iranians and other countries with historical ties to Persia, seems to be a bizarre way to commit sedition against a country.

This Is What a Holy Day Celebration Looks Like

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Homa Sabet Tavangar

Sometimes our holy day celebration might simply comprise a few friends or family members sitting around the coffee table reading some prayers and listening to beautiful recorded music, perhaps with a warm pie out of the oven to follow.

The Birth of Baha'u'llah

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

From the perspective of a statistician, how would you explain that someone who lived in Arabia in the sixth century still has such a profound influence over the lives of a billion of the world's people fourteen centuries later?

The Welcoming Jewish Holy Day Of Sukkot

Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion

The Jewish Feast of the Tabernacle, Sukkot, in 2013 begins at sundown on Wednesday, September 18, and ends at nightfall September 25. The Festival of ...

My Personal 10 Commandments

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 11.18.2012 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

Every year between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, I promise to have a better filter, to be more discreet, to just shut up. These are the days of Awe, but I think of them as the days of "Aw," as in, "Aw, why on earth did I say that?"

Turn The Holidays Into 'Holy' Days With These Family-Bond-Building Activities

Soren Gordhamer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Soren Gordhamer

You would think that people would be more relaxed at this time, but for many it is the opposite. It is not a time for "holy days," for true connection and contemplation, but instead a time of stress and despair.

Muslims Seek School Closings On Holy Days

wsj.com | SUZANNE SATALINE | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Muslims groups here are pressing city officials to close public schools on two of the faith's holiest days, just as schools do for major Jewish and Ch...