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Religious Holidays

Watch These Christians End The Holiday Season With A Splash

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.07.2017 | Religion

On the Christian calendar, The Feast of the Epiphany fall on January 6, 2017 and marks the end of the Christmas period. Some Christian denominations u...

The Magical History Of Yule, The Pagan Winter Solstice Celebration

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.22.2016 | Religion

In 2016, the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere will begin on Wednesday, December 21 at 5:44 EST. To calculate the turning point in your time ...

The Origins Of All Souls' Day, When Catholics Pray For The Dead

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.02.2016 | Religion

Once the Halloween candy has been counted and the costumes stored away, many religious people around the world enter into a time of remembrance for th...

Diwali 2016: Celebrating The Festival Of Lights

HuffPost Religion Editors | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.28.2016 | Religion

In 2016, Diwali, the festival of lights, will be celebrated on October 30 by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit deepaval...

Samhain 2016: Traditions And Rituals For The Pagan New Year

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.28.2016 | Religion

In late October and early November, many witches, Wiccans and other pagans around the globe celebrate Samhain, believed to be an ancient Celtic festiv...

An Introduction To Yom Kippur, The Jewish Day Of Atonement

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.13.2016 | Religion

Yom Kippur begins on October 11 in 2016. Known as the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur falls on 10 Tishrei 5777 on the Hebrew calendar, which is fr...

The Unleavened Basics Of Passover 2016

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.22.2016 | Religion

Passover, the Jewish holiday known as Pesach in Hebrew, commemorates the Israelites’ escape from Egyptian slavery and is observed with ritualized me...

Let This In-Flight Safety Video Guide You Through The Passover Seder

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.20.2016 | Religion

The word "seder" in Hebrew means "order," which is apt for the highly structured ritual dinner observed during Passover. But that doesn't mean it need...

The History And Meaning Behind Vaisakhi, Sikh Springtime Festival

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.12.2016 | Religion

The Sikh Holiday of Vaisakhi falls on Wednesday. Also frequently spelled Baisakhi, Vaisakhi has origins as a springtime festival in the Punjab region,...

Easter: A Celebration Of The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.25.2016 | Religion

Easter Sunday is on March 27 and the Orthodox Church observes the holiday on May 1. Easter, also known as Resurrection Sunday, celebrates the resurrec...

Holi 2016: Hindu Festival Of Colors Welcomes Spring

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.24.2016 | Religion

Holi (also known as Dol Jatra, Basantotsav) is the Hindu festival of colors. It is celebrated at the end of the winter season, on the last full moon d...

Purim 2016: Dates, History, And Traditions Of The Festive Jewish Celebration

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.22.2016 | Religion

Purim is a spring holiday that commemorates the Jewish community’s narrow escape from collective destruction in the ancient Persian Empire. The word...

Norooz 2016: Dates, Traditions, And History Of The Persian New Year

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.21.2016 | Religion

The Persian New Year is called Norooz (also Nowruz, Nawroz, among other spellings) and marks the first day of spring. It’s also the Baha’i New Yea...

St. Patrick's Day 2016: The Religious Backstory

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.16.2016 | Religion

St. Patrick's Day is best known for parades, beer, and turning rivers green, but the holiday has a long history that's more somber than its current in...

Maha Shivaratri 2016: The Great Night Of Lord Shiva

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.07.2016 | Religion

Maha Shivaratri (also Shivratri) is celebrated on the evening of March 7, by Hindus all over the world. This festival glorifies the Hindu god Shiva, b...

Here's What Ash Wednesday Looks Like Around The World

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 02.10.2016 | Religion

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of reflection and renewal in the Christian calendar. In 2016, the holy day falls on Feb. 10...

Imbolc 2016: Facts, Dates, Traditions And Rituals To Know

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Religion

For many in the U.S., the only 'religious' event this time of year is the Super Bowl. But for many pagans and Wiccans, February 2 marks the important ...

Tu Bishvat 2016: Dates, Facts, History Of The Jewish 'New Year For Trees'

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.25.2016 | Religion

Tu Bishvat is a Jewish holiday that falls on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat. It is celebrated on Monday, January 25, 2016 this year. Histo...

An Interfaith Calendar Of The Religious Holidays In 2016

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.07.2016 | Religion

We live in a beautiful, diverse world, and almost each day of the year is a sacred time for someone, somewhere. HuffPost Religion presents our annual ...

We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Fred Lundgren | Posted 12.23.2016 | Religion
Fred Lundgren

Christianity teaches believers to hold the needs of others above the needs of self. Christmas is the annual expression of that ongoing commitment. Giving to others and sacrificing for others are the lodestars of our planet's largest religion.

Reflections On The Power Of Light For The Final Day Of Hanukkah

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.15.2015 | Religion

Light is a powerful symbol in many of the world's religions. Hindus remember the victory of light over darkness during Diwali, and pagans mark the beg...

Campus Ministry To Republicans: 'Calm Down, Have A Cookie'

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.07.2015 | College

Tyson House, an Episcopal and Lutheran ministry group at the University of Tennessee, wants conservative lawmakers to know that Christmas parties are ...

Here's What You Need To Know About Hanukkah

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.03.2015 | Religion

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is celebrated for eight days beginning at sundown on Dec. 6, 2015. On the Hebrew calendar, the dates are 25 K...

Diwali 2015: Celebrating The Festival Of Lights (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion

In 2015, Diwali, the festival of lights, will be celebrated on November 11 by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit deepava...

The Birth Of The Bab 2015: Bahá'ís Remember A Prophet

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.20.2015 | Religion

On October 20, 1819, a baby boy named Siyyid Ali-Muhammad was born in Persia (now Iran), to a family believed to be descendants of the Prophet Muhamma...