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Religious Holidays

Icy Faces: Eastern Orthodox Christians Take Chilly Epiphany Plunge

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion

Eastern Orthodox Christians took an icy plunge on Sunday to mark the Epiphany feast. Thousands of faithful Orthodox Christians in Russia, Ukraine, ...

A Pale Blue Christmas

Brent A. Strawn | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Brent A. Strawn

The presence of sorrow doesn't mean that Christmastime, even with sadness mixed in, can't be truly joyous and happy. It just means we have to redefine our understanding of "happy" and "joyful."

School District Ditches Religious Holiday Names After Muslim Leaders Ask For Recognition

AP | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Maryland's largest school district has voted to strip religious labels from holidays on next year's school calendar after Musl...

Your Guide To The Most Raucous Religious Holidays All Year

Posted 02.28.2014 | Religion

With Carnival here and Mardi Gras right around the corner you might be wondering how a religious holiday could be so fun. Turns out, Carnival isn'...

Hindus In New Jersey Petition For Diwali School Holiday

Religion News Service | Katherine Davis | Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Jyoti Sharma fondly remembers Diwali festivities from her childhood in India. The Hindu festival of lights is observed every autumn with prayers...

The Problem With Petitions: Muslim Edition

Wardah Khalid | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Wardah Khalid

Let's be real. We have a ways to go as a community before things like a national holiday can be requested -- and subsequently fulfilled. It isn't because we are a young community -- not at all. Rather, we as Muslim Americans are simply not involved enough.

On This Feast Day of the Ass

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.16.2014 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Happy Feast Day of the Ass! No kidding. Animals get short shrift in religious beliefs and practice (apart from the Hindu cow, and sacrifice, of course), so I found it quite wonderful to stumble on an old tradition celebrating the biblical donkey.

Why I'm Not Waiting for Christmas This Year

Adam Bailey | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Adam Bailey

The followers of Jesus claimed that Jesus himself was this man, and that while he may not have established an eternal political order of righteousness while he was here, he will return to fulfill just that.

Inviting the Souls of the Dead

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

El Día de los Muertos is amongst the most holy and the most human of all our holidays. We are reminded of how precious life is, and how sacred our relationships with the people we love. And not least, we are reminded of how death cannot steal our joy if we embrace it and keep the connection to the dead.

An Interfaith Calendar In Vines

Posted 10.26.2013 | Religion

Religious holidays and festivals are beautiful in their diversity. Take a very quick trip through the year's religious calendar with a selection of v...

Holiday Mediocrity and a 'Sleepy Hollow...een'

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Wendy N. Powell

Once more, we have we become so visibly intolerant of opinions, religions and cultural norms that we are unable to appreciate our differences. Instead, a few people destroy American celebrations that are steeped in tradition.

Co-Parenting When Religious Considerations Are Significant

Tara Fass | Posted 09.08.2013 | Divorce
Tara Fass

In addition to faith-based discords created by intermarriage, there are problems when persons within the same faith diverge in their observance particularly as one party becomes more observant and the other does not.

Beyond Lent

Jilly Gagnon | Posted 05.27.2013 | Comedy
Jilly Gagnon

While I may not agree with the entire spiritual underpinning of "Lent," I liked the idea of participating in it as a personal-growth exercise, in line with my previous efforts to read Cats in the original feline, or to get taller.

Interview With a Thanksgiving's Turkey and Other Creatures of Rituals

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 01.21.2013 | Green
Rym Tina Ghazal

I'm not trying to impose or advocate a vegetarian lifestyle for everyone. But as we celebrate our different holidays, we might pause, if just for a moment, to remember and appreciate where our meal came from.

Celebrity Religion: Stars Talk About Their Spiritual Beliefs

Posted 04.09.2012 | Celebrity

They say it's rude to talk about money, religion or politics, but that doesn't leave much open for interesting conversation. Celebrities are used ...

It's The Most Wonderfully Holy Time Of The Year

Posted 12.03.2011 | Religion

By Nancy Haught Religion News Service (RNS) A quick glimpse at a calendar is one way to see how religiously diverse the United States has become. ...

Merry Christmas, And Please Pass The Hamantaschen

Erica Heller | Posted 11.29.2011 | Home
Erica Heller

In retrospect, perhaps Catch-22 was our religion. It came with its own holidays, code of ethics and conduct, with joy and with tsouris, not tsimmis.

A New Holy Week Agenda

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 07.03.2011 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

The question is what we should make of this proximity of calendars and neighbors: what course should relations among religious groups take in 21st century America?

Sikhs Celebrate Vaisakhi (PHOTOS)

Posted 06.12.2011 | Religion

The Sikh Holiday of Vaisakhi is celebrated every year on April 14. Also frequently spelled Baisakhi, Vaisakhi has origins as a springtime festival in ...

Vaisakhi: Sikhs Celebrate Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness

Satpal Singh | Posted 07.25.2011 | Religion
Satpal Singh

The Sikh Faith arose more than 500 years ago in a South Asian society that was shackled in slavery to the caste system, to the wanton abuse of women, and to the tyranny of the rulers.

Holi: Colorful Celebration Of Equality

Anju Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

Hindu festivals are communal celebrations through which an aspect of the universal Truth is brought to life. The rituals are intended to strengthen bonds between and within families and communities.

On The Prophet's Birthday: Old Guards, New Guards And Rear Guards

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

A centuries-old worldview is always ready to condemn change as being against the will of God. What I came to understand is that this worldview has its reasons for being.

Spring Hindu Holy Day Vasant Panchami

Anju Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

Vasant Panchami is celebrated every year on the 5th day or 'Panchami' of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Magha. "Vasant" heralds the beginning of spring.

Are You Passing-Over or Resurrecting for Easter?

Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.

Jews, Pagans and Christians have much in common this time of year. So let us rejoice and join together in spring rebirth, renewal and resurrection.