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Religious Holidays

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 12.23.2015 | 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...

Navratri 2015: Hindus Celebrate The Mother Goddess During The Festival Of Nine Nights

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.22.2015 | Religion

Navratri is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin. In 2015, Navratri starts on October 13 and lasts until October 22. Durga Puja celebrations...

Kumbh Mela 2015: What You Need To Know About This Sacred Hindu Pilgrimage

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.27.2015 | Religion

Kumbh Mela is a holy time for many Hindus. The festival brings millions of pilgrims to the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical S...

Sikhs Celebrate Vaisakhi

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 04.14.2015 | 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 ...

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 02.16.2015 | 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."

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'...