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Religious Holidays

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 th...

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

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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 Proph...

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 celebr...

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, Yamun...

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."

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.