Evening of 26th May is the beginning of Ramadan in the UK, (It can vary in different parts of the world). Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar when muslims must abstain from food, drink, smoking, sex and sinful behaviour every day, between suhur (the early-morning meal and iftar (the night-time meal. It is a time to purify the soul, to
May 25 - New Moon at 19.45 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere. Within 24 hours of the new moon is also the best time to perform the abundance cheque ritual. For more about the Moon and its symbology
This is a Romani and Christian Festival which takes place at Sainte-Maries-de-la-Mar, on the south coast of France. Here it is reputed that Mary Magdalene, Mary Jacob (the sister of Our Lady) and Mary Salome (mother of James and John) landed in France. A local Chieftain, Sara the Kali, had a vision of their arrival and by spreading her cloak over the rough sea ensured their safe arrival.
Today the festival of the Three Mary's is a great opportunity to connect on a deeper level and celebrate the 3 elements of the divine feminine which lies within us all. Whether you be male or female the maid, mother and crone live within us all. Take this opportunity to use the energies of today to connect on a deeper level. For the history of this festival and for a downloadable meditation to connect and integrate the divine feminine
At this ceremony, 27 Argei (human-shaped bundles of rushes) are carried counter-clockwise throughout the city in a procession. In a ritual probably done as a substitute for human sacrifice, the Vestal Virgins then throw the Argei into the Tiber from the Bridge of Sublicius.
This is an ancient Egyptian Celebration, when Asar (Osiris) was found and Aset (Isis) duly celebrated. Offerings of bread, wine and milk are made and Auset is traditionally praised for her gifts. It is a time for celebrating quests in life. A brief history of the quest being,
An extremely important day for all Buddhists regardless of which branch of Buddhism is being practiced because this is the day that the Lord Buddha Gautama, Buddha of Infinite Wisdom and founder of Buddhism circa 560 BCC was born and 35 years later was enlightened under the bondhi tree and 45 years after that passed into Nirvana. Each of these event took place on the full-moon day in May. Sometimes known as Hanamatsuri, Vesākha Day and Visakha Puga It is a holiday observed traditionally by Buddhists on different days in Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka,Thailand, Tibet, Vietnam and in other places all over the world. Sometimes called "Buddha's Birthday"
Buddha’s birthday celebrations were formalised at the first conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists 1950, although festivals at this time of year are a centuries within the Buddhist tradition. As Buddhism spread through India and other neiborouging countries it was assimilated into many different cultures, and thus Wesak is celebrated in many different ways all over the world.
5th May Laila al Miraj is an Islamic festival commemorating the Prophet Muhammad’s journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and his ascent into heaven. It is also an interfaith national day of prayer in the USA. Perhaps we can make it global. For other religious festivals taking place today