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19 July Asalha Puja Day or Dharma Day

is a Buddhist commemoration of the Buddha's first public speech to five ascetics. He declared the middle way, the noble eight-fold path and the four noble truths upon which Buddhism is based. Celebrated by Buddhists worldwide, it’s considered a time to reflect on the qualities of the Buddha and express gratitude for his teachings which offer humanity a way to find release from its bonds.

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St Swithin's Day

Saint Swithin was a Saxon bishop. He was born in the kingdom of Wessex and educated in its capital, Winchester. He was famous for charitable gifts and building churches. His feast day is 15 July and his emblems are rain drops and apples.  Legend has it that the weather on his feast day, 15 July, will determine the weather for the next 40 days.

Swithin was made Bishop of

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13-15 July Obon a Shinto Buddhist festival to honour dead loved ones.

Obon is a Shinto Buddhist festival to honnour the spirits of one's ancestors and loved ones. This Buddhist-Confucian custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors' graves, and when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori.

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Games of Apollo and the Birth of Ra, what is their connection?

13th July, according to some sources, was the Ancient Egyptian Festival to celebrate the Birthday of Ra. Since Ra was the God of creation this could be interpreted as the day man was created! Ra was also associated with the Sun and healing so perhaps it is no coincidence that the Roman's celebrated Apollo on the same (Equivalent) date because 13th July is also the culmination of the Games of Apollo which have been celebrated since 212 BCE.  

 

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9 July Full Buck Moon

July 9- Full Moon. occurs at 04:07 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Buck Moon because the male buck deer would begin to grow their new antlers at this time of year. This moon has also been known as the

 

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6 July - Ratha Yatra

is a very large Hindu festival and it takes place each year at the famous Jagannatha temple in Puri. Ratha Yatra day is decided based on Hindu Lunar calendar and it is fixed on Dwitiya Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Ashada month. It usually falls during June or July in Gregorian calendar.

 

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1 July Tir Jashan

1st July is the Zoroastrian Rain Festival of Tir Jashan, dedicated to the star deities of Tir and Teshar. It was one of the three most widely celebrated feasts (along with Mihragan and Noruz) of ancient Iran, and is even mentioned in the Talmud.   

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21/22 June Laylat al Qadr

falls on one of the last 10 days of the islamic month of Ramadan. Called the night of power of night of destiny it it marks the time when the Qur’an’s first verses where revealed to the prophet Muhammed by the angel Gabriel. Therefore it is a night when many Muslims pray for

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30 May is the late May Bank Holiday in the UK

The spring bank holiday, also known as the late May bank holiday, is a time for people in the United Kingdom to have a day off work or school. It falls on the last Monday of May but it used to be on the Monday after Pentecost also known as Whit Monday.  Whit Monday, or Pentecost Monday, is

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29 May Oak Apple Day;

29th May is the English Folk Festival of Oak Apple Day.  It  commemorates the restoration of the English monarchy in May 1660 when it was declared a public holiday. Oak leaves are worn until midday. 

It is known as Oak Apple Day in remembrance of the oak tree just outside Bridport Dorset in which Charles II hid to escaped from Cromwell's army. There is still an Oak Tree on that spot today and I drive past it regularly.

There are many stories of Charles II hiding in Oak Trees

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