Perseids Meteor Shower 17 July - 24 August 2018

Joylina Goodings

The Perseids are famous for producing a large number of bright meteors and is one of the best meteor showers to observe producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. The shower runs annually from July 17 to August 24. It peaks this year on the night of

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St Swithin’s Day 15 July

Joylina Goodings

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. 

 

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Obon also known as Ulambana 13th July

Joylina Goodings

Ulambana is a Shinto Buddhist festival to honnour the spirits of our ancestors and loved ones. This Buddhist-Confucian custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to the ancestral home and visit their ancestors' graves. It is also believed that on this day the spirits of ancestors revisit the household altars.

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Festival of Ra and the Games of Apollo

Joylina Goodings

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.

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13th July, New Moon, Partial Solar Eclipse and Abundance Cheques

Joylina Goodings

New moons are the best time to start new projects as well as the most favoured time to perform the Abundance Cheque Ritual. This new moon will be particularly strong with the added benefit of a partial solar eclipse. This eclipse will only be visible in southern Australia and Antarctica.  

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Happy Birthday your Holiness the Dalai Lama

Joylina Goodings

The 14th and current Dalai Lama (religious name: Tenzin Gyatso, shortened from Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, was born on 6th July, 1935 , in Taktser village Amdo, Tibet, and was selected as the re-incarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama in 1937.  

Dalai Lamas are the most important monks of the Gelug school, the newest school of Tibetan Buddhism and was both the temporal and spiritual leader of Tibet.

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Zoroastrian Rain Festival of Tir Jashan,

Joylina Goodings

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  mentioned in the Talmud. 

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Armed Forces Day

Joylina Goodings

Today is the day where we can show our support to those brave men and women who protect us at home and abroad, as well as their families who sacrifice so much.  Events are held all over the country and abroad, from Llandudno to Plymouth the Falkland Islands and Cyprus as well as the Middle East. To find an event near you see   https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/find-events/ 

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