Wesak (Buddha Day)

This most important Buddhist festival is known as either Wesak, Vesak or Buddha Day, and is celebrated annually on the full moon of the ancient lunar month of Vesakha, which usually falls in May, or in early June. It commemorates the birth, enlightenment and the death of Buddha. The day is observed as a public … Continue reading “Wesak (Buddha Day)”

26 May 2021 by


Shavuot (16-18 May) Shavuot is one of the Jewish harvest festivals, also known as the festival or feast of ‘Weeks’, taking place seven weeks (fifty days) after the first day of the spring festival of Passover. It was originally an agricultural festival, marking the beginning of the wheat harvest. The first fruits of the harvest … Continue reading “Shavuot”

16 May 2021 by


Eid-al-Fitr (Ramadan ends) From the evening of 12 May to the evening of 13 May Eid al-Fitr, also called the “Festival of Breaking the Fast”, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan, as well being as a time for spiritual reflection and prayer. … Continue reading “Eid-al-Fitr”

12 May 2021 by

World Portuguese Language Day cocktail celebrations

Tchin Tchin! OBRIGADA to Gisele Tyba Mayrink Redondo Orgado, Research Fellow in Portuguese Studies from Brazil, currently at the UoB, also galloping gourmet and cocktail maker extraordinaire! At an event to mark World Portuguese Language Day (5 May), Gisele entertained a Zoom group of students and staff (lusophones and non lusophones) in the ways of … Continue reading “World Portuguese Language Day cocktail celebrations”

6 May 2021 by

St George’s Day

Saint George’s Day is celebrated on 23 April by various Christian churches¬†and by the several nations, kingdoms, countries and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint, including England and regions of Spain and Portugal in particular. Saint George is most widely known for slaying a dragon. According to legend, the only well in … Continue reading “St George’s Day”

23 April 2021 by

Rama Navami

Ram(a) Navami (21 April) is a spring Hindu festival celebrating ¬†the birth of Lord Rama, son of King Dasharatha of Ayodhya. Rama was an incarnation of Vishnu and the hero of the Ramayana, the Sanskrit epic of 24,000 stanzas. A continuous recital of the book takes place for about a week prior to the celebration … Continue reading “Rama Navami”

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Vaisakhi (13 April) is celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs and marks the beginning of the Hindu solar New Year. It was originally a harvest festival in the Punjab until it became Sikhism’s most important festival. Vaisakhi, also called Baisakhi, is the festival which celebrates the founding of the Sikh community, the Khalsa. In 1699, Sikhs … Continue reading “Vaisakhi”

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