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Vaisakhi 14 April

Vaisakhi 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 from all over the … Continue reading “Vaisakhi 14 April”

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Rama Navami 10 April

Rama Navami is a spring Hindu festival celebrates 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 and, on … Continue reading “Rama Navami 10 April”

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30th anniversary of the final issue of ‘Punch’

8 April 1992 saw the final issue of Punch, Britain’s oldest satirical magazine, after 150 years in publication. Punch, or The London Charivari (in homage to the French satirical magazine Le Charivari), was a weekly British satirical magazine whose artists and illustrators included John Tenniel (of Alice in Wonderland fame) and Archibald Henning. Its audience … Continue reading “30th anniversary of the final issue of ‘Punch’”

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Ramadan

The month of Ramadan is expected to begin on Monday 2 April, following the sighting of the moon over Mecca. Lasting for 30 days, this year Ramadan is expected to end on 1 May, depending on the sighting of the moon. The auspicious month of Ramadan is a time for reflection, contemplation and celebration.  Sawm … Continue reading “Ramadan”

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Elton John at 75

25 March marks the 75th birthday of Elton John – the English singer, pianist and composer. Over a career spanning six decades, as well as solo work, he has collaborated with John Lennon, Kiki Dee and George Michael and, in more recent times, Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa. Producing more than 30 albums (and some … Continue reading “Elton John at 75”

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National Day of Reflection 23 March

Take time to connect, supporting the millions of people who are grieving, and remembering the family, friends, neighbours and colleagues we’ve lost over the last two years. For details of online events and what’s going on near you, please visit https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved/day-of-reflection

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Holi (17-18 March)

Holi, also called the festival of sharing and love or the festival of colours, is a Hindu two-day festival in the Spring. This year the festival starts at sundown on 17 March to sundown on 18 March, with the first day of the festival called Chhoti Holi or Holika Dahan and the second Dhuleti or … Continue reading “Holi (17-18 March)”

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St Patricks’ Day

Saint Patrick’s Day, Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”, is a cultural and religious celebration for the foremost patron saint of Ireland (c. AD 385–461). Tradition says that he spent many years evangelising in the northern half of Ireland and converted “thousands”. Patrick’s efforts against the druids were eventually turned into an allegory in … Continue reading “St Patricks’ Day”

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