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Ascension Day

When is Ascension Day? Ascension Day is a Christian holiday that observes the ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven. It is celebrated on the 40th day of the Easter season, which takes place 39 days after Easter Sunday. Also referred to as the Feast of the Ascension, it is another important holiday to Christians as they pay tribute to their Savior as they await his return. History of the Holiday According to the Holy Bible, Jesus was crucified on the day the Christian Church now recognizes as Easter Sunday. It wasn’t until 39 days later, however, the Jesus rose into...

Holy Saturday

When is Holy Saturday? Holy Saturday is the Saturday after Good Friday, and before Easter. All of three of these days hold individual significance to Christians. Easter Sunday is the day Jesus rose from his tomb, but Christians commemorate Holy Saturday as remembrance of him lying in the tomb. A Brief History Holy Saturday represents both the joy and the sadness experienced by many Christians around the time of Easter. While they express joy in the life and sacrifices made by Jesus, his death is certainly a tragic event. The name of “Good” Friday, the day of Jesus’ crucifixion, expresses...

Palm Sunday

When is Palm Sunday? Palm Sunday marks the last Sunday before Easter in the Christian church. It also marks the beginning of Holy Week, which encompasses perhaps the most important days in Christianity. The date for Palm Sunday varies in the same way that Easter Sunday does, which is in accordance to solar and lunar calendars. History of Palm Sunday Palm Sunday refers to the notable event that occurred on the Sunday before Jesus was crucified. This was also the week before his resurrection. According to the Holy Bible, this was the day that Jesus re-entered Jerusalem. This symbolized to...

St. David’s Day

When is St. David’s Day? St. David’s Day is an annual holiday that celebrates the life and work of the related patron saint from Wales. It is celebrated every March 1st. While there are few records available about St. David’s personal life, his popularity and dedication to Christianity is what created this widely celebrated holiday. Who Was St. David? St. David was a popular bishop from Wales. The exact date of his birth is unknown, but BBC estimates that he lived until the year 589. In other words, he is expected to have lived within five hundred years after Christ...

World Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day

When is World Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day? World Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day is a holiday dedicated to both the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. It is a memorial celebrated every January 27th. The holiday is also known as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, as well as the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. Remembering the Holocaust The Holocaust is one of the most tragic and despicable sets of events in human history. It was a movement sparked by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis to target and kill certain groups of people, mainly Jews. The...

Tu B’Shevat

When is Tu B’Shevat? Tu B’Shevat is a Jewish holiday that is known as the “New Year for Trees”. Its name translates to the 15th day of the month Shevat. This holiday celebrates both new beginnings, as well as an appreciation for the natural bounty within the Holy Land. Since Tu B’Shevat is based on the Jewish calendar, the date varies year-to-year. A Celebration of Natural Bounty In Judaism, there are different types of new years’ celebrations based on scripture. Tu B’Shevat is a celebration of the life of trees, specifically ones that are native to the Holy Land of...

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

When is Feast of the Immaculate Conception? The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a Christian holiday celebrated every December 8th. Observed primarily in Catholic churches, the holiday upholds the belief that Jesus was conceived without sin by the Virgin Mary. The types of celebrations vary by region, as well as various sects within Christianity. History According to Christian scripture, Jesus was conceived by the Virgin Mary. It is often referred to as an “Immaculate Conception.” However, there was much debate about the circumstances surrounding Jesus’ birth throughout the history of Christianity. Some questioned whether the circumstances, as well as...

Epiphany

When is Epiphany? Epiphany is one of the oldest holidays in Christianity. It is celebrated every year on January 6th, and it commemorates the visit to Jesus by the Three Wise Men shortly after his birth. Epiphany is older than Christmas, but ties into the holiday season in the Christian church. The types of celebrations vary based on faith, family customs and region. History of Epiphany Epiphany marks the day when the Three Wise Men made their journey to Bethlehem to see Jesus, the newborn king. According to the Holy Bible, the men followed a star to the stable where...

Muharram

When is Muharram? Muharram is a holiday that marks the start of the Islamic New Year. Not only is it the first month on the Islamic calendar, but it is also one out of the four sacred months, as outlined in the Quran. Muslims around the world celebrate the first days of Muharram every year through related customs and traditions. The exact date of Muharram varies every year because of variations in the lunar calendar it is based on. History of Muharram This sacred month on the Islamic calendar stems from events that have occurred throughout the history of the...

First Sunday Advent

When is First Sunday Advent? First Sunday Advent marks the start the western Christian year. The exact date varies each year, but it is always on the Sunday near St. Andrew’s Day. First Sunday Advent is also as the kick-off holiday to the Advent season, which ends on Christmas Day. The whole Advent season lasts between 22 and 28 days, and always encompasses three Sundays including First Sunday Advent. History of the Advent The date of the First Sunday Advent is unknown. Given the fact that the holiday is celebrated within western Christian churches, it was likely founded after the...

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