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Here are some upcoming interesting dates for your diary… (source: BBC Multifaith calendar)

May 2012

1st

Beltane

The day when Pagans celebrate the Sacred Marriage of Goddess and God. Maypole dances are used to mark this day of festivities, so it is interlinked with what has become a secular tradition in the UK.

2nd

Birthday of Guru Arjan Dev
Guru Arjan Dev was the fifth of the Sikh Gurus and is often considered to be the first Sikh martyr.  Find out more about how Sikhs celebrate the Guru’s birthday here.

5th

Wesak
This is considered to be the most important of all Buddhist festivals as it is a celebration of the Buddha’s life.  Find out more about the history of this festival here.

17th

Ascension Day
This is a Christian festival celebrating the final appearance of Jesus after his resurrection and immediately prior to his ascension into heaven. It is celebrated 40 days after Easter. More information can be found here.

20th

Ascension Day (Catholic)
The Catholic Church in England and Wales celebrates Jesus’s ascension the Sunday following the 40th day after Easter.

Yom Yerushalayim

Jerusalem Day as celebrated by the Jewish people.

23rd

Birthday of Guru Amar Das

Guru Amar Das was the third of the Sikh Gurus.

27th

Pentecost (Whitsun)
Christians mark the seventh Sunday after Easter to remember when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples, which led to the birth of the Christian Church.  More information can be found here.

27th – 28th

Shavuot
A two-day Jewish festival to celebrate the time when the first harvest was taken to the Temple. This celebration is also known as the Festival of Weeks.  Full details can be found here.

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Posted 01/08/2010 by thinkmindy

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