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Festivals of World Religions

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Welcome to the Festivals of World Religions section of

In this new section, produced in response to requests from users, you'll find assemblies linked to the major festivals of world religions.

The aim of this section is to offer background information about the festivals and to draw links between the issues they explore and the daily lives of children.

Launched in September 2002, this part of the site will grow as new assemblies are added from time to time.

Teachers may well have personal knowledge about particular festivals or have children in school with the appropriate faith background. In these cases we encourage you to adapt and personalize the material. Children could perhaps introduce songs that they know or tell how they celebrate the festival.

In some cases, such as the Hindu festival of Ganesh-Chaturthi, there are regional variations of the story and the nature of the celebrations. Children may know a different version.

The date given for each festival applies to the current year. Please note that the exact date will, in most cases, vary from year to year.

Christian festivals

Assemblies related to Christian festivals and seasons such as Easter, Harvest, Advent and Christmas remain on the main site and will continue to appear month by month. All assemblies can now be found in the archive, using the search facility, and many Christian festival assemblies can be found there.
The writer

This special series of World Religion assemblies was originally written by Caroline Donne, a religious programmes producer for the BBC World Service. They are now being augmented with assemblies from Primary Assemblies for Religious Festivals, published by SPCK in August 2012.

Contacting us

If there is a particular festival, event or season that you would like to see represented on the site, please contact us with your suggestions. Please bear in mind that we usually work a couple of months in advance in order to have assemblies on the site in good time.

> Festivals of World Religions...

Title Suitability
Buddhist festivals  
Bodhi Day  
The Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death  
Hindu festivals  
Jewish festivals  
Rosh Hashana  
Tu B'Shevat  
Muslim festivals  
Maulid al-Nabi: The Prophet Muhammad's birthday  
The Prophet's night journey and ascension  
Sikh festivals  
The birthday of Guru Nanak  
Vaisakhi (or Baisakhi)  
Other festivals  
The Baha'i festival of Ridvan  
The birthday of Haile Selassie  
Chinese New Year (Yuan Tuan)  


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