Welcome to the Festivals of World Religions section of assemblies.org.uk
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.
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.
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.