Welcome to the Festivals of World Religions section
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
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
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.
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.