An introduction to Faith Festivals

We have been asking our trustees to share with us a brief guide to a Faith festival that is important to them.

Click on the buttons below to see what they say.

Some of our trustees have shared Festivals they are celebrating and what it means to them.

Faith Festivals

We will be adding to these over the next few months, so please come back and have a look again!

We hope you find them useful and informative!

Faith Festivals… Pesach

By rff | April 22, 2024

What Pesach means to me… by Angela Banner, Jewish representative of Redbridge Faith Forum     This is the festival of Passover. This remembers the exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. We eat unleavened bread (Matzo) as the Israelites didn’t have time to bake bread because of their speedy departure from Egypt. …

Faith Festivals… Chanukah

By rff | March 28, 2024

Chanukah … by Angela Banner, Jewish representative of Redbridge Faith Forum This year, Chanukah started  7 December and ends Friday 15 December. This festival notes the reclaiming of the Jewish Temple by a group of freedom fighters called the Macabees. When they entered the Temple to light the everlasting light (a feature in many places…

Faith Festivals… Easter

By rff | March 28, 2024

What Easter means to me… by Phil Butcher, Trustee of Redbridge Faith forum As a Christian, Easter is the most important Feast in our calendar. Within Roman Catholicism, in common with many other Christian traditions, the Easter season starts with Lent, forty day period of prayer, almsgiving and abstinence. At the start we receive ‘ashes’…

Vaisakhi:- 13th April 2024

By rff | March 28, 2024

VAISAKHI: Khalsa Sajna Divas  Vaisakhi is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar.  It marks the day in 1699 when Guru Gobind Singh Ji the 10th Sikh Guru established the Khalsa Panth at Sri Anandpur Sahib.  It is also known as Khalsa Sajna Divas which usually takes place on 13 or 14 April. In…

Hindu Festivals – NAWRATRAS -CHATRIA NAVRATRAS: 9th April 2024

By rff | March 28, 2024

What is this festival? Naw or Nav means nine, ratra means night so it is the festival of nine nights. As with all other Hindu festivals there are a few different aspects attached to the festival of Nawratras ie Seasonal: The nawratras are celebrated twice a year, in the Spring, Chatria Navratras and in the…

VESAK – 25th May 2024

By rff | March 28, 2024

VESAK is a religious and cultural festival celebrated by Buddhists all over the world. It is celebrated in the day of full moon in the month of May with utmost devotion. This day holds great importance for Buddhists as the day is marked important events that took place in the life of Buddha on this…

Hindu Festivals – Festival of Holi

By rff | March 25, 2024

Holi, the festival of colours and bonfires, is one of the most joyful festive holidays of the year. It is celebrated on full moon day in February – March.  Like most Hindu festivals, the date for Holi changes every year because it is dependent on the lunar calendar. It is a celebration of the arrival…

Faith Festivals… Ramadan 11th/12th March 2024

By rff | March 11, 2024

What Ramadan means to me… by Mohamed Omer, Muslim representative & Chair of Redbridge Faith Forum Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and Muslims believe that it is during this month that God revealed the first verses of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Muslims see this month…

Christian Festivals…

By rff | December 19, 2023

Christian Festivals… by Rosemary Jackson,  Redbridge Faith forum Member Christian Festivals The main festivals celebrated by Christians are Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. These festivals are inextricably linked. Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Easter is when we remember His sacrificial death and His resurrection. Pentecost is when we rejoice that God sent…

Hajj and the Feast of Sacrifice (Eid Al Adha)

By rff | June 18, 2023

Eid Al Adha by Mohamed Omer, Muslim representative & Chair of Redbridge Faith Forum Every year, Muslims young and old, rich and poor, kings and peasants from all over the world take part in the largest gathering on Earth; the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. The Hajj is a religious obligation that every Muslim must fulfil, if…