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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.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish Happy Naw-Ruz to our Bahai friends; Happy Passover/Chag Sameach our Jewish friends; Blessings and Happy Easter to our Christian friends; Happy Holi and Navarati to our Hindu friends; and Happy Vaisakhi to our Sikh friends; wishing a spiritual Ramadhan to our Muslim friends and Happy full moon day to our Buddhist friends.

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

Faith Festivals Mar, Apr and May 2021

  • 20st March Naw-Ruz
  • 28 March - 4 April Passover / Pesach (Jewish)
  • 28/29 March Holi (Hindu)
  • 2 April Good Friday (Christian)/ 4 April Easter Day (Christian)
  • 13th April Nawratras -Chatria Navratras:
  • 13th April Vaisakhi/Baisakhi (Sikh)
  • 13/14 April (Tues/Wed) Ramadan to 12/13 May (Muslim)
  • 27th May  – Vesak Full moon Day (Buddhist)

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!

Celebrating Faith Festivals in 2021 Safely

By rff | April 15, 2021

  Practice Eco Conscious Ramadan It was in the month of Ramadan that the Quran was revealed as guidance for mankind, clear messages giving guidance and distinguishing between right and wrong. So any one of you who is present that month should fast, and anyone who is ill or on a journey should make up…

Christian Festivals…

By rff | October 14, 2020

by Rosemary Jackson,  Redbridge Faith Forum Member 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 His Holy Spirit, fulfilling…

Faith Festivals… Pesach

By rff | February 10, 2020

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… Tu B’Shevat

By rff | February 10, 2020

What means to me… by Angela Banner, Jewish representative of Redbridge Faith Forum   The festival of Tu B’Shevat falls in February. Tu B’Shevat This is the new year for trees and in the Holy Land very many trees are planted. School children are encouraged to take part in tree planting ceremonies. This is an…

Faith Festivals… Purim

By rff | January 16, 2020

What Purim means to me… by Angela Banner, Jewish representative of Redbridge Faith Forum   The festival of Purim falls in March this year. It is to celebrate the survival of the Jewish people in Persia. Queen Esther, wife of the King,  Ahasuhearus, petitioned the King to protect his Jewish subjects. The Chief Minister, Haman,…

Faith Festivals… Chanukah

By rff | January 16, 2020

Chanukah … by Angela Banner, Jewish representative of Redbridge Faith Forum 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 of worship) there were only one, still sealed, container of oil.…

Faith Festivals… Ramadan

By rff | September 24, 2019

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…

Faith Festivals… Easter

By rff | September 12, 2019

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’…