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What is Sukkot?

Sukkot falls two weeks after Rosh Hashanah and a few days after Yom Kippur, and is quite a fun festival after the more serious ones. It begins on 15th Tishrei and lasts for seven days. This festival celebrates the Jews … Continue reading

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Summer Solstice

In the Northern hemisphere, the summer solstice is the name given to the longest day of the year – i.e. the day when the sun appears highest in the sky and there is more sunlight than on any other day … Continue reading

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The Festival of Yule

As part of their Christmas celebrations, many people will probably be tucking into a delicious chocolate cake called a “Yule Log”, or they might even recognise the name “Yuletide” for this time of year, which features in the odd Christmas … Continue reading

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Autumn Equinox

Many cultures around the world hold celebrations on or close to the September equinox every year.  The date changes slightly due to it being based on the movement of celestial bodies rather than our modern calendar, with this year’s festival … Continue reading

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Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr, or lesser Eid, celebrates the breaking of the fasting during Ramadan. It is celebrated on the first day of the month of Shawwal, which is the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. This year that will be around … Continue reading

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Why do we celebrate Halloween

Here’s another post from Blue Badge Guide Ian Braisby, who is one half of the successful Birmingham Ghost Walks. For most people, Halloween is a night when people (especially children) dress up as witches, ghosts or some other supernatural creature, … Continue reading

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Qi Xi Festival

The QiXi festival is known by several other names, including the Double Seventh Festival, Qiqiao, Chinese Valentine and the Festival of Young Girls. It is celebrated on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, which this year is today, … Continue reading

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