Religion and Festival
|Religion and Festival|
Below is a summary of Religions/Faiths of that are represented in our community.
"The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens" (Baha'u'llah)
Baha'i belief is that, through life, the soul-which comes into being at conception and which exists after death - develops spiritually and grows in knowledge either nearer to God (Heaven) or more remote from God (Hell)
(1817) Baha'u'llah ('Glory of God'), Founder of the Baha'i faith was born in Iran
Baha'is read daily from the scriptures written by Baha'u'llah and his son. Baha'i s may meet for prayers, meditation and readings in people's home or a Baha'i Centre.
This nine-pointed star symbolises completeness for Baha'is a senses of unity arising from diversity.
- Naw-Ruz (New Year) 21st Mar
- 1st day of Ridvan 21st Apr
- 9th day of Ridvan 29th Apr
- 12th day of Ridvan 2nd May
- Declaration of Bab 23rd May
- Ascension of Baha'u'llah 29th May
- Martyrdom of Bab 9th July
- Birthday of Bab 20th Oct
- Birthday of Baha'u'llah 12th Nov
"Imperment are all created things. Strive on with awareness." (said to be The Buddha's last words)
Buddhist wish to take advantage of being born as a human being, by developing energetically the qualities of kindness and awareness in order to achieve a freedom from suffering and to help others do the same.
Siddharrtha Gautam, later 'The Buddha' ('The Enlightened One'), was born in India. Buddhists study the words of The Buddha, meditate daily and accept guidance from Buddhist teachers. They may meet at a 'Vihara' or Buddhist Centre.
The eight-spoked wheel symbolises The Buddha's teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path as a way to enlightenment.
- Parinirvana Day 15th Feb
- Bodhi Day 8th April
- Wesak 20th May
- Rains Retreat begins 18th June
- Dhammackhakra Day 18th July
- Padmasambharava Day 15th Sep
- Sangha Day 13th Nov
- Bodhi Day 8th Dec
'I give you a new commandment; love one another; as I have loved you, so you are to love one another;
(Jesus to his disciples)
Christian belief is to live according to the loving nature of God as revealed by Jesus' life and death, helped in this task by the Holy Spirit and by communicating with God through prayer.
Jesus, 'The Christ' ('The Anointed One'), was born in Bethlehem.
Christians study 'The Bible' and may meet for worship in church, chapel, meeting house or in people's homes.
This symbol of Jesus' means of execution reminds Christians of Jesus' redemptive love and triumph over death.
- Ash Wednesday 6th Feb
- Good Friday 21st Mar
- Easter Sunday 23rd Mar
- Easter Monday 24th Mar
- Pentecost 11th May
- Christmas Day 25th Dec