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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Hurray for Festive Days

During the weekends, we visited my three brothers at their places.
Being muslims, we celebrated Eid ul-Fitr. Even before the start of Ramadan, I'll be getting "When will you start making cookies Mum?".Nearer the end of Ramadan, "When will we have the open house Mum ?" and "Can my favourite cousins come and stay over?" etc...

What does festivity mean to you?
To me, its not the new clothes or delicious food, but the chance to meet up with the extended family that means the most. When both parents have passed away and each sibling have families of their own, the opportunity for siblings and cousins to get together gets lesser and lesser.

Although getting new clothes and eating delicious meals and cookies are a definite bonus, its not everyday that we gather and spend time together.

Of course, festive season also mean spring cleaning - and getting the kids to help out and clean up their rooms at last!

Here's a list of Festive Occasions of the different religions and races.

Christians - Feast of St. Basil (Christian, Orthodox)
Epiphany (Christian)
The Nativity of Jesus Christ (Christian, Orthodox)
Ash Wednesday (Protestant, Roman Catholic)
St. David's Day (Welsh)
St. Patrick's Day(Ireland, United States)
Feast of Annunciation (Christian)
Mothering Sunday (England)
Palm Sunday (Protestant, Roman Catholic)
Holy Thursday (Christian)
Good Friday (Protestant, Roman Catholic)
Easter (Protestant, Roman Catholic)
St. George's Day (English)
Ascension Day (Christian)
Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola (Spain, Roman Catholic)
Reformation Day (Christian)
All Saints' Day (Christian, Roman Catholic)
All Souls' Day (Roman Catholic)
St. Nicholas Day (International)
Christmas (Christian, Roman Catholic, International)

Jews - Tu b'Shvat or Tu B'Shevat* (Jewish, Israel)
Purim (Jewish)
Passover *begins at sundown (Jewish)
Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Memorial Day (Jewish)
Shavuot *begins at sundown (Jewish)
Tisha B'av* (Jewish)
Rosh Hashanah* (Jewish New Year)
Yom Kippur* (Jewish)
Sukkot* (Jewish)
Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)
Simchat Torah (Jewish)
Hanukkah* (Jewish)

Islamic - Ashura (Islamic, Muslim)
Al Hijra - Muslim New Year
Israel Miraji Ascent of Propher Muhammad
Ramadan (Islamic, Muslim, Moslem)
Lailat-Ul-Quadr (Islamic, Muslim)
Eid-Al-Fitr (Islamic, Muslim)
Eid al-adha (Islamic, Muslim)

Sikh - Guru Gobind Singh's Birthday (Sikh)
Lohri (Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh)
Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjan (Sikh)

Hindu - Lohri (Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh)
Diwali (Buddhist, Hindu)

Buddhist - Vesak - Buddha's Birth (Buddhist)
Bodhi Day - Buddha's Enlightenment (Buddhist)

Japan - The Doll Festival (Japan)
Bon Festival/Feast of Lanterns (Japan)
Autumnal Equinox (Japan)

Vietnam - Tet Nguyen Dan (Vietnam)

Others - Imbolc (Wiccan)
Chinese Lunar New Year (China, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam)
Mardi Gras (United States)
Naw Ruz (Baha'i, Persia)
National Tartan Day (Scottish-American)
Beltane (Celtic)
Cinco de Mayo (Mexico)
Declaration of the Bab (Baha'i)
Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha'i)
Cirio de Nazare (Brazil)
Birthday of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
Virgin of Guadalupe (Mexico)
Santa Lucia Day (Sweden)
Las Posadas (Mexico)

These are just some of the HOLY days that I could find from the net. I'm sure there are many others.

The Hunger Site

The Child Health Site

Oceana: Protecting the World's Oceans

Varb For Me

Recipe Blogs - Blog Catalog Blog Directory

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posted by Bubbles at 12:40 PM


I'm from a large family, 4 boys and 4 girls,but both of my parents have passed away so I know what you mean about not getting together with your siblings as much as you used to. It's a shame that our lives get so busy that we don't have the time to spend with the people we grew up with.

Thanks for visiting my blog Mom Knows Everything :o)

October 24, 2007 at 1:52 PM  

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