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Christian Festivals Calendar

Christian Festivals 2018

6 January
Epiphany is known as the 12th day of Christmas and marks the official end to the festive season for many Christians. The ancient Christian feast day is significant as it is a celebration of the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist and is regarded as a more general celebration of his birth. The 12th night Epiphany also marks the visit to baby Jesus from the three kings – 3 Wise Men.

13 February
Shrove Tuesday
Shrove Tuesday – also known as Pancake day. This is the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. It is celebrated in some countries by eating pancakes.

14 February
Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days before Easter. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a sign of mourning and repentance to God.

14 February -31 March
Lent is the 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday until Easter. It is a period observed by Christians as preparation for Easter, involving fasting and penitence. In the Catholic Church, Lent runs until the Thursday before Easter – Holy Thursday, while others run until Easter Saturday.

1 March
St David’s Day
Celebration of the patron saint of Wales. People in Wales and those of Welsh origin celebrate the life of their patron saint, St David, and the Welsh culture on March 1 each year. Many people pin a daffodil or leek to their clothes and some, especially children, wear traditional costumes.

17 March
St Patrick’s Day
Celebration of the patron saint of Ireland. St Patrick’s Day is a global celebration of Irish culture. It particularly remembers St Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration.
A shamrock is a young sprig of clover, used as a symbol of Ireland. Saint Patrick is said to have used it as a metaphor for the Christian Holy Trinity

25 March
Palm Sunday
The last Sunday of Lent marks Jesus entry into Jerusalem, where the people waved Palm branches. Palm Sunday in England was traditionally called Olive or Branch Sunday. These names represent the local replacements for the traditional palm branches. Palms signify victory and joy.

30 March
Good Friday
Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ

1 April
Easter Sunday
Celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the most important Christian festival and the one celebrated with most joy.

23 April
St George’s Day
St George’s Day in England remembers St George, England’s patron saint.

20 May
The festival where Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit, 50 days after Easter. It is regarded as the birthday of the Christian church. Many Christians in the UK celebrate Pentecost, which is also known as Pentecost Sunday, Whitsunday, or Whit Sunday.

1 November
All Saints Day
A day to honour all saints and martyrs of the church. All Saints’ Day or Solemnity of All Saints is a solemnity celebrated on the first of November in honor of all the saints, either known and unknown. It is the day after the feast of All Hallows’ Evening (Halloween). This solemnity comes from the Christian tradition of celebrating the martyrdom of saints on the anniversary of their death.

30 November
St Andrew’s Day
Celebration of the patron saint of Scotland.

25 December
Christmas Day
Celebrating the birth of Jesus.

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