Category Archives: Ritual

Hungry Ghost Month

According to traditional Chinese belief, the seventh month in the lunar calendar is when restless spirits roam the earth. King Yama opens the gates of hell on the first day and it’s denizens then roam around looking for peculiar entertainment, … Continue reading

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June Calendar

June 4th Eid-al-Fitr Eid-al-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر‎) is a day of feasting and is celebrated on the first of Shawwal (10th month of the lunar Islamic calendar).  This Eid is a reward to the Muslims who spent the month of … Continue reading

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May Calendar

May 1st May Day May Day marks the halfway point between the first day of spring and the summer solstice. May Day dates back to the days of the Romans and involved many pagan rituals and ancient customs which were … Continue reading

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Clear and Bright qīng míng 清明 Apr 5th

On the fifth we will pass into the period of of Clear and Bright, the seventh of the solar terms. It is clear and bright (when it’s not raining), and the weather becomes noticeably warmer. A misnomer, particularly in southern … Continue reading

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Holi 21st to 22nd

Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia. In addition to India and Nepal, the festival is celebrated by Indian … Continue reading

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The Ides of March

The Ides of March is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to 15 March. It was marked by several religious observances. The Romans did not number days of a month from the first to the last day. Instead, they … Continue reading

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Shrove Tuesday and Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras marks the end of the Carnival season, a period that starts at Epiphany on January 6 and ends on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras, literally “fat Tuesday” in French, is a day for feasting in preparation … Continue reading

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