Other Festivals

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Other Festivals

You will probably have heard of Christmas and Easter. It is very likely that you have marked the occasions by giving and receiving presents, or eating hot cross buns and chocolate eggs. These two festivals are inescapably part of our culture.

But there are many other church festivals and traditions which are less well known, but just as significant to countless Christians. Ascension Day and Pentecost commemorate the events immediately following the first Easter: Jesus’ return to heaven and the coming of the Holy Spirit, written about in the beginning of the Book of Acts in the New Testament. Special men and women who have inspired generations of Christians, known as ‘saints’, have a special feast day in November: All Saints Day.

There are also many celebrations which have become part of church life in the last couple of centuries. Saying ‘thank you’ to God for the good things He has given has been an important practice in the Christian faith for millennia, but the harvest festival as we know it today is less than 200 years old. Remembrance Sunday is another important annual event in our churches. Taking place every November, it has become a day to reflect on and honour the sacrifices of those who work for peace, both in the past and in the present.

In this section, you will discover more about some of these other important dates in the church calendar – where they come from, why they are special and how they are celebrated in different churches across the country. Perhaps you can start by finding out which festival is known as the birthday of the Church?

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What is your favourite colour? Does your school have a special colour? Is their a sports team that you support – do they have a colour associated with them? Did you know that some churches use special colours to help them celebrate or remember special […]

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How do Christians celebrate harvest?

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How do Christians celebrate harvest?

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Harvest festivals have been celebrated since ancient times and although they are not part of the traditional church year, many churches now celebrate harvest some time in the autumn. Where does harvest come from? One tradition teaches that the harvest festival used to be celebrated […]

Ascension Day

What is remembered on Ascension Day?

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What is remembered on Ascension Day?

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Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection – when he came back to life after being crucified. But the gospel story does not end there. The next chapter comes on the day known as ‘Ascension Day’. It is the day when Christians believe Jesus returned […]

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What do Christians celebrate at Pentecost?

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Pentecost

What do Christians celebrate at Pentecost?

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Before Jesus returned back to heaven he set out for the disciples the work he now expected them to do: ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name […]

All Saints Day

What is All Saints Day?

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All Saints Day

What is All Saints Day?

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All Saints Day is when Christians celebrate the lives of Saints – or Christians whose example is inspirational or important. They think about the good things that they said and did. All Saints Day falls on 1st November, and is a ‘Holy Day of Obligation’ […]

Remembrance Sunday

What happens on Remembrance Sunday?

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Remembrance Sunday

What happens on Remembrance Sunday?

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What is Remembrance Sunday? On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 the fighting of the First World War stopped. It was known as the Great War, because of the size and scale of it. Over 16 million people […]

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What are the big events that happen during the year?

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Our calendar year is divided into four seasons – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each season has its special characteristics, colours and associations. For example Autumn is often associated with harvest, and the orange and yellow leaves that blow around in the blustery wind. It […]