Is your best haggis recipe ready for Burns Night? Scotland and Scots all over the world remember the life of their national poet Robert Burns today, 25th January.
Another winter holiday in the UK and commonwealth countries that people look forward to is Boxing Day. On 26th December each year, get to enjoy a relaxing day after a busy and festive Christmas celebration. The following Monday and Tuesday are bank holidays if Christmas Day falls on a weekend. What is the story behind […]
The most wonderful time of the year is finally here. Children and adults alike could not help but be captivated by the wonders that Christmas brings.
For the first time since 2005, the first night of Hanukkah will coincide with Christmas this year. The only difference is that more than a decade ago, the Jewish holiday started on Christmas Day, 25th December.
Today, 21st December marks the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the time when the sun shines at the most southern point and the official start of winter.
The United Kingdom takes part in celebrating with millions of people the annual Festival of Lights called Diwali. The Hindu lunar calendar indicates that this five-day festivity starts today, 30th November.
30th November is a significant day in Scotland and countries with Scottish connections as they celebrate St. Andrew’s Day. Andrew the Apostle is the patron saint of Scotland, which is why the Scots honour him and consider this day a national day.
The UK and the rest of Commonwealth will pay tribute to the fallen for Remembrance Day today, 11th November. This also marks the 98th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
The autumn sky in London will be colourful and bright on Saturday, 5th November for the Bonfire Night 2016. Extravagant bonfires and fireworks displays perfect for the whole family will be held in different parts of the capital.
Are you familiar with the Double Ninth Festival? 9th October is a special day for Chinese communities all over the world. They deem the ninth day of the ninth month in the lunar calendar a traditional Chinese holiday.
Islamic New Year, also known as Hijri New Year, falls on 2nd October this year. Muslims worldwide commemorate their second holiest month, next only to Ramadan.
Mooncakes and lanterns will fill the air in China and Southeast Asia as they celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival today. Festivities take place on the 15th of the 8th month in the lunar calendar each year.
The Notting Hill Carnival, the largest street festival in Europe, is taking place on 27th to 29th August this year. The streets of West London will be packed with colourful decorations, delectable food and calypso music.
Chinese communities celebrate the Ghost Festival starting from the 15th of the seventh month in the lunar calendar. They believe that ghosts are freed from hell during this time in search for food, rest and fun among humans.
The annual National Eisteddfod of Wales will be held on 29th July to 6th August this year. This celebration is called Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru in Welch language. It is the culmination of the Welsh cultural calendar. The festival travels to different venues every year.
12th July is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland to commemorate the Battle of the Boyne, known as the Twelfth. It was a battle in 1690 between Protestant King William of Orange and Catholic King James II. King William’s victory at the River Boyne, began the Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland.
The first sighting of a new moon signifies the Eid al-Fitr, which is the official end of Ramadan and the first day of the month of Shawwal. Muslims around the world celebrate this conclusion of the holy month of fasting and the start of a feast that will last up to three days. It is also known as the Feast of Fast-Breaking and the Lesser Feast. It is one of the two major Islam Festivals, with Eid al-Adha or Sacrifice Feast being the holier one.
The heavens have blessed the Queen’s 90th Birthday with rain showers, but the heavy downpour did not stop spectators from capping off the three-day event. To show their love for Queen Elizabeth II, thousands of people braved the rain to join the street party right outside Buckingham Palace in England, London today.
Duanwu Festival, also referred as the Dragon Boat Festival, is one of the most significant celebrations in China and Chinese communities all over the world. This event is commemorated on the 5th day of the 5th month in the lunar calendar, which falls on June 9 this year.
June 6 marks the start of Ramadan this year and almost three million Muslims in the UK will be facing a tough holy month. Experts say that Muslims in the northern hemisphere will be having the most challenging one in 30 years. This is due to the extremely long summer days that would provide very short windows to break daily fasts. Since the Islamic holy month spans the summer equinox, there will be early dawns and late sunsets. This would mean up to 20 hours of fasting for some people.