Like the whole of the United Kingdom, we are home to a wide variety of different cultures and faiths. To embrace this diversity, and help you understand the variety of festivals and holidays that are celebrated across the district, we have created this inter-faith calendar. We hope you will find it interesting and informative.
Easter Sunday - 27 March 2016
Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ - his return from death after the crucifixion. The most important Christian festival. Most years Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter on a different date.
Wesak or Buddha day - 20 May 2016
The most important of the Buddhist festivals. It celebrates the Buddha's birthday, and, for some Buddhists, also marks his enlightenment and death.
Eid-ul-Fitr - 5 July 2016
The end of Ramadan when Muslims celebrate the end of fasting and thank Allah for His help with their month-long act of self-control.
Eid-ul-Adha - 11 September 2016
Festival of Sacrifice marking the day after Arafat. The Day of Arafat is the most important day in the Hajj ritual. This is a four day holiday.
Diwali - 30 October 2016
Diwali, the festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. It is an occasion for celebrations by Hindus as well as Jains and Sikhs.
Hanukkah - 25 December 2016
Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights and marks the restoration of the temple by the Maccabees in 164 BCE. Hanukkah is celebrated at roughly the same time as Christmas, but there is no connection at all between the festivals.
Christmas - 25 December 2016
The day when Western Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Last reviewed: 11 - 03 - 2016