At Dunn Street, we are keen to celebrate the many religious festivals which happen across the year. Here are a few which are taking place in the coming week:
Buddha Day – 26th May
Buddha Day is celebrated every first full moon of the ancient lunar month of Vesakha, which usually falls in May or June. This year, it takes place on May 26. Buddha Day, also known as Vesak, celebrates Gautama Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and death in the Theravada or East Asian tradition. The holiday is marked with religious ceremonies at temples, as well as meditation and reflection on Buddha’s teachings. Buddha Day is celebrated in countries where Buddhism is present, including core Buddhist countries such as Nepal, China, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Laos.
Shavuot – 26th May
Shavuot is a holiday when Jews celebrate the Torah. The Torah is a guide given to Jews by God. On this holiday, Jews remember when God spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai and gave him the Ten Commandments as well as other laws. It marks the start of the wheat harvest and the end of the barley harvest. It is also known as the festival or feast of ‘Weeks’.
Pentecost – 28th May
The Pentecost is a Christian Holy Day celebrated 50 days after Easter that commemorates the birth of the Holy Spirit among the Apostles. The Apostles were the people who were visited by the Spirit while they were celebrating the Jewish Feast of Weeks Festival.