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8 Majour Religions And Their Festivals

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Religious FestivalsAccording to (n.d):A religion is …"A set of beliefs, values, and practices based on the teachings of a spiritual leader."A festival is …"An occasion for feasting or celebration, especially a day or time of religious significance that recurs at regular intervals."Therefore a religious festival is a festival having religious significance.Festivals are a time of celebration. This could be one or two days or set over a longer period. Common examples can include celebrations of births, birthdays, death, marriage, or an event that is celebrated by a specific religion. Other festivals of celebration can also include events that are significant within peoples lives, such as starting school, graduating levels at school, Father's/Mother's day, world youth day or joining a specific religious group. These events can be celebrated with close family, the wider family, within communities, religions or the whole world, all depending on the occasion.For the purpose of this paper, a religious festival will include any event that occurs annually, that is followed by a group of religious people. It can be set by date or time of the year.The five major religions of - Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - and their religions are discussed in brief below with their dates of occasion of the current year of 2009.This information is taken from the BBC website (n.d.) and the unit text, Living Religion (2005).HinduismHoli 11.03.09Holi is the festival of colours which is celebrated over several days to commemorate new life and seasons. It is often seen as a time of 'fun' rather than a religious event, as the people celebrate with activities that involve colour with paint and water in large groups. Holi is also an event where there is no discrimination of people by age, caste, gender and class.The origin of the festival of Holi is based around a story of a playful young boy, Krishna, who threw coloured water over some milkmaids. This developed into the fun and games and celebration of Holi, and bonfires are lit as a symbol of good overcoming evil.Diwali 17.10.09Diwali is a five day celebration that is more commonly referred to as the "festival of lights". During this time, homes are thoroughly cleaned out and oil lamps are lit. It can be celebrated differently throughout India, however the main focus is the renewal of life, and therefore new clothes are worn on the first day. It also represents the beginning of winter and the sowing season. For children, Diwali is celebrated with fireworks and the exchanging of sweets.BuddhismNirvana 15.02.09Wesak May Full Moon 20.05.09Wesak (also known as Vekak or Budda Day) is the celebration of Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. The focus is on the teaching of Buddha, and the night of his enlightenment. Wesak is another festival of colours and joy, where followers begin their celebration before dawn at the temples to meditate and take the five...

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