EVERY year millions of Muslims around the UK and across the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr. The date of the religious observance changes annually, as it is based around the lunar calendar. Here is everything you need to know about it. What is Eid al-Fitr? Eid or Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting that starts on May 5 and finishes on June 4 in 2019. It is an important religious holiday for Muslims and is a day when they are not permitted to fast. It kick-starts the month of Shawwal, which begins with a feast to end the period of fasting. The celebration is a public holiday in many Muslim countries, but is not one in the UK, despite a campaign for it to be recognised back in 2014. During Eid, Muslims will often purchase new clothes for the occasion, and take part in festivals and celebrations. Many will wake up early to pray at a mosque or outdoor prayer venue. Gifts and cards are often exchanged among friends and family. Eid means "celebration" and Mubarak … [Read more...] about What date is Eid 2019, when does it end, how is it celebrated and how does Eid al-Fitr differ from Eid al-Adha?
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Houses of worship around the world, a place of reflection and peace, have been targeted for attack by extremists. Here are some of the deadly assaults over the last decade: Oct. 31, 2010: Al-Qaida in Iraq militants attack Our Lady of Salvation Catholic Church in Baghdad during Sunday night mass, killing 58 people in the deadliest assault targeting Christians since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion there. Al-Qaida in Iraq later became the Islamic State group. Dec. 15, 2010: Two suicide bombers from the Sunni extremist group Jundallah blow themselves up near a mosque in southeastern Iran, including six Revolutionary Guard commanders. Aug. 5, 2012: Six members of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, in Oak Creek, were fatally shot by a white supremacist, Wade Michael Page. Page was shot by a responding officer and later killed himself. Photos: New Zealand Reels After Deadly Mosque Attacks AP Nov. 18, 2014: Two Palestinians using axes, knives and a gun kill four Jewish worshippers and an … [Read more...] about New Zealand Mosques Are the Latest Houses of Worship Targeted for Attack
The Associated Press Updated 12:47 am PDT, Friday, March 15, 2019 Police escort people away from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. Multiple people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of people attending Friday prayers, as New Zealand police warned people to stay indoors as they tried to determine if more than one gunman was involved. less Police escort people away from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. Multiple people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of people attending Friday ... more Photo: Mark Baker, AP Photo: Mark Baker, AP Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 Police escort people away from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, … [Read more...] about A look at attacks on houses of worship over last decade
Disheartened at the thought of going back at work after the Christmas holidays? The good news is that you can start planning your puentes - the Spanish custom of taking the day off to bridge the weekend with the holiday. READ MORE: Here is the official list of all the public holidays across Spain in 2019, as published in Spain's BOE official state bulletin. This year sees eight national public holidays across the whole of Spain – plus each region will have its own holidays on top. These celebrated nationally are: January 1st: New Year’s Day. (Tuesday) April 19th: Good Friday May 1st: Workers' Day (Wednesday) August 15th: Assumption of Mary, (Thursday) October 12th: Spanish National Day, (Saturday) November 1st: All Saints’ Day (Thursday) December 6th: Constitution Day (Friday) December 25th: Christmas Day (Wednesday) Apart from these national dates, all regions have an additional holidays with authorities choosing to … [Read more...] about Spain’s public holidays in 2019: Official list
Dec 31, 5:00 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Suman Varandani @suman09 12/31/18 AT 5:00 AM The new year is here and while we don't need a reminder for when St. Patricks Day or Christmas Day falls, there are some religious holidays that depend on the lunar calendar. Below is a list of religious holidays for the world’s major religions. Please note: Jewish, Baha’i and Islamic holidays begin at sunset the previous day.Christian holidays 2019:Jan. 6, Sunday: EpiphanyJan. 13, Sunday: Baptism of the Jesus: Feb. 2, Saturday: CandlemasFeb. 14, Thursday: St. Valentine's DayMarch 6, Wednesday: Ash WednesdayMarch 17, Sunday: St. Patrick's DayMarch 19, Tuesday: St. Joseph's DayApril 14, Sunday: Palm SundayApril 18, Thursday: Maundy ThursdayApril 19, Friday: Good FridayApril 21, Sunday: EasterApril 22, Monday: Easter MondayApril 23, Tuesday: St. George's DayMay 30, … [Read more...] about Religious Holidays 2019: Complete Calendar For Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist Religions