IT'S always good to know when they bank holidays are so you can plan ahead. To help your diary fill up with long weekends away we have pulled together all of 2019's bank holidays in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. When are the bank holiday dates for 2018? Across the UK there are 14 days up for grabs as holidays, these are: Nationwide, New Year's Day, January 1 - a Tuesday Scotland, New Year's Holiday, January 2 - a Wednesday Northern Ireland, St Patrick's Day, March 18 - a Monday Northern Ireland, Substitute day for St Patrick's Day, March 19 - a Monday Nationwide, Good Friday, April 19 - a Friday England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Easter Monday, April 22 - a Monday Nationwide, May Day, May 6 - a Monday Nationwide, Spring Bank Holiday, May 27 - a Monday Northern Ireland, Battle of the Boyne, July 12 - a Friday Scotland, August Bank Holiday, August 6 - a Monday England, Wales, Northern Ireland, August Bank Holiday, August 26 - a Monday Scotland, St Andrew's Day, … [Read more...] about When is the August bank holiday? 2019 dates for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
When is ramadan 2019
INDIA'S Kumbh Mela has been billed as the biggest gathering of people the world has ever seen. Here's what we know about the Hindu pilgrimage that can be seen from outer space. What is Kumbh Mela and where is it celebrated? Kumbh Mela is a mass pilgrimage in which Hindus come together in a celebration of their faith. Devotees believe that washing at the Sangam will help cleanse them of their sins. This will help them attain "moksha", setting them free from the cycle of birth and death. The tradition began at Ujjain in the 18th century, when the Maratha ruler Ranoji Shinde invited ascetics from Nashik to Ujjain for a local festival. Like the priests at Prayagraj, the pandits of Nashik and Ujjain, competing with other places for a sacred status, may have adopted the Kumbh tradition for their pre-existing melas. Traditionally, there are four fairs that are widely recognised as the Kumbh Melas: the Prayagraj Kumbh Mela, Haridwar Kumbh Mela, … [Read more...] about When is Kumbh Mela 2019, how is the festival celebrated and what are the dates?
THE moon has a vital role to play in the holy month - which won't begin until a new crescent is sighted. This means millions of Muslims will be keeping an eye out on the all-important lunar change. Here's the low-down. What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is celebrated by Muslims worldwide. Muslims observe Ramadan by a month of fasting and religious devotion, which commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. Fasting is obligatory for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ill or menstruating. Instead, meals include an early morning suhur, between 2.30am and 3am, and an evening iftar is enjoyed around 9pm-9.30pm. Muslims also read as much of the Koran as they can during the holy month, and are encouraged to observe five prayers every day. Often, people will donate large sums of money to charity during Ramadan … [Read more...] about How is Ramadan 2019 announced and why is the religious festival dependent on the moon?
RAMADAN is observed by Muslims around the world as a period of fasting to commemorate "the best of times". It celebrates the moment the Koran was unveiled to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief. Here's what else we know about the holy month, that will start up later this year. When is Ramadan 2019? This year Ramadan is due to start on the evening of Sunday, May 5, and will continue for 30 days until Tuesday, June 4. However, the beginning and end are determined by the lunar Islamic calendar – meaning it will depend on when the new moon is sighted. Hilal, the crescent, is usually a day or more after the astronomical new moon. The "night of power" or "night of decree" is considered the holiest night of the year, as Muslims believe the first revelation of the Koran was sent down to Muhammad on this night. It's thought to have occurred on an odd-numbered night during the last 10 days of Ramadan - the 21, 23, 25, 27 or 29th. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and … [Read more...] about When is Ramadan 2019, what date does the holy month start and finish and what does Ramadan Mubarak mean?
MORE than 15million people around the world adhere to Judaism, an ancient religion spanning over 3,000 years. But how do observers celebrate the Hebrew calendar? From Lag BaOmer to Purim, here's the rundown of the major Jewish festivals for the coming year. What are the major Jewish festivals? There are numerous Jewish festivals, but only five of them allow observers to miss work. Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Passover and Shavuot are viewed as the most important festivals in Judaism, where observers are forbidden from labour. Work is permitted on two minor holidays, Purim and Hanukkah. But there are others too, dotted throughout the Hebrew year. Here's the background to the festivals, and how they're celebrated. Shabbat - The Sabbath Shabbat means seventh, and comes at the end of the Jewish week every Saturday. The weekly festival is so central to Jewish life that the term shomer Shabbat (Shabbat observer) is synonymous with religious Jews. The day of rest begins on Friday at … [Read more...] about Jewish festivals 2018-2019 – from Shavuot and Purim to Yom Kippur, here are all the special dates for the Hebrew Year