February 27th, 2017


27th February 2017   Easter_Orthodox-Christianity_Clean_Monday   Clean Monday is a feast day taking place on the first day of the 7th week before the Orthodox Easter Sunday. As the day marks the commencement of 'Great Lent', when Orthodox Christians observe a period of strict prayer and fasting, Clean Monday is often celebrated with picnic feasts and outdoor activities. From the Greek “Kathari Deftera”, the name ‘Clean Monday’ refers to the leaving behind of sinful attitudes and non-fasting foods.   Great Lent corresponds with the Lent of Western Christianity; both take place over a period of forty days and forty nights in direct respect of the time Jesus is said to have spent fasting in the desert. For more information visit  

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February 24th, 2017

HINDUISM | Maha Shivaratri

24th February 2017   Hinduism_Maha_Shivaratri_Shiva_and_Parvati   Falling in February or March, on the 14th night of the new moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun, Maha Shivaratri is the time at which Hindus honour Shiva, who is one part of the Hindu Trinity of deities. In addition to honouring Lord Shiva himself, Maha Shivaratri is also a celebration of the divine marriage between Shiva and the goddess Parvati. In respect to Lord Shiva, Hindus observe a day and night fast, as well as enacting rituals. For more information see

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February 21st, 2017

New Video about our 2017 Landscape Conference

Preparations are under way for 'GROWING GARDENERS', our 'Shore to Shore' conference to be held in Essaouira and Marrakesh from 10-12th May. Our media partners, Marrakesh7, have started to raise interest already as this video shows. We are delighted to be working with them and other Moroccan and Spanish partners to create an event that should stimulate an interest in gardening as a cultural meeting point for young people in all three countries.

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February 15th, 2017

BUDDHISM [Mahayana Countries] | Parinirvana

15th February 2017   Mahayana_Buddhism_Parinirvana_Nirvana_Day   Parinirvana, or 'Nirvana Day', is the days when the death and enlightenment of the Buddha is remembered by Buddhists in the majority of Mahayana countries. A few countries celebrate Parinirvana on 8 February. For more information visit

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February 5th, 2017

Visit My Mosque

Today is national #VisitMyMosque Day, with over 150 mosques around the UK opening their doors to neighbours of all faiths and none. #VisitMyMosque day is a national initiative facilitated by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), encouraging mosques across the UK to hold mosque open days. To find your nearest open mosque see    
VisitMyMosque day at the Baab ul Ilm mosque in Leeds, 2015

Visitors to the Baab ul Ilm mosque in Leeds during the Visit My Mosque day 2015. Photograph by Christopher Thomond for the Guardian


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February 1st, 2017

HINDUISM | Vasant Panchami

1st February 2017   Vasant Panchami   Falling in January or February, during the Hindu lunar month of Magh, Vasant Panchami  is a festival in celebration of the beginning of Spring.   As today is also the day when Hindus pay their respects to Saraswati, the Goddess of Wisdom, the day is often called Saraswati Puja. Saraswati is usually depicted with four hands, clothed in white and seated on a lotus. The lotus symbolises the Goddess' wisdom, the whote cloth, her purity, and the four hands, the four aspects of the human intellect. For more information see

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January 7th, 2017


7th January 2017   Orthodox Christmas Day   While Western Christian churches use the Gregorian calendar, Orthodox Christian churches continue to use the Julian calendar, which preceded it. According to the Julian calendar Christmas Day should be celebrated on 7 January each year. For more information see

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January 6th, 2017


6th January 2017   Christianity | The Epiphany   Today Christians celebrate the Epiphany. Falling on the twelfth day after Christmas Day, the Epiphany marks the end of the Christmas festivities for Christians in the Western world. With the word itself meaning 'revelation', the Epiphany celebrates the coming of God to humankind through His son, Jesus Christ. In the Nativity story Epiphany is the day when the three Magi brought the baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. For more information visit

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January 5th, 2017

SIKHISM | Birth of Guru Gobind Singh

5th January 2017   Birth of Guru Gobind Singh   Today Sikhs celebrate the birth of Guru Gobind Singh. Born in 1666, Guru Gobind Singh was the last of the ten human Gurus of the Sikh faith. He is renowned for the creation of the Khalsa Sikh community and for declaring the Sikh holy book, Guru Granth Sahib, his eternal successor. For more information, visit

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January 1st, 2017

Happy New Year around the World

Each of the 35 phrases below shows how to say 'Happy New Year' in a different language. How many of the languages do you recognise? CLICK HERE FOR ANSWERS.   happy-new-year-text

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December 1st, 2016

REEP’s Latest Advent Feature

Ever wondered why we celebrate Christmas in the way we do today? Then check out REEP's latest Advent Feature - clicking on the numbered windows will take you to a merry miscellany of information and activities, all focused on Christmas in Elizabethan England.   Click on the image to enter...   advent-calendar-resource-featured-image_edited-1        

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November 1st, 2016

Climate Change Matters

Morocco is playing host to a massive international conference on Climate Change. From 7th – 18th November, representatives of the world’s nations will gather in Marrakesh for COP22 ( the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change).   The Conference hopes to create a roadmap for the vision expressed in Paris at last year’s conference. It aims to find ways to prevent and mitigate the effects of greenhouse gases and temperature change, especially to poor and vulnerable countries.   The King of Morocco and the Moroccan government and people are closely committed to helping find solutions both for Morocco and for the wider world. This conference has been eagerly awaited and various initiatives are being put in locally towns to emphasise its importance.   REEP’s initiatives in garden and environmental awareness are a tiny contribution to this commitment to mitigating climate change. We would like to pay tribute to the enthusiasm of our Moroccan partners and we look forward to future work together to address this pressing problem that we all face. More gardens, less environmental destruction!   For more information about the conference please visit  

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