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March 13th, 2017

HINDUISM | Holi, the Festival of Colours

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Hindu widows apply colour powder to each other during Holi at Gopinath temple, near New Delhi, India. Photo by Manish Swarup

  Holi falls in early March, on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna. It is both a celebration of spring and of elements of Hindu mythology.   The day is often known as the 'Festival of Colours' because Hindu's ritualistically apply coloured waters and powders to the bodies of their friends and family. The ritual is said to be based on the story of Krishna and Radha. According to Hindu mythology, when Krishna asked his mother why his sister's complexion was so much fairer than his own, she told him to apply colour to Radha's face to see how it changed.   While images of Krishna and Radha are carried through the streets at Holi, the 'Festival of Colours' is predominately a celebration of the coming of spring with its beautiful colours and vibrant new life. For more information see http://www.religionfacts.com/holi  

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March 13th, 2017

SIKHISM | Hola Mohalla

13th March 2017   Sikhism_Hola_Mohalla   Hola Mohalla is a three-day festival beginning on the first day of the lunar month of Chet in the Nanakshahi calendar. Hola Mohalla is celebrated by Sikhs living in 'the holy City of Bliss' - Anandpur Sahib in India's Punjab region.   The festival was established in 1701 by the tenth guru, Gobind Singh, as a day for Sikh's to practise their military techniques. Today, Sikhs begin their Hola Mohalla celebrations with early morning prayers. At midday men and women of all casts and creeds gather to eat together at the guru ka langar.   Mock battles and colourful processions are organised to celebrate traditional Sikh military skills, including archery, sword fencing, shooting and horsemanship. These events are followed by music and poetry competitions. For more information visit https://www.allaboutsikhs.com/sikh-festivals/the-sikh-festivals-holla-mohalla  

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March 12th, 2017

JUDAISM | Purim

12th March 2017  
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Ernest Normand, Esther Denouncing Haman (1888)

  Purim is a time when Jews give thanks and praise to their heroine, Esther, wife of king Ahasuerus. Esther saved the Jewish people living in Persia by preventing their massacre at the hands of the Persian nobleman, Haman.   During Purim the Book of Esther is spoken in synagogues, with the congregation using cymbals, rattles and boos to drown out Haman's name whenever it is uttered. For more information visit http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday9.htm      

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March 1st, 2017

Happy St David’s Day!

Today is St David's Day, so it's time to celebrate the daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus is our native British one). Saint David is the patron saint of Wales, and the day is both a celebration of St David and of Welsh culture. Many people in Britain wear a daffodil on their clothing today, as the daffodil (Cenninen Pedr, or 'Saint Peter's Leek' in Welsh) is the national flower of Wales #stdavidsday  

  Daffodils for St David's Day

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March 1st, 2017

CHRISTIANITY | Lent

1 March to 13 April 2017   Christanity_Lent   Taking place before Easter in the Christian calendar, Lent lasts for a period of forty days and forty nights in respect of the time Jesus is said to have spent fasting in the desert. Christians traditionally fast from certain foods, such as meat, butter, dairy and milk.   In anticipation of Christ's crucifixion, Christian crosses are often wrapped in purple cloth, which symbolises mourning. For more information visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/holydays/lent_1.shtml

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March 1st, 2017

BAHÁ’Í | Nineteen Day Fast

1 to 20 March 2017  
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Prayer service in the central hall of the Lotus Temple, New Delhi, India

  Ala is the last month in the Bahá'í calendar and precedes the Bahá'í New Year celebrations. Bahá'í's fast from sunrise to sunset throughout the nineteen days of Ala. They also spend extra time in prayer to spiritually prepare themselves for the Bahá'í New Year on 21 March. For more information see http://www.bahai.org/beliefs/life-spirit/devotion/fasting  

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February 28th, 2017

CHRISTIANITY | Shrove Tuesday

28th February 2017  
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Photo courtesy of Jersey Evening Post

  Shrove Tuesday is the last day before the beginning of Lent, which takes place over a period of forty days and forty nights in respect of the time Jesus is said to have spent fasting in the desert. 'Shrove' comes from the Old English 'scrīfan', which the Catholic Church adopted to refer to the act of assigning penance to sinners and, later, to hearing confession and administering absolution. For more on the etymology of shrive - https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shrive   In Great Britain Shrove Tuesday is also known as Pancake Day as people traditionally make pancakes to use up the eggs, fats and milk forbidden during Lent. For more information see http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/holydays/lent_1.shtml

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February 27th, 2017

REEP on Instagram!

https://www.instagram.com/reep_environmenteducation/

Part of the REEP McLAREN SCHOLARSHIP, our new Instagram account is kept by our first 3 Scholars and is designed to show the different plants in season in Great Britain, Morocco and Spain through the year.

   

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February 27th, 2017

CHRISTIANITY [EASTERN ORTHODOX] | Clean Monday

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 http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/03/02/clean-monday-everything-you-need-to-know/  

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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 http://www.mahashivratri.org/mahashivaratri-festival.html

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February 21st, 2017

New Video about our 2017 Landscape Conference

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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 http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/buddhism/holydays/parinirvana.shtml

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