Top 2 Religious Festivals of August

Top 2 Religious Festivals of August

The month of August is celebrated by many countries in the world with religious festivals and events. Since Christians and Muslims have the highest populations among religions of the world, the top two religious festivals of August are associated with them.

Ramadan

The name of the Ramadan Festival refers to the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. During this festival, Muslims across the world will fast during the daylight hours. This means they will have no food and no drink. The starting day of this festival depends on the time of the new moon’s appearance. This festival is a time of contemplation and worship for Muslims. It is also a time for them to strengthen their community and family ties. In addition, Muslims believe that throughout the duration of the festival, the “Jannat” or gates ofheaven are open while the “Jahanam” or gates of hell are closed.

Top 2 Religious Festivals of August

The Lammas Day is a religious festival for Christians wherein the first wheats of the year are harvested. To celebrate this, houses are decorated with garlands and processions of people holding lit candles. This festival is one of the oldest medieval festivals and has pagan connections. In medieval times, the fist loaves from the harvest were considered as the strongest religious element and were brought to the church. This is where the term of “lammas” was derived referring to “loaf mass”. Many superstitions and rituals are associated with the Lammas Festival that are connected with the pagan origins.

Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev on June 16

Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev on June 16Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev on June 16

The Sikhs around the world commemorate the martyrdom of their first martyr, the fifth Guru, Guru Arjan Dev every year on June 16 since his death which took place in 1606 during the Mughal Era. According to Sikh Historians, prior to the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev, Sikh had enjoyed peace and non-violence as their Gurus educated them in the worship of one God, showing compassion, love for humanity, dedication, hard work and a staunchness toward amity and harmony between every individual around the globe.
Guru Arjan existed during the time of the great Mughal Emperor Jahangir. During his guru-ship, he attracted and converted thousands of Hindus to Sikhism . Poor and illiterate Muslims were among those that became the followers of this Guru. They started to crowd in Govindwal, the hub of Sikhism during the late 16th Century. Sikhism flourished during the time of Emperor Akbar who was liberal regarding religious issues. He was the one who introduced ‘Deen-e-Islam’ a  blend of Hinduism and Islam intended to earn sympathies of Hindus and expand his Kingdom. In contrast, Emperor Jahangir was a hardcore Muslim who was not happy with the gatherings of Muslims at Govindwal. He felt there was a threat to Islam in the Sub Continent. Hence, Guru Arjan was tortured on the orders of the angst-ridden Jahangir and died on June 16.

The Top 3 Festivals in the Islam Religion

the-top-3-festivals-in-the-arab-religionThe Top 3 Festivals in the Islam Religion
Arab religion, as some in the western world know it, is known by other names in its native lands. On Arabic shores, the main religion is called Islam, assuming that is what is referenced by Arab relegion. It’s one of the largest religions in the world with numerous festivals all year round. Three of those festivals include:The Mawlid an Nabi
The Eid-ul-FitrThe Eid-ul-Adha
Of these three, the bottom two festivals are very important in the Arab Religion. Muslims around the world celebrate these with the purpose of cherishing what the Prophet has left them with. The Eid-ul-Fitr marks the festive last day of Ramadan, the month of fasting. It’s basically a festival of great celebration among most Muslim countries and is held as a public holiday there. The Eid-ul-Adha marks the festival of sacrifice which represents the end of the Hajj or holy pilgrimage, which is considered something a Muslim ought to do in their life. The Mawlid is a festival marking the day of the Prophet’s birth. It’s a day when stories of the prophet’s  (Peace be upon Him) lifetime are told to the younger generations. Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is the most respected personality for the Muslims.