WELCOME TO HARROW INTERFAITH
FORMERLY KNOWN AS HARROW INTERFAITH COUNCIL
FAITHS IN HARMONY
Our aim is to build understanding and respect among faiths in Harrow.
Harrow Interfaith is a voluntary organisation established in 1984. HIF consists of individuals and representatives of faith groups who fulfil the requirements of the organisation.
HARROW INTERFAITH works with the Harrow Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) and contributes to religious education and collective worship in schools. HIF encourages young people in their youth organisations, faith communities, local colleges and universities to participate in interfaith activities. HIF works to solve problems experienced by local faith communities in the practice of their religion.
We welcome people of all faiths and none.
|22 July 2018||JEWISH||TISHA B’AV
A fast day commemorating several calamities that have occurred on this same day in the Jewish calendar. Known as “the saddest day in Jewish history”.
|27 July 2018||BUDDHIST||ASALHA/ DHARMA DAY
The beginning of the Buddha’s teaching, celebrated with readings of scriptures.
|21-22 Aug 2018||MUSLIM||EID-UL-ADHA
A major festival marking the end of Hajj, it remembers the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. Most Muslims will abstain from work.
|26 Aug 2018||HINDU||RAKSHA BANDAN
“Raksha Bandan” means “a thread for protection”. Sisters tie a thread bracelet around their brothers’ wrists, and receive gifts in return
|02 Sept 2018||HINDU||JANAMASHTAMI/KRISHNA JAYANTI
The birthday of Krishna. Many Hindus forego sleep for the 48 hours, and some fast
|10-11 Sept 2018||JEWISH||ROSH HASHANA
Jewish New Year, commemorating the creation of the world.
|12 Sept 2018||MUSLIM||AL-HIJRA/ISLAMIC NEW YEAR
The new year, which marks the Prophet Muhammad’s migration from Mecca to Medina where he set up the first Muslim state.
|19 Sept 2018||JEWISH||YOM KIPPUR
The Day of Atonement, when God decides how the next year will be for each person. Those who have repented for their sins will be granted a happy New Year.
|20-22 Sept 2018||MUSLIM||ASHURA
A day of fasting marking the day Noah left the ark and Moses was saved by the Egyptians. For some, it is also a day of mourning.
|23 Sept 2018||AUTUMNAL EQUINOX|
|24-30 Sept 2018||JEWISH||SUKKOT
celebrates Jews’ years in the desert on the way to the Promised Land, and is celebrated by building huts.
|01 Oct 2018||JEWISH||SHEMINI ATZERET
Shemini Atzeret is the final day of festivities at the end of Sukkot.
|02 Oct 2018||JEWISH||SIMCHAT TORAH
Meaning “Rejoicing in the Torah”, this day marks the end of the yearly cycle of weekly Torah readings.
|09-18 Oct 2018||HINDU||NAVARATRI/DURGA PUJA/DUSSERAH
Navaratri (nine nights) is a festival in which God is adored as Mother
|01 Nov 2018||CHRISTIAN||ALL SAINTS DAY
A day to honour all saints and martyrs of the church.
|07 Nov 2018||HINDU||DIWALI (DEEPVALI)
Diwali, the festival of light, extends over five days and celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance
|07 Nov 2018||SIKH||DIWALI
A Sikh festival as well as Hindu. Sikhs celebrate the release from prison of Guru Hargobind Singh during this time.
|24 Nov 2018||SIKH||MARTYRDOM OF GURU TEGH BAHADUR
A champion of religious freedom, executed for refusing to convert to Islam.
|30 Nov 2018||CHRISTIAN||ST. ANDREW’S DAY
Celebration of the patron saint of Scotland.
|03-10 Dec 2018||JEWISH||HANUKKAH
The Jewish Festival of Lights, celebrated for eight days. It commemorates the Jews’ struggle for religious freedom. During Hanukkah, Jews light one more candle each night.
|21 Dec 2018||WINTER SOLSTICE|
|25 Dec 2018||CHRISTIAN||CHRISTMAS DAY
The day celebrating the birth of Jesus.
|24 Jan 2019||BUDDHIST||BODHI DAY
A day when some Buddhists celebrate Gautama reaching enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.