Factsheets

Factsheet: Purim

By Lianne Kolirin What is Purim? After the destruction of the First Temple in 586 BCE, the Jews were exiled […]

Factsheet: Buddhism

Buddhism is followed by approximately 535 million people worldwide and is variously described as a religion, philosophy, code of ethics, path of practice and spiritual development and/or a way of life

Factsheet: the Methodist Church

The Methodist movement is a denomination of Christianity which was born in the 18th century with John Wesley, a Church of England cleric and evangelist who sparked a revival through preaching to ordinary people outside the church. It later blossomed into its own denomination after Wesley’s death and is now widespread across the world

Factsheet: Christmas

Christmas is one of the major annual festivals in Christianity, and marks the birth of Jesus. It falls on 25 December each year

Factsheet: Jehovah’s Witnesses

Jehovah’s Witnesses are the followers of a Christian-based religion perhaps best known for their door-to-door evangelising, their belief that we are living in the last days, and their refusal of blood transfusions

Factsheet: Hanukkah

Hanukkah is an annual eight-day Jewish religious festival which commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem more than 2,000 years ago

Summer’s over: Paganism and the festival of Samhain

The festival of Samhain on 31 October, has ancient origins marking variously the end of summer, the beginning of the Celtic new year, the veneration of the dead and a fire festival in the agricultural year. It is observed by many Pagans and is associated with divining the future.

Factsheet: Judaism

Judaism is the first and oldest of the world’s Abrahamic religions, but it also the smallest with just 15 million adherents globally. Originating in the Middle East thousands of years ago, Jews and their distinctive culture and faith are now found all over the world

Factsheet: Hinduism

Hinduism, whose adherents make up 15% of the global population, is a not single religion comparable to Abrahamic faiths, with a founder and canonical text. It is rather a family of traditions that can be understood as a network of related beliefs and practices rather than a formal religion