Factsheets are written by academics, journalists and commentators to explain the context and background of current religion and belief stories. They include information on festivals, timelines of running stories and suggestions for experts and commentators.


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Boy blowing shofar for Jewish new year
Explainer on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, featuring the shofar, honey and apples
The Green Man image is found in churches and cathedrals, in ancient Greece and Rome, in cultures from Borneo to Iraq and is now adopted by modern Pagans and as an emblem for the ecological movement.
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The Jewish festival of Purim is a joyous celebration honouring the story of Queen Esther, who saved Jews from persecution
Imbolc festival of light snowdrops
The first Pagan festival of the year is Imbolc, a sign of light and new life emerging from the darkness of winter
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Describing the new organisation R20, meeting in advance of the G20 in Bali, bringing religious leaders together to find solutions to the world's challenges.
The problem of definition, mistaken identity and under reporting in anti-Sikh hate crime
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The history and beliefs of the Baha'i faith, established in Iran during the 19th century, with core concepts of the unity of God, religion and humanity
Quakers are a small Christian-derived religious community, focused on non-hierarchical, spontaneous experience of God in worship and social justice activism in the world. It grew out of the religious and social upheaval in 17th century England and is now present around the globe