Celebrating Festivals

This manual provides inspiration and advice to help people of different faiths to acknowledge each other’s religious festivals, spreading goodwill and respect between different groups.

ISBN: 978-0-9569304-1-5

This manual is intended to provide ideas for ways of acknowledging festivals observed in a range of different religious traditions, spreading goodwill and respect between people of different faiths. The manual gives a list of the main festivals of each of a selection of religions and gives one or two ways in which a selected festival from that religion could be acknowledged by people of other faiths or none. A section on significant national days is also included, with ideas for promoting community spirit and social cohesion through activities on those days.

This manual is part of a series of ten Community Dialogue Manuals developed by the Dialogue Society to encourage interaction between members of different communities.

About Community Dialogue Manuals

The primary aim of the series is to help people to bring their communities together through a number of approaches and events that the Dialogue Society has found successful. We have always found that the most successful events have been those with clear objectives and where attention has been paid to detail.

The Dialogue Society launched its series of ten Community Dialogue Manuals to encourage interaction between members of different communities. The manuals provide tangible ideas, know-how, and resources to both motivate and support people and groups to reach out to one another and strengthen social cohesion.

The Community Dialogue Manuals suggest 65+ ideas and projects (35+ are detailed and dialogue related), total 650 pages, contain 100+ sample documents and include 200+ references to other helpful websites and resources.

Aims and Objectives:

  1. To spread goodwill between people of different faiths and none
  2. To encourage the opening up of different communities to one another
  3. To facilitate neighbourly and community interaction
  4. To bring about dialogue and partnerships between cultural, community and faith-based organisations
  5. To combat mistrust between different religious/cultural groups
  6. To encourage a sense of belonging and national pride among people of all faiths and cultures
  7. To encourage inclusion of people who may not necessarily be interested in dialogue
  8. To provide strategies, tips, advice and know-how for organising successful activities/events

Who Is This Manual For?

  • Individuals looking to make contact with neighbours of other faiths in a positive way
  • Religious groups looking to reach out to others with simple interfaith initiatives
  • Community groups and charities looking to spread goodwill between different cultural/faith communities
  • Public sector workers with similar intentions
  • Employers who want to respect and acknowledge the religious observances of staff
  • Schools
  • Public bodies