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Ramadan 2020 during lockdown at the University of Portsmouth

The following letter to Muslim students was written by Dr Amra Bone.  The University Chaplaincy asked that we share it as widely as possible to help ensure it reaches its intended audience. In the name of God, the most Merciful

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Prayer spaces during Ramadan

As Ramandan (Sunday 5 June, to Thursday 7 July) is upon us the University expects increased interest in prayer spaces. These are: The Chaplaincy prayer rooms in Nuffield – available between 0900 and 1700 (1600 on Fridays) Mercantile prayer rooms – available from

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Treasures of Heaven

A new major exhibition has opened at the British Museum in the last few days. Treasures of Heaven explores sacred objects and relics from the Medieval Period in Europe. http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/treasures_of_heaven.aspx

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Today marks the beginning of the four-day Eid holiday in Islam. Here is some more information from the BBC Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/holydays/eiduladha.shtml عيد سعيد للجميع

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Autumn Equinox

Today is the Autumn Equinox marking the start of Autumn. An Equinox marks the point in the year when day and night are of equal length. The Autumn Equinox signals the end of summer and for our Pagan ancestors it was

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At midnight tonight the Islamic month of Ramadan begins. As well as fasting during daylight hours for those who are able to, other practices take place such as Taraweeh prayers in the evening and going into seclusion for the last ten nights.

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Midsummer, Summer Solstice, the Feast Day of St. John, call it what you will. Today marks the pagan festival of Midsummer where, over most of the Northern Hemisphere, bonfires shall be lit and maypoles shall be danced around. Here is

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May Day

Today is the First of May. A day that is traditionally associated with maypoles, spring and morris dancing. Here’s an article from the BBC Website about the festival of Beltane, which is the Celtic celebration of the coming of summer:

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Rama Navami

Today is the Hindu Festival of Rama Navami, celebrating the birth of Lord Rama (an incarnation of Vishnu). Here is some information about the day, with some links, from the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/hinduism/holydays/rama.shtml

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St. Patrick’s Day

If you’re wondering why every pub seems to be running out of Guinness by five o’clock and why several people in the office are wearing big hats with three-leaf clovers today then don’t worry. Today is St. Patrick’s Day, the patron Saint

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