The most important Christian celebrations, learn all about them

Religions have been part of human life since the very beginning of our existence, they fulfill the human need for spirituality, for the answers of basic questions and the need to believe in something or someone higher something powerful that can give meaning to everything and that controls everything and every incident in order to achieve a greater purpose.

There were, and there are, many religions, all of them defining our behavior, with promises of rewards if we do good things, and/or threats of punishments if we do bad things, the priests also transmit orders from gods telling us what to do and what is forbidden.

 

Christianity

Christianity is one of the largest and most popular religions, it started with Jesus Christ, he allegedly was born 2018 years ago, and then, for Christians, years count was reset and the year of his birth became year 0.

This religion is based in life, teachings and work of Jesus of Nazareth, better known as Jesus Christ, in one of holy books of Judaism, it was prophesied that Chris or the Messiah would come to us, the record of his live and work is recorded in the gospels.

 

Most important Christian celebrations

Because Christianity is all about Jesus Christ, its holidays are days which celebrate episodes of his life, and the most important are:

  • Advent season, is a four week season to prepare for Christmas.
  • Christmas, celebrates the birth of Jesus, this is a very important date because marks the beginning of his life, the incarnation of God and last 12 days, the last day (on January 6th) is celebrated the epiphany which recalls the visit of three Wise Kings to baby Jesus.
  • During Christmas days is usual to decorate our houses, and having a company to help us to have a beautiful thematic landscape in our yard like a pro could be a great idea.
  • Lent, is the preparation time for the Holy Week, it begins with Ash Wedesney just after Carnival or Mardi Gras.
  • Holy Week, it recalls the last week in Christ’s life, it begins with Palm Sunday and comprehends Good Friday (the date of his death).
  • Easter, is the last day of the Holy Week, but deserves a separate mention due its importance, this celebration is the base of Christianity because recalls when the Divine nature of Jesus allowed him to defeat death and comes to life. It is celebrated with eggs because they means new life.
  • Ascension Thursday, recalls the day Jesus physically ascended to Heaven.
  • Pentecost Sunday, celebrates when Holy Spirit descended to our world as a gift for Christ’s Apostles and Disciples.
  • Saint’s days, those are official days recognized for some Christians celebrating life of holy persons.
  • All Saints Day, is a holiday which honors all Christian Saints, just after Halloween.

Buddhism, where does it come from

Human beings  have always felt the undeniable need to believe in something higher than us, something to explain the things we consider to be unexplainable, there are a tendency to avoid the feeling of things under no control whatsoever, we need to believe that nothing is random, that there is a higher purpose for everything, and that’s how religions were born.

First religions were polytheistic, that means, they believed in several gods and goddesses which ruled several aspects of nature that people couldn’t explain by themselves, religions evolved step by step until now, we have some big religions which have the majority of population in them, and some small religions.

 

Buddhism

One of this large religions is Buddhism,  it has a lot of believers, and it has more and more each day since people is looking something more to fill themselves with spirituality and enrich their lives, but, what’s Buddhism and where it comes from?

Is a religion and a philosophy widely known all around the world based in the teachings of Buddha (in Sanskrit it means “Awakened One”), he was a teacher from Ancient India who lived

between the mid-6th and mid-4th centuries BCE, there are several versions about his life but according some texts he was born as Siddhārtha Gautama in Lumbini and grew up in Kapilavasthu.

When Buddhism appeared in northeastern India, that place was experiencing a period of intense religious activity and the new religion succeeded, after the founder’s death, Buddhism divided into two major branches: Theravada, which in Pali means: “The School of the Elders”) and Mahayana which in Sanskrit means: “The Great Vehicle”.

Buddhism is the world’s fourth-largest religion, with over 520 million followers, Buddhists believe in many things such as rebirths, and in meditation as a vehicle to reach enlightenment and wisdom, in 20th century, this religion gained many adepts in Western countries including several celebrities.

The Buddhists believe that following its path, its practices will lead to a spiritual development that they will change themselves and will acquire or develop qualities as wisdom, awareness, kindness and respect for all life

The Buddhism does not include the idea of worshipping a creator god and, for that reason,  some people do not see it as a religion, but the fact is that it is one of the most followed ones maybe because of the peace and love that it promotes as well as the respect for all living beings in the world.

Where does the Islam comes from?

Islam is a monotheistic religion that is based on the book of the Koran. His faithful believe in Allah (God) and in the Prophet Muhammad as his messenger. The Koran, in fact, was dictated by Allah to Muhammad through the archangel Gabriel, according to Islamic tradition.

The faithful of Islam are the Muslims, which means in Arabic: “submissive” or “submissive” (obviously to whom they submit to Allah. For Muslims, Jesus Christ is not the son of God, but rather a prophet like Abraham, Moses and Noah, among many others.

 

Islam appears in the Arabian Peninsula or Arabian Peninsula, located in Asia, which is the largest in the world (with 300,000 km2) and where a hot and desert climate predominates.

The main personage of this religion is Mohammed or Muhammad, is considered the last Prophet (a “prophet” is that person who is messenger of God, speaks in his name and explains what is his desire and his will) He is born in Arabia in the bosom From a family of wealthy merchants, As a young man he comes in contact with Christian missionaries who teach him about religion. He claims that Angel Gabriel appeared to him who gave him the mission to spread to men a new religion, Islam, during these angelic visits, which continued for about 23 years until the death of Muhammad, the angel supposedly revealed to Muhammad the words of God. These revelations dictated include the Koran, the holy book of Islam.

 

Muhammad begins to preach in the cities of Mecca and La Medina and despite the opposition of idolaters (those who believed in various gods) from 622 AD. C, Muhammad initiates the massive expansion and force of Islamism. At his death he had conquered the entire Arabian Peninsula.

 

After conquering the entire Arabian Peninsula Islam expanded militarily throughout the world conquering the entire Middle East: Persia, Mesopotamia, Phenicia and Israel. Invading and dominating Egypt and all of North Africa. Arriving in Europe through the Iberian Peninsula where conquered almost everything and stayed there for 700 years. It expanded to the east, reaching even the western borders of China, creating a vast empire (the Arab Empire). As big as the Roman Empire or that of Alexander the Great and that went from Spain to India.

Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. The latest statistics claim that currently has 1.3 billion believers today.