Festivals and saints' days provide inspiration and structure to worshipers throughout the year.
The word ‘advent’ literally means ‘coming’ and it is a time of reflection on the coming of Christ into the world at his birth.
For Christians, Christmas is all about God sending His son into the world as part of His plan to bring salvation to people everywhere.
Epiphany is celebrated 12 days after Christmas, on 6 January, and commemorates the visit of the wise men to the infant Jesus.
Lent is associated with the time Jesus spent in the wilderness when he fasted for 40 days and nights and was tempted by the Devil.
Unlike Christmas, Easter does not have a fixed date. It is a movable festival because it always has to fall on a Sunday, the day of the resurrection.
At the Ascension, Jesus returned to Heaven and the disciples saw him on Earth for the last time.
The word ‘Pentecost’ comes from the Greek word for 'fifty', it always falls fifty days after Easter.