Posted by: Sophia Catherine | December 5, 2011

Episode 4: It’s The Most Religious Time of the Year

Episode 4 was meant to be a minisode. It’s 40 mins long. We talk too much. In particular, this ep we’re talking about some of the religious holidays that are going on at this time of year – from the Pagan festival of Samhain to the secular British celebration of Guy Fawkes Night. We recorded most of this a few weeks ago (and then my computer died), but the holidays are still going on and so are we. Hurrah.

Festivals we discuss this episode include:
Samhain (Pagan)
Dia de los Muertos (syncretic Latin American)
Halloween (non-religious)
All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days (Christian)
Eid al-Adha and Al-Hijra (Muslim)
Diwali (Hindu, Sikh and Jain)
Paryushana (Jain)
Birth of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)
Guy Fawkes Night (non-religious)

In Living Faith we also interview Ess Jay about several Jewish festivals of this time of year, including Rosh Hashana and Hanukkah.

Poems read during the show: Mensaje en Colores by Julie Sopetran and The Listeners by Walter De La Mere. See for the Spanish text and an English translation of Mensaje en Colores (Message in Colours).

Promos: Between the Earth and the Stars and Inciting a Riot, whose hosts have both contributed to the show. Thank you to them!

Main theme – The Scene by Ann Lynn
Living Faith theme – Ocean by Iona Leigh
Both are open source and available at

We’ll make sure to put up those pictures of Diwali and Dia de los Muertos soon. Enjoy the show!



  1. So glad to hear you’re still with us! I’ve missed the podcast and I’m so looking forward to hearing you both again. Interesting news in this episode, Sophia Catherine, and it reminded me that you might enjoy the 7-hour series that CBC Radio recently aired on “The Myth of the Secular”. An interesting mixture of philosophy, theology and thought-provoking insight by ten different thinkers on why religion hasn’t disappeared from modern society as 20th c. sociologists all assured us it would. The series is available as podcasts, currently on this page: If you can’t find it, search the CBC Ideas page for for the week of October 22.

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