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 coffee house
 A United Methodist minister 
consecrating the elements
 Holy Basil, Ocimum tenuiflorum, has an important role within the Hinduism  Coffee house in Britain during the 18th Century

 

 Plants are hugely significant in religion and belief.  In Christianity, 139 plants are listed in the bible and many are used as symbols, such as olive trees (Olea europaea) that symbolise peace and ferns (eg. Dryopteridaceae) that symbolise humility. In Islam, plants have been described in the Qur’an as a special blessing of God, with plants such as grapes (Vitis vinifera), figs (Ficus carica), ginger (Zingiberaceae), cucumber (Cucumis sativus), garlic (Allium sativum), lentils (Lens culinaris) mentioned as well as many agricultural crops.  

In the Hindu system of medicine (Ayurveda) all plants and flowers have medicinal value and many plants such as the coconut (Cocos nucifera) and neem tree (Azadirachta indica) are sacred, while in Humanism plants have played a significant role in the development of science.  

The introduction of coffee (Coffea Arabica) to Europe in the 16th Century saw clubs spring up and become the focus for people to meet and exchange ideas. In the UK this led to the establishment of the UK Royal Society.

 

Take a look at our calendar to link to festivals and holy days that include plants in their celebrations

 

 
January 
 February
March    
April     
May     
June    

Muslim 

 
 Milad un Nabi
   
 Lailat al Miraj

 Hindu

 Makar Sankranti
 Vasant Panchami
 Holi
 Ugadi
 Vaisakhi
 Puri Rath yatra

 Christian         

 Epiphany
 Candlemas
 Shrove Tuesday
 Palm Sunday
 
 Corpus Christi
       
 
July 
 August
 September
 October
 November
 December

 Muslim

 Lalat al Bara'ah
 Ramadan
 
 Waqf al Arafa-Hajj
 Al-Hijira
 Ashura

 Hindu

 Guru Purnima
 Janmashtami
 Navaratri
 Diwali
 Kartik Poornima
 

 Christian

 St. Swithin's Day
 Transfiguration
 Michaelmas
 All Hallow's Eve
 All Soul's Day
 Christmas

 

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