Today marks the beginning of Scottish Interfaith Week, an annual festival uniting people of all faiths and none across the nation.

Today’s events include Diwali celebrations, an interfaith tea party, a choir singing songs for peace, a local park interfaith service, a student Bollywood night, the Remembrance Sunday Open Day of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre, and a Buddhist Sutta Study.

Diwali Celebrations

Join the Hindu community at the Hindu Temple of Scotland in celebrating Diwali. Diwali is called the festival of lights and is celebrated by many communities across the world.

Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Place: The Hindu Temple of Scotland, Rutherglen 76 Hamilton Road, Rutherglen

Find out more: Diwali Celebrations – Scottish Interfaith Week

Scottish Jewish Archives Centre: Remembrance Sunday Open Day

The guest speaker will be locally-based Naval Officer, Lieutenant (RN) Ian Player who represents the Armed Forces Jewish Community (AFJC), the organisation of serving Jewish personnel in His Majesty’s Armed Forces.

“We always look forward to welcoming guests from other faiths and none to the Archives Centre and the beautiful Garnethill Synagogue. It’s an important aspect of our work to share the story of our Jewish heritage in Scotland and the contribution that Jews have made to the wider Scottish community. We value the opportunity that interfaith activities offer to build relationships with other communities.” – Fiona Brodie, Manager at Scottish Jewish Archives Centre

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Place: Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre, Garnethill Synagogue, 29 Garnet Street, Glasgow

Find out more: Scottish Jewish Archives Centre: Remembrance Sunday Open Day – Scottish Interfaith Week

Burntisland Interfaith Tea Party

A local tea party to celebrate Burntisland’s religious and ethnic diversity.

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Place: Burntisland

Find out more: Burntisland Interfaith Tea Party – Scottish Interfaith Week

Salaam Shalom: Songs for Peace

Join choir leaders Ali Mills and Cath Campbell to sing songs in hope of peace in Palestine and Israel, and to raise funds for local charities.

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Place: Glasgow

Find out more: Salaam Shalom: Songs for Peace – Scottish Interfaith Week

Interfaith Service at Barshaw Park

Renfrewshire Interfaith Group and East Renfrewshire Faith Forum are hosting an interfaith service in the Peace Garden in Barshaw Park.

Time: 2:45 pm – 4:30 pm

Place: Barshaw Park, 176A Glasgow Rd, Paisley

Find out more: Interfaith Service at Barshaw Park – Scottish Interfaith Week

Bindi: Bollywood Night

Join University of St Andrews Students’ Association for the largest Bollywood night in St Andrews on Diwali.

Time: 10:00 pm – 2:00 am

Place: University of St Andrews Students’ Association

Find out more: Bindi: Bollywood Night – Scottish Interfaith Week

Online events

We are passionate about online events because people from across Scotland and the world can engage with the festival online and meet people of different faiths.

Here are the online events for today:

Sutta Study, Inspiring Qualities: With The Watchman

Online discussion on qualities that inspire confidence in each other and relying on each other, based on the Discourse of the the Buddha’s words with the Watchman Gopaka (Majjhima Nikāya 108).

“Wholesome friendship is crucial to growth on the spiritual path. Indeed, when asked if friendship was half of the holy life, the Buddha responded that association with good friends is the whole of the holy life (Saṃyutta Nikāya, 45.2). In the session hosted by Friends of Early Buddhist Teachings for Interfaith Week, we’ll explore traits which one can look for in a person, traits that inspire confidence and can help guide our choices about whom we spend time with.” – Claralynn Nunamaker, Trustee Friends of Early Buddhist Teachings

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Place: Online.

Find out more: Sutta Study, Inspiring Qualities: With The Watchman – Scottish Interfaith Week

More events

You can search for events near you on our festival events calendar.

Some events are added to the programme last minute and may not show up in this list. For all the latest events, please visit our events calendar.