Oellie Peppie Worldreligion

Founder :
The founder of Christianity, of course, is Jesus of Nasareth himself. The founder of the Islam is Mohammed, and the founder of Buddhism is Buddha.
It's noticable that at both Christianity Buddhism the followers worhsip Jesus Christ and Buddha, the founders of Christianity and Buddhism. But the Muslims Worship Allah, and think Mohammed was only a prophet.

How old the religion is :
Christianty is the base where we count the years on, so today it's 2007 years, 4 months and 5 days old. Islam was started by Muhammed and is 1397 years old, unfortunatly, I can't count the exact days. Buddhsim was started when Buddha died, Buddha lived his life as a good, honoust man, and soon he was worshipped by many, Buddhism is about 26 centuries old.

Countries where it is popular :
Christianity is popular in Europe, America(US), and parts in Africa and Asia. The Islam is popular in Africa, west-Asia and eastern-Europe. Buddhism is mostly popular in eastern and mid Asia.

Status of women :
In Christianity, women are as good as equal. The Muslims believe that women are more fragile than men, and need protection. In Buddhism, men are much and much more important than women :D :D.

Places of worship :
Christian pray at Churches on sundays, and on work and school days at home at the dinner table and at bed when they're going to sleep. Muslims pray once a day, or just on fridays, at mosques. At home they have to pray 5 times in the direction of Mecca, because Muhammed was born there. Unfortunatly I can't find any of the pray behaviour of the Buddhism.

Number of followers :
There are about 2.1 billion Christians in the world. There are about 1.2 billion Muslims in the world and that is growing with about 2.9% a year. There are more or less .5 billion Buddhists in the world.

How the religion influences their lives e.g
food, marriage, restrictions :

Christians can't wear "I love Satan shirts" and have to marry in a church. Muslims aren't allowed to eat pork and women have to wear scarfs. Buddhist must eat rice and have to wear red robes when they go to pray.

Main celebrations/holy days of Christianity
The main Christian celebrations are:

• Christmas
• Epiphany
• Easter
• Ascension Day
• Pentecost
• All Saints

Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus. Epiphany celebrates the ‘coming forth of God’ to mankind in the form of Jezus. Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jezus. With Ascension Day the Christians celebrate the day that Jezus ascended to heaven in presence of his apostles. With Pentecost the Christians celebrate the day that the Holy Spirit descended from the heavens upon the apostles and followers of Jezus. With All Saints (also called Halloween) the Christians honor all the saints.

Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holidays_in_Swedenhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holidays_in_Sweden

Main celebrations/holy days of the Islam

The Muslims have a lot of celebrations and holy days.
Here are all of them.

Friday is an important day for the Muslim, because it is believed that any divine acts done on this day get a higher reward. The reason why this day is Friday is because Adam was created on that day.

In the Ramadan the Muslims must fast during the daytime. The holy day Jumu'ah-tul-Wida occurs on the last Friday of the Ramadan before Eid-ul Fitr. After the Ramadan they celebrate Eid ul-Fitr which celebrates the end of the Ramadan. The Ramadan learns Muslims to be patient and reminds them that they are fortunate and should help the needy.

Eid ul-Adha is celebrated 70 days after Eid ul-Fitr and celebrates the day that prophet Abraham intended to sacrifice it’s son Ishmael as a proof of loyalty to god. On this day Muslims all over the world sacrifice an animal.

Ashura is the day on which God saved Moses and the Israelites from the Pharoah. On this day fasting is optional.

Mawlid an-Nabi celebrates the birthday of prophet Muhammad.

Laylat al-Qadr falls on one of the last ten days of the Ramadan on an odd numbered day. It is considered the holiest night of the Ramadan because then the Quran was introduced.

Laylat ul Isra and Miraj is the day were the Muslims celebrate that Muhammad was taken to the furthest mosque.

Laylat ul Bara'ah is consired a night were the Muslims are graced with blessings.

Eid al-Ghadeer is when the prophet announced that Hazrat Ali will be the new caliph.

And that was all!

Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_holidays http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_holidays

Main celebrations/holy days of Buddism

In most areas of the world, the holy days are synchronized with the phases of the moon. The days this vary from year.

Nirvana Day is held in mid February. It memorates the death of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha.
New Year Day is also celebrated in mid-February in China, Korea and Vietnam
Wesak is the Buddha's birthday in April or May. In some traditions, it celebrates the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death.
Khao Pansa marks the beginning of the Buddhist lent. It is the preferred day for Buddhist men in some countries to be ordained as monks. It is celebrated in the full moon of the eight lunar month, mostly in July. With the Buddhist lent monks intensively meditate.
Boun Ok Pansa marks the end of Lent. It is at the end of the rainy season, in October.
Bodhi Day, in early December, celebrates the Buddha's enlightenment in 596 BCE

Source:
http://www.religioustolerance.org/main_day4.htmhttp://www.religioustolerance.org/main_day4.htm

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