When Dara Murphy opened a women’s boutique in downtown Anniston three years ago, she named it after a woman she barely knew. The store — called Rosa Lee — is named after a homeless woman Murphy had met in New York City, who, despite having almost nothing, nonetheless possessed faith, peace, …

For more than a decade, Greenbrier Road Baptist Church in Anniston has been putting on a live nativity for Christmas. Visitors take a hayride and visit different scenes from the Biblical story of Christ’s birth. There are guardsmen and gatekeepers, townspeople and a choir of musicians. Mary …

Images from Toys for Tots volunteers gathering toys to be given away to children for Christmas.

Earlier this month, Dedra Shannon hung a 6-foot drawing of Linus from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" — complete with scrawny tree and Bible quote — from the nurse’s office door at the middle school in Killeen, Texas, where she works.

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After the spring holidays of Pesach (Passover) and Shavuot (Feast of Weeks), the Jewish people settle back into the routine cycle of weekly Sabbaths and monthly New Moons. This lasts through the summer until the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in the late summer and early fall.

At sundown on Oct. 23, 2016, the Jewish people will celebrate Hoshana Rabba, and at sundown the next day will begin Simhat Torah. This concludes a series of Holy Days that began on Oct. 2 with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

Sukkot, the Jewish Feast of Booths, begins at sundown on Oct. 16, 2016. It is one of three festivals celebrated by ancient Jews with a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem and a feast. The other two are Pesach and Shavuot, the Passover and Feast of Weeks.

In Jewish tradition, the Lord opens His Book of Life on Rosh Hashana and keeps it open for 10 days. During that time, Jews reflect on the past year, hoping that on balance the good will outweigh the bad. On Yom Kippur — the Day of Atonement — the Lord closes the Book, determining the fate of…

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From the spring holidays of Passover and the Feast of Weeks until the late summer or early fall High Holy Days of the Jewish New Year and Day of Atonement, Jewish people settle into the routine cycle of weekly Sabbaths and monthly New Moons.

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The Anniston Muslim community is currently observing this year’s fasting month of Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar called Hijra (Migration). All the religious events and holidays of Islam are celebrated according to the lunar calendar, which started when Prop…