Here are some of the days the article identifies:
12 February - Darwin Day
21 March – spring equinox/ Earth Day
3 May - American non-believers hold the National Day of Reason, on in part to celebrate reason and in part to protest the National Day of Prayer on the same day.
21 September - autumn equinox/ International Day of Peace. This is something most humanists can get behind.
25 December - Newton's birthday
What do we think? Does it all smack of goddism? If we want a national day do we go for the saint’s day as St Andrew, St David, etc? If not then when?
What days might we add to the list above? How might we celebrate them?
Festival days based on these events were then taken up by religious regimes. The plethora of saints days and similar festivals in other religions are more to do with getting the punters (and their cash) through the door than any need for recognition and rememberance.
I think a humanist festival calendar should be around these important seasonal / agricultural events (hence local) and also significant dates of significant people, of which Darwin, Newton etc. would be good examples.
where did all this Hallowe'en cr@p come from?
It was the Americans that made it the over the top, commercial spendfest that it is today.Halloween originated under the name of Samhain as a Pagan festival among the Celts of Ireland and Great Britain. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries have embraced the holiday as a part of American pop culture in the late twentieth century.
Valentine's Day does my head in as well, especially if your at work and every five minutes a courier arrives with cuddly toys, chocolates, champagne, balloons, CD's........ Whatever happened to just giving someone a card (if you had to) at that was the end of it!
For us, it was "penny for the jack-o-lantern" which was a hollowed out neep with a face cut out and a candle inside, (non of your pumpkins in my day)Chineapple punk
When I was a young sproglet we used to go round the doors asking if the neighbours would give us "anything for our Halloween"
I see you're a woman after my own heart, Petra. However, I've come to think that marking some days wouldn't be a bad thing. As with Darwin Day, the emphasis could be on the educational rather than on gluttony and consumerism. I don't call going out on a called February night to hear the Darwin Day lecture, 'celebrating'. I wouldn't mind seeing much more marking of Darwin Day in schools and in the media and perhaps making more of the birthdays of people who have contributed in the arts as well as the sciences. Celebrate human achievement and creativity with suitable community and school events would seem an appropriate humanist response to religious festivals and saints days.petra10 wrote:Dont see the point of celebrating any days.It would only end up comercialised like all the rest.
I like to make a fuss of the kids on their birthdays.Its their special day and we have fun celebrating it.
As we all know one can always miss the 'feel' of a comment without the eye contact.
However, accidentally having one's caps lock on is not really shouting is it? As for is any of this relevant - of course not. Mind you the Easter farce with huge date changes is a menace to school terms and all sorts of other things.
Yes the commercialsim will take over - and xmas is here already. Forgot my shopping bag on Monday and shame to say had to use a Co-op plastic one - covered with xmasstuff!