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Year's End Celebration: Brainstorming a New Holiday

Discussion in 'New Religious Movements DIR' started by sealchan, Nov 21, 2018.

  1. sealchan

    sealchan Well-Known Member

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    In the spirit of the reality of diversity--especially in a great nation such as the United States of America which was founded on the ideal of multi-culturalism--and the need to recognize diversity in a way in which all faiths and traditions can be harmoniously plugged into one great celebration, I would like to brainstorm a new name for a Year End Celebration which is inclusive of all traditions and faiths which would want to participate.

    I think that Christmas, which is, of course, the main point of inspiration for this thread, has already grown far beyond its roots in the Christian myth of the birth of Jesus. It has taken on any number of additional mythic components in our modern age. This suggests that there is room in Western culture at least for further creative expansion of the holiday.

    Perhaps the main unifying themes for this holiday season are:
    • Renewal
    • Family
    • Community
    • Future
    • Hope
    • Commitment
    • Tradition
    • Sharing
    With an open-ended framework such a celebration can be inclusive of many traditions.

    The idea of coming up with a name, or of indicating that someone is already trying to do this, is that it creates a simple identity for something that allows it to grow into its own history, its own associations and allows it to formally break ties with its "parent tradition" with the same respect and expectation that a child learns to break ties with his or her dependency and forge their own story in the larger world.

    Anyway, appreciate any ideas, comments and unruly criticisms as usual.

    Enjoy!
     
  2. sealchan

    sealchan Well-Known Member

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    I just had an interesting thought...if time were land, then the time between Halloween and New Years is sort of like a National Park of holidays...

    In the U.S. we have...
    • Halloween
    • Veteran's Day
    • Thanksgiving
    • Hanukkah
    • Christmas
    • Kwanzaa
    I'm sure there are others. The association in the northern hemisphere with this time of year being a dying and renewal of the sun/day additionally symbolized by the calendar year change I hope has accumulated additional relevant holidays over the globe. I would be interested in hearing about Hindu and Buddhist and Muslim equivalents that are celebrated in roughly this time period.

    I like the idea of the theme of the season being a descent into darkness with the hope and promise of an emergence back into the light. Certainly a worthy theme for religion and other mythic traditions.
     
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    Why do we need to do this again?
     
  4. sealchan

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    To create a holiday that is belief neutral so that belief-neutral and traditional beliefs can be publicly celebrated, even in public institutions while sidestepping cultural favoratism.
     
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    It would also include those who would celebrate Hogswatch.
     
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