Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Secular Humanists Holidays for the Year

January 1st - NEW YEARS

This is something that all can celebrate with no religion needed :)

February 12th - Darwin Day

Charles Darwin was born on the same day as another famous free thinker, Abraham Lincoln (Feb 12, 1809). We are approaching the bicentennial of his birth and the sesquicentennial (150th) of the publication of the book that changed the world, the Origin. Darwin day events celebrate the wonder of science and the glory of human achievement.

http://darwinday.org

February 14th - Valentines Day

March 20-21, Northern Hemisphere - Vernal Equinox & Easter (first Sunday after the full moon following the vernal equinox) * hmmm could that be Pagan? *

Time of rebirth

April 22nd ~ Earth Day

June 21st Northern Hemisphere - Summer Solstice

Also known as midsummer, this is the day with the longest period of daylight (and my favorite day!).

September 23 Northern Hemisphere - Autumnal Equinox

The first day of spring is a time of rebirth, autumn is a time for slowing down and reflection. Like the Vernal Equinox, the Autumnal is a moment when daylight and dark are balanced at twelve hours each. Temps start to decline and daylight retreats. This is a great time for a dinner to celebrate the harvest and to recognize the changes associated with fall.

Fourth Thursday in November - Thanksgiving

Time to express our thankfulness to each other, good fortune and life itself.

Fun to note that the Puritan Pilgrims were pursuing the kind of freedom of religious observance to which secularists should be devoted, fleeing the harassment of religious persecution in England and heading to the New World.

December 21- 22 - Winter Solstice in Northern Hemisphere

December 23 - Festivus

December 25 - Christmas

* Holidays from other Cultures, etc *

Resources

Secular Seasons
Secular Celebrations
The Darwin Day Program
Earth Day Network
National Geographic Xpeditions
Freedom from Religion Foundation
Family Education "Build your own Stonehenge"
Festivus

Secular Holiday Cards

Council for Secular Humanist
Abundant Earth
Blue Mountain Arts

Humanist Celebrants & Ceremonies

The Humanist Society
The British Humanist Association

Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion

2 comments:

Stacy said...

Hi Ginny. So nice to see another Secular Humanist Blogger. I have two kids as well. You go with your awesome self.

Patriot said...

Thank you for entering! Happy 2008 to you!

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