Well, tomorrow is 4th of July… believe me, I have my thoughts on that subject, so tune in
tomorrow. That means, though, that today is the 3rd of July, an utterly normal day in terms of days of the year for Americans/people of the world. There are obscure “holidays” for every day of the year, but really no one knows about them so it doesn’t matter. Sorry people celebrating Compliment Your Mirror/Disobedience/Stay Out of the Sun day, but that’s how it goes in modern society.
So I wonder how the ones we all know became so famous. Who made them? And most importantly to me is why they became so famous (due to impact or enforcement, etc.).
Firstly, we must discount the one’s that are valid (in my opinion) today. That’s Thanksgiving, and any other holiday reinforcing sharing and gratefulness. Also, Easter and Christmas have well known Christian roots. Previously, I explained how Father’s Day came to be. Mother’s Day was enforced by Christianity in different places. In the United States, Julia Ward Howe is credited with the idea, and Anna Jarvis credited for making it what it is today. Quite a big impact they’ve made, considering how widely celebrated they are today. Was it their purpose in life as people to start up a holiday like that?
Then there are other holiday’s that do not make sense to me. Halloween? It’s one of those holidays with a weird beginning, but it’s all the weirder because it’s still celebrated, just for a completely different reason. Halloween is believed to have started as an ancient Celtic festival full of superstition, and warding off of evil spirits. It was called Samhain. Now? It’s been commercially transformed into a way of giving sickening amounts of sugar to tiny (and not so tiny) children. I won’t even bother to make/understand the connection between the two. (side not – I used to love halloween as a kid, my observations are just to prove a point.)
Another weird day for me is New Years. Believe me, I love taking chances like these to reflect, appreciate and similarly converse about such things. But the thing that trips me up is that we as an entire race, have decided to celebrate an otherwise random moment in time. Every year, we celebrate one day, one minute, of every every year as the start of “something new”. How come, out of the entire year, one day out of 365, one minute out of 525 948.766, is celebrated as a fresh beginning? January has an astronomical amount of suicides, and it’s probably for that very reason – no new fresh beginning for a whole year. Why don’t we just think of every day a new beginning? There are always “beginnings” and “endings” in everything if you think of time linearly, so I don’t see why we need to limit our sight so severely. By that I mean to only think about one “beginning” when we’re surrounded by them (I also don’t believe in endings in the traditional sense, and that always helps).
I enjoy holidays, believe. If nothing else, they can be great days off (sometimes) and a cause for celebration. But the reasons for these celebrations don’t always make sense to me, particularly if say, Christmas is always miserable due to stuffy family relations.
The point on me saying these things is to open the eyes and mind of those that celebrate things without a second thought, because holidays and the like have so much more impact if one understands the history and meaning. We really have to pick the ones that affect us, and make up for the ones that don’t.
I’ll speak more of tomorrow, tomorrow. But as for today, I guess it’s just a normal, blank day on the calendar. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t find something to enjoy about these or any other 24 hours in the year.
Well I’m back tomorrow, with a 4th of July special. Apologies for the overload of links on this posting – I just covered a massive amount of history in a couple hundred words, so if you’re curious, click and read on!
- Not My Favorite Holiday (lisaweg.wordpress.com)
- How Not To Celebrate The Fourth Of July (humor.gunaxin.com)
- Holidays Abroad: How do you celebrate? (vinesofmendoza.com)