Humanist Holidays

All Americans enjoy a wide variety of National holidays, and then various cultural subgroups have their own small collection of holidays which have special importance to that particular group. This is a list of holidays important and relevant to Humanism:

January 1 – New Year’s Day

February 12 – Darwin’s Birthday. A celebration of the birth of Charles Darwin, whose discoveries and writings became the driving force for modern biological sciences.

March 21 – Vernal Equinox.  Equal days and nights.  Also known as Earth Day, it falls within a larger celebration known as World Humanist Week.  It is a general celebration of the “rebirth”, or the beginning of Spring

1st Thursday in May – National Day of Reason. A time to reflect on acquired knowledge, the scientific method, logic in general, and the use of physical evidence as the ultimate path to truth.  An answer to the National Day of Prayer.

May 7 - Ten Amendments Day. A celebration of the rights and freedoms granted to all Americans under the Bill of Rights.  An answer to the Ten Commandments Day

June 21 – Summer Solstice. A celebration of the geophysical peak which marks the change from increasingly longer days to increasingly shorter days. Also marks the official beginning of Summer.

September 21 – Autumnal Equinox.  Equal days and nights again.  A celebration revolving around the changing season and harvest.  A time to begin preparing for winter and thinking about those less fortunate.

December 21 – Winter Solstice. A celebration of the geophysical valley which marks the change from increasingly shorter days to increasingly longer days.   Also marks the official beginning of Winter.

December 23 – Human Light Day. A celebration of humanity which includes things like music, dancing, story telling, candle light events, scientific reflection, readings, social awareness, helping the needy, and community involvement.

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