Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Celebration of Feasts in an Age of Political Correctness: Bless the Winter Solstice!

Heather Long has it right at the Guardian in The Brits have it right: forget Happy Holidays, just wish people Merry Christmas, writing, inter alia:
"Personally, I think the Brits have this one right. I'd rather be able to wish people a Merry Christmas this week without having to worry if they'll be offended. I'd also rather have people wish me Happy Hanukkah, Happy Diwali or Eid Mubarak when those holidays come around. It makes me feel more a part of their celebration. Let's call each holiday what it is instead of trying to lump Jewish, Christian and even the Kwanzaa ritual together. If we need a generic holiday, we've already got the New Year, which touches all people and cultures."
In Germany, along the same lines, you "celebrate the feasts as they come" (Feste feiern, wie sie kommen).

If more people would read our websites, blogs and postings, they would understand that many modern calendric fixed and moveable feasts have their origins in the ancient cultures of humanity and in time-keeping by astronomy.

Religious and commercial institutions are simply capitalizing in the modern era on human traditions much older than they are themselves.

The fact that many people think they need to be "politically correct" here is simply an aberration of our modern, often fully misguided world, that for the main, has no understanding of human history.

Bless the Winter Solstice!
and the gradual return of the Sun!


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