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Snaggy

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Why is it that atheists don't have a holiday of their own? Or do they somewhere?

and no, all you deity-loving comedians out there, April Fool's Day doesn't count. [Razz]

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Well, Agnostica has a small following.

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quote:
Originally posted by Snaggy:
Why is it that atheists don't have a holiday of their own? Or do they somewhere?

"Holiday." Compound of "holy day."

As nothing is holy, we have no holy days. If you're a hedonistic atheist, you can celebrate every day! With booze! And sex! And more booze! [Big Grin]

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What would be celebrated on and atheist holiday? No rituals for repentance, no saints to remember, no anniversaries of divine revelations or births or deaths. Sounds pretty dull. [Razz]

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Some atheist households celebrate Newtonmass, on 25th December.

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I vote for March 31 to be celebrated as Descartes' birthday (cartesianism being the basis of agnostism, and to some point, atheism).

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What about Festivus?
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I figured out I'm a humanist. Is there a holiday for that??
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quote:
Originally posted by Demosthenes:
As nothing is holy, we have no holy days. If you're a hedonistic atheist, you can celebrate every day! With booze! And sex! And more booze! [Big Grin]

The "water of life" is holy to me. And, like scripture, it's better when aged a bit - like 15-20 years.
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Hmmm, Indenpedence day?
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Holidays that could be considered God-less:
New Year's Day - celebrate the beginning of the year God-lessly.
Valentines Day - Advocates promiscuity
St. Patrick's Day - advocates God-less activities such as wearing green and drinking green beer.
April Fool's Day - advocates the God-less practise of fooling people.
Mother's Day - celebrate your Mom, no mention of God.
Victoria Day - also known as the May two four, as in a case of beer, up here in Canada, no God worship, only royalty worship
Father's Day - celebrate your Dad, no mention of God either.
Independence Day - celebrate being free from your oppressors, also no God involved
Civil Holiday - in Canada, it's just a token long weekend, again no Godly traditions, just the traditional camping trip or cottage trip.
Labour Day - celebrate your working, nothing to do with God.
Halloween - a day to pig out on candy and dress like a hooker, no God stuff there either.
Remembrance Day - a day to remember that a lot of people had to die in wars so you can enjoy freedom, not too much God stuff there either.

There, is that enough for you Snaggy? [Big Grin]

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Most of the current christian holidays are scheduled on top holidays of other cultures quite on purpose. So, I suggest just scedualing these new athest holidays right on top of the other ones...

Either that, or convert, you sinners, to the only true religon... Pastafarianism. You will be touched by His Noodly Appendage. In which case, every Friday is a sacred holiday, and if your boss doesn't like that take it up with the ACLU.

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Halloween is also known as Samhain, festival dedicated to the harvest and the dead.
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There, is that enough for you Snaggy?

No, I think a separate and distinct Atheist's Day would be much preferable.

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quote:
Originally posted by Snaggy:
There, is that enough for you Snaggy?

No, I think a separate and distinct Atheist's Day would be much preferable.

But who, then, would you find to believe in it? [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by garlicguy:
But who, then, would you find to believe in it? [Big Grin]

Everyone needs to believe in something, I believe I'll have another drink.

quote:
Originally posted by Nitrozac :
Halloween - a day to pig out on candy and dress like a hooker

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As for atheist holidays, it amazes me that no-one has yet suggested 12 February, Charles Darwin's birthday.

Then of course, as a Scot I'm patriotically obliged to mention 25 January, Burns night a much-honoured celebration of a man who made a hobby of mocking the Kirk.

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But twenty times I rather would be
An atheist clean,
Than under gospel colours hid be
Just for a screen.

 
 
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Yestreen I had a pint o' wine,
A place where body saw na;
Yestreen lay on this breast o' mine
The gowden locks of Anna...


...The Kirk an State may join, an tell
To do sic things I maunna:
The Kirk an State may gae to Hell,
And I'll gae to my Anna.



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Well Druid, I don't know about the rest of it, but I'll gladly join you in a pint to the memory of your Mr. Burns. The song quoted below is a favorite of mine. (As performed by Cherish The Ladies)

Green Grow the Rushes

Chor. - Green grow the rushes, O;
Green grow the rushes, O;
The sweetest hours that e'er I spend,
Are spent amang the lasses, O.

There's nought but care on ev'ry han',
In ev'ry hour that passes, O:
What signifies the life o' man,
An' 'twere na for the lasses, O.
Green grow, &c.

The war'ly race may riches chase,
An' riches still may fly them, O;
An' tho' at last they catch them fast,
Their hearts can ne'er enjoy them, O.
Green grow, &c.

But gie me a cannie hour at e'en,
My arms about my dearie, O;
An' war'ly cares, an' war'ly men,
May a' gae tapsalteerie, O!
Green grow, &c.

For you sae douce, ye sneer at this;
Ye're nought but senseless asses, O:
The wisest man the warl' e'er saw,
He dearly lov'd the lasses, O.
Green grow, &c.

Auld Nature swears, the lovely dears
Her noblest work she classes, O:
Her prentice han' she try'd on man,
An' then she made the lasses, O.
Green grow, &c.
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Who do you suppose he meant in the term, "The wisest man the warl' e'er saw"?

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Just in time for the "holiday season"
http://www.venganza.org/greetcards.htm

[Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

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c is not visibly defined; I think Green grow is going to crash out.
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You don't say!

That was rather a rash thing to say, now, wasn't it?

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Considering America's relationship to captialism, any holiday can be an atheist holiday in the USA. Some people call Christmas "comericalized" but really it's not. Spending money on useless things is just how we celebrate things in America. Nothing is too sacred to make money off of, not Jesus, not the nation's flag or fallen veterans. Consumer capitalism is the U.S. religion, and anyone can understand that.

Waiting in line with 200+ people at Best Buy to get a plasma screen TV or making a pilgrimage to the big outlet mall in the neighboring state with less sales tax has nothing to do with the Birth of Christ as far as I can tell.

...If you're Atheist and communist, then there are few holidays for you. [Big Grin]

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re: celebrating holidays by buying things

There's some interesting psychology there - parents trying to make sure their kids experience the same thrill they did awaiting Santa's visit - and, these days - trying to recapture a little of that feeling themselves with the high dollar purchases like the enormo-TV's and cars and the like.

I was trying to find that curve that depicted a person's happiness leading up to a big acquisition or event (can't find it now, but I know I saw it online somewhere, but this article is close though).

Not exactly the bible - but I find the science behind it much more convincing than platitudes against materialism (wonder if we're not up for a New New Testament written to allow Americans to consume more without guilt...oh wait, that guilt is probably an important part of the entire mix of the consumer experience!)

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Ive decided to start my own religion: alchaholism.

Where people try to acheive enlightenment by vomiting and hitting each other.

Patron saints: St. Jack, St. Jamesons, St 4AM

Our church shall be a communal place, where everyone is welcome (untill 12, when you get thrown out on your ear) and the off - liscence. For as it says in the book of Slurrr: "If u're .. bit ..... skint, thasit, they got 2fer1 at .... ummmm ASDA.

Remember the 7 Deadly Sins:

Thou shalt not order orange juice

Thou shall buy thy friends a pint

Thou shalt honour the round system, unless you're a bit strapped, and then you shall repay your friends on tuesday when you get paid.

Thou shalt not piss on the seat.

Thou shalt never buy a mixer for a shot that costs more than 2 quid.

If thou vomitest then thou shall clean it up thyself.

Thou shall make thy bloody mind up at the bar!!!

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baker_nat:

that has to be one of the funniest things I've ever read...

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quote:
Originally posted by baker_nat:

Patron saints: St. Jack, St. Jamesons, St 4AM

What about Saint Cuervo?

You need to make it more international to get more people involved.

I also nominate:
Saint Beam
Saint Morgan (Captins always make good saints)
Saint Nelson (To get the poorer masses involved)
Saint Boon (Another one for the straped for cash)
Saint Hops (This covers a lot of people)

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