Every country seems to have its own set of holidays.
Do these divide us as a world peoples or are they merely a glaze of cultural patina ‘X’ed on our calendars?
The U.S. is readying itself to celebrate Gluttony Day, where we give thanks for living in a country that allows us to be gluttons, both of food and of post-T-day blackened consumerism. There are no doubt feasting celebrations found in various cultures around the globe. A time of bounty — which in the Northern Hemisphere, is after harvest in the autumn. But south of the equator, where seasons stand on their heads, the largess of the harvest must come six months earlier (or later…).
Independence days. Labor days. Veterans days. War memorial days. Religions days. Culture days. If we combined all the holidays from all the 190+ countries of the world, how many holidays could we enjoy in one year? Could we, like, party all the time? That’d be a sight? “Yo, Beatrice, what’s today?” “Well, Johnny, today is :
|National Sovereignty Day||Argentina|
|Black Consciousness Day||Brazil|
|National Day observed||Monaco|
|Revolution Day Memorial||Mexico|
|Discovery Day observed||Puerto Rico|
“Super! Let’s party!”
But the world’s not like that, is it? Most holidays are based on nationalism. And nationalism never opens arms and hearts, never breaks down barriers, or unites us a common people. Sure, within a country it does. But does the world really need more isolationist attitudes. “Hey, this is OUR holiday. Not yours!”
If we did away with ALL world holidays, and picked some number, based on all humans’ needs and understandings, seasons, events, science, nature, which ones would you pick and about how many should we have?
Hashtag Human Holidays.
(One a month + one a season = 16 holidays. Sounds reasonable.)
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Yup. Sounds about right. 16 is enough.
For the support of all people I would choose two holidays: Halloween because it celebrates death and candy. All humans need that and for the 2nd one, I’d choose Thanksgiving because it has smashed potatoes. I’m not sure how that helps all the people of the world though.
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> celebrates death and candy
Yeay! Death and Candy! (chuckling still…)
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Holidays simply keep the economic engine chugging along. Spend! Spend! Spend! They may have originated with the best intentions…but, like most intentions, they were ultimately perverted…
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