Happy Imbolc people!!! Tonight is a 5000year old holy day, can you not tear yourself away from your own issues and recognize this celebration???? Millions recognize this Great day, I thought this was a magical site.
Happy Chinese New year!!! Lol, yeah lots of people celebrate and/or dont celebrate things, but I think we need celebrations, it helps to focus people, particularly a day like Imbolc because it is all about renewel and hope and at this time of year, at this stage of winter, I think those are good things. Personally, even if I don't do anything special, I like to try to understand special days whether they have anything to do with religion or not because they are usually rooted in our history, their origins can sometimes teach us things.
There are many days of many traditions that are celebrated, both by people who believe in the religion that it came from and those who do not. At this point in our world many holidays that contain meaning behind them (such as Halloween, Valentine's Day, Easter, Christmas) have lost the meaning they once carried.
Christmas used to be a celebration of the birth of Christ, a time of peace and joy with the world, a time of togetherness and love. However now it has become a ritualistic effort to give out gifts (yes this can show the above however hear me out) that quickly turns into a holiday full of worries about bills, taking up overtime to pay for your kids' gifts, etc.
Halloween has gone from a night to celebrate the dead and protect against them (much like the Spanish Day of the Dead) to a night about getting the most and best candy, to scaring the pants off your friends, and dressing up in the most provocative or frightening way.
The same can be said of many other holidays. We do not practice them out of a wish to understand them, but rather out of a need given to us by society, something expected of us by society and the community. Because of this learning the meaning behind a widely celebrated holiday will do us no good, because we will simply fall into what society expects of us, maybe not this year or the next, but indeed we will fall to it.
This is why I do not celebrate major holidays as much as others. Significance to a particular day should be personal in my opinion, such as your anniversary, your first date, etc. These are more important than widespread holidays as they contain personal significance and foster a true sense of the event they celebrate.
Kataki, thanks for your input, however I think your viewpoint is a bit cynical. I suppose one could make a case that everything is subject to misuse. It wasn't that long ago that Christmas was not celebrated by Christians because they thought it had Pagan roots, (and they were right, it did) Personnally, I like celebrations, I like rituals, I like it when people gather to honor or remember or take joy in certain Holidays. I don't have to be Irish to like St Patricks day, or Jewish to recognize the beauty of Hanukkah, I celebrate Hanukkah, Yule, and Christmas. Luckily, I am Wiccan and we are never to far away from a Sabbat. Mankind has enough tragedy to deal with, it is good to be able to step outside oneself now and then and gather with others to celebrate.
By: Brysing Moderator / Adept Feb 04, 2011
Post # 10
Imbolc is very important in Witchcraft. It is one of the eight main Sabbats. It is also the day dedicated to the Goddess, Brigid. She was also "stolen" by the Christian (Catholic) Church and made into an Irish saint! However, one celebrates as one wishes: it is the Rede. Harm nobody, and do what you wish. Happy Imbolc, and Ostara.