Thursday, November 22, 2007

Holiday

Thanksgiving, in the United States, is perhaps the least religious holiday based on a religious ritual. It is a "New World" ritual, and, like most new religious ideas from this part of the world, it faces an uphill battle when competing with the the "old world" rituals.

Perhaps it is just as well, there is no emphasis on death or memory like many of the other holidays. It remains a chance to get together and celebrate making it through another year with food, home and family.

I'll use this occasion to say "thanks" to all of you out there in blog-land, to those I read, to those who read me, to the commenters, even to the lurkers.

Sincerely, I Thank You.

By Professor Batty



5 Comments:

Blogger Kristín said...

Um, actually I think it is very much rooted in religion. We have this thing called Allra sálna messa here around the same time, the Mass of Passed Souls...


Blogger Professor Batty said...

... there is a good Wikipedia article on Thanksgiving in the US; although religious groups were involved, it was not based on any scripture, it wasn't even harvest based in all cases. It was proposed nationally by George Washington but only firmly established by Lincoln during the Civil War. It is not a day of remembrance (which most other US holidays have become.)


Blogger Kristín said...

Oh, well. I can't be right all the time...


Blogger Professor Batty said...

... it is really a holiday that celebrates the family, in a refreshingly secular way, it hasn't been commercialized to the extent of other holidays (except that it is the prelude to the shopping season.)


Blogger reetsyburger said...

And THANK YOU for Flippism!

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