I have been thinking about this for a while. Most or all of nationally celebrated holidays are Christian or other religious holidays. Is there any non religious holidays that are celebrated during different times or the same times as the main religious holidays

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Max, this discussion category is for questions about the Atheist Nexus network. I'm going to move it to the Family and Community category, but if you think it would work better in one of the other discussion categories, feel free to move it.

Also, this question (or similar questions) gets raised on Nexus quite a bit. You can find questions/issues that have been asked/raised before by following the directions in the FAQ under frequently asked question number 26: How do I search for discussions?

One of the methods I use is the syntax: "site:atheistnexus.org" in Google (minus the quotation marks). Just using "holidays" as a search term brought up page after page of discussion.

If you are looking for a more organized discussion, there are two groups on Nexus that are for the purpose of discussing various holidays. One is Celebrate! There are links to other Nexus groups in the info. section there, as well as links to other sites where secular holidays are discussed.
Thank you for moving it iforgot to choose a categorie and this was the one that was preselected
No problem. I'm having issues with my computer, and wasn't quite finished editing my comment before it posted. There are some (hopefully) helpful links in my previous comment. The other group besides Celebrate! for discussions about holidays is Anthropa.
I like the idea of celebrating the turn of the season, that way you get 4 celebrations nicely spread out.
I like celebrating self induced sick day.

I get plastered like the Irish,
then call in sick the next day and play video games with friends and have dinner at a 24hour breakfast.

It's the best holiday of all.
And it works on YOUR schedule.
We celebrate the winter and summer solstices; 4th of July; Thanksgiving and Hallowe'en. Birthdays are important in my family, we also celebrate the Chinese New Year
I don't mind Christmas as I get to spend the day with my family,exchange gifts and have a 3
hour lunch. I don't drink but do worry about being killed on the road by some drunk. ( lunch is at my brother's which is a 30 mile drive)

Easter gives me the Tom Tits,especially Good Friday when the entire country closes..

We do have a few interesting secular holidays :

Australia Day,January 26,when everyone gets to stay home and watch the cricket.

Adelaide Cup day; second Monday in March. (Not to be outdone by Melbourne which has Melbourne Cup day)

ANZAC Day, April 25,the only day of the year actually revered by most Aussies.

Queen's Birthday and Volunteer's Day,June11

Proclamation Day;December 28th; foundation of the free colony of South Australia ,1836.

New Zealand is called "The land of the long white cloud". Australia is known as 'The land of the long weekend'


Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, and is commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honour members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. It now more broadly commemorates all those who died and served in military operations for their countries. Anzac Day is also observed in the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tonga.



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