Atheist, Rationalist, Freethinker Holiday

My workplace has a list of religious holidays that they recognized as part of our cultural diversity I don't think the list below is meant to be all inclusive but it is the recognized holiday's. Darwin Day and Evolution Day are the two holidays’ that do not have a religious association. I am glad that they are listed but I feel unsatisfied with those two days. They are too similar and don’t reflect us accurately.

I do not want a day that revolves around a person. Although, Ingersoll day would make me happy. I would like a day that revolves around an idea. I want a holiday that most atheist, rationalist, and freethinkers can support. What holiday should I request be added to the list?

I do not want to hear any herding cats’ arguments. We have to get past the idea that we have to agree with every point of an idea before we can support it. Additionally, A|N and other organizations of freethinkers are proof that we can be herded.

Religious Holidays and Celebrations
Advent (Christian)
All Saints Day (Christian)
All Souls Day (Christian)
Asalha Puja (Buddhist)
Ascension (Christian)
Ash Wednesday (Christian)
Ashura (Muslim - Arab/American)
Beltane (Pagan)
Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week (Christian and Jewish)
Buddha's Birthday (Buddhist)
Buddhist New Year (Buddhist)
Candlemas (Christian)
Chandramana Ugadi (Hindu)
Christmas (Christian)
Christmas (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
Corpus Christi (Christian)
Darwin Day
Disablot (Asatru)
Diwali (Hindu)
Dussehra (Hindu)
Easter (Christian)
Easter (Orthodox)
Eid al-Adha (Muslim)
Eid al-Fitr (Muslim)
Einherjar Day (Asatru)
Epiphany (Christian)
Epiphany (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
Evolution Day
Fall Fest/Winter Finding (Asatru)
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (Christian)
Feast of St. John the Baptist (Christian)
Feast of the Assumption (Roman Catholic)
Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos
Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Christian)
Flower Communion (Unitarian Universalist)
Freysfest (Asatru)
Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)
Good Friday (Christian)
Great Friday (Orthodox)
Great Lent (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
Hanukkah (Jewish)
Hijra - New Year (Muslim - Arab/American)
Imbolic (Pagan)
Janmashtami (Hindu)
Karwa Chauth (Hindu)
Laylat al-Qadr (Muslim)
Lammas Day (Pagan)
Makar Sankranti (Hindu)
Maundy Thursday (Christian)
Mawlid al-Nabi (Muslim)
Memorial of Christ's Death (Jehovah's Witness)
Midsummer Blot (Asatru)
Norwruz (Iranian New Year)
New Year (Coptic Christian)
New Year's Day (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
New Year's Eve (Orthodox)
Ostara (Asatru)
Palm Sunday (Christian)
Palm Sunday (Orthodox)
Passover (Jewish)
Pentecost (Christian)
Phagwah (Holi, Hindu)
Pioneer Day (Mormon)
Purim (Jewish)
Ramadan (Muslim)
Ramanavami (Hindu)
Reformation Day (Christian)
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
Samhain (Pagan)
Shabbat (Jewish)
Shab-e-Barat (Muslim)
Shab-e-Miraj (Muslim)
Shavout (Jewish)
Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)
Shrove Tuesday (Christian)
Simchat Torah (Jewish)
St. George's Day (Christian)
St. John's Eve (Christian)
St. Joseph's Day (Christian)
St. Nicholas Day (International)
St. Patrick's Day (Christian)
Sukkot (Jewish)
Three Kings Day (Christian)
Trinity Sunday (Christian)
Tu B'Shevat (Jewish)
Vaisakhi (Hindu, Sikh, Jain)
Vasanta Panchami (Hindu)
Vesak (Buddhist)
Walpurgisnacht (Asatru)
Winter Nights (Asatru)
Yom Ha-Shoah (Jewish)
Yom Kippur (Jewish)
Yule (Asatru)

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Comment by Little Name Atheist on September 14, 2009 at 10:53am
Humanlight is on December 23rd every year.

From the website: HumanLight illuminates Humanism's positive secular vision. In Western societies, late December is a season of good cheer and a time for gatherings of friends and families. During the winter holiday season, where the word "holiday" has taken on a more secular meaning, many events are observed. This tradition of celebrations, however, is grounded in supernatural religious beliefs that many people in modern society cannot accept. HumanLight presents an alternative reason to celebrate: a Humanist's vision of a good future. It is a future in which all people can identify with each other, behave with the highest moral standards, and work together toward a happy, just and peaceful world.

Seems rather northern-hemisphere-centric, but I can't see any reason why people in the southern hemisphere couldn't celebrate it. People in the northern hemisphere often forget that winter doesn't happen the same time of the year for everyone on the planet.

I recently started a group on Atheist Nexus for discussion of celebrations and life transitions. Feel free to post this discussion there, also.



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