MAULE.Prof.Law at LAW.VILL.EDU
Fri Mar 28 15:29:00 PST 1997
To add to the list:
Veterans Day, very much like Memorial Day in the sense Sandy
describes as a day with a "holy" meaning for many,
Groundhog Day. Hmmm Maybe that's a holiday without holy significance.
And I am RESISTING with GREAT effort the pun that is jumping out at
May Day. I know that in the former Soviet Union it reflected the date
of the May Revolution. The Catholic Church celebrates May Day as a
religious day. I do not remember if that is a "reply to Communism" or
has earlier origins. There is an earlier May holiday
(involving the Maypole) which may be non-religious in origins.
Probably not Christian in origin, but perhaps relating back to Druids.
Valentines Day. Secular? Seems so. But it is the feast of St.
Valentine. A Christian holyday. Inaugurated to celebrate a saint who
was martyred as part of Roman celebration of a day on which unmarried
persons put their names in a bowl and were "paired for the night".
St. Valentines Day was adopted to distract Christians from this
practice. (Sorry about the detail but this is another question that I
had to research for the students in a Sunday school class several
Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day.... Secular in origin. Holyness in context
for some? Interesting that these days are on Sundays. I guess
business wouldn't stand for these days during the week as paid
The Hallmark days. I don't count these as holidays. No one observes
them, other than perhaps to send a card. (Someone once sent me a
Teacher Appreciation Day card. Yeah, shut down all offices for that
one! :) ) These are simply Hallmark's way of getting seasonal profit
cycles under control.
Halloween. I think we thrashed this one out last fall. Another
Valentines situation: originally secular or perhaps Druid-related?,
then a holy day, now very secular.
Examples of religious holy day not holiday: Epiphany, All Saints Day,
Ascension (in Catholic, Episcopalian, and some other churches),
Annunciation (Catholic, others?)
So maybe there are holydays, holidays, and holiydays.
Oops, gee, I invented another word.
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