Holy Days

It’s the International Day of Peace, one of the only, well, created days that I can get into. Except I forgot it this year. I saw it on the calendar when scheduling an appointment for my younger a few weeks back. It was announced from the pulpit in church yesterday, along with Eid-al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, and Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, both actual Holy Days. The real schmeal.

Since becoming a Universalist Unitarian, I feel a bit like a woman without a Holy Day. Our church mentions all the big ones and many I’d never heard of before attending UUCF. Since our congregation’s focus has been on the six sources from which we draw our living tradition, I’ve added Holi, Budda’s birthday, and Darwin’s birthday to my awareness. Since so many of these are announced at services, along with the more familiar Easter and Christmas, perhaps I’m a woman of many Holy Days.

But I’m not. Those Holy days are not mine. Not as truly holy. My boys and I celebrate Christmas with songs, a tree, and gifts. We talk about the birth of Jesus and the message of love Jesus brought to the world. At Easter, we discuss rebirth and celebrate life, but I know for both we’re somewhat co-opting the days, celebrating them in a way that works for us because they’re big deals in this country. We celebrate Hanukkah with my mother, a Reformed Jew, the lights of Hanukkah next to the advent candles we still use to mark the coming of Christmas. The boys know the stories of these Holy Days and many others, and while we fall prey to American Holiday Greed disease, I try to balance it with plenty of homemade giving and time with loved ones.

Still, I have my doubts. These aren’t my Holy Days, and I’m loathe to misappropriate customs and practices from religions not my own, but I feel a bit short of Holy Days as a Unitarian Universalist. Perhaps this explains my draw to the International Day of Peace. I’m not taking it from anybody, it’s celebrated around the world, and it’s in concert with my UU belief system. Not a bad Holy Day, in my opinion. I wish I hadn’t forgotten this year.

Peace be.

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