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HAT Forum: Humanism and the Holidays - Proposer: Jon Aldridge

  • The 519 Community Centre; Room 304 or tba 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)

At this time of year many people are taking part in festive activities, ostensibly centered around religious movements. It is a time of year when tradition is front and center in social life, but not for everyone.


-- As humanists, how do we feel about joining in with religious festivals?

-- To what extent are "the holidays" a religious phenomenon today?

-- If you do, in what ways do you celebrate during the holiday period?

-- How do you feel about the exchanging of gifts?

-- Who are the holidays for (children, nuclear families, Christians, corporations, etc.)?

-- Is celebrating New Years inherently different from, say, celebrating Christmas?

-- If we wanted to have a secular, humanist celebration, what could we jointly celebrate?

-- Is the intent/message/spirit of a holiday more important than the literal holy-day aspect?

Earlier Event: December 17
HAT Forum: Sacrifice for Humanism
Later Event: January 7
HAT Forum topic: Electoral Reform