In many societies and cultures studied going back millennia, there have been rituals of some sort - ceremonies conducted solemnly and by custom, imbued with a significance well beyond the apparent. Rituals have many objectives, meanings and value that can be discussed and disagreed about even among members of the same society or culture.
As many of these rituals have religious roots, members of non-religious communities, such as Humanists, jettisoned the rituals when they left their religion - or perhaps they never had either?
But, have we “thrown the baby out with the bathwater”, to quote an old saying? Or do we actually practise many “traditions” in our daily lives that have value, significance and meaning, without wanting to acknowledge them as rituals?
We will discuss. Free & Open to the Public.