31 December 2012

Secular Holidays

On Austin Cline's About.com Agnosticism/Atheism website, he asked readers if they thought we should create secular holidays.

In a comment Bill Haines lists days that already exist.

I thought readers might want to add these to their calendars.

January 13 — Ernestine Rose’s Birthday
January 29 — Thomas Paine’s Birthday, Freethinkers’ Day
February 12 — Charles Darwin’s Birthday, Darwin Day
March 14 — Albert Einstein’s Birthday, Pi Day
March 16 — James Madison’s Birthday, Freedom Of Information Day
March 16-22 — Sunshine Week
April 1 — April Fools’ Day
April 12 — Cosmonauts’ Day, Yuri’s Night
April 22 — Earth Day
May’s 1st Thursday — US National Day Of Reason
June 21 — World Humanist Day
July 1 — Chevalier De La Barre Day
July 4 — US Indivisible Day
August 11 — Robert Ingersoll’s Birthday, Ingersoll Day
September’s Last Full Week — Banned Books Week
October 12 — Freethought Day
Novermber 7 — Marie Skłodowska-Curie’s Birthday
Novermber 7 — Carl Sagan’s Birthday
November’s Last Full Week — Church/State Separation Week
December 10 — Human Rights Day
December 23 — HumanLight
December 25 — Isaac Newton’s Birthday, Crispness, Newtonmas


Snowbrush said...

Three of the names I don't recognize.

Snowbrush said...

Rats! I was hoping that your visit meant that you had done a new post. I just put one up that I put a great deal of passion into, but then I put a great of passion into all my posts about religion. You said that you dislike it, maybe even hate it. Oh, but I hate it. The literalists scare me because I know they would turn this country in a Christian version of Saudi Arabia if they got the chance, and the liberals leave me befuddled. I went to that church largely because I wanted to understand their beliefs, but their beliefs are so vague that I can't imagine what comfort they get from them. I agree with the New Atheists about the literalists doing all the meanness while the liberals give them their tacit support.

Snowbrush said...

I just thought I would drop by and say hi and see if I missed a post.

Snowbrush said...

Are you trying to make it a full year without posting?

C Woods said...

Snowbrush, Although I approved your comments months ago, and I was sure I wrote a response, it's not showing up.

I may have started to write it, then got interrupted, and it may have ended up under other windows and then I shut down the computer without posting it.

I have a tendency to get caught up in other things and ignore everything else. I had volunteered to help find people for my HS reunion. Then I volunteered to scan photos in the yearbook and make name tags. Then I volunteered to do about 10 other things and before I knew it, more than a year had passed. And by that time, I was so far behind on everything else that I spent all my time trying to catch up. At the end of 2013, I lost Quicken files for the past 15 years. I had to reconstruct, at the minimum 2013, so I had everything I needed for tax purposes.

It is very difficult to get back to blogging after ignoring it for so long. But I'll try to do better this year.

Thanks for checking back several times. I would have probably given up long ago.

For anyone else reading this, check out Snowbrush's blog by clicking on his name above his comments.

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