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Oh, the irony of it all.

Here I am, a person who despises so much about this country and it's societal makeup, enjoying the wonderful fireworks display put on by Cal Expo, thinking to myself, 'how much did this cost??'. I'm wondering why Independence Day has become such a stupid mockery of itself. It's all about the fireworks. I suppose that at some point, the original intent was to emulate the whole "the bombs bursting in air" bit, but how many people actually had a conscious thought today realizing that it's the 225th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence? I'm not patriot, I'm looking forward to moving to another country someday, but all these people who claim to love the country are the ones that have made a joke of its fight for independence.

It's the same thing that some people bring up once in a while - the whole commercialization of holidays and how they've lost their original meaning. I'd be curious to research the actual histories of the more prominent ones....you have the obvious culprit in Christmas, which I believe did not start out as a Christian holiday, but a pagan one adopted by the Christians at some point as their own. I may be wrong on that. I have no clue what the original intent was...maybe the pagans really did use it as a day to give each other stuff....more likely, it was a recognition of the the Equinox (don't remember which one), and got bumped up a few days to someone's liking.

But what about Valentine's Day? I guess there was some St. Valentine, but what does he have to do with the Hallmark and See's Candy lovefest that dominates the day in modern times?

I was thinking today that I should not celebrate these so-called "holidays" when I have a family except if I know the true meaning. I wouldn't want to make my kids feel bad - "oooh, look what I got for Christmas, what did you get? "uh...we don't celebrate it...." "you're weird!!!!" - or something, but if i don't like supporting it now.....who knows.

Currently Blasting: Cryptopsy - Graves of the Fathers

2 pity screws or Do me
From: ex_consequen376 Date: July 5th, 2001 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

The Pagan "Christmas" was originally their day to celebrate the Sun god. The Catholics adopted it so that Catholocism would be similar to the Pagan beliefs, which would possibly make it easier to get Pagans to convert. The Catholics use it to celebrate the birth of the "son," just as the Pagans used it to celebrate the sun.
From: ex_consequen376 Date: July 5th, 2001 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gah, I meant "so that Catholic holidays would be similar to Pagan holidays."
2 pity screws or Do me