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    Has anyone wondered / know the significant of holidays? For example:

    1. Chirstmas
    - I was taught in elementary school that gift giving was symbolic of the gifts the 3 wisemen gave to Mary. What is the story with Kris Kringle again?

    2. Easter is a religious holiday, what part does the Easter Buny play?

    3. St. Valentine's day
    - a celebration of love but wasn't there a tragedy related to a saint?

    4. anyone care to add more?

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    Holidays are not necessary except to entertain.

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    heyder, i agree. But there must have been some significant event or events that lead to such holidays such Easter celebration having to do with a bunny and hiding eggs. I have always found these to be very interesting.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> 3. St. Valentine's day
    - a celebration of love but wasn't there a tragedy related to a saint?
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE> WOW!!! have I been asleep? when did they make Al Capone a saint?

    I can't think which ones offhand but I do know some of the so called "christian" holiday traditions are based on "pagan" festivals.

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    Kris Kringle: A Life
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    The Easter Bunny

    The symbol of the Easter Bunny originated with the pagan festival of Eastre. The goddess, Eastre, was worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons through her earth symbol, the rabbit.

    The Germans brought the symbol of the Easter rabbit to America. It was widely ignored by other Christians until shortly after the Civil War. In fact, Easter itself was not widely celebrated in America until after that time.

    The History of Valentine's Day
    Every February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday?

    The history of Valentine's Day -- and its patron saint -- is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.

    So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men -- his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

    According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl -- who may have been his jailor's daughter -- who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.



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    I always like to remind my holier than thou sister, the origins of the christmas tree, wreath, yule log, etc. at Christmas. She refuses to believe me. Now I can torture her at Easter too. LOL

    I learn so much here, and for this, I am thankful.

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    Sandra: wow, thanks so much. Much apprecaite.

    Ellen: I concur

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    These Pagan holidays were around long before Christianity and they were loved by the people. During Christian conversion, the people refused to give up their holidays and they were adapted to the new religion.


    Yule, December 20-23


    Yule is also called by the name: Winter Solstice. It celebrates the rebirth of the Sun God and honors the Horned God (Later, for propaganda reasons, vilified as Satan although there is no reference to Satan as being horned in the Bible as far as I know.) On Yule we experience the longest night of the year. Although much of the winter harvest weather is
    still to come, we celebrate the coming light and thank the
    Gods for seeing us through the longest night. It is a time
    to look on the past year's achievements and to celebrate
    with family and friends. From this day until MidSummer,
    the days will grow longer and banish the darkness to
    begin the light that brings warmth and life to the world.
    This is the official first day of winter. This Sabbat
    usually falls between the dates listed above, depending
    on when the Sun reaches the southern most point in it
    yearly crossing.



    Imbolc, February 1



    Imbolc, also called the Feast of Brighid, celebrates the
    approach of spring. The term "Imbolc" means "in milk"
    and at this time, pregnant sheep begin to lactate. This is
    one sure sign that spring is coming soon. Although the
    days are getting longer, this is still the heart of winter
    and Brighid, the Celtic Goddess of healing, poetry, and
    smithcraft is honored. Her gift of smithcraft comes with
    an added bonus - fire. This may be the reason some
    celebrate this day as the day of the Celtic Fire Goddess.
    This is a time of new beginnings and growth. At this time,
    think of your goals and dreams for this year that you will
    accomplish. At this time, greet the pregnant Maiden
    Goddess and give Her thanks for soon She will give birth
    to the spring.


    Ostara, March 20-23



    Ostara, also called the Spring Equinox or Vernal Equinox,
    celebrates the arrival of Spring. This Sabbat will fall
    between the above dates depending on which day the Sun
    is at its northern most point. Ostara marks the day when
    night and day are in balance. Ostara symbols are the egg
    and the rabbit. Ostara is the Norse Goddess of fertility
    and it is She that is honored this Sabbat day. During this
    time, the snow begins to melt away, the days are warmer
    and longer. Looking around we see new birth everywhere,
    from homes on the hillside to the animals in the fields.
    Life has begun again. (resurection) This is the time to plant the seeds
    of flowers, herbs and veggies and perhaps begin a
    spiritual garden.



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    Don't forget May Day, a celebration of the working masses

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    Nope, Pagan!

    Beltaine, May 1



    Beltaine, also called May Day by many. This
    Sabbat celebrates the fertility and union of the Horned
    God and the Goddess. At this time, life is renewing itself.
    Birds and animals are mating. In the fields, newly planted
    seeds are beginning to grow. Great fires are lit honoring
    the fertility God Belenos. Some leap the fires to show
    the exuberance of the season.

    A Maypole is erected and bright ribbons are hung on it.
    The Maypole, a phallic symbol, represents the masculine.
    The soft colored ribbons are the feminine. The union of
    the two symbolizes the union of the God and Goddess.
    This is the time to fertilize your dreams with action. It
    is legend that children conceived at Beltane were gifted
    by the Gods. These children became known as
    Merry-Be-Gots.

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