Every day is a Holiday

Happy New Year

I have often thought that the Western Calendar would have been better served by making either Perihelion Earth Day or the Winter Solstice the beginning – January 1st of each New Year.  It’s far better than that current no nothing date.

On Perihelion Earth Day (January 4, 2012 at 20:00 Eastern Time) we can celebrate the Earth’s closest orbital approach to the Sun.

On the Winter Solstice (December 21, 2011 at 12:30 am Eastern Time) we can celebrate the shortest day of the year.  So what better reason is there to celebrate the Winter Solstice as the first day of each New Year, as January 1st, since daylight hours are now getting progressively longer.

Even though the Winter Solstice is already claimed as the birthday for more than one religious founder, there is still enough room to change December 21st – to January 1st and start the New Year with additional joy.

Other births celebrated on the Winter Solstice:
Horus (c. 3000 BCE)
Osiris (c. 3000 BCE)
Attis of Phrygia (c.1400 BCE)
Krishna (c. 1400 BCE)
Zoroaster/Zarathustra (c. 1000 BCE)
Mithra of Persia (c. 600 BCE)
Heracles (c. 800 BCE)
Dionysus (c. 186 BCE)
Tammuz (c. 400 BCE)
Adonis (c. 200 BCE)
Jesus Christ (c. 4 BCE)
Hermes
Bacchus
Prometheus

Historians refute that most of those founders were really born on (or around) the Winter Solstice.  It’s just that there is no much religious meaning associated with that event; celebrating the coming out of darkness (the shortest day of the year) into the light (moving toward summer) as a parallel to the ascent of human spirit.

When we meditate we dive into the unbounded bliss of life, the source of all human history.  Each step of transcendence or settling of the mind brings us closer to attainment.  As joy increases along the path, each day becomes a holiday.

Every day is a Holiday when we meditate.

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Holidays have been established to honor and celebrate various events in human history.

How do you say “Merry Christmas & Happy New Year” in your language?

Albanian: Gezur Krislinjden
Arabic: Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Argentine: Feliz Navidad
Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
Basque: Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!
Bengali: Shubho Barodin
Bohemian: Vesele Vanoce
Brazilian: Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo
Bulgarian: Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
Catalan: Bon Nadal i un Bon Any Nou
Chile: Feliz Navidad
Chinese (Cantonese): Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun
Corsican: Pace e salute
Croatian: Sretan Bozic
Czech: Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Danish: Glaedelig Jul
Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar
Egyptian: Colo sana wintom tiebeen
English: Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Eskimo: Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo
Estonian: Rõõmsaid Jõulupühi
Finish: Hyvää Joulua or Hauskaa Joulua
Flemish: Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar
French: Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année
Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ur
German: Froehliche Weihnachten und ein gluckliches Neues Jahr
Greek: Kala Christougenna Kieftihismenos O Kenourios Chronos
Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka & Hauoli Makahiki Hou
Hebrew: Mo’adim Lesimkha. Shana Tova
Hindi: Shubh Naya Baras
Hungarian: Kellemes Karacsonyiunnepeket & Boldog Új Évet
Icelandic: Gledileg Jol og Farsaelt Komandi ar
Indonesian: Selamat Hari Natal
Iraqi: Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Irish: Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Italian: Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo
Japanese: Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Korean: Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Latin: Natale hilare et Annum Nuovo
Latvian: Prieci’gus Ziemsve’tkus un Laimi’gu Jauno Gadu
Lithuanian: Linksmu Kaledu
Macedonian: Streken Bozhik
Malayalam: Puthuvalsara Aashamsakal
Maltese: Nixtieklek Milied tajjeb u is-sena t-tabja
Mandarin: Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
Maori: Meri Kirihimete
Marathi: Shub Naya Varsh
Mongolian: Zul saryn bolon shine ony mend devshuulye
Norwegian: God Jul og Godt Nyttår
Oriya: Sukhamaya christmass ebang khusibhara naba barsa
Papua: New Guinea Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu
Philippines: Maligayang Pasco at Manigong Bagong Taon
Poland: Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Portuguese: Boas Festas e um feliz Ano Novo
Punjabi: Nave sal di mubaraka
Pushto: Christmas Aao Ne-way Kaal Mo Mobarak Sha
Rumanian: Sarbatori vesele
Russian: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom
Samoan: La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Sardinian: Bonu nadale e prosperu annu nou
Scots-Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil huibh
Serbian: Hristos se rodi
Singhalese: Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Slovak: ciid wanaagsan iyo sanad cusub oo fiican
Slovenia: Vesel Bozic in Srecno novo leto!
Somalis: Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
Spanish: Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo
Swedish: God Jul och Gott Nytt År
Sudanese: Wilujeng Natal Sareng Warsa Enggal
Tamil: Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
Thai: Suksan Wan Christmas lae Sawadee Pee Mai
Turkish: Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Ukrainian: Veseloho Vam Rizdva i Shchastlyvoho Novoho Roku
Urdu: Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
Vanina: Bon Natale a Tutti
Vietnamese: Chuc Mung Giang Sinh – Chuc Mung Tan Nien
Welsh: Nadolig LLawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

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Here is a short list of National Holidays.

Argentina
• 1 January – New Year’s Day
• variable Date – Carnival Monday
• variable Date – Carnival Tuesday
• 24 March – Día Nacional de la Memoria por la Verdad y la Justicia (ley 26.085)
• 2 April – Día del Veterano y de los Caídos en la Guerra de Malvinas (ley 26.110)
• variable date – Maundy Thursda
• variable date – Good Friday
• 1 May – Labour Day
• 25 May – Anniversary of the May Revolution
• 20 June(next Mon after) – Paso a la Inmortalidad del General Manuel Belgrano
• 9 July – Anniversary of the Argentine Declaration of Independence
• 17 August(next Mon after) – Paso a la Inmortalidad del General José de San Martín
• 12 October(next Mon after) – Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural
• 20 November – Day of National Sovereignty. Anniversary of the Battle of Vuelta de Obligado
• 8 December – Inmaculada Concepción de María
• 25 December – Christmas Day ( Celebrating the birth of Christ, for certain religions)

Azerbaijan 
• 1–2 January – New Year’s Day
• 20 January – Black January Martyr’s Day
• 8 March – International Women’s Day
• 20–21 March – Nowruz
• 9 May – Victory over Fascism Day (9 May)
• 28 May – Republic Day
• 15 June – National Salvation Day
• 26 June – Army and Navy Day
• 12 November – Constitution Day
• 31 December – International Solidarity Day
• (variable) Eid ul-Fitr Ramazan Bayrami
• (variable) Eid al-Adha Gurban Bayrami

Chile 
• 1 January – New Year’s Day
• March/April – Good Friday
• March/April – Holy Saturday
• 1 May – Labor Day
• 21 May – Navy Day
• 29 June – Feast of Saints Peter and Paul (usually moved to the closest Monday)
• 16 July – Our Lady of Mount Carmel
• 15 August – Assumption of Mary
• 18 September – Independence Day
• 19 September – Glories of the Army Day
• 12 October – Columbus Day (usually moved to the closest Monday)
• 31 October – Reformation Day
• 1 November – All Saints
• 8 December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
• 25 December – Christmas Day

Fiji 
• 3 January – New Year’s Day
• 14 February – Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday
• 22 April – Good Friday
• 23 April – Easter Saturday
• 25 April – Easter Monday
• 13 June – Queen’s Birthday
• 10 October – Fiji Day
• 26 October – Diwali
• 26 December – Christmas Day
• 27 December – Boxing Day

France
• 1 January – Jour de l’an – New Year’s Day
• April – Lundi de Pâques – Easter Monday
• 1 May – Fête du travail – Labour Day
• 8 May – Victoire 1945 – VE Day
• May – Ascension – 40 days after Easter
• May/June – Pentecôte – Monday after Pentecost
• 14 July – Fête nationale – Bastille Day
• 15 August – Assomption – Assumption of Mary
• 1 November – Toussaint – All Saints
• 11 November – Armistice 1918 – Armistice Day
• 25 December – Noël – Christmas Day

Italy
• 1 January – New Year’s Day
• 6 January – Epiphany
• 17 March – National Day (2011 only)
• (variable) – Easter Sunday
• (variable) – Easter Monday
• 25 April – Liberation Day
• 1 May – International Labour Day
• 2 June – Anniversary of the Republic
• 15 August – Ferragosto or Assumption of Mary
• 1 November – All Saints’ Day
• 8 December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
• 25 December – Christmas Day
• 26 December – Saint Stephen

Nepal
• 1 January – New Year’s Day
• 14 and 15 January – Makar Sankranti
• 20 January – Saraswati Puja
• 12 February – Maha Shivaratri
• 24 February – Education Day
• 28 February and 1 March – Phagu Purnima
• 14 April – Nepali New Year
• 24 August – Raksha Bandhan
• 25 August – Gaijatra
• 1 September – Krishna Janmashtami
• 10 September – Dar Khane Din
• 11 September – [ Teej in Nepal, fasting by women ]
• 8 to 24 October – Dashain
• 4 to 7 November – dipawali or tihar

Pakistan
• 5 February Kashmir Day – National Solidarity Day (1990)
• 23 March – Pakistan Islamic Republic Day (1956)
• 1 May – Labor Day
• 14 August – Independence Day (1947)
• 9 November – Iqbal Day (1877)
• 25 December – Birthday of Quaid-e-Azam (Jinnah Day) (1876) / Christmas

Peru
• 1 January – New Year
• Easter – Good Friday, Easter Sunday
• 1 May – Labour Day
• 29 June – Feast of Saints Peter and Paul
• 28 July, 29 July – Independence Day
• 30 August – Saint Rose of Lima
• 8 October – Naval Battle of Angamos
• 1 November – All Saints’ Day
• 8 December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
• 24 December – Christmas Eve
• 25 December – Christmas Day

Saudi Arabia
• 23 September – National Day (unification of the kingdoms Nejd and Hejaz 1932)
• Eid ul-Fitr – The end of Ramadan on the 1st of Shawwal.
• Eid Al-Adha – The 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijja.

Tanzania
• 1 January – New Year’s Day
• 10 January – Eid El Haj
• 12 January – Zanzibar Revolution Day
• 7 April – Heroes Day (Zanzibar)
• 10 April – Maulid Day
• 14 April – Good Friday
• 17 April – Easter Monday
• 26 April – Union Day
• 1 May – Worker’s Day
• 7 July – Dar es Salaam – International Trade Fair Day
• 8 August – Farmer’s Day
• 14 October – Nyerere Day
• 23 October – Eid El Fitr Celebration
• 24 October – Eid El Fitr Celebration
• 9 December – Independence Republic Day
• 24 December – Christmas Eve
• 25 December – Christmas Day
• 26 December – Boxing Day
• 30 December – Eid El Haj

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Every day is a holiday to celebrate the miracle of life.

The play of Being (lila) wraps us in the field of time and opportunity.  From unconsciousness we have awoken.

Build strong family ties and friendship with everyone you meet.  They are all expressions of yourself.

Celebrate your national and religious heritage, but remember that we all come from that same unbounded source.  The infinite expresses itself through different channels in time and space.  So celebrate everyone’s Holiday as your own, since it truly is.

Any one way is not THE way.  Be open to everything.  Accept everyone as they already are.  Infinite paths lead to that same eternal silent place.

One religion or philosophy is not better than another.  All can lead to the source of life.  As a tree has multiple branches, so to religions expound that same never-ending truth, only clothed in different languages, customs, leaders, books, buildings, and social norms.  Except all, reject none.

Help the needy because one day in the past you too were in that same position.

Today retire to your special place and meditate.

Open your heart and mind.  Reach out to your fellow man, woman, and child.  Although we seemingly tread different paths and face different challenges, they are in essence all but the same.

Namaste

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