All through out history, civilization has adorned monumental events with festive decorations . The point is to celebrate, rejoice, commemorate, and unite. On the flip side, how often do we examine what we celebrate, and why we do it?
Christmas is one of the most celebrated and festive time of the year for the whole world. But lets be honest, how much do we know about the origin of Christmas?
Here’s an ultra brief and distorted synopsis: The ancient Roman pagan tradition introduced Saturnalia as a week in honor for their diety, Saturn, but gave the public absolute liberty to act as everyone pleased. Eventually, because people naturally went out of control, Christian Priests had taken one day out of that week in observance of Christ, this was an effort to keep the community in control.
I’m no one to argue against rituals of the past and present, in fact, I think rituals can help bring joy and passion into what we do. As long as those rituals are not enforced or bring harm.
Before I get side-tracked on rituals, we have to ask ourselves, why do we celebrate?
As a spiritual/religious speaker had once said, God created many religions, the point is to follow examples that don’t sell your soul for a cheap price. Follow examples of good moral standing, follow them, learn from them, be inspired, and let it push you to do greater good.
Christ, Proph. Muhammed, the Prophet’s progeney, the many many other Prophets and spiritual guides of human history, teach us to be better human beings.
On that note, here’s to great role models, I wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christ-mas.. May we be inspired to reach our potential for the coming new year.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Jesus (Matthew 5:16)