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Friday, December 11, 2015

What about Winter Solstice?


 Carhenge - photo from our trip this past fall.     

"Carhenge, which replicates Stonehenge, consists of the circle of cars, 3 standing trilithons within the circle, the heel stone, slaughter stone, and 2 station stones and includes a “Car Art Preserve” with sculptures made from cars and parts of cars."

As we become one with our neighbors and more correct thought is placed on each daily practice - my question is... "What about the Winter Solstice?"  

It seems more communities are embracing generic winter festivals and displays leaving out all forms of religious symbols and traditions.  Do they realize this is returning us to the pagan times?  Soon will be gone the Christmas tree and holiday parades even though they are not seen as religious symbols they are ultimately rooted in the "celebration of light".  Pagan rituals celebrated the return of light as an end of Winter and the return of Spring.  As time went by others incorporated these festivals with the timing of the birth of Jesus.

Made me think... Curious, do Muslims celebrate Winter? or the "return of the light"?
From Babylon to Rome, for thousands of years, virtually every culture has had some sort of celebration for the solstice. The winter solstice is the darkest, shortest day of the year, and since it marks the time at which the glorious light returns, the solstice has long been an occasion for great celebration and rejoicing.
On the surface, the solstice celebration is often a rejoicing of the return of the sun with the promise of the greening of the earth and the warming of the days. But on a deeper spiritual level, the solstice celebration honors the birth and rebirth of the glorious Holy Light which guides and sustains all of creation, the One Light that illuminates every heart and promises new growth, the warmth of loving-kindness and the brilliance of illumination to all of mankind...
Even though some will join in with others to celebrate the beliefs and and practices of non-Muslim activities, we as believers, must not engage in such offensive acts toward our Lord, Allah. He hates that we involve ourselves in practices of worship not ordained by Him and we must avoid such activities at all costs. (http://www.islamnewsroom.com/news-we-need/211 - very interesting read on Christmas history.)
As our cultures become more dilute, what symbols or traditions will remain?  Or should any remain?

 Obviously, this post will somehow offend some. Let me know what you think.

2 comments:

  1. I don't know if this is an actual Einstein quote or not, but I agree with it, “The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge. ” I don't think there is a way to make everyone happy since people rarely agree on anything, let alone religious beliefs. In our own family there are petty disagreements over holiday gathering times and places, how can we ever hope to have world peace if we can't agree on such simple things? By the way, Carhenge is fantastic.

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    1. Rational knowledge. That would be a whole 'nother topic since knowledge now includes feelings as well as actual facts. Karen, I understand totally on the holiday disagreements. I see folks disagreeing over the topper to the Christmas tree.

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