Secular Holidays

Secular holidays are very often designed by the state or have been co-opted by the state. These holidays often revolve around the founding of country or the adoption of its national symbols (such as a constitution or flag) or on its military. Others focus on remembering those who fell or suffered in major wars or revolutions. And still others will celebrate causes that the people and state believe have come to represent a major part of what defines that people and state. All of this helps build a sense of civic identity and cohesion within a society. Also included in this category is discussion of birthday traditions in Eurasia, which are a relatively new (within the last 200 years or so) addition to the calendar.

Deportation Remembrance Day of the Chechens and Ingush

Holidays are fascinating in how they balance the traditions of the past with the reality of the present. Remembrance and memorial days are different from most holidays in mood, but similarly balance the past and present with the hope of preserving memories for future generations. This article looks specifically at the Deportation Remembrance Day of […]

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