Celebration days have been around for hundreds of years. I have a content calendar that I receive from Claire Winter, a journalist that I follow.
Growing up, I had been aware of Christmas, Easter, and my birthday. I did attend Sunday School and also attended Church of England schools. Religion was at the core of my education. As a teenager, Valentine’s Day became a thing. Not that I ever received one.
Days that we celebrate have been created over hundreds of years to embrace, recognise and bring people together. In my humble opinion, this is most definitely important. But do we have just a few too many to mention? There are 67 awareness events in 58 days in February and March alone.
So, where did all these days come from? Did they just appear, or have they always been around?
It sometimes feels like the world is getting smaller, as, over millennia, we have travelled from island to island and country to country. With each of us sharing our stories, beliefs, foods, and religions, this is just a little of what creates our diverse cultures. As I looked at some of the older religions, I found Purim. This is a Jewish religious holiday celebrated on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar. It can be traced back to 400 B.C. It is the day of relaxation after the Jews in the Persian empire defeated their anti-Semitic enemies.
We are now in February. The month of love. Or is it? I always think of Valentine’s Day, which most of us know is the 14th.
Although I would be celebrating the Chinese New Year if I was of Chinese descent. This year it is the Year of the Tiger. Just in case you didn’t already know.
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year begins on the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar and ends on the 15th of the first lunar month. Legend states that this holiday originated when ancient Chinese villagers defeated a lion named Nian. As a result, Chinese New Year emerged as the yearly celebration of the victory, with records showing celebrations as far back as the 14th-century Shang Dynasty.
As I continued my research, I found three St Valentines in the Catholic church and many different accounts of where the stories come from. The Victorians, it seems, are responsible for creating a day to celebrate love and romance.
As a Hypnotherapist and Intuitive. Primarily my clients search me out for a solution to their problems like overcoming anxiety, PTSD, and trauma. So why am I looking at awareness days!
I am constantly being advised by marketing friends and coaches to get yourself out there make yourself visible. So I was looking at which days in February may be relevant to people who are using my services or may be curious about what I do. I found there were many days around people struggling with different health issues. For example, there are two separate Epilepsy days in February and March. This I noticed because my son is epileptic, and I am aware of the issues around the disability.
It is important to us all to remain connected to other humans. When we fall into addictive behaviours, anxiety, and depression, we feel that we have become isolated. Feelings and thoughts of loneliness and isolation can happen to anyone at any time. The pandemic has heightened thoughts and feelings for people with fear that this deadly virus is out to get us and wipe us off the face of the earth. They went through the same emotions back in the caveman days, although the fear then was the Sabre Tooth Tiger outside the cave.
In conclusion, these days are meant to bring a sense of awareness and togetherness. However, Christmas and Valentine’s Day, which are thought fun-loving, and other days like Mental Health awareness are more severe and give people the sense of ‘Me Too.’
I am all for the collective and to realise we are never alone.
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