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Old 12-26-2013, 05:14 PM
 
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Do you as an atheist/agnostic celebrate the Christian New Year?
Jewish friends do not because it is the New Year for Christians according to the Gregorian calendar based on approximate year of birth of Jesus.

Curious to know....

 
Old 12-26-2013, 05:29 PM
 
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Well, since that's the calendar I use, yes. When I was younger I partied it up new year's eve, but now I'm lucky if I'm still awake by midnight. I do the southern greens, pork, cornbread, and black eyed peas thing on new year's day.

I don't know any Jewish people that refuse to celebrate new years.
 
Old 12-26-2013, 05:35 PM
 
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I never really celebrated new years. Always seemed like a pointless holiday. Most years we are asleep by midnight.
 
Old 12-26-2013, 06:41 PM
 
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The Christian New Year? Since when was New Year's Eve a Christian holiday?

In my childhood it was a time to stay up and watch the ball drop in my PJs. In my early/mid 20's it was a time to drink and party. This year I plan on treating it like a normal night....walk the dog, read, cup of tea, etc. Maybe I'll have some whiskey or port in celebration.
 
Old 12-26-2013, 06:46 PM
 
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The Christian New Year? Since when was New Year's Eve a Christian holiday?
It's not. The OP is clueless.

New years as Jan 1 was adopted by many religions and cultures from the polytheistic Roman Empire. Christianity was one of them.

Two better questions are:

Why do Christians celebrate a New Years based on a polytheistic religion?
 
Old 12-26-2013, 07:07 PM
 
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Do you as an atheist/agnostic celebrate the Christian New Year?
Jewish friends do not because it is the New Year for Christians according to the Gregorian calendar based on approximate year of birth of Jesus.

Curious to know....
Nunnor, You do realize that January was named for the Roman god Janus, March for the god Mars, May for the Greek goddess Maia, June for the Roman goddess Juno, and July and August were named after Roman Emperors.

So what is it about this Calendar that is Christian? What about the new year is Christian?



(Do I get a prize for being the first to spot you this time?)
 
Old 12-26-2013, 07:13 PM
 
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Year 2013 stands for approximate year of birth of Jesus Christ; therefore January 1 is the start of the Christian New Year found by Pope Gregory.

January 1 was picked because of the feast of Jesus circumcision according to Jewish law 7 or 8 days after birth (Christmas Day).

Learn facts and take history 101
December was always the last and final month of the year, going back 750 years before Christ was even born. The calendar used to only be 10 months long. Sept=7, Oct=8, Nov=9, Dec=10. January and February were added later, but they kept the names as they were.
 
Old 12-26-2013, 07:22 PM
 
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New Year's Day is a traditional American secular celebration; even when I was a Christian there was no Christian meaning in it for me. If anything it was a time for people to get staggering drunk and otherwise embarrass themselves, so it was something we fundamentalists looked upon dimly.

Sometimes we stay up and watch the ball drop on Times Square on TV, but usually, we give up and go to bed early (like we usually do). In other words I observe it, sort of, pretty much as I always did. My (un)belief has had no impact on it at all.
 
Old 12-26-2013, 07:23 PM
 
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Western civilization = Christian
Insulting the entire western civilization by calling them christian is really low.
 
Old 12-26-2013, 07:24 PM
 
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^^^ I'm talking about the current YEAR! (Roman Empire converted to Christianity in 4th century anyway)

Tell me what current year of 2013 stands for? 2013! Really you are being ignorant?

Western civilization = Christian
So, christians commandeered the Calendar. Big deal. It doesn't make it a christian calendar. If it was, then why does it honor Roman gods? The last day of December has always been the last day of the year. There is nothing that you can say that will make anybody believe that New Years is suddenly a christian holiday.
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