Christmas. Basant. Diwali. Eid al-Adha. Easter. Yom Kippur. Vesak. Hanukkah. Ramadan. Every year, there are many religious holidays. Recent studies show that there are approximately 7.9 billion people living on the planet. 31% are Christians, 23% are Muslims, 13% are Hindus, and nearly 7% are Buddhists. Millions of people also follow other religions like Judaism and Jainism.
What about those who don’t believe in any god or gods? The world’s population is estimated to be 2% who do not believe in any particular religion. Why don’t they have holidays? Even though 142 million people do not believe in God, that doesn’t mean they don‚Äôt want to have fun.
A spoof story published online in 2003 can be traced back as the source of Atheist Day. Atheist Day originally featured a fictional case about an Atheist who decided to sue government. The simple reason for the fictional lawsuit was that, unlike all major religions there was no day for Atheists. To this end, the judge stated that April 1st (i.e. April Fool’s Day was their holiday. Although this was a hoax, it spread quickly and was eventually accepted as fact. While the day is most commonly associated with pranks and pranks it was claimed by Atheists. They then decided to make it their own by claiming that it didn’t exist.
Although there isn’t a specific way to celebrate Atheist Day in practice, many people use it as a way to express their faith and/or start theological debate. It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness about Atheism, which is still controversial in certain places. The reputation of religion debates is tarnished by their tendency to become heated and lead to arguments. But it’s time for us all to change that.
Religion is fascinating. It’s rich in history and wisdom. If you are an atheist, it might be worth taking some time to talk with a friend or relative who believes in religion to learn more about their beliefs and why. You will be able to digest their thoughts and get plenty of ideas from them. If you are a religious person, it might be worth spending some time with your atheist friends and family to find out their reasons for seeing the world in the way that they do.
People who choose to give up their religion, even if it was a significant part of their lives, have many reasons. It is not necessary for one party to try and convince the other. This will probably not work anyway. The discussion between believers and non-believers can be deep and informative. It will encourage everyone to think differently and to share their thoughts. It’s never a bad thing to broaden one’s perspective!