Throughout our history we have celebrated our World with merriment, prayer, and food especially in spring and fall. The National Day of Prayer’s origin is closely associated with Thanksgiving; a prayer of thanksgiving celebrated by sharing food with all peoples and family. The National Day of Prayer originates with a deep and widespread ideal of peace and prosperity in America and eventually, in 1988, the World as a result of America’s and her peoples work(s).
Our prayers and observances association with food includes and encircles those in hunger with knowledge of it’s necessity for Life and prosperity. We often include food or it’s absence with our prayers, commitments or devotions, including protest and fasting, forms of prayer, while standing for rights of Humanity and God.
This particular observance or devotion, in my opinion, brings us to the duty of the vocations of humanity and our work in honor of God and all of His creation to extend prosperity nationally and worldwide.
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of a Mexican military victory over a second French military invasion caused by nonpayment of debt to foreign countries by the Mexican President Benito Juarez, a Liberal. The indebtedness being caused by a Mexican Civil War, the Reform War, from 1858-1861 over religion and divided among political party lines (government), liberal and conservative. Much Liberal Reform was accomplished during this period.
The want of democratic representation and natural freedoms and the knowledge of the European Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries seems to have initiated a great deal of civil unrest in Mexico. The opposition to government administered religion, Catholicism, supported by military and primarily directed by a Conservative leader, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna led to many battles for many things.
In my opinion, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna’s want of supremacy supported by church, military, and foreign interests led to the loss of Mexican land and majority support both nationally and internationally. Guerilla warfare also emerged and acts of terror continue to this day in Mexico, Central America, and parts of South America.
The French’s Second intervention in Mexico, the invasion of 1861, for nonpayment of indebtedness and potential trade controls of Mexican resources ended in 1867 being influenced by both a threat of the French homeland by Prussia conflict and potential conflict with the United States of America for the rights of Mexicans beginning around 1865-1866.
The Liberal Reforms largely survived the wars.
Note: This short article about Cinco de Mayo expresses a cause of celebration of a victory for freedom in Mexico but barely depicts the efforts and struggles of Mexican people for sovereignty.
Easter, to me, is really about celebrating the coming together of three of our largest religions, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Christianity, Jesus, bringing many ‘European religions’ and folklores together or closer together, and bringing Judaism and Islam closer together with this new European/Mediterranean/Middle East religion, Christianity. In fact the annual period of celebration of Easter dates back even further than Jesus, to Moses and the Passover of the Angel of Death or Dark Angel and even further to Shavuot (Pentecost) coinciding with the barley or wheat harvest and Sukkot (Temples or Tents) which included pilgrimages and festivities with Priests.
The Passover may have originated as a rite of magic by God, intended to turn away harm or evil influences and became the ninth of ten plagues, Angel of Death, of Moses. Afterwards hyssop (oregano) was used to daub the blood of sheep on lintels and door posts to celebrate Passover. In my opinion, it is a warning of the Dark Angel and it’s influence on those who wish to do Israelites harm. Even further back in time, during the same time of year but before Passover, agricultural festivals, the Mesopotamian (Babylonian and Assyrian) Akita festival celebrated the sowing of barley and Canaanite celebrated the barley harvest using unleavened bread.
The period of Easter celebration includes several theologies, mythologies, religions, and agricultural celebrations prior to the life of Jesus. And Jesus himself celebrated this period of time with the Last Supper and unleavened bread before his crucifixion being charged for claiming to be King of the Jews by the Roman Empire. I believe the Romans intentionally timed and planned to put down Israelites and perhaps all other religions, mythologies, and theologies of the region by crucifying Jesus. I have read that the Torah says the Israelites had to leave Egypt so quickly that they could not wait for their bread to rise. So unleavened bread remains a reminder of this.
The disappearance of Jesus’ body must have been a shock to Romans in 30 AD but Christianity could not be sustained until the regions’ economy and currency(ies) was free from fraud and theft. The natural decline of the irresponsible Roman Empire and a new Emperor, Constantine, in the 4th century AD helped to increase much of humanities work towards God’s Kingdom. I do not know if God took Jesus’ body or his followers removed it for themselves’ and Jesus’ sake of heart. Never the less, He rests with God. And I believe often our beliefs in the power and ways of God and/or people who do His work spreads and prevails in our physical World.
The word Christ appears to be predated by the word Messiah in literature and originates in Greece. Messiahs, saviors or liberators, are usually described as anointed by God. On Earth, scented oils are used to anoint people and were and are used to introduce a divine influence or presence. It is an act of hospitality, and a form of medicine to reduce disease caused by demons and dangerous spirits. Abrahamic religions which include our three major religions of Jews, Muslims, and Christians, all except the life of Messiahs predating Jesus and Christianity and helped establish religions and theologies and increased the acceptance of God and Jesus and more of His people. Abraham’s legacy relates to birthright and/or inheritance, posterity, of land for all people. I believe this is why it remains in these three major religions particularly in this region of the World and in fact serves to identify them above the beliefs and rituals of their own religion, an authority. Abraham was not considered a Messiah but a patriarch.
These three major religions originating in the Middle East share much history, traditions/customs/rituals, theology, and divine people. They share ideals of the patriarch Abraham concerning land and inheritance. I believe that good people of these religions and region(s) and now others can come together with the help of the World and pursue the spirit of their theologies or beliefs and help bring about the prophecies of their Messiahs even more.
And another Christian fairytale from Germany. This time a bunny rabbit handing out chicken eggs. Both a representation of fertility and regeneration of the beauty of time. And celebrating with feasts and giving of gifts particularly to children. Eggs are often colored and flowers included.
The Emancipation of Communion : The Liberation of Unity March 15, 2021
The fall of the Roman Empire around 400 AD allowed the patron saint Saint Patrick to become known as the founder of Christianity in Ireland and he used a shamrock for the illustration of the Holy Trinity. The Holy Trinity generally means, in my opinion, that there is one God, that he can work through a human (such as Jesus), and that God is the Holy Spirit. This to me essentially means that a human, a person, can be used by God to perform things of holiness through our own existing natural spirit.
Ireland was, in my opinion, the last European society where the leadership of Elders and Spiritual ‘Shamans’, Druids, held authority over medicine, lore, laws and politics. They were the last European society where Elders and Doctors maintained leadership over the society and in this society, especially, Druids were both Elders and Doctors. Druids, in my opinion, served as a bridge and final transition to Christianity in Europe. They had no written theology; all was taught orally.
As I have written, Elders and Doctors (Shamans), formed and led our societies for a very long period of time. I believe it is the heart of our existence or survival, the leadership of elderly and knowledge of the Holy Spirit and healing. But as time continued differences of explaining God and His Ways for rationalization and the rights of man occurred (and does occur) among and within societies and there was and is conflict. While I believe the Druid led society of Ireland was successful they eventually accepted the beliefs of Christianity and were wise to join the rest of Europe and Christianity. The World’s governments have gone from religion to freedom of religion and greater acceptance, a good thing.
The year 400 AD also marks the beginning of the Medieval Period (400-1400 AD) of Europe. A renaissance and age of discovery took place and many linguistic translations of the Bible occurred and there was a cultural or societal merging of arts throughout this period.
I still believe there are many truths and treasures of God and Humanity told and held in our World’s folklore, myths (mythology), fairytales, religions, and art(s). In Ireland, the Leprechaun manifested as one of mischief and gifts. Some refer to him as a fairy. Never the less, I particularly appreciate the stories of the Leprechaun’s pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and the way(s) in which he gets there. Over the World, the rainbow has risen as a symbol of togetherness. I believe that as we, the World, continue to come together and evolve through tribulations and ‘mischief’, there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Much like it occurred in Ireland and Europe. So cheers to Life and our journey to Heaven on Earth.
Another Worldly holiday brought about by the acts of early (third century) Christian Saints of the Catholic Church originally celebrated with a feast. It has strong ties to Cupids and cherubs and putti, children. While celebrated by all it is especially important, significant, meaningful and fun to children. In my opinion, it serves their desire for prosperity for all.