Tuesday, November 15, 2011

WHEN KRIS KRINGLE DOESN'T JINGLE

It's always bothered me when people complain about the usage of the phrase "Happy Holidays". For some reason Christians believe they have the market cornered on the holiday season and everyone should say "Merry Christmas" to each other when in reality 66% of all the people who call Earth their home are not of the Christian faith. Quite simply the list of the world's major religions and their populations looks something like this:

1.Christianity: 2.1 billion
2.Islam: 1.5 billion
3.Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist: 1.1 billion
4.Hinduism: 900 million
5.Chinese traditional religion: 394 million
6.Buddhism: 376 million
7.primal-indigenous: 300 million
8.African Traditional & Diasporic: 100 million
9.Sikhism: 23 million
10.Juche: 19 million
11.Spiritism: 15 million
12.Judaism: 14 million
13.Baha'i: 7 million
14.Jainism: 4.2 million
15.Shinto: 4 million
16.Cao Dai: 4 million
17.Zoroastrianism: 2.6 million
18.Tenrikyo: 2 million
19.Neo-Paganism (Wicca, Magick, Druidism, Asatru, Native American religion and others): 1 million
20.Unitarian-Universalism: 800 thousand
21.Rastafarianism: 600 thousand
22.Scientology: 500 thousand





During the months of November and December which are traditionally viewed as the holiday season, many of these religions have major holidays. For example:

Samhain - Beltane (Wicca/Pagan)
Eid al Adha (Islam)
Guru Nanak Dev Sahib birthday (Sikh)
Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
Gkuru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom (Sikh)
Day of Covenant (Baha'i)
Hijra - New Year (Islam)
Ashura (Islam)
Bodhi Day (Buddhism)
Hanukkah (Jewish)
Yule (Wicca/Pagan)
Litha (Wicca/Pagan)
Christmas (Christian)
Zarathosht Diso (Zoroastrian)
Kwanzaa (secular/noneligious)

Since we do live in a melting pot, doesn't it make more sense to say "Happy Holidays" to a stranger out of respect for other cultures and religions than to say "Merry Christmas" to someone who may not celebrate Christmas?

Information gathered from:
adherents.com
infoplease

6 comments:

  1. It's only crappy because you won't get off all those millions you have lying around and buy that house overlooking the bay so we can sit on the back patio and drink til out heart's content and discuss life's complexities while watching seagulls and the ocassional sunset.

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  2. damn, I'm such a lazy prick, aren't I?. hahahahaha.

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  3. I have your number, buster! No more witty banter for you!

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