Interfaith Holidays

It is no secret that North American culture revolves around a primarily Christian society. By no mean do I think that a majority of Canadians are Christian (or live by truly christian principles), but our holidays and government often revolves around rules created to accomodate Christians. I find that JUST FINE. What annoys me is those who make such a big deal of “Christmas” being uttered in classroom or in governments. Do you also slap people when they wish you a happy “whichever holiday you celebrate”?

No offense to anyone, but instead of arguing that schools and governments should be forbidden to celebrate Christmas, wouldn’t our country be strenghtened by asking them to celebrate yours as well? What if schools HAD to teach our children about Christmas, Eid, Hannukah, Diwali and other celebrations? Wouldn’t that make our children more educated, knowledgeable and ready to operate in a diverse and just world?

As some of you may have read, I am currently studying Islam. This has not stopped me from spending a fortune on Christmas gifts for friends and family again this year. My faith is one that believes in God, in sharing, in knowledge and in tolerance, and celebrating with people of other faiths allows me to share joyous moments with them. How weak must one’s faith be that it would be threathen by others’?

So for all of you, regardless of your religion: Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas and a blessed year in 2012! May your heart be filled with love and happiness and may you share this with others!


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