Every country and culture has its
own traditions and celebrations. Whether passed down for hundreds and even
thousands of years or celebrated only over the past century, holidays are here
While some observances are patriotic
or commemorative, there are others that have complicated secular, sacred, and
pagan origins. These holidays present a difficult situation: Is it wrong to
celebrate these days? Why should we refrain from participating when they are
part of the culture?
As the theme articles remind us, we
are the chosen people of God and must shine His light in this world. We can do
this well only if we are sure of what we believe and ready to follow God’s
commands. We should not blindly follow the traditions of men but should
understand what they are celebrating. If we sincerely do our best to obey our
heavenly Father, we will not be led astray.