News What Holidays Have Lost Their Meaning?  

Ryleigh Nucilli
May 23, 2018 296 votes 37 voters 18 items

List Rules Vote up the holidays that have most lost their original meanings.

Any time a major holiday rolls around – whether it be religious, federal, secular, or some combination of the three – a chorus of voices arises condemning the ways in which the day has strayed from its intended purpose. For some, religious holidays lose their meaning as they become more secularized, becoming, at best, diluted versions of themselves and, at worst, blasphemous varietals of what are meant to be holy days. In the case of federal holidays, sometimes what might be intended as a somber day of reflection becomes a day of revelry.

But what holidays have most lost their meaning? Which ones have strayed the furthest from their intent in the way that people practice or celebrate them? 

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Columbus Day From Wikipedia: "Columbus Day is a national holiday in many countries of the Americas and elsewhere which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the ...

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St. Patrick's Day From Wikipedia: "Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the ...

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Labor Day (US) From Wikipedia: "Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers ...

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Easter From Wikipedia: "Easter, also called Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having ...

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Cinco de Mayo From Wikipedia: "Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for 'Fifth of May') is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over the French Empireat ...

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Presidents' Day From Wikipedia: "Washington's Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, who was born ...

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Memorial Day From Wikipedia: "Memorial Day or Decoration Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces."

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Christmas From Wikipedia: "Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people ...

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day From Wikipedia: "Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's ...

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Veterans Day From Wikipedia: "Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed ...

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Mardi Gras From Wikipedia: "Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, refers to events of the Carnival celebration, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and culminating on the ...

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Independence Day (US) From Wikipedia: "Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of ...

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Thanksgiving From Wikipedia: "Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday [which] began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year... Thanksgiving is celebrated on ...

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Father's Day From Wikipedia: "Father's Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society."

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Halloween From Wikipedia: "Halloween... also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of ...

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New Year's Day From Wikipedia: "New Year's Day, also called simply New Year's or New Year, is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian ...

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Mother's Day From Wikipedia: "Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts ...

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Valentine's Day From Wikipedia: "Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. Originating as a Western Christian feast ...