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?