The history of
this holiday starts in the 1980s when several chapters of the American
Humanist Association (AHA) began to celebrate it. But back then there was no
fixed date to celebrate it. Some chapter
took the founding date of the IHEU as the target while other AHA chapter found
other meaningful dates. Starting in the late 1980s and continuing into the
early 1990s, the AHA and IHEU each passed resolutions declaring World Humanist
Day to be on the summer solstice.Finally it stuck.
I like this connection to the celestial-seasonal
variation and setting aside a day is a way for the “ spreading awareness ofHumanismas a philosophicallife stanceand means to effect change in the world.” This year (2014) the day falls on the
weekend so there will be a number of outdoor events to celebrate. And
people do celebrate this longest of days in different ways.
The British Humanist Association’s choir will be
holding a “One Life” concert in London, “a
variety show for the non-religious in celebration of the one life we have.”
The Central New York Humanist Association summer solstice picnic.
Picnics are popular, even if the World Cup is on TV.
Here in DC we have to hope that the showers will be
over by the time for picnics and such planned.
Atheists are hosting one planned for 3 pm
in Rock Creek Park.They are
supported by the Washington Area Secular Humanist (WASH.org) as a chapter and have invited everyone from the various
participating groups in the Washington DC Area Coalition of Reason to join
of UUCF are coming.
TheMaryland Science &
Skepticism Meetup Group (306 W. Franklin Street,Baltimore,MD) will
celebrate World Humanist Day at 6:30 by Watching "The Lord Is Not
On Trial Here Today."