The courts often consider the existence of holy days in determining if a religion is legally valid.
5. g. Holidays: As is etymologically evident, many religions celebrate, observe, or mark holy, sacred, or important days, weeks, or months. United States of America v David Meyers
regular religious services, IRS definition of a church
religious freedom reply to IRS standards
The twelfth criterion also excludes certain religious groups. For example, Quakers do not have a religious service in the strict sense of that term. Furthermore, services of some organized religions include only mystical contemplation and meditation, although these activities could be constructed as religious services. Defining Religion in American Law by Bruce J. Casino, International Coalition for Religious Freedom
government establishment of religion
The U.S. Constitutions first amendment (extended to the states through the 14th amendment) forbids government establishment of religion. Despite this clear constitutional requirement, Judges and other government officials are paid in money that specifically includes the religious oath In God We Trust and engage in numerous additional establishments of official government religion as intentional acts of felony treason.
Government courts are closed on Sundays because of a specifically historical adherence to the Christian sabbath. Government courts are closed on Saturdays because of a specifically historical recognition to the Jewish sabbath. Government courts are closed on Christmas and Easter specifically for the purposes of adhering to Christianity. In the Egyptian religion, Sunday is the best possible day for an innocent person to appear in court.
Courts stay open on Friday (originally called FreyaIs Day), despite it being the Muslim day of rest and Celtic, Roman, Egyptian, and Germanic beliefs that court and legal activity should not happen on Friday.
The courts also stay open on the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, even though Muslims are forbidden from engaging in legal disputes during Ramadan. The courts also stay open on several Jewish holy days, including Passover week, even though some Jews follow written rules that require specific religious restrictions on those holy days. The courts also stay open on the Bahai holy month.
The courts are open at times that astrology clearly forbids legal activity, including Moon Void of Course (V.C.), Mercury Retrograde, Mars Retrograde, Saturn Retrograde, and numerous aspects.
Kemetic or ancient Egyptian religion
How about Easter? Easter is the Germanic name of the Egyptian Goddess Bast. The Egyptians hired millions of German soldiers in the War Against the Sea People. Many of these German warriors returned home with worship of Bast and the springtime celebration of Bast/Easter at the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox. The Christians usurped the central-most German holy day to make forced conversion to Christianity easier.
While the Christians changed the date of Easter (a new complicated formula to make it end up on a Sunday), they kept the original name and many of the feaatures of the celebration of the Goddess of beginnings, fertility, and springtime. The eggs and rabbits are pagan fertility symbols. The Easter Basket appears prominently in one of the three common ancient hieroglyphs for the name of Bast. The statue of the Goddess at the Great Temple of Ephesus depicts the Goddess holding a large number of Easter eggs (although some claim they are bull testicals).
The Germans called the Easter Goddess Oestra or Eostre. Old English: Eastre. Northumbrian: Eostre. Old High German: Ostara. The month was called Eostruronaþ in Northumbrian, Eatermonaþ in West Saxon, and Ostramanoth in Old High German (with the Germanic rune Thorn replacing the th in the first two).
Oestara was introduced into the Germanic religions after more than one million German mercenaries returned to Germany after the War Against The Sea Peoples. The Germans fought against the Sea People in the Battle of the Delta and the Battle of Djahy. The Sea People had previously defeated, looted, and completely destroyed several major powers in the eastern mediterranean, including the Hatti, Kode, Carchemish, Arzawa, and Alashiya. After the battles, the German mercenaries returned home and brought some Egyptian customs, including their own version of Bast Ostara. Note that Germany did not exist yet as a nation, but was an area with a whole bunch of tribes that shared the German language and Nordic religion.
The springtime festival (a fertility ritual for making the year's planting of crops be successful) was called Easter or Eostre. Bede wrote about Eostre during Eosturmonaþ (again, with the Germanic rune Thorn in place of the th, monaþ = month) in "The Reckoning of Time" in 725.
We get the modern English words Easter and east from the name of the Goddess and the springtime religious festival.
The modern German word for the Easter bunny is Osterhase, similar to the English Easter Hare. The older German version was the Osterfuchs, or the Easter Fox.
Rasta holy days are called groundations. The number and choice of groundations varies.
The most common Rasta groundations are:
- January 7: Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas
- March 25: Birthday of Empress Menen
- April 21: Anniversary of Haile Selassies visit to Jamaica (Groundation Day)
- May 25: African Liberation Day
- June 16: Birthday of Leonard P. Howell
- July 23: Birthday of Emperor Haile Selassie
- September 11: Ethiopian New Year
- November 2: Coronation of Haile Selassie
In public gatherings, each Rastafari group has its own standard prayer. Here is one sample:
Princes and princesses shall come forth out of Egypt, Ethiopia now stretch forth her hands before Jah. O Thou God of Ethiopia, Thou God of Thy Divine Majesty, Thy Spirit come into our hearts, to dwell in the paths of righteousness. Lead and help I and I to forgive, that I and I may be forgiven. Teach I and I Love and loyalty on earth as it is in Zion, Endow us with Thy wisemind, knowledge and Overstanding to do thy will, thy blessings to us, that the hungry might be fed, the sick nourished, the aged protected, the naked clothed and the infants cared for. Deliver I and I from the hands of our enemy, that I and I may prove fruitful in these Last Days, when our enemy have passed and decayed in the depths of the sea, in the depths of the earth, or in the belly of a beast. O give us a place in Thy Kingdom forever and ever, so we hail our majesty Haile Selassie I, Jehovah God, Rastafari, Almighty God, Rastafari, great and powerful God Jah, Rastafari. Who sitteth and reigneth in the heart of man and woman, hear us and bless us and sanctify us, and cause Thy loving Face to shine upon us thy children, that we may be saved, Selah.