Date When Celebrated : This holiday is always on April 1
Every religion around the world, from the smallest to the largest, has their share of special or holy days. Well, what about Atheists? Is there a holy day for them to celebrate….no religion? Why, that is today, Atheist Day!
Did You know? There are over 7
billion people on the planet. There are about 142 million Atheists.
The origin of Atheist Day did not arise in a normal way, with interested individuals or groups. Rather, it evolved from an internet hoax. This one was a lulu that took on a life of its own. It is the premier example of fake news.
In 2003, an internet post was made, stating that a Florida man sought the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in an effort to get the courts to make a non-religion holiday for atheists. The judge ruled that April 1st (April Fool’s Day) is to be their (un)holy holiday. And, Voila, Atheist Day was born.
While this may have begun as a spoof, it seems only right that atheists have their own day. After all, doesn’t “Freedom of Religion” also mean “Freedom from Religion”?
How to Celebrate Atheist Day
History and Origin of Atheist Day
We know this special day originated with an internet hoax. But, we do not know who posted it.
There is some reference to this as a “National” day. However, there is no presidential proclamation or act of congress making it an official “National” day.
See definition of National days Definition of "National" Days
We discovered some references to Atheist Day or atheist related days on other dates. An occasional reference suggested National Atheist was on March 23rd and began in 2019. There was also an occasional reference to “Ask an Atheist Day, with little content or description.
Flower of the Day: Larkspur
Recipe of the Day: Rhubarb Pie
What happened on this Day? This Day in History
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