National, Global, World, and International Forgiveness Day
When is Forgiveness Day
One thing is certain, there is no shortage of holidays seeking to be forgiven. And many of them fall on different days of the year. While International Forgiveness Day appears to be the most popular, the other Forgiveness Days are quite important, too. With no shortage of these holidays, it is apparent we like to be forgiven.
All of the holidays promoting forgiveness have one thing in common: to forgive and forget wrongs. Put aside the grudges. Bury the hatchet. And, end the feuds. Life is too short to hold in the pain and anxiety. Instead, forgive people and you will find your life is calmer and more peaceful. Forgiveness goes both ways. While much of the focus these days encourages you to forgive others, it is also important to seek forgiveness from both God and others, for any wrongs you have done.
Do your part. Use today to clear your conscience and your soul. Take a few moments to sincerely forgive someone and to ask forgiveness of others. If possible, make it public. That way the act of forgiving others will spread.
The Major Forgiveness Days
National Forgiveness Day, celebrated on October 7 is a time to forgive and to be forgiven. It must be a pretty good thing to do because two major organizations in particular lay claim to creating this day. If you dig deeper, you will discover that there are several other “Forgiveness” days, created by primarily religious organizations, or organized groups promoting the concept of forgiveness. These holidays are world or international events. There’s enough trouble and strife in the world. The existence of multiple forgiveness days can only help to make the world and your life a little better. We agree with the sponsors of this day, that a little more forgiveness will help to make the world a much better place.
Global Forgiveness Day began in 1994. It is celebrated on July 7. The Christian Embassy of Christ’s Ambassadors Created and sponsors this holiday. This holiday originated in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Depending upon a variety of sources, this special holiday is sometimes called World Forgiveness Day.
International Forgiveness Day, is also celebrated on the first Sunday in August, The World Forgiveness Alliance, a non-denominational, educational foundation, created this day. According to their website: ” International Forgiveness Day dedicated to evoking the healing power of forgiveness worldwide.” The founder is Robert W. Plath, from Mill Valley, California.
Religious Forgiveness Days
Not to be outdone, many religious groups have a day on their secular calendar seeking to be forgiven, including:
- Yom Kippur is the Jewish celebration of atonement or forgiving.
- For Christians, the first Sunday before Lent is called “Forgiveness Sunday”.
- The Muslim day of atonement is called Ashura.
Other Forgiveness Days
Many Organizations, often religious groups, hold days of atonement on various dates during the year. Often, they are one-time or small, localized events.
Quote of the Day: “To err is human. To forgive is divine.”
My therapist suggests I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We’ll see about that!
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