is it wrong to celebrate festivals that used to be religious in nature?
for example, my mom is chinese, so we have midautumn festival and Chinese new year.
now, these are mostly cultural in nature, due to extreme secularization of china from communist government in the last 40 or so years. but they started out as religious festivals, with tributes to buddhas and other mythical goddesses, way back in the day. but most of that is gone now.
what do you guys think?
what about other things like ramadan, or indian fesitvals of dawali for ezample? those are still religious in nature. let’s say a large population of muslims or Indians became cahtolics, hypothetically, could those festivals somehow be given a different meaning, or would that be wrong?
I’m interested to know to what extent a culture can be preserved if it differens from a culture that is traditionally not comprised of a lot of catholics.
many people have seen the “baptizing” of traditions as wrong, like arguments against yoga, for example,but then you have instances where the church is associated with European culture only.