Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ringing in the new year, Mormon style

The church’s current policies are weird about New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

First of all, fast Sundays are never to be held on New Year’s Day—the stake president is supposed to reschedule fast days for a different day when New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday (as it does this weekend). I mean, even Easter doesn’t get that treatment when it falls on the first Sunday of a month—so what’s so special about the first day of the year? I mean, one would think that church policy wouldn’t be assuming we need good hydration due to fighting off hangovers, you know?

Also, when new Year’s Eve falls on a Monday, New Year’s Eve parties can be held in church buildings. This is, as far as i can tell, the only exception to the rule that church activities are never to be held on a Monday night. I mean, we don’t even get to have a church activity on Monday night when Christmas Eve falls on a Monday, and you’d think you’d want to have some church-based observance of that day before you’d have one for New Year’s Eve, you know?

So what’s the big (religious) deal about New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? I mean, really, i don’t get it.


Heather the Mama Duk said...

The fast Sunday thing was explained as some people like to fast dinner and breakfast and you can't do that and go to a party.

We have never had a Christmas Eve party.

Idiot, Village said...

I tend to see it from another angle--that the Church recognizes that there is absolutely no religious significance to New Year's Eve whatsoever. There is, however, great social significance to the holiday, and it is perfectly appropriate to make some accommodation in our religious observances for social customs.

But, then again, I've always been a heretic.