Special days bring us together with our kindred and communities, reminding us of the principles of Areté and bringing us greater fulfillment from life. All of our celebrations are times for connection, good food, contemplation, and fun!
On Areté Day we celebrate everything which has Areté, and celebrate the formation of The Assemblage of Areté, which was established as a non-profit religious organization on this day in 12,016 HE. We traditionally make goals for improvement, and enjoy extra time together in our parish communities in addition to our kindred on this day. Each Areté Day the Supreme Mugwump of The Assemblage of Areté publishes a message to all of the Heroes of Areté to commemorate the holiday, all of which can be read here.
On Understanding Day we celebrate learning in all of its forms, especially science! We traditionally engage in learning activities like going to museums, doing science experiments at home with children, or learning about new people in our lives. We try to enjoy extra time with our local communities in addition to our kindred on this day, and seek to understand the people in our world in addition to the world itself.
On Reason Day we celebrate the human capacity for reason, and the nuances of life. We traditionally engage in deep contemplation on the principles of Areté as they apply in our lives at all scales. We consider important issues in the world or in our nations, and actively allow room for debate and analysis. We try to enjoy extra time participating in civic activities on this day as well, in addition to extra time with our kindred.
On Winterfest we celebrate all of the things symbolically linked to the ancient classical element of fire, which also represents the first stage of membership in The Assemblage of Areté. Fire represents light in the darkness, guiding our path both individually and as a people; and on this day light begins to increase in the Northern Hemisphere. The ancient Greeks, from whom many of the Aretéan ideas originate, believed that the titan Prometheus gave fire as a gift to humans, which ignited the spark of innovation in our species until this day- we also give gifts on this day, hoping that what we give might do the same! Because this holiday occurs in what is winter for the Northern Hemisphere, this celebration is often combined with other traditional winter celebrations.
On Springfest we celebrate all of the things symbolically linked to the ancient classical element of water, which also represents the second stage of membership in The Assemblage of Areté. Water represents cleansing, and we traditionally engage in "Spring cleaning" on this day. Aretéans are also encouraged to spend time enjoying the new life that can be found in the world at this time of year, perhaps visiting a garden, arboretum, or park while reflecting on their own new life as a Hero of Areté.
On Summerfest we celebrate all of the things symbolically linked to the ancient classical element of air, which also represents the third stage of membership in The Assemblage of Areté. We traditionally go on small day trips which might remind us of any longer pilgrimages we have been on, and make more active efforts to share our beliefs and traditions as Aretéans with others on this day.
Not to be confused with the internationally recognized Earth Day (which we still encourage all to celebrate each April 22nd!), on Autumnfest we celebrate all of the things symbolically linked to the ancient classical element of earth, which also represents the fourth and final stage of membership in The Assemblage of Areté. Traditionally we make efforts to improve the Earth by laboring in either our own stewardships or in the stewardships of community members, as well as taking time to ensure we are materially prepared for the winter and enjoying the bounties of what we have harvested in life. This is also a particular time to spend with the elderly and the very young, gaining wisdom and nurturing each other.
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Each Sunday, our convocations are focused on a particular theme, usually one of The Thirty Aims of Areté. These are focuses are scheduled in advance with a pattern that takes a very long time to repeat itself, allowing parish narrators to plan upcoming talks without quickly falling into repetition. Joyfulness is one of The Thirty Aims of Areté, and when its scheduled week arrives (roughly every seven and a half months), we celebrate that Sunday as Joy Day; a day dedicated to revelry and happiness! We eat good food, dance to music, do fun activities, spend time with those we love, and generally have a good time!