Happy Dude Year
This of course is the day when we recognize that even though the year has changed, everything is always changing. So don’t get hung up on arbitrary dates. Instead of making a new year’s resolution, make a Dude year resolution not to worry so much about what you should do, and just dude it, instead.
Valentine’s day can put a lot of pressure on couples and be a real drag for those who are single. Instead of celebrating romantic love, the Dudeist Palentine’s day celebrates pals, friendships and good buddies. Occurs one day before Valentine’s Day so that those who are in romantic relationships can celebrate it as well.
The Day of the Dude
This is the day when our founding text, The Big Lebowski was released in the theaters. It’s also a day of great easy taking as we strive to do as little as possible. It’s our main holiday, so don’t be sacrilegious and work too hard at it.
Take it Easyster
Same date as Christian Easter
Whereas the Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ on this date, Dudeists celebrate the relaxation of uptights. By acknowledging that spring always follows winter, we remind ourselves that we can’t be worried about that shit. Life goes on, man. In keeping with the fertility-ritual traditions of Eostre (the pagan tradition upon which Easter may have actually based) this can be a good time to make prayers at the shrine of Our Special Lady.
Same date as Buddhist Magha Puja
This is the day of the year in which Buddhists affirm their determination to purify their minds of unBuddhist intentions and concerns. Likewise, Dudeists use this time to purify their minds of unDude ones.
Same dates as the Jewish Passover
Jews celebrate Passover to commemorate their deliverance from slavery and bondage. Dudeists do the same, celebrating and encouraging our freedoms to flourish. However, instead of a diet of unleavened bread, Dudeists are eligible to opt for a diet of unleavened beer instead.
The Summer Slowstice
June 21 (in the northern hemisphere)
On this day we observe the longest, slowest day of the year. Try to perform everything at half speed.
While Americans observe this day to celebrate their victory over their British overlords, Dudeists use this holiday to affirm their psychological independence from any powers-that-be. Slavishly following any cause, flag or ideology (including that of Dudeism) is dangerous and hampers personal growth. Our indudependence brings us together.
Same date as US or Canadian Thanksgiving
Here we say “thankie” to all the wonderful things we have to be grateful about. And to all of those who have helped us.
As historians note, Christmas was set in the winter in order to compete for attention with the Roman Saturnalia, an orgy of sensual indulgence. (No one really knew when Jesus was born.) Dudeists recognize this ancient tradition of reigniting the fertility of the world, not by consumption, but by relaxation. This also happens to be Jeff Bridges’ birthday.
The more somber Dudeist winter holiday, in honor of Theodore Donald (Donny) Kerabatsos, when we remember those who died for us sinners, and remember those who we loved so well. Not uncoincidentally, this also happens to be Steve Buscemi’s birthday.
Did we forget any? Got some Dudeist holidays to suggest? Contact us at dudeism.com/contact and let us know!