The word birthday is mentioned only three times in scripture:
Genesis 40:20 And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants:
Matthew 14:6 But when Herod’s birthday was kept,
And Mark references the same event as Matthew; Mark 6:21 And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday
In none of these occasions is counting birthdays condemned and there is no law directly prohibiting the observance of birthdays.
Throughout the Bible there are many instances where the ages of people are recorded. For example: Genesis 25:26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.
How was it known that Isaac was 60 years old when Jacob was born? Of course the years from his birth had to be counted. How do we know how old we are? We count the years since our birth. Birthdays are only anniversaries of our birth and the years do pass on, this is the natural God created reality.
There is nothing wrong with acknowledging birthdays; the problem is in HOW we do so!
It seems to be the order of things that God creates something and then Satan inspires men to pervert its proper use. For example sex united a man and a woman in marriage and it is a wonderful blessing, yet most pervert God’s wondrous creation by misusing it outside of the godly marriage covenant. The same is true of many other things including birthdays.
The ungodly ancients went well beyond acknowledging birthdays and the pagan system of Astrology which is the worship of heavenly bodies was set up around the date of ones birth. They set up a belief system that the positions of the stars at the time of one’s birth influenced a child’s future, astrological horoscopes came into being, purporting to foretell the future, based on the time of birth.
Rawlinson’s translation of Herodotus includes the following footnote: “Horoscopes were of very early use in Egypt and Cicero speaks of the Egyptians and Chaldeans predicting a man’s destiny at his birth”…
In the Holy Scriptures the rising smoke of incense represents the payers of the faithful:
Psalm 141:2 Let my prayer be set forth [rise up] before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice
Revelation 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.
While the smoke of the Burnt Offerings ascended to God the Father as a sweet odor [like perfume]
Numbers 28:6 It is a continual burnt offering, which was ordained in mount Sinai for a sweet savour [the service of Christ typified by the smoke of the Daily rising up to God the Father as a lovely and acceptable fragrance], a sacrifice made by fire unto the Lord.
As the prayers of the faithful are exemplified by the rising smoke of the sacrifices and the incense, the ungodly copied the idea and use lighted candles for various religious purposes including on the the round moon cakes made to Smiramis the Queen of Heaven of the pagans.
Jeremiah 44:19 And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?
The Greeks. placed birthday cakes round as the moon and lit with candles on the temple altars of [Artemis]. Birthday” candles, in folk belief, are endowed with special magic for granting wishes as the wish rises up to the god in the smoke of the candles as they are blown out.
God tells Judah [and us] through Isaiah that those who use astrology or follow pagan practices like birthday cakes and candles will be destroyed in the furnace of affliction:
Isaiah 47:13-14 You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels; Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, And the monthly prognosticators Stand up and save you From what shall come upon you. Behold, they shall be as stubble, The fire shall burn them; They shall not deliver themselves From the power of the flame.
History of celebration of birthdays in the West:
“Large-scale celebration of birthdays in Europe began with the cult of Mithras, which originated in Persia but was spread by soldiers throughout the Roman Empire. Before this, such celebrations were not common; and, hence, practices from other contexts such as the Saturnalia [Christmas] were adapted for birthdays. Because many Roman soldiers took to Mithraism, it had a wide distribution and influence throughout the empire until it was renamed Catholicism.”
There is no record of any godly person observing his birthday with festivities or with the forbidden historical paganisms. Some have pointed to Job 1, however that can easily refer to the sons of Job taking turns feasting and probably had nothing to do with birthdays, further this is certainly NOT presented a godly since Job offered sacrifices for them and asked God to forgive them for doing this.
Job 1:4 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
Godly people have never celebrated birthdays which was a pagan custom right out of Mithraism. Every facet of today’s birthday celebrations is absolutely pagan and ungodly.
Yes, do acknowledge the passing of the years but do not celebrate birthday’s in the manner of the ungodly.
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December 25th was the day of celebration of the birthday of the sun-god Mithra beginning on December 25th through January 1.
Besides the birthday of Mithra celebrated on December 25th, one of the key features of Mithraism was Sunday observance.
The Roman Emperor Constantine who personally worshiped the sun god Mithra, was the first Roman Emperor to legalize Roman Catholicism was also the first Emperor to make laws enforcing the observance of Sunday – which he began to do on March 7, 321 A.D. and a few years later, the Council of Nicea convened by Constantine in 325 A.D. declared Sunday to be the “Christian day” of worship.
Constantine merged the traditions of Mithra with the Nativity story in the Bible and Christmas was born. From its beginning, Christmas was a holiday on which gifts were exchanged, families and friends gathered to feast, and a birthday was celebrated according to the Roman and Persian festivities.
Nowhere in the scripture did any godly person celebrate birthdays and nowhere in the scriptures is the day of the birth of Jesus Christ recorded. Surely if God wanted us to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ God would have told us the date of his birth, but he did not.
December 25 was observed in the sun worship religion by the pagans as: Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (Birthday of the Unconquered Sun).
The first mention of the birthday of the sun god [Mithra or Satan] on December 25, being celebrated as Christ’s birth is found in an early Roman calendar from A.D. 336
The word Christmas is a contraction of Christ’s Mass, derived from the Old English Cristes mæsse.
It is well known that Jesus was not born on or near December 25th. To say that He was would be a lie and not the truth. The bible, God’s Word, tells us in Luke 2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
The shepherds of that region do not stay in the fields with their flocks in the cold and rainy winter. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia states: “There is no certainty as to the month or day of the birth. The Christmas date, December 25, is first met with in the West in the 4th century (the eastern date was January 6), and was then possibly borrowed from a pagan festival. December, in the winter season, seems unlikely, as unsuitable for the pasturing of flocks (Lu 2:8), though this objection is perhaps not decisive (Andrews, Conder). A more probable date is a couple of months earlier.” [International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: Jesus Christ, 2]
The New Catholic Encyclopedia says: “The birth of Christ was assigned the date of the winter solstice (December 25 in the Julian calendar,January 6 in the Egyptian) because on this day, as the sun began its return to the northern skies, the pagan devotees of Mithra celebrated the dies natalis Solis Invicti (birthday of the invincible sun).”
“The largest pagan religious cult which fostered the celebration of December 25 as a holiday throughout the Roman and Greek worlds was the pagan sun worship — Mithraism …This winter festival was called’ the Nativity’ — the ‘Nativity of the SUN’,” (Frazer, GoldenBough,p. 471)
“Saturnalia and the kalends were the [pagan]celebrations most familiar to early Christians, December 17-24 and January 1-3, and the tradition of celebrating December 25 as Christ’s birthday came to the Romans from Persia.
Mithra, the Persian god of light and sacred contracts, was supposedly born out of a rock on December 25. Rome was famous for its flirtations with strange gods and cults, and in the third century  the unchristian emperor Aurelian established the festival of Dies Invicti Solis, the Day of the Invincible Sun, on December 25.” [Gerard and Patricia Del Re, The Christmas Almanac, 1979, p. 17]
“For that day [25th of December] was sacred, not only to the pagan Romans but to a religion from Persia which, in those days,was one of Christianity’s strongest rivals. This Persian religion was Mithraism, whose followers worshipped the sun, and celebrated its return to strength on that day. The church finally succeeded in taking the merriment, the greenery, the lights, and gifts from Saturn [and Mithra] and giving them to the Babe of Bethlehem”(Earl W. Count, 4000 Years of Christmas, p.27)
“Christmas is a very old holiday. It clearly started as a celebration of the passing of the winter solstice, and the start of the sun’s return journey from the north to the south …The ancient Romans observed this time with a festival dedicated to Saturn, the god of agriculture, and it was called Saturnalia…When the sun [Mithra] worshiping Emperor Constantine decreed Christianity as the new faith of the Roman Empire, early in the fourth century, the Christians gave the holiday an entirely new name and an entirely new meaning.” [Joseph Gaer,Holidays Around the World. Boston: Little Brown, 1953. p133.]
What did Constantine really do? He solved the problem of Christianity and divisions in the empire by renaming the sun worship of Mithra as “Christian” and forced the Christians to turn from the scriptures and accept all the accouterments of Mithra Worship. Those faithful followers of Christ who rejected this change fled the bound of the Roman Empire or were caught and killed.
The sun worshiper Constantine forced professing Christians to stop obeying God and to abandon God’s scriptural Friday sunset to Saturday sunset Sabbath, in favor of the day of the invincible sun god; and deceived them into observing the Feast days of Mithra [the sun God] by renaming them and the details of the festivities with Christian sounding titles .
Roman Emperors portrayed Sol Invictus on their official coinage, with a wide range of legends, such as SOLI INVICTO COMITI, claiming the Unconquered Sun as a companion to the Emperor. This inscription was used with particular frequency by Constantine
Statuettes of Sol Invictus, carried by the standard-bearers, appear in three places in reliefs on the Arch of Constantine. Constantine’s official coinage continues to bear images of Sol until 325/6. A solidus of Constantine as well as a gold medallion from his reign depict the Emperor’s bust in profile twinned (jugate) with Sol Invictus, with the legend INVICTUS CONSTANTINUS
Constantine decreed (March 7, 321) dies Solis—day of the sun, “Sunday“—as the Roman day of rest (Codex Justinianus 3.12.2):
“On the venerable day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country however persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits because it often happens that another day is not suitable for grain-sowing or vine planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost.”
Constantine’s triumphal arch was carefully positioned to align with the colossal statue of Sol Invictus by the Colosseum, so that Sol formed the dominant backdrop when seen from the direction of the main approach towards the arch.
The Roman Catholic Church and the Papacy as we know it today, was born in the fourth and fifth centuries. Massive and awesome changes were made away from the Word of God and into Mithraism to bring this birth about; while faithful brethren were forced to flee beyond the boundaries of the Empire or be killed
“During Saturnalia [and on Mithra’s birthday], everyone feasted and rejoiced,work and business were for a season entirely suspended, the houses were decked with laurel and evergreen, visits and presents were exchanged between friends, and clients gave gifts to their patrons. The whole season was one of rejoicing and goodwill, and all kinds of amusements were indulged in by the people.” [J.M. Wheeler, Paganism in Christian Festivals.]
“If we compare our Bacchanalian Christmasses and New Year’s Tides with these Saturnalia and Feasts of Janus, we shall find such near affinity between them both in regard of time (they both being in the end of December and on the first of January), and in their manner of solemnizing (both of them being spent in revelling, epicurism, wantonness, idleness, dancing, drinking, stage plays and such other Christmas disorders now in use with Christians, were derived from these Roman Saturnalia and Bacchanalian Festivals; which should cause all pious Christians eternally to abominate them.” [Ashton, A Right Merrie Christmas, p. 6, 1633]
QUESTION: Can you take a pagan festival – abhorred by the God of the Bible, and whitewash it and call it acceptable in God’s sight? “…the golden calf was built and the celebration declared a ‘feast to the Lord.’…The people had declared a celebration to honor God that he did not recognize as being in his honor.” (Richard Rives, Too Long in the Sun, Partakers Pub., 1996, pp.129-130.) Can you “make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear?”
The Traditions of Mithra Worship and Christmas
“The Yule Log tradition comes to us from Scandinavia, where the pagan sex and fertility god Jul, or Jule (pronounced ‘yule’), was honored in a twelve-day celebration in December. A large, single log (generally considered to have been a phallic idol) was kept with a fire against it for twelve days, a different sacrifice to Jul being offered in the fire on each of the twelve days.”[Holidays and Holy Days, by Tom C. McKenney]
“The Yule log was originally an entire tree, carefully chosen, and brought into the house with great ceremony. The butt end would be placed into the hearth while the rest of the tree stuck out into the room. The tree would be slowly fed into the fire and the entire process was carefully timed to last the entire Yule season.” [The History of Christmas]
“Mistletoe was always played an important part in the rituals of the Druids, and consequently, was never really accepted by the Church.”[Frank and Jamie Muir, A Treasury of Christmas. Glasgow: WilliamCollins,1981. p63.]
“The Druids gave the world the tradition of hanging mistletoe in the house.” [The New Book of Knowledge. New York:Grolier,1979. p291.]
“The Christmas tree, now so common among us, was equally common in pagan Rome and pagan Egypt. In Egypt that tree was the palm tree. In Rome it was the fir. The palm tree denoting the pagan messiah as Baal-Tamar (Judges20:33) [Baal-Tamar = lord of the tree (palm)~kh], the fir referring to him as Baal-Berith [Baal-Berith, meaning “lord of the covenant”–another false title that resembles the true~kh]. The mother of Adonis, the sun god and great mediatorial divinity, was mystically said to have been changed into a tree and when in that state to have brought forth her divine son. If the mother was a tree, the son must have been recognized as “the man of the branch” and this accounts for the putting of the yule log into the fire on Christmas Eve, and the appearance of the Christmas tree the next morning” (AlexanderHislop, The Two Babylons, p.97)
“The idea of using evergreens at Christmas also came to England from pre-Christian northern European beliefs. Celtic and Teutonic tribes honored these plants at their winter solstice festivals as symbolicof eternal life, and the Druids ascribed magical properties to the mistletoe in particular.” [The Encyclopedia Americana International Edition. NewYork:Grolier, 1991. p666.]
The pagan evergreen Christmas tree was presented as a symbol of life. Of course presenting a cut and dying tree as a symbol of life in pure pagan nonsense.
“The idea of giving presents goes back to the Romans.”[Frank and Jamie Muir, A Treasury of Christmas. Glasgow: William Collins, 1981. p84.] “The custom of presenting friends with gifts at Christmas dates back to the time of the ancient Romans.”[Everymans Encyclopedia. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1967. p1, 672.]
The wise men gave their gifts to Christ, they did not exchange gifts with each other. The gifts presented to Christ were gifts to a king, because of his royalty, and were not given on or because of his birthday: “He was a king, and the people of the East never approached the presence of a king without a present in their hands” (Adam Clarke Commentary, Volume 5, Matthew 2:11, page 34).
“The interchange of presents between friends is characteristic of Christmas and the Saturnalia, and must have been adopted by Christians from the Pagans, as the admonition of Tertullian plainly shows.” (Bibliotheca Sacra, Vol 12, pages 153-155)
“Because gift-giving was so essential a part of the pagan celebrations [of Saturnalia and Mithraism], the early Church frowned upon it as sternly as upon other and more questionable New Year celebrations.” [Christina Hole, Christmas and its Customs. London: Richard Bell, 1942. p25.]
The early Christians rejected birthdays, December 25 celebrations and party style gift giving as ungodly, until Constantine caused the organized church to adopt the customs of Mithra by relabeling them “Christian” .
“The practice of exchanging presents at Christmas stems from the ancient Roman custom called Strenae. During the Saturnalia, Roman citizens used to give “good luck” gifts (strenae) of fruits, pastries, or gold to their friends on New Year’s Day.” [Colliers’ Encyclopedia. NewYork: P. F. Collier, 1991. p 404.]
Santa Claus is paganism which comes from an amalgamation of various German, English and Scandinavian traditions with historical links to even older sources.
Christmas originally began in Mesopotamia, over four thousand years ago, as the festival which renewed the world for another year.
The ‘twelve days’ of Christmas the bright fires and probably the Yule log; the giving of presents, the carnivals with their floats, their merrymakings and clownings, the mummers who sing and play from house to house, the feastings; the church processions with their lights and song – all these and more began there centuries before Christ was born And they celebrated THE ARRIVAL OF A NEW YEAR!’ (‘4000 Years of Christmas”, Earl W. Count, p 20-21.)
New Year’s Day
For more information on the true Biblical New Year, please study our Biblical Calendar category.
New Year’s Day is January 1, the first day of the year, in the Gregorian calendar, falling exactly one week after the [pagan] Christmas Day of the previous year.
The pagan pantheon began in ancient Babel when king Nimrod declared himself a god with the sun as his symbol as a light and life bringer to mankind, while his wife Simarimus was represented by the moon. sun worship the sun was worshiped by a variety of names. Later when God divided mankind into languages and races, each family kept the same basic sun and moon gods but used different names when speaking of them. This lead to them considering the various linguistic names for the sun or moon as different national gods. Hence the same sun god is Apollo in Greece, Mithra in Persian and Saturn in Rome. From that beginning various other gods were added to establish national pantheon’s of gods.
in Rome “Christianity” took on all the trappings of sun worship in the fourth century including Sunday and Christmas. Mithra or Saturn being the sun god whose rebirth was celebrated as the days begin to grow longer after the sun had been in decline.
Intimately linked to the growing length and rebirth of the sun god was Janus [after who January is named] the god of of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, beginnings and endings hence god of war and peace. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. After the rebirth of the sun god was celebrated, the new year was set seven days later on the feast day of the god Janus.
The bible commands that we begin the new year on the new moon of the month of Aviv which occurs in the spring in March or April. Exodus 12:1-2 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying. This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. [ref Exodus 13:4; Exodus 23:15; Exodus 34:18; Deuteronomy 16:1]
There is no celebration other than a new moon (month) observance to mark the biblical new year.
During the early Roman republic 1 March began a new year, but after 153 B.C. the date was changed to 1 January so as to come after the Saternalia or what later became Christmas.
Years later, Caesar established his own “Julian” calendar in 46 B.C. and maintained January 1st as “New Year’s Day”.
Janus was the Roman god of doors and gates, and had two faces, one looking forward, and one back symbolizing a break between the old and new. Caesar felt that the month named after this god (“January”) would be the appropriate “door” to the year. Roman pagans observed the New Year by making promises to Janus [new year’s resolutions] and engaging in drunken orgies — a ritual they believed constituted a personal re-enacting of the chaotic world that existed before ‘the cosmos was ordered by the gods’.
Over time the Catholic church rejected the idea of January 1 being the new year, and in 567 A.D. the council of Tours declared that year start should be reverted back to March. They used March 25 as the beginning of the year. This practice continued until Gregorian reform in 1582 A.D. when the new year was moved back to the Roman Feast of Janus.
In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year’s Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. The Gregorian calendar was adopted by Catholic countries immediately while others only adapted it after some time.
Up unto 1582, Catholic Europe continued to celebrate New Years Day on March 25. (This is closer to the actual biblical new year timing of the new moon of the abib.) In fact, some European countries held out for centuries (Scotland until 1660; Germany, Denmark, and Norway until 1700; and England until 1752). Today most countries around the world have adopted January 1 as the new year.
Christmas festivities continued through January 1, the festival of Kalends, when Romans marked the day of the new moon and the first day of the month and year. (MSN Encarta Encyclopedia (online). Deluxe Edition, article: Christmas, section II. Origins of Christmas)
Among the pagan customs of New Year’s Day continued to today is the tradition of making noise with firecrackers and/or gunshots at the beginning of the new year. From ancient times new year’s noise making was believed to frighten away evil spirits.
St. Valentine’s Day is a well known tradition. What is its origin? What does it mean?
The customs of Valentine’s Day “have been handed down from the Roman festival of the Lupercalia, celebrated in the month of February, when the names of young women were put into a box and drawn out by men as chance directed.” This is the origin of ‘valentines’ – cards linking men and women together for sexual purposes.
Valentine’s day honors Cupid, to the Romans, he was known as Lupercus [which means “mighty hunter, or wolf hunter)] the deified hero hunter [Nimrod], and in the Middle East, he was known as Baal.
He is none other than the deified Nimrod [the mighty hunter] of Genesis 10 who built the tower of Babel in defiance of God and set up a false system of worship (the Babylonian Mystery Religion) with his wife, Semiramis. He was the “mighty hunter before [in place of] the Lord”. The name ‘Valentine’ or Lupercus means “mighty man”.
This festival also honors Semiramis as the goddess of sexuality. Semiramis [also called Venus, Diana, Aphrodite, Isis] was the mother of Tammuz [Cupid, Baal, Lupercus or Valentine] the son of Nimrod, presented as the resurrected Nimrod, and the supposed resurrection of Nimrod was celebrated in mid February with fertility rites.
After Shem had killed Nimrod, Tammuz was born and declared to be the dead Nimrod now resurrected as a child. Semiramis later married her own son Tammuz when he grew older, claiming that Tammuz was really the resurrected Nimrod her dead husband anyway.
Nimrod and Tammuz [the supposedly resurrected Nimrod] adopted the sun as their astral symbol and became represented as the sun god. Valentine’s Day [the Roman Lupercalia] is a fertility rite of Baalism [Mithraism] honoring Baal [Nimrod], his wife Semiramis and his son Tammuz.
When Bel [Nimrod, Baal] was supposedly born again as a child [Tammuz], he was represented as an incarnation of the sun god [Mithra].
It was during the reign of Pope Gelasius, that this festival was relabeled a Christian custom: “As far back as 496, Pope Gelasius changed Lupercalia from Feb. 15 to St. Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14” (Customs and Holidays Around the World, Lavinia Dobler, p.172)
The Roman Emperor Constantine had absorbed the lax and lukewarm remnants of the majority of Christendom into the religion of Mithra [sun worship], renaming many rites of Mithra as “Christian” and creating “Catholicism” in the fourth century, while those who were faithful to God fled beyond the reach of Rome.
Constantine’s main concern was to combine the sun worship of Mithra with “Christianity” to unite the empire. “Christian” names were placed upon many of the ancient pagan customs.
A blending of Christianity and paganism occurred! John Brandy stated in Clavis Calendaria, Vol.1, p.196, that “for almost every pagan ceremony, some Christian name was introduced”.
Answer me: If you placed sewage into a pot of grain, will the sewage become clean and wholesome? Or will the wholesome grain become polluted? We cannot mix evil with the goodness of God, or the good will be polluted and we will be rejected by God for our wickedness!
Thus lax “follow the elder” professing “Christians” were unwittingly perverted from godliness into worshiping the sun god Mithra [Baal], by following apostate elders who simply renamed evil as good with Christian sounding names.
True Faithful Christians should not partake of these ungodly festivals, for God commands in His Holy Word, “Thus saith the LORD, ‘Learn not the way of the heathen . . . ‘(Jeremiah 10:2) and there is no denying that this is an anti God fertility rite in honor of the sun god who in turn symbolized Satan.
Deuteronomy 12:30-31 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.”
God has this to say, about participating in ungodly practices and false religious activities, “Come out of her My People, that ye be not partakers of her sin lest ye be partakers of her plagues.” (Rev. 18:4)
When Moses was receiving the ten commandments on the mount, Israel had Aaron build them a golden calf, the Egyptian god Apis; and Aaron told them that this was the God that brought them out of bondage.
We know that although they called it a feast in God’s honor – God was not pleased – neither did He accept it. In fact, it took Moses’ pleading with God to save them from God who determined to destroy the people for this sin. (Exodus 32). What do you think God feels about these wicked celebrations honoring God’s Adversary today?
Deuteronomy 11:16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;
Moses asked:”Who is on the Lord’s side?” Elijah asked:”How long halt ye between two opinions?”
Jesus said: “No man can serve two masters.” Paul warned: “Be not deceived: God is not mocked.”
The God of the Bible warns his people not to follow after the pagan gods and religious customs of the heathen. Just say “no” to their observance and seek to worship God in spirit and in TRUTH.
Jeremiah 10:2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven [do not be influenced by astrology]; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
Faithful godly true Christians will reject the pagan celebrations of this world
Joshua 24:14-16 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;
It is time to reject and turn away from even a hint of ungodliness and embrace and truly honor God by keeping the Festivals commanded by God for all his people.