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National Day of Reasons 2022: Date, History, Significance and Activities

Learn about the significance of National Day of Reasons, as well as its origins and activities, in order to take part in this US national event.
National Day of Reasons is a secular United States holiday created in response to National Day of Prayer, which is a religious holiday promoting religious practices and faith in God and was established by the government, because nearly 28 percent of the population in the United States is atheist, and they are the ones to raise voice in response to the government promoting religion practice by going against democracy policies, as a result the National Day of Reasons was created as an alternative to the National Day of Prayer.  

National Day of Reasons 2022: Date 

The National Day of Reasons is observed annually on the first Thursday of May, and will be held on May 5th this year.

Event National Day of Reasons
Date May 5, 2022
Day Thursday
Significance In response to the National Day of Prayer for Humanists, Secularists, and Freethinkers, all atheists in the United States commemorate this day.
Country United States

National Day of Reasons 2022: History 

To understand the origins of National Day of Reasons, first consider the origins of National Day of Prayer, a day dedicated to strengthening people's trust in God that was established by the US Congress in 1952, under President Harry S. Truman's leadership. Fasting and prayer were, however, practiced in parts of the United States much before that. The National Day of Prayer allows people to devote a day to God through prayer or fasting. 

However, because the National Day of Prayer is a religious festival, it has created a gap in ensuring religious liberty among atheists. As a result, in order to foster community among Atheists while leaving no one behind, the American Humanist Association established National Day of Reasons as a secular festival for humanists, atheists and secularists.

It took some time for the day to gain popularity, but soon the National Day of Reasons began to be observed throughout the United States, and many well-known people joined in the celebration. Today, the Day is observed throughout the country by participating in various activities such as donating blood for the public good, providing food for the homeless, and many other charitable works. 

National Day of Reasons 2022: Significance 

  1. Showcase the secularism.

  2. The day is a symbol of secularism because it was established in response to the National Day of Prayer, which can only be celebrated by those who follow the religion, whereas the National Day of Reason is celebrated by all Americans and highlights secularism in the country.

  3. The reason is being celebrated.

  4. The day celebrates reason and its independence from religion. It is a day that is celebrated by all people in the United States because it is a symbol of a secular holiday.

  5. It brings the people of the United States together.

  6. The people of the United States unite in both the national event and the celebration of the mega event, and people of all regions, castes, colors, and ethnicities come together.

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