I am often asked what holidays Pastafarians celebrate. As most other religions, we have our traditional Pastafarian holidays, like the International Talk Like A Pirate Day, celebrated on September 19th. People also wonder whether Pastafarians celebrate New Year’s, Christmas, Hanukah and so on. The answer is yes, some Pastafarians celebrate these holidays as well. Part of it has to do with cultural and social reasons – if you live in a country where most people celebrate a certain holiday, like Christmas or Ramadan, you inevitably get to celebrate it as well with your friends, family or co-workers. Another reason is that Pastafarianism is an inclusive, accepting faith. We welcome everyone and we don’t have a problem with people being a Pastafarian and an atheist, a Jew, a Muslim, a Hindu or a Last-Day-Thursdayist.
My personal favorite Pastafarian holiday is Holiday. It is a ‘fuzzy’ holiday, stretching over most of November and December, and also well into January in countries that maintain the Christian-Orthodox calendar. To me, Holiday symbolizes the inclusive, accepting nature of Pastafarianism, which is such a big part of the appeal of our faith. I wish you all Happy Holidays, and may the Flying Spaghetti Monster bless you with His Noodly Appendage in 2018.