Humanists tend to shy away from both rigid thinking and rituals. Thus, the specific events and activities involved in any HumanLight celebration are open to invention and creativity. However, not everyone likes to start from scratch, and the easiest approach to developing an event is to borrow from what others have done.
Some events combine the Winter Solstice and HumanLight celebrations together, but make clear distinctions between both.
Also, keep in mind that although it is wonderful to be able to gather with a larger community, HumanLight can be celebrated at home, either by yourself or with a small gathering of family and friends.
No matter how you choose to celebrate HumanLight, we request, and strongly encourage, that you follow three basic principles:
1. Your event/activity should in some way serve to celebrate and promote the values and ideals of Humanism.
2. Your event/activity should NOT be critical of, or negative towards, religious people and religious holidays such as Christmas. In this way, your religious friends and family might be comfortable attending.
3. Your event/activity should be family-friendly and children-oriented in some way, so that people with children will not hesitate to attend with them.
Ideas, materials and even original HumanLight songs from previous celebrations are available to be shared.
For publicity purposes, you can issue a Press Release to local media. Here is a sample press release that you can use as a template.
You can also make your own HumanLight fliers to distribute.
You could include any or all of the following things at a HumanLight celebration:
Cards and other items with the HumanLight symbol are available on our Merchandise Page.
However you choose to mark the occasion, it is extremely important that you remember that HumanLight is meant to be an event that focuses on the positive aspects of humanity, reason and hope. Criticism of the faith community is inconsistent with the intended message of HumanLight. In fact, participants in earlier HumanLight celebrations have greatly appreciated the positive and uplifting atmosphere, and have indicated that it has been a key ingredient in making the event as rewarding and successful as it has been.