As a non believer, do you also reject cultural and social aspects that have religious roots. E.g. festivals, weddings etc.
Its amusing how much intolerance I've found at this site. I prefer to go through life incognito, not needing to express my beliefs (or lack thereof) or argue them with strangers. Hence, I can go anywhere and people will assume I think like they do unless I advertise otherwise. I learn a lot that way.
Since holidays like Christmas and Easter are based on Pagan festivals anyway, just focus on the giving aspect and the tree and bunny. Though I must say, I hate Christmas, not because it is a religious holiday, but has become a greed and corporate boondoggle rather than a time to be sharing and caring. I like Thanksgiving as a time to spend with family and we can always be thankful for what we have without giving credit to invisible spirits.
Yes, I do.
I don't like weddings (or funerals, or most other events) for a number of reasons, only one of which is the usual pervasive religious bullshit.
I also think marriage is an antiquated social construct that benefits only lawyers and the government, so that's another reason.
I think it's important to participate in cultural events, especially if they are important to both friends and family. Participation in such events also is integral part of understanding the mindset of those we disagree with. Encountering perspectives we do not understand is a good way to expand our perception of believers. This might facilitate better interaction through mutual respect and open avenues to potentially educate or inspire them to exercise skepticism and freedom of thought.
Most Religious Celebrations have their base upon Pagan Rituals and Customs. People whom initiate their own Wedding Vows, Select how they want to be honored when or during their final moments. Halloween being on the Eve of All Hallows, Mardi Gras, and just going to a Bar Mitzvah,Purim or Jewish Wedding is a fantastic celebration. The Protestant Reformation led by Martin Luther et al. was a tribute to Good German Beer Thinking.
I think you can have a wedding without invoking god. However, if it were a church wedding and I really cared about the person, I would go to the wedding even if it were held in a church, unless it was a church that expected me to yell, wave my hands in the air, or bring a dish to pass. I can't imagine a festival with a religious connection, so I'm stumped there. For me, it's more about my connection to the people involved and less about the activity itself. That being said, I would also give myself permission to get up and leave if something batshit crazy were about to happen.
Any excuse to celebrate life is healthy, and fun. Weddings and holidays do not have to be solemn religious occasions.
Celebrate with friends, family and positive people!
Funerals are healthy, as all grieving is a necessary part of higher thinking animals during times of loss.
Grieve freely and godlessly, no matter what the preacher might be blathering.
Failure to mourn properly often leads to depression and self medication, and failure to celebrate life makes one a grumpy old fart.
God no!! If people are having fun and enjoying their time together its a bit anal to be prissy if Jesus or Venus or any one of the pantheon are involved. Too much in the world is concerned over scruples and principles. Let it go and have a good time with Christians and Venusians and even those who profess to claim no deity at all.