When is forgiveness day?
Global Forgiveness Day is held on August 27th
International Forgiveness Day- the first Sunday of August
What is this Holiday for?
This holiday is for forgiving and being forgiven.
see the definition of forgiveness below.
Origin of this Holiday?
International Forgiveness Day
International Forgiveness Day was created by the World Forgiveness Alliance, a non-denominational, educational foundation. According to their website: " International Forgiveness Day dedicated to evoking the healing power of forgiveness worldwide." The founder is Robert W. Plath, from Mill Valley, California.
Global Forgiveness Day
What is forgiveness?
Wiki tells us that "Forgiveness is the process of ceasing to feel resentment, indignation or anger against another person for a perceived offense, difference or mistake, or ceasing to demand punishment or restitution." "This definition, however, is subject to much philosophical critique." "Forgiveness may be considered simply in terms of the person who forgives, in terms of the person forgiven and/or in terms of the relationship between the forgiver and the person forgiven." "In some contexts, it may be granted without any expectation of compensation, and without any response on the part of the offender (for example, one may forgive a person who is dead)." "In practical terms, it may be necessary for the offender to offer some form of acknowledgment, apology, and/or restitution, or even just ask for forgiveness, in order for the wronged person to believe they are able to forgive."
"Most world religions include teachings on the nature of forgiveness, and many of these teachings provide an underlying basis for many varying modern day traditions and practices of forgiveness. However, throughout the ages, philosophers have studied forgiveness apart from religion." "In addition, as in other areas of human inquiry, science is beginning to question religious concepts of forgiveness." "Psychology, sociology and medicine are among the scientific disciplines researching forgiveness or aspects of forgiveness." "The Prodigal Son is a well known instance of such teaching and practice of forgiveness." "Some religious doctrines or philosophies place greater emphasis on the need for humans to find some sort of divine forgiveness for their own shortcomings, others place greater emphasis on the need for humans to practice forgiveness between one another, yet others make little or no distinction between human and/or divine forgiveness."
Health aspects of forgiveness
Studies show that people who forgive are happier and healthier than those who hold resentments. One study has shown that the positive benefit of forgiveness is similar whether it was based upon religious or secular counseling as opposed to a control group that received no forgiveness counseling.
Forgiveness fun facts
- Many religious groups, have held "Forgiveness Days" on various dates during the year. Many of them are small localized events.
- The Jewish celebration of Yom Kippur is a day of atonement or forgiving.
- In Christian religions,the first Sunday before Lent is called "Forgiveness Sunday".
How can I Celebrate this holiday?
- By forgiving someone today! - You will feel wonderful after you let go of those bad feeling and forgive someone today. Go on.... give it a try. :)
- Blog with us about it! - We have a blog called "Everyday is a Holiday" so visit our pages and tell us about your favorite cleaning day or your favorite cleaner recipe.
- Send Free E-Greeting! - If your ready to get together with your friends don't forget to invite them with these fun Internet Invitations.
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