By Alan Jessen
This year, on January 1, True Mother, Mrs. Hak Ja Han Moon, had a midnight prayer and gave a motto, an event which was live-streamed. This may be an indication of her reinstituting in some way the observance of the New Year by the solar calendar.
Why is this important?
Consider Romania. For 45 years under communist rule, Christmas was forbidden to be celebrated as a public holiday. By law, there was no mention of Christmas, no days off for Christmas, no “Merry Christmas,” or even Santa Claus. The Romanian communists tried to detract from Christmas by making grandiose plans for January 1 as a public holiday. Communist doctrine was taught in schools from kindergarten through college. Religion was considered the opium of the masses.
Despite this, they could not remove Christmas from the hearts of the people and on December 25, 1989, when dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was no more, the Romanians broke out in joyful cries of “Cracium Fericit” or “Merry Christmas,” and shouted out at the top of their lungs.
When I finished reading about this, I asked myself, what public holiday, what tradition do we Unificationists in America have that could sustain us under such conditions for two generations?
Think about what easily recognizable annual event we have as a tradition that can serve to unite us as one family at one time across America; that affords parents an opportunity to reinforce our values of putting God in the center of our lives; and, that serves best to create lasting spiritual impressions for our young ones?
During the years True Parents lived in America, that day was God’s Day — celebrated on January 1st.
We recently finished our 2019 Holy Week in Korea — a combination of Heavenly Parents Day, True Parents Birthday and the sixth Foundation Day. Although I never attended these events in person, I can observe that True Mother has done a fabulous job of creating a world class hyo-jeong culture experience. It is overflowing with dance, music, high-spirited celebrations, meetings of our global leadership, and opportunities to recognize and involve world-level leaders on issues of global peace.