I'm not even slightly American, but I would like to propose that Thanksgiving 2020 be replaced by the Dionysian Mysteries. Instead of turkeys and soft colonialism, we shall have November festivities of ritualised chaos, innebriation, and cultivation of the sacred plants!
Those sacred plants, by the way, are grapevines (obvs), figs (believed to purge toxins), pine trees (used as a preservative), and ivy (which was seen as some kind of anti-grapevine).
@InvaderXan at this point i'm almost wanting to suggest we replace veterans day / remembrance day with this instead
just because it would be a better and less unproblematic remembrance on nearly every level
@carcinopithecus The Dionysian Mysteries are supposed to be celebrated three times per year. We can absorb more than one western celebration!
@carcinopithecus "less unproblematic"?
@clifstan that was a mistake, but now that i think about it i'm not sure if it was a mistake or a freudian slip
@InvaderXan Am in the UK and am very here for adopting this.
@QueenMollyBones After how awful most of 2020 has been, I'd be all for trying to revive the Cult of Dionysus. As a treat.
@InvaderXan we all deserve a treat.
@InvaderXan where do I sign up?
It's on !
And orgies for those who like it... (I like it)
@freyja_wildes I mean, yeah, where Dionysus is involved, sex and wine are pretty much obligatory!
@InvaderXan Could there be.. cuddling?
@porsupah I'm sure that could be involved!
@InvaderXan this sounds very nice, is it linked to a certain date or time of year? or can we just slot it in anywhere?
@conatus I'm not entirely certain TBH (I need to read more), but Dionysus had a whole bunch of festivals. Which makes sense, considering he was an agricultural deity in a world where everyone depended heavily on farming.
@InvaderXan I bet I could combine parts of this with my friend group's new November tradition which we are calling Bad Movie Holiday.
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