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FredWolfLeonardo
06-01-2017, 07:39 AM
What sort of traditions, rituals do you follow? This is not necessarily a religious thread as rituals can also be non religious, having to do with family and culture etc and this is more about practices rather than beliefs.

Would be interesting In hearing your inputs.

Krutch
06-01-2017, 07:46 AM
Each Halloween I try to watch Trick'R'Treat.

I have a playlist of Christmas specials that I watch all day while getting hammered on eggnog on X-Mas day.

Regrouping with old friends and Seeing Twiztid in Toronto once a year has become somewhat of a tradition.

That's about it. Nothing special.

IndigoErth
06-01-2017, 11:22 AM
I guess just the usual family holiday stuff, not really anything big.


Unless you count little stuff... like how every night after turning the lights out in the computer room, on my way to bed, I lightly pat the fish tank and tell my fish good night and see her in the morning. :tlol:

BubblyShell22
06-01-2017, 01:54 PM
Just usual holiday stuff mostly.

plastroncafe
06-01-2017, 02:01 PM
Hmmm. I have to think about this, because for me tradition and ritual are two very different things, when maybe they really ought not to be. Though for some reason I prefer to think of them as routines.

It doesn't feel like the Winter Holidays for me if I don't watch "Love Actually" at least once. Or if I don't have a Christmas Tree in my living room.
Also, lasagna. There's always a Christmas Lasagna.

In the Spring I've taken to planting flowers.

Daily...do flossing, making my bed, and feeding the neighborhood birds count?

Netkeeper
06-01-2017, 02:01 PM
The absolute first thing I do when I get home from anywhere is take my shoes off. Almost nothing is more important than relieving my feet of the hot discomfort known as shoes

It's somehow accidentally become tradition that once or more a year I play Digimon World and I'm already thinking about what I'm going to do for this year's playthrough. I livestreamed it a few years back and I got comments from people regarding things I'll need to do a whole new playthrough for and I think this time around I'll actually do those things, buuut that would require pre-planning a video game playthrough @.@

Prowler
06-01-2017, 04:35 PM
None, really. Holidays to me are just days without any classes or work. I don't celebrate any of them.

Things I do every morning such as showering, brushing my teeth, etc. aren't exactly what I'd call "rituals".

DisKosh
06-01-2017, 04:48 PM
I'm not sure if this counts, but after a row of night shifts I treat myself to a hot dog stuffed crust New Yorker pizza.

MsMarvelDuckie
06-01-2017, 06:29 PM
Hmm where to start.... Holiday traditions for me include a ritual circle and meditation on Samhain (Halloween to most of you), Beltaine(aka Mayday/May 1st) and Yule/Solstice (around Christmas). At Yule I watch the 4Kids TMNT "Christmas Aliens" episode and try to watch White Christmas as well.

Regular or daily "rituals" for me include sitting down to use the wifi after work for a while, taking off shoes when I come home (and often a bubble bath too), and listening to music when I write. We also have a bedtime ritual of ALWAYS saying "I love you" and good night to each other when we turn in. Have only ever failed to say it about four times in almost 20 yrs!

FredWolfLeonardo
06-01-2017, 07:21 PM
My traditions/rituals include both religious and non religious stuff. As for the religious:

1.3 Prayers a day (although I've recently been missing the dawn prayer and feel bad for sleeping in after months of flawlessly attending it)
2. Fasting from sunrise until sunset from all Food and Water from this month.
3. Attending a mosque on Fridays.
4. Keeping the Sabbath on Saturdays (This ones a fairly new one for me, as I am new to Judaism. But I plan to follow the Jewish rituals soon alongside my Islamic rituals and maybe join a Synagogue).
5. Observing dietary rituals such as not consuming Pork, blood, alcohol. Again, since I plan on following Jewish rituals as well soon: I would also extend this to not eating sea creatures that are not fish as well as refrain from things like Camel meat which is actually quite a delicacy in my home country/culture).

As for non religious rituals:
1. I often tend to play a few games of Super Smash Bros Melee everyday, its become kind of a daily ritual for me and doesn't take that long since each game of 4 stocks last 2-3 minutes so I can enjoy 5 matches in about 15 minutes.
2. Going outside for a casual walk, just enjoying the view and fresh air everyday. I also tend to walk the same places everyday so its become a ritual for me.
3. Calling family members everyday since I'm living away from them although there's always the odd day when I miss calling them altogether.
4. Having cold showers. Its become kind of a ritual for me to just enjoy long, cold showers. They're not comfortable but also soothing if that makes sense.
5. Using my spare change to get pizza from Pizza Hut and having it while either watching tmnt or browsing the technodrome forums.
6. Playing some other video games in my spare time like Pokemon Showdown, Counter Strike and even very old emulated games for nostalgia and/or guilty pleasure (for e.g. Call of Duty games on the Nintendo DS).
7. If I'm living in another city where I have my bike, then biking around the city everyday: maybe visiting some friends. Same for the gym, I often only tend to go when I'm visiting my family in another city as a part of going there with my dad. No fun in being there alone, as the only time I really go the gym in my own city is when there's some class and my friends are going too.

DestronMirage22
06-01-2017, 07:39 PM
After I've done my grocery shopping for the week I always treat myself to a chocolate bar.

BubblyShell22
06-01-2017, 08:39 PM
I wake up at six every morning, eat breakfast, get dressed and ready for the day, and then usually go online. Then I do the nerve stimulator with Dad usually after he gets his medicine which is usually about eight. After that, I just spend the day how I like unless we're going grocery shopping or something. Might watch something on TV if there's anything on during the day. We usually put Dad in the chair after I do the nerve stimulator on him and then we feed him lunch at twelve or twelve-thirty. He doesn't eat dinner unless he's hungry, but we do give him a snack if he asks for it and get him drinks throughout the day. Sometimes I work with him on flash cards to improve his speech and we always make sure to check when the baseball games are on so we can turn the channel for him.

Needless to say, we have developed a lot of rituals since Dad came home and they have worked pretty well.

ProphetofGanja
06-01-2017, 10:00 PM
I used to have a lil ritual I engaged in every day a little after 4 :lol::lol::lol:

FredWolfLeonardo
06-01-2017, 10:41 PM
I used to have a lil ritual I engaged in every day a little after 4 :lol::lol::lol:

Your signature says it all :lol:

ProactiveMan
06-02-2017, 10:14 AM
I'm descended from fortune hunters and outcasts, so my family does not have strong cultural roots, but we've created our own traditions. About a month out form Christmas every year, my mother's side of the extended family gather and make a Christmas pudding from a recipe my grandmother (the family matriarch) adopted and refined over the years. We take turns stirring old coins into the mixture - they have to be pre-metric as modern Australian coins are made of alloys that you probably don't want in your food.

The day before, my grandmother would make a version of Cornish pasties that she called 'footlongs', and Johnny Cake, and we'd eat them for lunch on pudding stirring day. She sadly died about ten years ago, but the tradition lives on. The pudding is then cooked and hung for a few weeks, and consumed after Christmas lunch. The coins are collected, cleaned and stored for the next year.

DisKosh
06-02-2017, 03:26 PM
I'm descended from fortune hunters and outcasts, so my family does not have strong cultural roots, but we've created our own traditions. About a month out form Christmas every year, my mother's side of the extended family gather and make a Christmas pudding from a recipe my grandmother (the family matriarch) adopted and refined over the years. We take turns stirring old coins into the mixture - they have to be pre-metric as modern Australian coins are made of alloys that you probably don't want in your food.

The day before, my grandmother would make a version of Cornish pasties that she called 'footlongs', and Johnny Cake, and we'd eat them for lunch on pudding stirring day. She sadly died about ten years ago, but the tradition lives on. The pudding is then cooked and hung for a few weeks, and consumed after Christmas lunch. The coins are collected, cleaned and stored for the next year.

Those traditions sound lovely.:)

MsMarvelDuckie
06-02-2017, 03:45 PM
Up until last year, Mr Duckie and I used to have a tradition that my mom and I started when I was 12 or so, and which I continued with him after we got together. At least once each year, usually on the weekend of Memorial Day (it's the closest to our anniversary date) we would go to the Scarborough Renaissance Faire as an anniversary "trip". It's a couple of hours from where we currently live and in the past we were even closer. We made a full day of it- open to close- and went to our favorite shows and strolled around the vendors. We usually spent much of the day hanging around a few of our favorite shops and performers, and listened to the musicians scattered about the Faire. Sadly he is no longer able to see or get around well enough to make the trip fun. We tried it last year but he had to be pushed around in a wheelchair and had so much trouble seeing anything that it wound up not being worth it. But it was a great tradition while it lasted and we even had a vow renewal there!

Cure
06-02-2017, 04:41 PM
I watch every WWE pay-per-view with one of my best friends and we also watch every E3 conference every year with our other best friends.

BubblyShell22
06-02-2017, 06:20 PM
I will make a wish at 2:22pm since that's the time I was born and I feel it brings me good luck to do that.

MsMarvelDuckie
06-03-2017, 05:41 PM
There is one spiritual/religious ritual of sorts that I practice every year in spring, usually on or around Beltaine(May 1st). I go outdoors at some point, often several times over three or four weeks around that time, and do something to renew my connection to nature and the web of life. It can be almost anything- like going out in a storm to feel the rain on my face, walking a route home from work that takes me past a more natural setting to enjoy the closeness of nature, stopping at one of my favorite rest spots to sit and meditate and listen to the birds, or going out into a field of wildflowers and picking a bouquet to bring home and place in a vase in my kitchen (bring the outdoors indoors). It helps me reconnect with the beauty and wonderous variety of nature and the cycle of renewal and rebirth that comes with spring. It is my favorite season and Beltaine is a personally important holiday for me because I first converted to Wicca just a couple of weeks before that holiday, making it the first pagan holiday I ever celebrated.

Powder
06-03-2017, 06:27 PM
I watch We Wish You A Turtles Christmas every year on Xmas. I'm sure I have some others but that's all that comes to mind right now.

Prowler
06-03-2017, 08:17 PM
I watch We Wish You A Turtles Christmas every year on Xmas. I'm sure I have some others but that's all that comes to mind right now.
Fully re-watching the Fred Wolf series every Summer break used to be my anual tradition from about 2003 to 2008. I loved doing that, but I have seen most episodes countless times already and am no longer a kid/teenager, so it doesn't have the same impact anymore Plus, back then you couldn't as easily obtain cartoon episodes like you do nowadays, so it felt more special to have them recorded on VHS.

tmntfannumerouno
06-03-2017, 08:57 PM
So ocd rituals don't count?

FredWolfLeonardo
06-03-2017, 09:12 PM
So ocd rituals don't count?

Everything counts :)

FredWolfLeonardo
06-05-2017, 04:58 AM
There is one spiritual/religious ritual of sorts that I practice every year in spring, usually on or around Beltaine(May 1st). I go outdoors at some point, often several times over three or four weeks around that time, and do something to renew my connection to nature and the web of life. It can be almost anything- like going out in a storm to feel the rain on my face, walking a route home from work that takes me past a more natural setting to enjoy the closeness of nature, stopping at one of my favorite rest spots to sit and meditate and listen to the birds, or going out into a field of wildflowers and picking a bouquet to bring home and place in a vase in my kitchen (bring the outdoors indoors). It helps me reconnect with the beauty and wonderous variety of nature and the cycle of renewal and rebirth that comes with spring. It is my favorite season and Beltaine is a personally important holiday for me because I first converted to Wicca just a couple of weeks before that holiday, making it the first pagan holiday I ever celebrated.

Thats a very interesting ritual indeed. Despite not being Wiccan myself and not celebrating the holiday itself specifically, I often go out into nature and just appreciate it all like you do, while thinking alot about religion/creation. I don't know how to describe it, but it is a very beautiful feeling to be able to let yourself sink into nature, if that makes sense.

MsMarvelDuckie
06-05-2017, 10:10 AM
It can indeed. Oddly enough it it something I've done nearly all my life, without even knowing that was what I wasdoing. Grww up with very outdoorsy parents who took me on oodles of camping dirt biking or fishing trips, and I usually went off on my own on those trips. Birdwatching, identifying flowers, or just hiking alone to see the sights where we were. It stuck with me and gave me a much deeper appreciation for those wild places.