HumanLight is a new holiday, founded about 8 years ago by a group of Humanists in New Jersey. It's now celebrated by a handful of people throughout the US, and at least one group in England is holding a HumanLight party this year.
The holiday season permeates American culture in December, and the idea was to provide athiest, agnostics, and Humanists, who don't believe in the religious trappings of Christmas and Chanukah with a holiday they could call their own.
This weekend I attended a HumanLight Party in Horsham, Pennsylvania in order to interview people and produce a report for NPR's Morning Edition. The story ran this morning. But I realized I have a lot of great tape that I didn't get a chance to use in the story. For example, I feel we did a good job of explaining the holiday, but not Humanism itself.
So I thought I'd share excerpts from some of the interviews I didn't get to use in the story here.
First up we have Tony Hileman, former director of the American Humanist Association. I think he explains what Humanism is, and why it was important to create a holiday in December.
Joe Fox is the president of the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia, and a co-founder of the holiday.