In my many communities (gender, race, spiritual, geographic, political, and family - among others), I have an abundance of opportunities to celebrate and, there are even times when communities intersect and glide with one another in a moment of laughter, insight, or recognition of a shared memory.
We celebrate in the present, always with memories and hopes. We celebrate with ritual, both known and invented in the moment. We celebrate with food, with color, with music, with dance, crafts and most important: with time shared. Person to person, person to nature, person to community, and person to spirit — the abundance of opportunities to celebrate are only limited by the awareness (or lack) of the fact that this too, is a part of living.
How do we celebrate? There are an infinite number of ways. Why do we celebrate? It’s natural; and invites “letting go!”