In every culture festivals, and banquets and parades are how people past the time. Holidays are days looked forward to on a calendar. The Most High God is no different. There are a set of days set aside for the celebration of the Plan of God, the Will of God and the works of His hand.
I will not post the chapter here, but click here to read it for yourself. Instructions in the Old Tesament are usually VERY specific. There are protocol’s and certain ways in which things must be done. In the 23rd Chapter of Leviticus when celebrating God’s Holy Days (not man’s holy days, not the Jews holy Days, THE FEASTS OF THE LORD) people alos sacrificed animals. Being under the blood of Jesus we no longer sacrifice animals.. However the feasts of the Lord are perpetual (everlasting), meaning they last from generation to generation. When Jesus returns the entire world will celebrate these feasts!
"... And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD. And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh." (Isaiah 66:15-23)
The scene/prophesy being depicted here is of Jesus Kingdom. It is Jesus whom all flesh will come to worship before, being also able to look into the Lake of Fire and physically see the beast and the false prophet for 1,000 yrs. see revelation 19
However at some point during the 3rd century after a string of councils, the Emperor 'Constantine the Great' wanted to separate the catholic church from all things considered Jew or Jewish. I don t think he ever read what Paul said, "...my kinsmen according to the flesh... are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises"(Romans 9:3-5).
Jesus was prophesied to be ruler in Israel; and save Israel! (not your personal savior) Luke 1:30-33
Even in New Jerusalem also known as the Kingdom of God there are 12 gates named after the 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL (Revelation 21:12).
This is why there are 12 months in a year
24hrs in a day (12x2=24)
Not to mention the fact the city is called 'new Jerusalem' the capital city in Israel since King David moved his throne there from Hebron.
It is because of this disconnect that the man-made (or in this case Emperor-made) holiday Easter never falls on the same day every year.
Constantine wanted to be sure it never fell on the same day as Passover. Passover is called a Jewish holiday even though it was JESUS who died on Passover. And it is the believer's sins that get passed-over.
Nevertheless, it is human nature to want to celebrate God's goodness on earth.
These made-up celebrations in addition to the more universal holidays: Christmas, Easter, Lent, Holy Week, etc., are days that have no relevance to Jesus nor any biblical backing. Jesus name is simply stamped on pagan festivals (most by emperor Constantine) in order to coerce the pagans to Christianity.
There are however Holy Days (holidays) found in the Bible. 3 feasts (Unleavend Bread [7days long], Pentecost [1day], Tabernacles[8days long]), 2 memorials (The Passover, Blowing of trumpets), and 1 fast (The day of Atonement).
Compare and Contrast for a moment…
Anyone who has never heard of the Passover can right now, pick up the Bible, see when it was instituted by Moses. You can see how Jesus and the Apostles did it.
You can see where the customs change dfrom animal sacrifice in Leviticus to Bread & Wine in St. Matthew.
"And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."(Matthew 26:26-28)
Come out of Babylon my people and no longer be partake of her sins. "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." (Revelation 18:4)