Episode Suggestion: Festivals, celebrations, and holidays
I was contemplating a science-fiction play, and smiling at the incongruousness of the captain being summoned from the bridge to join in the annual harvest festival, complete with square dancing. And on a generational ship, why not?
It seems like holidays on earth are typically related to:
- the harvest, planting, or agrarian cycle
- remembering the end of wars of births of nations
- holidays commemorating religious events
- the arbitrary start of a year
Similarly, we celebrate birthdays, marriages and anniversaries, and people graduating from school, or retiring from work. It's a bit of a stretch, but I suppose funerals could be considered a celebration too, if only in that it is something more important than day-to-day events that people will pause to honour.
What sort of things would civilizations celebrate in the future, and how might they do it? Almost all of our holidays are based on a solar year (with a few odd ones based on a lunar year, and fewer still that happen in larger periods like 7, 50, or 100 years). Does a harvest festival make sense if you live in an asteroid? If you are on a generational ship, do you choose to have seasons (perhaps for some sort of psychological benefit, or maybe to keep the flora and fauna happy?)