Leviticus 23:1-4 New International Version (NIV)
The Appointed Festivals
23 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are my appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of the Lord, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.
3 “‘There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a sabbath to the Lord.
The Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread
4 “‘These are the Lord’s appointed festivals, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times:
Celebrations play a major role in culture. Israel’s festivals were different from those of any other nation because they were ordained by God. The celebrations were time of celebrating with him. God wanted to set aside special days for people to come together for rest, refreshment, and thanksgiving for all God had done for them. Take note of your holiday traditions. What do they say about your values? In what ways do your celebrations and holidays reflect your relationship with God?