One of the larger challenges for people in cross cultural relationships or of multicultural heritage, is the commemorating of life’s important events; births, marriage, death. Often for people of dual or multiheritage or in a cross cultural relationship observing life’s important events means being pigeonholed into one type of identity, forced to follow the prescribed rituals of one of their cultures at the expense of the other. Or else abandon the wish or confidence to commemorate the meaningful events in their lives altogether. Like those without a faith, cross cultural people may find themselves, in ways big and small, disentitled from having fulfilling lives, complete with the marking of life’s important events.
Humanist Celebrants help people with no religious belief or affiliation, to mark the special occasions in their lives, like births, marriages, partnerships and death with honesty, warmth and affection, using words and music that are personal and appropriate to the lives of the people involved. But a humanist ceremony can also be of immense value for interfaith and cross cultural couples and families.
Humanism has many facets, but a Humanist Celebration recognises our common human need to commemorate life’s important events and offers one way forward to do that in a manner that is representative, authentic and personal. GOLDENROOM speaks with Humanist Celebrant, Annette Kane, who explains what a humanist ceremony can entail and how those without a religion, or caught between cultures can be included in that universal human need to commemorate life’s important events.