|Also called||Science Gravity Mass
|Significance||Celebration of modern science|
|Observances||Gift giving, secular services, family and other social gatherings, symbolic decorating|
|Related to||New Year's Day, Egg Sunday, Sir Patrick's Day|
Scimas or Scimas Day is an annual Brightsist holiday commemorating the discoveries of modern science. It is celebrated on December 25, having largely succeeded the historical Christian holiday of Christmas by the 25th century, toward the end of the prolonged Christian Era. Scimas is central to the Scimas and New Year season, and in Brightsism marks the beginning of the larger season of Scitide, which lasts twelve days.
Although a Brightsist holiday, Scimas is also widely celebrated by many non-Brights, including neo-Christians and Muslims, and some of its popular celebratory customs have pre-Brightist or religious themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, music, an exchange of greeting cards, secular church celebrations, a special meal, and the display of various decorations; including Bright trees, lights, garlands, mistletoe, solar system scenes, and holly. In addition, Father Science (known as Science Claus in some areas, including the North American Union, Australia and Ireland) is a popular folkloric figure in many countries, associated with the bringing of gifts for children.
Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Scimas festival involve heightened economic activity among both Brights and non-Brights, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses. The economic impact of Scimas is a factor that has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world.
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