Friday, July 24, 2009

Pioneer Day

Today is Pioneer Day, a day that is a state holiday in Utah and more or less ignored in the rest of the world. I actually think Pioneer Day is interesting, even though I've never so much as been to a Pioneer Day parade. Most major religions have their own specific holidays, complete with historical traditions and costumes. Pioneer Day gives Mormons their chance to remember historical events, dress up in old-timey clothing, have parades, and shoot off fireworks. What more could you ask for in a holiday?

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life chose this Pioneer Day to issue a report entitled "A Portrait of Mormons in the U.S." The report is chock-full of interesting statistics that compare American Mormons with other religious traditions. Look for other Mormon bloggers to delve into this date in the next few days -- it's a wealth of interesting information.


Photo credit: J. Stephen Conn.