On the fourth day of creation Yah set up His appointed times, the KJV translates the Hebrew as seasons but the word is Miqra and the miqra are explained in Leviticus 23. I will deal with these separately.
Those appointed times are the fundamental of teaching Yah’s Torah, together they paint a picture of the Toraic life and its whole context, they are a pattern by which we can live if we understand them.
Satan does not like the Miqra and he has perverted them, substituted them and systematically eradicated or obfuscated them in people’s lives. The Constantinian ‘church’ dropped them from its (pagan) calendar preferring to keep the winter solstice (Xmas) and Ishtar (Easter) instead.
Jews keep Purim and Hannuka which celebrate interactions between Yah and man but are not Miqra; but we find Hannuka mentioned in the NT as the “feast of dedication” which Yahushua attended
That Yah defined the Miqra on the fourth day along with all the other heavenly bodies gives the Miqra substance, and if one stops and considers the significance of this one can understand why Satan does not want these fundamentals of Yah’s truth in man’s existance.
To religionise is also to monetise, and religion is a good career choice for many, but it has nothing to do with Yah and everything to do with extracting the maximum amount of money from a given audience. I suspect that religion has always been a good form of entertainment and the monetizing of the Miqra started very early. Thus we find Yahushua clearing the temple of the moneychangers who ran a nice little fraud selling temple coins with which to pay the temple tax due each Passover (it could only be paid in the temple coinage).
Yah gives us a lot of latitude as to how we celebrate his Miqra, He gives us the basics and it is then up to us as to how we incorporate those basics into our culture. There is nothing wrong with a Seder as long as we understand what bits are Yah’s and what bits are man’s and why.
Here in Sderot we tend to keep it simple, there are not many of us so we tend to have a dinner together at someone’s house and we bless the bread and the wine, and we tend to discuss our latest understandings of things centred around the specific feast being celebrated. We do not celebrate Xmas because if there were shepherds abiding in the fields watching their flocks, it was not mid-December. The area around Jerusalem gets very cold so the flocks are brought in just after Sukkot, and if Yahushua was born on the first day of Sukkot, then he would have had his brit on the 8th day, get the picture?
The Miqra are days where we can keep in contact, with Yah and with each other, we keep Shabbat which is the most important of the Miqra as a family, but the feasts we keep as a community; we commune together, we eat together and discuss the things of Yah together. Each Miqra is a picture of the life of a Torah keeper, and particularly that of the Torah made flesh and dwelling amongst us.