The . has traditionally been a Protestant Christian nation. However Protestants are believed to have become a minority for the first time during 2006. 4 Meanwhile, according to the national ARIS study , about 75% of American adults currently identify themselves as Christians -- a number that is decreasing by about percentage point per year. If this rate continues, Christianity will become a minority religion in the 2030s. Most Americans will then either have no religious affiliation or will identify themselves with a non-Christian faith.
People belonging to different castes creeds and countries celebrate different festivals. These festivals have both religious and psychological importance. On these occasions, people perform certain rites and thank God for the blessing that He bestows upon them. They gathers together at some place and offer prayers according to the teachings and dogmas of their religion. The rich give alms to the poor. Relatives, friends and neighbours pay specials visits to one another. They enjoy and rejoice in the same way and in the same manner. Thus such festivals bring all the members of society on one platform and remove all social indisciminations.
In North Korea , people do not celebrate birthdays on July 8 and December 17 because these were the dates of the deaths of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il , respectively. More than 100,000 North Koreans celebrate displaced birthdays on July 9 or December 18 to avoid these dates. A person born on July 8 before 1994 may change their birthday, with official recognition.  Kim Il-sung's birthday, Day of the Sun , is the most important public holiday of the country,  and Kim Jong-il's birthday is celebrated as Day of the Shining Star .