It’s MLK Jr. Day.
What’s the appropriate greeting, “Happy MLK Day”? That doesn’t seem right to me.
I was raised in a family that observed the major Jewish holidays. I was taught the majors were the “high holidays” (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) and Passover. I have a vague and possibly incorrect memory of being told that “we” do not say Happy New Year at Rosh Hashanah. It’s a somber time. We reflect on the many things we did wrong in the past year. We hope to be written in the Book of Life for the next year. Those people who think Hanukkah is a major holiday might say Happy New Year to us, but we do not say it.
I have the same feeling about MLK Day. It’s not “Happy MLK Day” in my mind. Maybe “Welcome to MLK Day, Get to Work”? Or “May you have a Meaningful MLK Day”? (But who talks like that?) How about “Transformational MLK Day to You!” It’s a mouthful, but it comes the closest to what I am thinking.
p.s. As is often the case in these blog posts that refer to my childhood, I enjoy a laugh in looking back. Many Jews I know do wish one another Happy New Year at the high holidays. Did I misunderstand? Misremember? Miss the memo? Undoubtedly yes.