Perhaps we could have such a festival called Mandela. I like that too.
I am not Christian, nor adhere to any mainstream religion, which is not to say I am not spiritual. I am. I will celebrate any festival that promotes peace, love and hope, with anyone. And since today is Christmas Day my little poetic message serves its purpose, as it will every day. You know, I like the non denominational idea as well. And I think Mandela would be a great start. Hey, instead of the word "month" we could have festival. The festival of January, and so on. A year long series of festivals celebrating the good, the hopes, the best we have.