Residents of Tallahassee, Fla. may now celebrate “Festivus,” the holiday “for the rest of us,” created in the popular television show “Seinfeld,” according to the News Service of Florida.
Chaz Stevens, a Deerfield Beach resident, made a Festivus pole from Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans and applied to have it displayed in the state capitol. Festivus was established on “Seinfeld” as a way to protest the commercial nature of Christmas, and the holiday’s traditions include displaying a Festivus pole and an “Airing of Grievances” with friends and family.
Stevens applied to display the Festivus pole because he wanted to make a political statement about separation of church and state after learning that there would be a nativity scene at the capitol, according to the News Service of Florida.
“I still chuckle, I literally can’t believe there will be a pile of Pabst Blue Ribbon cans in the state rotunda,” Stevens said.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a group based in Madison, Wisc., also applied for a secular display in the Rotunda. The group has placed a banner in the capitol that reads, “At this season of the Winter Solstice, we celebrate the Birth of the Unconquered Sun — the TRUE reason for the season.”
Watch a clip about Festivus on “Seinfeld” via SanDiego.com:
[H/t Yahoo News]