Why doesn’t the church celebrate the Old Testament holy days?

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The church does not celebrate Old Testament holy days because they are part of the ceremonial nature of the law in the Old Testament that is fulfilled in Christ.

There was a segue from the synagogue to outside of the synagogue in the early New Testament church, so that the patterns of synagogue life may have existed in the church initially. However, by the time of the fully mature church, like when Paul was giving instruction in the pastoral epistles, for example, there’s no hint that the church should keep the Jewish calendar.

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