On Holy Thursday, a Catholic co-worker asked if we Mormons observe. The traditions rife in the Catholic church are one of the things that she likes about being Catholic.
On the other hand, I have often lamented the lack of traditional observance of "special days" - "holy days" as well as other significant holidays - in official Mormondom. We generally manage a special song or two by the choir or the children. The occasion in question, if not the subject of the talks, are frequently mentioned in our regularly held Sacrament Meeting. Christmas, Easter and Mother's Day ALWAYS have songs and almost always special, even quite moving, talks. However, over all, life and religion continue on pretty much as usual.
Because, life and religion - which should be one and the same - are already all about remembering Christ - His birth, life, teachings, mission, atonement and resurrection. Every day should be a celebration of Christ and His gospel.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is about coming to Christ and ALWAYS remembering Him. In work, play, home, school, business, in all our relationships - whatever our interests or pursuits our actions should be guided by His teachings and directed to becoming worthy of returning to live with Him and His Father.
Each Sacrament Meeting, especially, is the time to come together in worship, learning, and renewal of sacred personal covenants by taking the sacrament. To rededicate ourselves to living in remembrance each day.
So, while I like observances and traditions, - both serious and fun -and we are encouraged to develop and keep good traditions in our homes, I realize that I must not ever feel that rites and ceremonies replace daily living a life dedicated to coming closer to God. If we so live, every day is a celebration and an observance.