Today is Bajaj. The Klingon Day of Honor.
It means Day of Honour. The Klingons celebrate it every year, and so do many Trekkies, such as myself. March 23rd was chosen because it is the anniversary of the first appearance of Klingons in Star Trek, back in 1967.
The Day of Honour is a day when every Klingon examines himself and his actions over the last year, and tries to determine if he has acted with honour.
In matters of honour, a warrior is accountable only to himself. He must judge himself fairly, but privately. For this reason I won’t be spilling out a full audit of my activities over the past year for your reading pleasure.
Instead, I encourage each of you to look within yourself this batjaj, and examine your actions… Look at your intentions, your words and the results thereof. Ask yourself, “If I were in that situation again, knowing what I know now, would I react the same way?” And, most importantly, take the answer of that question to heart… Use it to influence your daily actions and attitudes, so that when next batjaj comes around, you may judge yourself less harshly.
One of the most reflective of the Klingon rituals is the annual Day of Honor. For this, a Klingon looks back on his life and examines his behavior to see if it can measure up to that of Kahless.
With traditional blood pie served on the day and a targ’s heart eaten in a symbolic gesture that brings courage to the participant, the Klingon is also asked by an interrogator if he has come to have his honor challenged. The Klingon is then further questioned and through his answers he comes to the realization of whether or not the previous year has been one he can be proud of.
If his worthiness is suspect, he may either be tasked with the Ritual of 20 Painstiks or forced to battle a bat’leth master. Once completed, the Klingon can make start to make amends for his shortcomings or be proud of his worthiness.
From Memory Beta:
This Klingon holiday is a time when the warrior must reflect on their life and judge whether the actions they have taken are honorable or not. The warrior must also respect the honor of both friends and enemies which essentially means everyone, regardless of race, are treated as Klingons. This allows anyone to participate in Suv’batleth. (VOY episode: “Day of Honor“)
Event ideas from the Klignon Assault Group:
Blood Feuds (Blood donation drive vs. a Starfleet-style group.)
A canned Food Drive for a local food bank.
Cleaning up a section of Highway…or other public space.
Clothing Drive to benefit a local charity.
Discussing and teaching the Klingon Language at a school or Library.
A Jail & Bail to benefit a charity or community group.
A John M. Ford Trust benefit.
Reading to kids at a Library or School.
Sponsoring an animal at a Zoo.
A Toy collection for children in need.
Visiting patients at a local hospital. (Yes, in uniform.)
Today is a day to gather with friends and look at yourselves honestly. Have you done the things you said you would do? Have you consistantly acted in a way that makes you proud of who you are? What have you done over the past year that you can learn from?