This has me wondering about major feast days in general. In the Roman Catholic Church, there are Holy Days of Obligation when faithful Catholics are obliged to be at worship:
"On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass. Moreover they are to abstain from those works and affairs which hinder the worship to be rendered to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s day, or the suitable relaxation of mind and body." Canon 1247.According to Roman Catholic canon 1246:
"Sunday, on which by apostolic tradition the paschal mystery is celebrated, must be observed in the universal Church as the primordial holy day of obligation. The following days must also be observed: the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Epiphany, the Ascension, the Body and Blood of Christ, Holy Mary the Mother of God, her Immaculate Conception, her Assumption, Saint Joseph, Saint Peter and Saint Paul the Apostles, and All Saints."
Holy Days of Obligation have not been part of the Anglican tradition. We have typically been less inclined to legislate the particulars of our piety. Still, Holy Days are set apart for us to celebrate together who God is and what God has done for us. As such they are occasions for rejoicing that are both formative and edifying. Christians might be expected to gather for worship and the celebration of the Eucharist on such days.
Along with Sundays, I suggest that Episcopalians would do well to consider the Principle Feasts found on p. 15 of the Book of Common Prayer (Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, All Saints’, Christmas, and Epiphany) as "Hoy Days of Expectation". At least on these days we should expect to participate in the Eucharist and “abstain from those works and affairs which hinder the worship to be rendered to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s day, or the suitable relaxation of mind and body.”