The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is now an official religion in the Netherlands and members worldwide are celebrating with a bowl of pasta.
According to the Inquisitr, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or Pastafarianism, is a social movement that emerged in 2005 and quickly went on to become an internet phenomenon.
Not strictly a religion, the torchbearers of the movement encourages a light-hearted view on dogma. The group is known for its opposition to the teaching of creationism and intelligent design in public schools.
— Martijn Grimmius (@MartijnGrimmius) January 28, 2016
A spokesman for the Dutch wing of the church released the following statement:
“The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is since today officially registered as Denomination! Our church stands for equality for all. Therefore, anyone can sign up free of charge and without obligation.”
“We come together in local churches and at events. Our services are especially devoted to socializing. So we eat pasta, we drink beer and discuss faith.’
Currently, the church’s Twitter account has more than 4,200 members with the number of new congregants increasing by the day.