What about Blowing the Esrog on Shavuos?
From the Sacramento Bee:
The month preceding the “Ten Days of Awe” begins with a thorough housecleaning to get rid of anything with leaven, which is likened to sin in the Torah. It also begins the time of introspection, when you consider what you may have done wrong to other people or to yourself.
Given that the Sifrei Mussar draw a parallel between the Yetzer Hara and chametz, that statement is not that far off.
Many newspapers choose our holidays as the time to publish glowing reports about how interfaith couples celebrate them. This, by comparison, was pretty innocent.
I’ve also seen Jewish sources comparing our spring and fall holiday seasons in a profound way.
I do not honestly know if such people still exist, I haven’t met anyone like the late beloved Mashgiach of Ner Yisroel Rav Dovid Kronglass,who exemplified “Aimas Hadin” He was a different person in Elul and Ten Days of Awe. He truly had awe.Nowadays, there are people who adopt external stringincies that I never heard of in yeshiva but when I think of someone who was the real thing, I remember the Mashgiach. When I think of Elul, I think of Rav Dovid. Fortunate were we “who saw the back of Rabbi Meir”, so to speak, the few giants of musar and aimas hadin who survived the inferno and were living examples of true yiras shamayim.