Christmas

Christmas: A Little History — Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth,…

Thanksgiving

A Little History: Thanksgiving is a federal holiday, celebrated annually on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Thanksgiving precedes “Black Friday” and is traditionally a holiday to give thanks for the food collected at the end of the harvest season. In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor…

Veteran’s Day

A Little History: Veterans’ Day is a federal holiday (previously known as Armistice Day) observed annually on November 11, not only in the United States but in many other countries throughout the world. In the United States, it is a day that honors all men and women that have served as military veterans in the…

Halloween

A Little History: Halloween 2019 (also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve) occurs on the day before All Saints Day. It is a day that is dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed. Halloween is celebrated annually on October 31 in the United States and…

Labor Day

Labor Day — A Little History:  Labor Day is a federal holiday observed annually on the first Monday of September. Originally it was a day organized to celebrate various labor associations’ strengths and their contributions to the United States economy and presently it is a day that gives workers a day of rest and celebrates…

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