The Origins of Our Holidays

The Wonder of Us (4/1/2012) - What do colored eggs, rabbits and lambs have to do with the sacred Christian celebration called “Easter” and what does …

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A Postcard to the Universe (4/22/2012) - HOME Earth Day falls appropriately in the spring, because it is about cleaning and tidying up and making repairs to …

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Why Cinco de Mayo? (4/30/2012) - At dawn on May 5, 1862, 6000 French troops drew up with heavy artillery before Puebla de Los Angeles, a …

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“MOTHER”—The Most Beautiful Word in Any Language (5/6/2012) - The founder of Mother’s Day, Anna Marie Jarvis, spent every penny of her inheritance to stop the observance of the …

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To Die For (5/15/2012) - The national observance of Memorial Day is held every year at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National …

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The Best Fathers on the Planet (6/11/2012) - Humans are special in that we will consciously adjust our behavioral patterns. We are, after all, “homo sapiens” or “rational …

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The Woman Who Invented Father’s Day (6/16/2012) - One soft spring morning in 1909, Sonora Louise Dodd celebrates her first Mother’s Day with her infant son in her …

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Dancin’ ‘Round the Sun (6/18/2012) - Summer begins on June 20, 2012. Why? Here we are. This is our home. We call it a “planet,” a …

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OLYMPIA (7/29/2012) - Ολυμπία If you love the Olympics, remember the name Pierre de Coubertin. You have him to thank for them. Baron …

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (11/13/2012) - If, on a russet November day, I were stepping out of my house carrying a platter of clams to set …

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A Storybook World (12/8/2012) - It’s August. You run into a store for something and you see pumpkins, garlands of autumn leaves, scarecrows on sticks. …

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Felicissimus Novus Annus! (Happy New Year!) (12/27/2012) -   Januarius I, XLVI  (January 1, 46) You don’t have to know a lot of history to know that the …

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Our Infinite Capacity to Love (2/3/2013) - The oldest known valentine still in existence today was written in 1415, 77 years before Columbus aimed his boat for …

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A NEW NATION (7/4/2015) - Our Independence Day should be celebrated on September 3. That’s the day in 1783 that we actually secured our independence …

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Over the Top (11/11/2015) - On November 11, 1918, Harry Frieman, with the U.S. 313th Machine Gun Company, was flattened against the mud wall of …

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Thanksgiving (11/22/2015) - 1621, PLYMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS On a russet November day in 1621, in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, just across the bay from Cape …

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How All Hallow’s Eve Became Halloween (10/23/2016) - His name was “stingy Jack.” He was not only a miser, he was also a drunk, a conniver, a weasel. …

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