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Holidays

Mardi Gras Beads: Sweatshops, Pollution, And Other Dirt...

February 27, 2020

If you've ever been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, or if you've even heard of either one of those things, you know that part of the experience is catching col...

Giri Choco: On Valentine's Day, Japanese Women 'Traditi...

February 13, 2020

Women buy boxes of chocolates as gifts before Valentine's Day at a Tokyo department store. (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP via Getty Images) If you're in Japan around Fe...

Saint Valentine: The Patron Saint Of Bees, Fainting, An...

February 11, 2020

Valentine ministered to persecuted Christians in the third century. Colored engraving, Italy, 1886. (Photo by Fototeca Gilardi/Getty Images). Today, most of w...

Vinegar Valentines: 19th Century's Insulting, Anonymous...

February 10, 2020

If you're lucky enough to have a special someone in your life, there's nothing better than giving or receiving a Valentine. Who doesn't like to know that they're ...

The Origins Of Groundhog Day: Why Do We Celebrate It Ag...

February 2, 2020

On February 2, all eyes look to a particular rodent in Pennsylvania to see if he can predict the coming weather better than the television meteorologists. It...

Guy Fawkes: The Man, The Myth, The Mask

January 31, 2020

A man with a Guy Fawkes mask during a protest. (Photo by Giorgos Georgiou/NurPhoto via Getty Images) In recent years, we've come to know Guy Fawkes more for his dashing, mustach...

New Year's Trees: They're Like Christmas Trees But Russ...

December 26, 2019

Toys. Lights. Family and friends gathered around a stunningly decorated evergreen tree. This might sound like a familiar Christmas scene---after all, that's ...

The History Of Trick-Or-Treating: From The 16th Century...

October 31, 2019

Children trick or treating at Halloween. Source: (Photo by Photofusion/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Trick-or-treating is such a big part of the Ha...