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Traditions

Slovakian Easter: Drench And Spank Women, Give Men Pres...

April 12, 2020

If you think about it, the secular parts of our Easter celebration are pretty weird: There's a rabbit who brings eggs, cake shaped like a lamb, and way too m...

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...

Why Does The Times Square Ball Drop On New Year's Eve?

December 31, 2019

Americans have a lot of different ways of celebrating the new year. In some regions, people eat black eyed peas for good luck; those of us lucky enough to have a part...

Childermas: In Medieval England, Children Were Beaten O...

December 28, 2019

While the days of knights, peasants, and castles grow in popularity on Netflix, the people of medieval Europe weren't nearly as excited about their living si...

How Telling Ghost Stories Around A Fire Used To Be A Ch...

October 20, 2019

With the nights growing longer and a chill filling the air, is there a better way to stay warm than curling up around the hearth to tell a ghost story? Halloween...