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Holidays & Festivals

Here you can read about the origins of our holidays and traditions, as well as festivals throughout the world! *Note* Articles marked with stars are by guest authors.

A Brief History of Christmas star
A history of Christmas that sheds some light on little known facts.

Ancient (and some current) Holidays in November star
Not just Halloween, but many, many festivals have roots in mythology. ThereŽs practically a holiday for every day in the month when you look at ancient ritual calendars; check it out. (This piece focuses heavily on Celtic traditions, but includes many others as well).

Ancient Holidays in December star
The November feature was so popular hereŽs one about December too! Saturnalia, the Winter Solstice, ancient origins of Christmas traditions and more.

From Winter to Spring star
The February celebrations of Imbolc and Groundhog day offer us inspiration and hope for the warmer weather of Spring that is soon to come.

History of a Traditional Christmas star
Have you ever wondered how some of our traditions of Christmas began? From the first Christmas card to interesting Christmas candies, please come read more about how it all got started!

Metamorphosis of Santa Claus star
A brief history on the image of Santa Claus

The Annual Carolan Festival star
It’s late June in Worcester, Vermont; home of the Annual Carolan Festival.

The Day the Sun Stands Still, The Winter Solstice star
The Winter Solstice, an important ancient holiday, pre-dates Christmas by tens of thousands of years. Why was this day (today, in fact - 12/22), so important?

The Many Faces of Halloween star
Have you often wondered how the Halloween celebration got started? Do you wonder where the name comes from? Read more to learn about Halloween’s origins, some famous traditions, and even a superstition!

The Tale of Stingy Jack star
Jack OŽLanterns are popular HalloweŽen fair, but did you know that the original Jack OŽLantern was not a pumpkin, but rather a common root.

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