Holidays

    December, 2010

  • The Kwanzaa Holiday: A Cultural Celebration - December 26, 2010 09:20 AM
    Unlike Christmas and Hanukkah, the Kwanzaa holiday is not a religious celebration. Kwanzaa was created as a means of identifying and affirming cultural traditions and principles within the African-American community. Celebrated for seven days, from December 26 through January 1, Kwanzaa is a gathering of friends and family where stories, customs, meals and decorations are shared in honor of a common history and shared future. Use The Kwanzaa Holiday Web Guide to learn about the founding of Kwanzaa and how you can celebrate.
  • October, 2009

  • Haunted New York - October 20, 2009 11:06 AM
    New York in autumn feels both festive and unsettled: Something about the changing weather makes us curious about the cycle of life and death. It’s the perfect time to reflect upon all the feet that have walked these streets before us, and all the eyes that have watched the city evolve. Some of these eyes seem to be watching us still. You can scarcely walk a block in Manhattan without encountering a haunted landmark.
  • Halloween: Get Wicked on the Web - October 02, 2008 10:01 AM

    It's the second largest commercial holiday in America, but your Halloween celebration can be as homemade or as far over the top with special effects as you want. On the Web, you can discover the history of this holiday, learn to plan a spooky party, find that costume you've dreamt about since last year, become an expert pumpkin carver, or find the most terrifying haunted house in your neck of the woods.

  • April, 2008

  • Cinco de Mayo - April 04, 2008 04:36 PM
    Cinco de Mayo—May 5—is a festive, lively Mexican celebration that has become increasingly popular in the United States. Although many believe it to be Mexico’s Independence Day, May 5 actually represents Mexico’s victory over France at the battle of Puebla in 1862. The following resources summarize the history of the holiday, and highlight some contemporary celebrations. Find out how and where to enjoy Cinco de Mayo through links to prominent festivals nationwide, or use the sources below to plan your own fiesta. For teachers, the Guide offers links to lesson plans and eco-friendly crafts. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.
  • March, 2008

  • Passover: History, Traditions, Seders and Food - March 14, 2008 04:06 PM
    Passover, or Pesach, celebrates the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, where they were slaves. The holiday has also come to symbolize and commemorate various types of individual, political and social freedom in modern times. Although there are basic laws and traditions, Passover can be a personalized celebration. The veritable cornucopia of Haggadahs available indicates the many ways to observe the holiday; every family celebrates in their own fashion. Learn about the basic traditions and choose some new ones to spice up your holiday.
  • Easter - March 14, 2008 01:20 PM
    Easter is one of the most important religious holidays of the Christian calendar, steeped in  tradition and ritual developed over centuries. It also has its secular side: the familiar bonnets, bunnies and those irresistible foil-wrapped chocolate eggs nestled into beds of neon grass. With all of these distractions, it’s easy to see how the religious message of Easter can sometimes get crowded out of the picture. This Web Guide can help you rediscover the history, beliefs, symbolism and practice of Easter.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations: History, Traditions and more - March 03, 2008 09:45 AM
    It’s been said that on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish. So no matter what your nationality or faith, use our St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Web Guide to find links to parades, the best places to have fun and of course, tips on beer. We’ve also provided a history of St. Patrick’s Day, and suggestions for family-friendly traditions.
  • January, 2008

  • Valentine’s Day Ideas: Ways to Make It Special - January 18, 2008 10:30 AM
    Celebrate—or ignore—Valentine’s Day in your own chosen way with help from this Valentine's Day Ideas Web Guide. Arrange a special date, have a blast on the town with friends or plan a Valentine's Day meal for your whole family. You’ll find recipes, cocktail ideas and Valentine's craft instructions.
  • Mardi Gras Information: Lean Web Sites for Fat Tuesday - January 15, 2008 04:18 PM
    Mardi Gras is more than just a debauched free-for-all: In fact, the history of Mardi Gras is steeped in tradition and religious meaning. This Mardi Gras Information Web Guide shows you Fat Tuesday in all its incarnations. Use these resources to learn about Mardi Gras traditions, and find help throwing your own Fat Tuesday celebration.
  • December, 2007

  • New Year’s Eve: History and Celebration - December 31, 2007 09:20 AM
    "Auld Lang Syne," perhaps the most famous New Year’s Eve song in the English-speaking world, is also considered "the song that nobody knows.” It might be apt that few people know the words to this song, because the meaning of New Year’s Eve in the Western world has always been somewhat nebulous. Use this New Year’s Eve Web Guide to learn what New Year’s is all about, and where to find celebrations, helpful hints on fulfilling your New Year’s resolutions and New Year’s customs from around the world. 
  • Recommit to Your New Year's Resolutions - December 20, 2007 12:19 PM
    As we ring in the new year, millions of people make resolutions to change their lives for the better, hoping to lose weight, quit smoking, spend more time with their families or make other life improvements. The Web can aid you on your journey, with advice, resources and inspiration that will help you follow through with—or recommit to—your New Year's resolutions.
  • Hanukkah Celebration: Understanding the Jewish Festival of Lights - December 05, 2007 11:25 AM
    For eight nights each year, Jews celebrate the Festival of Lights, known as Hanukkah. Hanukkah celebrates the miracles that occurred more than 2,000 years ago when Judah and the Maccabees fought against religious persecution, rededicated the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and lit the menorah (a candelabrum) with one day’s worth of oil that, amazingly, lasted for eight. Let the Hanukkah Celebration Web Guide show you where to find information on Hanukkah customs, traditions, food, blessings, music and more.
  • November, 2007

  • Christmas Holiday: Resources for Celebrating - November 26, 2007 05:00 AM
    When the red and green lights and wreaths appear and the sounds of familiar carols echo in the streets,it’s time to celebrate the Christmas holiday again. This Christmas Holiday Web Guide presents the history of Christmas, illuminates how and why we celebrate certain customs, and reveals the best places to look for Christmas recipes, decorations and gift ideas. Whether you have a religious view of the holiday or simply enjoy the Christmas spirit, the resources below can help you make merry with your friends and family all through the season.
  • Thanksgiving: Recipes, Traditions and More - November 17, 2007 06:45 AM
    If you enjoy celebrating the fourth Thursday in November, give thanks to Sarah Josepha Hale: In 1863, she wrote to President Lincoln advocating the declaration of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Today, the Internet offers a cornucopia of information. Use our Thanksgiving Web Guide to find Thanksgiving traditions recipes and other Thanksgiving resources. You'll also find links to the menu from the Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving, learn ways to keep your guests entertained while you're doing the dishes, uncover the mystery of turkey brining and much more.
  • September, 2007

  • Holidays On the Web - September 13, 2007 10:29 AM
    Click on your holiday of choice in the menu on the right to learn more.


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