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Mardi Gras 2020 (Fat Tuesday)
Mardi Gras 2020 is Tuesday, February 25! Why do we celebrate Mardi Gras? Also called Shrove Tuesday...
Valentine's Day 2020: What Is the Real Meaning of Valentine's Day?
What is the real story of Valentine’s Day? This ancient marking of agricultural and human fertility...
Daylight Saving Time 2020: When Does the Time Change?
Daylight Saving Time starts on the 2nd Sunday in March—Sunday, March 8, 2020! See details about the...
St. Patrick's Day 2020
Saint Patrick’s Day is on Tuesday, March 17, this year! Who was Saint Patrick? Why are shamrocks a...
Why Is 2020 a Leap Year?
2020 is a leap year! Find out why and what this means, and see when the next leap year will be....
Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2020
Mercury’s retrograde motion will start again on February 17, 2020! According to the age-old...
Groundhog Day 2020
Groundhog Day comes from our agricultural past and marks the halfway point to the spring equinox....
Presidents' Day 2020
Presidents’ Day is Monday, February 17, 2020! Which presidents do we celebrate on Presidents’ Day?...
Chinese New Year 2020: The Year of the Rat
The Chinese New Year—also referred to as the Spring Festival and the Lunar New Year globally—lands...
First Day of Spring 2020: The Spring Equinox
In 2020, the spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) falls on Thursday,...
Fourth of July 2020: Celebrate with History, Traditions, and Recipes
What is Independence Day (U.S.)? Why do we celebrate this all-important American holiday? Learn the...
When is Easter 2020? | How the Easter Date is Determined
Why do we celebrate Easter? We’ll explain—plus, find out how the date of Easter is determined and...
Ramadan 2020: When is Ramadan?
When does Ramadan 2020 begin and end? See Ramadan dates—and learn more about how Ramadan is ...
Why is Friday the 13th Unlucky? | Origin of Friday the 13th
The next Friday the 13th is March 13, 2020. Why is this day often associated with bad luck? What is...
When Do the Seasons Start in 2020?
The spring equinox falls on March 19, 2020. When do all of the four seasons—spring, summer, fall,...
New Year's Day 2020
Happy New Year!! Ever wondered why the new year starts on January 1? Is 2020 the start of a new...
Winter Solstice 2020: The First Day of Winter
The winter solstice is Monday, December 21, 2020. This is the astronomical first day of winter in...
Summer Solstice 2020: The First Day of Summer
In 2020, the June solstice—the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere—occurs this year on...
Autumnal Equinox 2020: The First Day of Fall
In 2020, the autumnal equinox—also called the September equinox or fall equinox—arrives on Tuesday...
Hanukkah begins on Sunday, December 22, at sundown. Learn about Hanukkah history, customs, and a...
Christmas Day 2019
Christmas occurs on a Wednesday this year. Discover why we celebrate Christmas Day on December 25,...
Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020
The third Monday in January is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States. Here is why we...
Boxing Day 2019: What is Boxing Day?
Boxing Day is celebrated on December 26! Why is it called Boxing Day? And what, if anything, does...
St. Nicholas Day 2019
Was Saint Nicholas a real person? Is he the true Santa Claus and Father Christmas? Find out about...
Thanksgiving Day 2019
In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November—this year, on...
Veterans Day 2019
Veterans Day is observed every year on November 11. This year, the 11th day of the 11th month is a...
Diwali 2019: What is Diwali?
Diwali is the Indian “festival of lights,” a holiday that celebrates the triumph of good over evil...
Halloween always falls on the 31st of October. What is Halloween really about? How did it get...
When is Election Day 2019?
In the United States, Election Day occurs on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Which states have made...
When Does the Islamic New Year 2020 Begin?
When Does the Islamic New Year 2020—First of Muharram—begin? Here are the dates from The Old Farmer...
Canada Day 2020
O Canada! It’s time to celebrate Canada Day! Learn the history behind this national holiday,...
Grandparents Day 2020
Grandparents Day is always celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day. Take the time to honor...
When Is the Start of Passover 2020?
Passover 2020 begins at sundown on Wednesday, April 8. See more information on Passover dates,...
When Is Labor Day 2020?
Labor Day falls on Monday, September 7, 2020. Unlike many holidays, Labor Day doesn’t have many...
Rosh Hashanah 2019
Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the year in the traditional Jewish calendar. Find out Rosh...
The Dog Days of Summer
What are the “Dog Days of Summer”—and when are they? The origin of this common phrase might...
May Day 2020: What is May Day?
Celebrate May Day 2020! Though it may seem quaint now, in decades past, the May Day Basket—like the...
Arbor Day 2020: History, Facts, and Date
Arbor Day 2020 falls on Friday, April 24. Dedicate a tree to someone who is special to you, and...
Earth Day 2020
On Earth Day 2020, enjoy the lovely smell of fresh air, clean up some litter, plant a tree, or...
Father's Day 2020
Father’s Day 2020 is Sunday, June 21! This Father’s Day brings: a Full Moon, a great day for ...
Memorial Day 2020
Learn all about Memorial Day, including the true meaning of this day, how it differs from Veterans...
Mother's Day 2020 | 10 Ways to Celebrate Mom
In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve thought about 10 ways to celebrate moms and motherhood—from sharing...