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Summer Solstice 2018: First...
The timing of the
in the Northern Hemisphere—varies between June 20 and June 22, depending on the year and...
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First Days of Seasons 2018
Find equinox and solstice dates for 2018—specifically, the March equinox, the June solstice, the...
Keeping Your Christmas Tree Fresh
While most of us think about Christmas trees only in December, for growers of cut-your-own trees,...
Unusual Squash and Gourds for the Thanksgiving Displays
Colorful squash and gourds are signs of Thanksgiving to me—harking back to the Pilgrims—and the...
Fall Leaves: Why Do Leaves Change Color?
Why do leaves change color in the fall? When exactly do they change, and how does the process occur...
History of the Poinsettia
Where does the poinsettia come from? Where was this traditional Christmas plant discovered? Are...
The Star of Bethlehem
What is the Star of Bethlehem, and what is its significance? Every holiday season, planetariums...
Where the Wild Things Are: November
November the first. You’ve unmothballed your winter sweaters and laid in a supply of hand-warmers....
How to Carve a Pumpkin
When it comes to pumpkin carving, the idea is to have fun. We’ve got tips on carving the best...
Five Ancient Sites Aligned With the Solstice and Equinox
Ever been to Stonehenge? Machu Picchu? Across time, people have marked the changes of seasons—...
Full Moon for June 2018
Learn more about the Full Moon for June 2018. Why is it called the Strawberry Moon? When is the...
Summer Solstice 2018: First Day of Summer
The timing of the June solstice—or, summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere—varies between June...
Cancer Zodiac Sign
The symbol of the Cancer Zodiac Sign is usually the crab and its claws Cancer dates typically fall...
Quarter Days and Cross-Quarter Days
From Midsummer Day to Michaelmas, learn about the Quarter Days and how they influenced our calendar...
Flower Meanings: The Language of Flowers
Do you know the Language of Flowers? Many flowers, herbs, trees, and other plants traditionally...
Independence Day 2018: The Fourth of July
What is the real meaning behind the Fourth of July? Get Independence Day (U.S.) dates, a brief...
Valentine's Day 2019
’Tis the season of candy hearts and Valentine’s cards! Here are some of our favorite Valentine’s...
Monthly Horoscope for July 2018
Here’s your monthly horoscope for July 2018. What could be in store for this month? Almanac...
The History of Father's Day
Though Father’s Day wasn’t made a national holiday until 1972, the efforts of one woman in...
Father's Day 2018
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17 this year. How do you celebrate your father (or, honor his memory...
The Month of July 2018: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
July is the month when summer has a firm hold on all of us. The average temperature just about...
Father's Day Activities
Looking for a fun way to spend your Father’s Day this year? Fishing, having a barbeque or picnic,...
Halloween always falls on the 31st of October. But what day of the week? (We always hope for a...
Columbus Day 2018
Columbus Day 2018 occurs on the second Monday in October. What exactly do we celebrate on Columbus...
When is Election Day 2018?
Why do we vote on a Tuesday? Learn about Election Day 2018 dates, history, quotes, trivia, and more...
The Month of June 2018: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
What’s happening in June 2018? June brings beautiful bouquets, delicious fruits and vegetables, and...
Flag Day: Celebration of the American Flag
Flag Day is an annual holiday that celebrates the history and symbolism of the American flag. Learn...
The June Bride | June Wedding Ideas
“For they say when you marry in June, you’re a bride all your life.” Historically, June was the...
June Birth Flowers
June’s birth month flowers are among the most fragrant of all, the rose and the honeysuckle. Learn...
Monthly Horoscope for June 2018
Here’s your monthly horoscope for June 2018. What could be in store for this month? Almanac...
June Birthstone: Color and Meaning
June’s traditional birthstone is the pearl. With their natural beauty, pearls have have been...
American Flag Etiquette, Rules, and Guidelines
Many of our readers ask about American flag etiquette and the U.S. Flag Code. Here is a list of...
Gemini Zodiac Sign
The symbol of the Gemini Zodiac Sign is a pair of twins. This is because this sign rarely likes to...
Best Fishing Days 2018
When is the best time to go fishing? See our best fishing days in the Almanac’s 2018 fishing...
2018 Memorial Day Weather Forecast
Memorial Day weekend is less than two weeks away, which means that summer is just around the corner...
When is Mother's Day 2018 | 10 Ways to Celebrate
How do you celebrate Mom? This year, our Almanac staff has added funny stories and happy memories...
Full Moon for April 2019
Celebrate the Full Moon of April 2019! Find out why it’s called the Pink Moon—plus more Moon facts...
Full Moon for December 2018
The Full Moon for December 2018 rises on the 22nd—and will be close to full (95%) on Christmas eve...
When is the Start of Ramadan 2018?
Learn about the holiday of Ramadan and find out when observances begin in 2018. What is Ramadan?...
Memorial Day 2018
What is the meaning of Memorial Day, and how is this different from Veterans Day? Find Memorial Day...
Taurus Zodiac Sign
Taurus, the second astrological sign of the zodiac, is Latin for the Bull! The Sun is in the sign...
Earth Day 2018
On Earth Day, enjoy the tonic of fresh air, contact with the soil, and companionship with nature!...
Remembering the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
At 5:12 A.M. on Wednesday, April 18, 1906, an earthquake woke up residents of San Francisco and...