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Martin Luther King Jr. Day...
Monday, January 18, 2021, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States. Here is why we celebrate this day—plus, information about this influential American, civil...
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The Star of Bethlehem
Some things just don’t belong together, like the Three Stooges at an art opening. Yet this month,...
The Legend of the Poinsettia as a Christmas Plant
The poinsettia is America’s most popular flowering holiday plant! Native to Mexico, the plant is...
How Do Christmas Trees Grow?
These days, many of us found our Christmas tree at a garden supply store or a local church selling...
Fall Leaves: Why Do Leaves Change Color?
Ever wonder why leaves change color? Did you know that fall’s vivid colors are actually hidden...
Where the Wild Things Are: November
November the first. You’ve unmothballed your winter sweaters and laid in a supply of hand-warmers....
Happy Birthday, Benjamin Franklin!
Benjamin Franklin was born on Sunday, January 17, 1706. To celebrate his birthday, here are some...
Best St. Patrick's Day Recipes
A selection of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipes—including soda bread, corned beef and cabbage...
9 Facts About Martin Luther King Jr.
How much do you know about Martin Luther King Jr.? Here are 9 surprising facts about this...
Mardi Gras 2021 (Fat Tuesday)
This year, Mardi Gras will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 16! Why do we celebrate Mardi Gras?...
Presidents' Day 2021
This year, Presidents’ Day is Monday, February 15! Which presidents do we celebrate on Presidents’...
First Day of Spring 2021: The Spring Equinox
In 2021, the spring equinox occurs on Saturday, March 20. This event marks the astronomical first...
Flag Day 2021: Celebrating the American Flag
Flag Day is Sunday, June 14! This annual holiday celebrates the history and symbolism of the...
St. Patrick's Day 2021
Saint Patrick’s Day is Wednesday, March 17! Who was Saint Patrick? Why are shamrocks a symbol of...
Summer Solstice 2021: The First Day of Summer
In 2021, the June solstice occurs on Sunday, June 20, marking the start of summer in the Northern...
Memorial Day 2021
Memorial Day is Monday, May 31! Learn all about Memorial Day, including the true meaning of this...
Mother's Day 2021
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9! Again this year, many of us are rethinking how to give extra...
Valentine's Day 2021: What Is the Real Meaning of Valentine's Day?
Valentine’s Day is Sunday, February 14! Do you know the real story behind Valentine’s Day? This...
Groundhog Day 2021
Groundhog Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 2! This curious holiday comes from our...
Arbor Day 2021
Arbor Day occurs this year on Friday, April 30. Dedicate a tree to someone who is special to you,...
Earth Day 2021
This year, we celebrate Earth Day on Thursday, April 22. The connection that we have to nature,...
Inauguration Day 2021
Enjoy some Inauguration Day history, fun facts, and firsts. Who was the first new president to ride...
Best Days Timetable
With our 2021 Best Days timetable, find out when to plant vegetables, start a diet to lose weight,...
Birth Month Flowers and Their Meanings
Do you know your birth flower? Consult this list of all the monthly birth flowers to find yours and...
The Month of February 2021: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
What do we celebrate in February? What is February famous for? It’s a leap year this year, so let’s...
When Do the Seasons Start in 2021?
When do all of the four seasons—spring, summer, fall, and winter—start and end? Find your equinox...
When Is Easter 2021? | How Easter's Date is Determined
Easter 2021 will be observed on Sunday, April 4! Find out how the date of Easter is determined, why...
Daylight Saving Time 2021: When Does the Time Change?
Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 14, 2021, at 2:00 A.M. On Saturday evening, our...
Setting Chicken Eggs by the Moon's Sign for 2021
Here are best days to set eggs by the Moon for 2021.According to tradition, this age-old practice...
Fishing Calendar for 2021
When is the best time to go fishing? See the best fishing dates and times for 2021 from The Old...
The Month of January 2021: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
What’s happening in January 2021? Start the new year reading about this month’s holidays, some fun...
Moon Phase Calendar
What’s the Moon’s phase tonight? With our 2021 Moon Phase Calendar, you’ll find when the next new...
How Did the Tradition of New Year's Resolutions Start?
From the Babylonians who resolved to return borrowed farm equipment to medieval knights who would...
What Is a Leap Year?
Leap years keep our calendars in check! Allow us to explain why leap years are necessary and share...
How Did the Months Get Their Names?
How did the months of the year get their names? The months’ names reflect a mix of gods and...
Chinese New Year 2021: The Year of the Ox
The Chinese New Year—also referred to as the Spring Festival and the Lunar New Year globally—will...
Christmas Firsts: The Origins of Christmas Traditions in America
Do you know who wrote the first Christmas card? Which president put up the first White House...
New Year’s Day Weather Folklore
A new year is always ripe with possibilities. Though we have our forecasts, we also enjoy the...
When Does the New Decade Start?
Is the year 2021 the start of a new decade? Or, did it begin in 2020; after all, we’re living in...
Kwanzaa 2020 begins on Saturday, December 26, and lasts through January 1, 2021. Learn about the...
Monthly Horoscope for January 2021
Here’s your Horoscope for January 2021. Every month, Almanac astrologer Celeste Longacre provides...
January Birth Flowers
In the dark month of January, nothing lifts the spirits quite like cheerful, colorful flowers....
January Birthstone: Color and Meaning
The January birthstone, the garnet, is thought to keep the wearer safe during travel. Garnets form...