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When Does the Time Change?
Daylight Saving Time 2019:...
Daylight Saving Time 2019
end? Find dates here—as well as the history of Daylight Saving Time, which highlights the seemingly endless debate about...
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The Star of Bethlehem
Was the Star of Bethlehem a real celestial body or a miraculous vision? Astronomer Bob Berman...
Keeping Your Christmas Tree Fresh
While most of us think about Christmas trees only in December, for growers of cut-your-own trees,...
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....
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...
History of the Poinsettia
Where does the poinsettia come from? Where was this traditional Christmas plant discovered? Are...
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...
Full Moon for February 2020
When is the Full Moon in February 2020? What time is Full Moon and New Moon? Why is it called the...
5 Traditional Halloween Crafts
Enjoy these fun, traditional Halloween crafts—from apple heads to cornhusk dolls. They’re great for...
Halloween Moon | What's the Moon Phase This Halloween?
Ever noticed that Halloween pictures always show a full Moon? But how often does the full Moon...
Scorpio Zodiac Sign
Happy Birthday, Scorpio! The eighth sign of the zodiac, Scorpio dates in astrology are typically...
The Month of November 2019: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
What’s happening in November 2019? Here at the Almanac, we think of November as the month of food,...
What To Do With Fall Leaves
We don’t call it “fall” around here for nothing. If lots of leaves have fallen in your yard, why...
Thanksgiving Day 2019
In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. In the United States, it’s...
When is Election Day 2019?
In the United States, the next Election Day will occur on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Which states...
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...
Full Moon for September 2020
The full Moon for September 2020 is the Full Corn Moon. See what this means—plus, Moon phase dates...
Ramadan 2020: When is Ramadan?
When does Ramadan 2020 begin and end? See Ramadan dates—and learn more about how Ramadan is ...
When is Mardi Gras 2020?
When is Mardi Gras 2020? Why is this day—also called Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday—celebrated? Read...
St. Patrick's Day 2020
Who was St. Patrick? Why are shamrocks a symbol of this day? Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day history,...
Grandparents Day 2020
Grandparents Day is always celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day. Take the time to honor...
Canada Day 2020
O Canada! It’s time to celebrate Canada Day! Learn the history behind this national holiday,...
First Day of Spring 2020: The Spring Equinox
In 2020, the spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) falls on Thursday,...
Summer Solstice 2020: The First Day of Summer
The June solstice—the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere—occurs this year on Saturday, June...
When is Easter 2020? | How the Easter Date is Determined
Why do we celebrate Easter? And why is Easter so late this year? We’ll explain—plus, find out how...
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...
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...
Monthly Horoscope for October 2019
Here’s your monthly horoscope for October 2019. What could be in store for this month? Almanac...
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...
Winter Weather Lore: Observing Nature's Signs
What winter weather is in store for us? Our ancestors lived close to the land and by observing the...
The Reason for the Seasons
What causes our four seasons—spring, summer, winter, fall? Why do our seasons change? You might...
The Month of October 2019: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
In October 2019, autumn will come into full swing. Let’s get in the mood! Learn why it’s called...
Seasonal Crafts: Cornhusk Doll
In the Colonial Era, people painted faces on cornhusk dolls and made them into toys. Here’s how to...
Daylight Saving Time 2019: When Does the Time Change?
When does Daylight Saving Time 2019 end? Find dates here—as well as the history of Daylight Saving...
Rosh Hashanah 2019
Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the year in the traditional Jewish calendar. Find out Rosh...
Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2019
Mercury enters retrograde motion on October 31, 2019! (That’s right—Halloween!) Find out what that...
Flower Meanings: The Language of Flowers
Before you select a bouquet, check out the flower meanings from The Old Farmer’s Almanac! While...
4 Ways Canadian Thanksgiving Differs From American Thanksgiving
In America, Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays of the year. But did you know that Canada...
Halloween always falls on the 31st of October. What is Halloween really about? How did it get...
Autumnal Equinox 2019: The First Day of Fall
In 2019, the autumnal equinox—also called the September equinox or fall equinox—is Monday. On this...
Libra Zodiac Sign
Happy Birthday, Libra! The Zodiac Sign for Libra (September 23 to October 23) is represented by the...