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Special Days of August
The Month of August 2019:...
Welcome August 2019! Why do we celebrate August? Why is August a month? See all the
special days of August
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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...
Cats and Weather—The Folklore
What is the origin of the phrase, “raining cats and dogs”? What do animals falling from the sky...
The Month of September 2019: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
What happens in the month of September? It’s a little for everyone: the last days of summer and the...
Full Moon for March 2020
When is the full Moon in March 2020? Here’s all you need to know about March’s Full Worm Moon—...
Full Moon for April 2020
Celebrate the Full Moon for April 2020! Find out why it’s called the Pink Moon—plus more Moon facts...
Full Moon for June 2020
Learn about the Full Moon for June 2020—the Strawberry Moon! Find out more about the June’s full...
Full Moon for July 2020
When is the Full Moon for July 2020? Learn more about the Full Buck Moon—and why this July Moon is...
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...
The Month of August 2019: Holidays, Fun Facts, and More
Welcome August 2019! Why do we celebrate August? Why is August a month? See all the special days of...
Quarter Days and Cross-Quarter Days
From Midsummer to Michaelmas, learn about the quarter days (and cross-quarter days) and how they’ve...
What is a Black Moon?
Much media hype surrounds Moon names, such as “Blood Moon” and “Blue Moon,” but have you ever heard...
August Birth Flowers
August’s bright, showy flowers capture the essence of sunny, late summer days! Learn the meanings...
When Is Labor Day 2019?
When is Labor Day 2019? Why do we observe Labor Day? Learn about the history of this holiday—and...
August Birthstone: Color and Meaning
August’s birthstone, the peridot, is a light green, ancient, cosmic birthstone that has been found...
The Dog Days of Summer
What are the “Dog Days of Summer”—and when are they? The origin of this common phrase might...
The History of Shaving and Beards
Can you imagine plucking facial hair? When (and why) do men shave beards? Interestingly, shaving...
When Do the Seasons Start in 2019-2020?
When do the four seasons—autumn, winter, spring, and summer—start? Here are your equinox and...
Fourth of July 2019: Celebrate with History, Traditions, and Recipes
What is Independence Day (U.S.)? Why do we celebrate this all-important American holiday? Learn the...
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...
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...
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...
Cancer Zodiac Sign: Dates, Personality, and Compatibility
Happy birthday, Cancer! For 2019, learn about what Cancer Zodiac Sign means and how it affects your...
Monthly Horoscope for August 2019
Here’s your horoscope for August 2019. If you follow the ancient practice of astrology, see the...
Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2019
Mercury enters retrograde motion on July 7, 2019! Find out what that means for you and see when...
How to Make Berry Jam
Learn how to make jam in no time! Here’s a quick and easy berry jam recipe with just two...
Summer Solstice 2019: The First Day of Summer
The June solstice 2019—the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere—will occur on June 21. Here’s...
Mercury Retrograde and Zodiac Signs
When Mercury is in retrograde, its influence depends on which of the 12 zodiac signs the planet is...
5 Ancient Sites Aligned With the Solstice and Equinox
Ever been to Stonehenge? Machu Picchu? Across time, people have marked the changes of seasons—...
Flag Day 2019: A Celebration of the American Flag
Flag Day is an annual holiday that celebrates the history and symbolism of the American flag. Learn...
U.S. 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...
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 on a Full Moon: Ideas to Celebrate Dad!
Looking for a fun way to spend your Father’s Day 2019? With the full Moon shining, enjoy camping,...
The Month of July 2019: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
July is the month when summer has a firm hold on all of us. The average temperature just about...