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Summer Solstice 2019: The...
The June solstice 2019—the
in the Northern Hemisphere—will occur on June 21. Here’s what you need to know about the longest day of the year—...
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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...
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...
Full Moon for July 2019
Learn about the Full Moon for July 2019—the Full Buck Moon—and see the best days by the Moon, full...
Mercury Retrograde Dates 2019
Find out when Mercury will be in retrograde motion in 2019. Plus, we’ll explain the meaning of...
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...
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...
When Do the Seasons Start in 2019-2020?
When do the seasons—winter, spring, summer, and fall—start? Here are your equinox and solstice...
5 Ancient Sites Aligned With the Solstice and Equinox
Ever been to Stonehenge? Machu Picchu? Across time, people have marked the changes of seasons—...
Father's Day 2019
Father’s Day 2019 is Sunday, June 16! This Father’s Day brings: a Full Moon, a great day for ...
Full Moon for June 2019
Learn about the Full Moon for June 2019—the Strawberry Moon! This year, it shines for Father’s Day...
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...
Monthly Horoscope for June 2019
Here’s your horoscope for June 2019. If you follow the ancient practice of astrology, see the month...
Gemini Zodiac Sign: Dates, Personality, and Compatibility
Happy birthday, Gemini! For 2019, learn about what Gemini Zodiac Sign means and how it affects...
How to Make Old-Fashioned Ice Cream
Learn how to make homemade old-fashioned ice cream by making it yourself in a hand-crank freezer,...
Fishing Calendar for 2019
When is the best time to go fishing? See our best fishing days in the Old Farmer’s Almanac’s 2019 ...
Wondering what the weather will be like for your wedding day (or any event day)? See our weather...
Memorial Day 2019
Learn all about Memorial Day, including the true meaning of this day, how it differs from Veterans...
The Tuneful Tale of "Taps"
Ever wonder about the bugle call performed on Memorial Day and Veterans Day and at almost every...
The Month of June 2019: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
What’s happening in June 2019? June brings beautiful bouquets, delicious fruits and vegetables, and...
Autumnal Equinox 2019: The First Day of Fall
In 2019, the autumnal equinox—also called the September equinox—will arrive on September 23 in...
June Birthstone: Color and Meaning
June’s traditional birthstone is the pearl. With their natural beauty, pearls have been beloved for...
2019 Memorial Day Forecast: Is an Umbrella in Order?
Before stocking up on supplies for the long weekend, take a gander at The Old Farmer’s Almanac...
Blue Moon in 2019: What is a Blue Moon?
When is the next Blue Moon? And exactly what is a Blue Moon? There’s some confusion about this...
Mother's Day 2019 | 10 Ways to Celebrate Mom
In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve thought about 10 ways to celebrate moms and motherhood—from sharing...
Making a Beautiful Bouquet of Flowers
Here’s a foolproof approach to making a flower bouquet—whether you grow your own flowers or are...
May Birthstone: What is the Birthstone for May?
The May birthstone, the emerald, was a favorite gem of Cleopatra and Catherine the Great. It has...
The History of Mother's Day
While the Mother’s Day that we celebrate on the second Sunday in May is a fairly recent development...
Quarter Days and Cross-Quarter Days
From Midsummer Day to Michaelmas (September 29), learn about the Quarter Days and how they...
Monthly Horoscope for May 2019
Here’s your monthly horoscope for May 2019. The planets are mostly moving forward and we should be...
May Day 2019: What is May Day?
Celebrate May Day 2019! Though it may seem quaint now, in decades past, the May Day Basket—like the...
Ramadan 2019: When is Ramadan?
When does Ramadan 2019 begin and end? See Ramadan dates—and learn more about how Ramadan is ...