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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...
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...
When is Mother's Day 2019 | 10 Ways to Celebrate
How do you celebrate Mom? This year, our Almanac staff has added funny stories and happy memories...
When is Easter 2019? | 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...
Why Baby Animals are Born in Spring
Why are baby farm animals typically born in the spring? Enjoy our seasonal weather post—and, of...
Easter and the Paschal Full Moon
A “Pink Easter Moon” will rise the morning of Good Friday! Did you know that the date of Easter—...
When Is the Start of Passover 2019?
Passover 2019 begins at sundown on Friday, April 19. See more information on Passover dates,...
May Day 2019: What is May Day?
Celebrate May Day 2019! This article describes the traditions of May Day and how the May 1st...
The Month of May 2019: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
Celebrate the gorgeous month of May! The Sun is warming, the birds are chirping, the flowers are...
The Surprising Origins of Easter Symbols: From Lambs to Lilies
From lilies to lambs, there are many beautiful Easter symbols that have significance to us. But do...
2019 Easter Weekend Forecast: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
Easter is among the first of the year’s holidays, when families gather outside for picnics,...
The Month of April 2019: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
April 2019 is the first full month of spring! We hope that your sky is bright and clear and your...
Earth Day 2019
On Earth Day 2019, enjoy the lovely smell of fresh air, contact with the soil, and companionship...
Best St. Patrick's Day Recipes
A selection of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipes—including soda bread, corned beef and cabbage...
Christmas Day 2019
What is the real meaning of Christmas? Enjoy our Everything Christmas page with Christmas dates,...
When is Kwanzaa 2019?
When does Kwanzaa begin in 2019? See our chart—and learn about the origins and history of Kwanzaa....
Rosh Hashanah 2019
Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the year in the traditional Jewish calendar. Find out Rosh...
Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish festival celebrated in November or December each year. See when...
Valentine's Day 2020
How exactly did Valentine’s Day get started? Here’s the short history. (It starts out rather dark...
New Year's Day 2020
New Year’s Day is celebrated on January 1, marking the start of the year in the Gregorian calendar...
St. Nicholas Day 2019
Was Saint Nicholas a real person? Actually, he was! Find out about the history of St. Nicholas (and...
Yom Kippur 2019
When is Yom Kippur 2019? Learn about the meaning behind Yom Kippur, as well as the traditions...
Boxing Day 2019: What is Boxing Day?
What is Boxing Day? Why is it called Boxing Day? And what, if anything, does boxing have to do with...
Groundhog Day 2020
Groundhog Day comes from our agricultural past and marks the halfway point to the spring equinox....
When is the Start of Ramadan 2019?
When does Ramadan 2019 begin? See Ramadan dates—and learn more about how Ramadan is observed. What...
When is Martin Luther King Jr. Day?
The third Monday in January is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States. Here is why we...
Presidents' Day 2020
When is Presidents’ Day 2020? Are Presidents’ Day and George Washington’s birthday the same day?...
When is Mardi Gras 2019?
When is Mardi Gras 2019? Why is this day—also called Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday—celebrated? Read...
Diwali 2019: What is Diwali?
Diwali is an annual holiday celebrated in India, Singapore, and several other countries in South...
Daylight Saving Time 2019: When Does the Time Change?
When does Daylight Saving Time 2019 begin and end? Find dates here—as well as the history of...
St. Patrick's Day 2019
Who was St. Patrick? Why are shamrocks a symbol of this day? Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day history,...
Abraham Lincoln, the Almanac, and a Murder Trial
Abraham Lincoln, born on February 12 in 1809, pursued a legal career before turning to a political...
Was Valentine's Day Once Warmer?
When Valentine’s Day (on February 14) became popular in the Middle Ages, the climate was warmer...
9 Facts About Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is this Monday, January 21! Celebrate this revolutionary civil rights...
When is the Next Leap Year?
When is the next Leap Year? Find out when the next Leap Day will be and how to calculate Leap Years...
Holiday Plants That Are Harmful to Cats and Dogs
We have two new kittens at our house—Fred and Ginger—and they seem to be doubly curious about...
New Year's Traditions From Around the World
Many New Year’s traditions that we take for granted actually date back to ancient times. This year...
Christmas Appetizer Recipes
Ho, ho, ho! Here are 12 of our favorite Christmas appetizer recipes. Whether it’s classic deviled...
Hoppin’ John: Good Luck Food at New Year
Welcome in the New Year with Hoppin’ John, a traditional New Year’s Day dish, and luck will follow...
Christmas Facts and Trivia
Why is Christmas Day on December 25? Where did the phrase “Jiminy Christmas” come from? What about...
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