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How Do Christmas Trees Grow?
While most of us think about Christmas trees only in December, for farmers who grow cut-your-own...
History of the Poinsettia
Where does the poinsettia come from? Where was this traditional Christmas plant discovered? Are...
This year, Halloween falls on Saturday, October 31, and coincides with a spooky full Moon! What is...
Halloween Blue Moon in 2020: How Rare Is a Full Moon on Halloween?
Ever noticed that Halloween pictures always show a full Moon? Well, this year, October 31 brings a...
Daylight Saving Time 2020: When Does the Time Change?
Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at 2:00 A.M. On Saturday evening, our...
How to Make a Fall Nut Wreath
It’s nut season so we created this natural nut wreath for our front door. Use any hard-shelled nuts...
Veterans Day 2020
Veterans Day is observed every year on November 11. This year, the 11th day of the 11th month is a...
The Month of November 2020: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
What’s happening in November? Here at the Almanac, we think of November as the month of food, when...
5 Traditional Halloween Crafts
Enjoy these fun, traditional Halloween crafts—from apple heads to cornhusk dolls to pumpkin-seed...
Unusual Pumpkins and Gourds for the Autumn Displays
Colorful pumpkins and gourds are signs of autumn to me—and the autumn home and table would not be...
Ramadan 2020: When Is Ramadan?
The holy month of Ramadan begins in the evening of Thursday, April 23, 2020. Learn about how—and...
When Does the Islamic New Year 2021 Begin?
When Does the Islamic New Year—First of Muharram—begin? Here are the dates from The Old Farmer’s...
How to Carve a Pumpkin
How do you carve a pumpkin? Whether you are a beginner or an expert, “Farmer Mike” Valladao has...
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...
Origins of Halloween Traditions
Why does Halloween make us think of trick-or-treating, witches on broomsticks, bobbing for apples,...
5 Tips for Picking the Perfect Pumpkin
One of many traditions is to pick pumpkins for Halloween! Here are 5 tips on how to pick the...
Thanksgiving Day 2020
In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November—this year, on...
Yom Kippur 2020
In 2020, Yom Kippur begins at sunset on September 27. Learn about the meaning behind Yom Kippur, as...
Rosh Hashanah 2020
Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the year according to the traditional Jewish calendar. In 2020,...
Grandparents Day 2020
Grandparents Day is always celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This year, that’s Sunday...
When Is Election Day 2020?
In 2020, Election Day occurs on Tuesday, November 3. Are you registered to vote? Which states have...
Diwali 2020: What Is Diwali?
Diwali is the Indian “festival of lights”—a holiday that celebrates the triumph of good over evil....
Labor Day 2020
This year, Labor Day falls on Monday, September 7! Unlike many holidays, Labor Day doesn’t have...
National Watermelon Day: August 3
August 3 is National Watermelon Day and one of our favorite holidays in August! Watermelon is the...
Canada Day 2020
O Canada! It’s time to celebrate Canada Day! Learn the history behind this national holiday,...
Fourth of July 2020: Celebrate with History, Traditions, and Recipes
What is Independence Day (U.S.)? How did our founders envision our country’s celebration? Learn the...
Father's Day on the Solstice: Ideas to Celebrate Dad!
Looking for a fun way to spend your Father’s Day this Sunday? This holiday comes on the night of...
Father's Day 2020
Father’s Day 2020 is celebrated this Sunday, June 21. Ever wondered how Father’s Day came to be? It...
Memorial Day 2020
Memorial Day is Monday, May 25, 2020. Learn all about Memorial Day, including the true meaning of...
Columbus Day 2020
Columbus Day occurs on the second Monday in October. This year, it will be observed on Monday,...
Mother's Day 2020 | 10 Ways to Celebrate Mom
Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 10, 2020. This year, many of us are rethinking how to give extra...
The Month of May 2020: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
Celebrate the gorgeous month of May! The Sun is warming, the birds are chirping, the flowers are...
The History of Mother's Day in the United States
The real history of Mother’s Day in the United States might surprise you. Three women—who...
Earth Day 2020
This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. The...
Arbor Day 2020
Arbor Day 2020 occurs this year on Friday, April 24. Dedicate a tree to someone who is special to...
May Day 2020: What is May Day?
May Day (May 1) is a holiday rich in history and folklore, celebrating the return of spring! As a...
Why Is Friday the 13th Unlucky? | Origin of Friday the 13th
The next Friday the 13th is Friday, November 13, 2020. Why is this day often associated with bad...
How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally
Try dyeing eggs the old-fashioned way—with spices, food, and plants! It turns out that your own...
Passover 2020: When Does Passover Begin?
Passover 2020 begins at sundown on Wednesday, April 8. See more information on Passover dates,...
When Is Easter 2020? | How the Easter Date is Determined
Easter 2020 will be observed on Sunday, April 12! Find out how the date of Easter is determined,...
The Surprising Origins of Easter Symbols: From Lambs to Lilies
From lambs to lilies, there are many beautiful Easter symbols that have significance to us. But do...
Why Baby Animals are Born in Spring
Why are baby farm animals typically born in the spring? And why do we have an “Easter Bunny”? Enjoy...