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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020
The third Monday in January is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States. Here is why we...
Best Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes
Few feasts are so steeped in tradition as Thanksgiving! We’ve updated our Thanksgiving Dinner...
Why Do We Kiss Under the Mistletoe?
Why do we kiss under the mistletoe? Of all the plants used as Christmas decorations, none has as...
Poinsettias: Unlikely Christmas Plants
Ruby-red Poinsettias signal Christmastime. But how did this tropical plant become the traditional...
Boxing Day 2019: What is Boxing Day?
Boxing Day is celebrated on December 26! Why is it called Boxing Day? And what, if anything, does...
Christmas Firsts: The Origins of Christmas Traditions in America
When did the first Christmas card, Christmas tree, and department store Santa Claus appear in...
The Story Behind Your Christmas Wreath
This time of year, there are Christmas wreaths everywhere from doors and fences to lampposts and...
St. Nicholas Day 2019
Was Saint Nicholas a real person? Is he the true Santa Claus and Father Christmas? Find out about...
Christmas Cookie Recipes for Kids
Want to get the kids involved this holiday season? Try making these easy Christmas cookie recipes ...
The Thanksgiving Meal Is Packed With Vitamins
When you think of Thanksgiving, what foods come to mind? Turkey? Sweet potatoes? Cranberries?...
Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes
For us, leftovers are one of the best parts of Thanksgiving. Here are quick and easy leftovers...
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...
Thanksgiving Day 2019
In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November—this year, on...
Best Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes
What do you serve before Thanksgiving dinner? Here are some Thanksgiving appetizer recipe ideas—...
Best Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes
When it comes to Thanksgiving desserts, a traditional pie is a sure bet for us. But which pie? Here...
Veterans Day 2019
Veterans Day is observed every year on November 11. This year, the 11th day of the 11th month is a...
2019 Thanksgiving Forecast: Gobbled Up by Rain and Snow?
With Thanksgiving on the horizon, two things are on the mind: turkey and travel! For the latter,...
4 Last-Minute Halloween Decorations for Gardeners
Halloween is almost here! You’ve got the candy for trick-or-treaters ready to go. But, as you...
Quarter Days and Cross-Quarter Days
Halloween has ancient origins. For the Celts, it was a cross-quarter day called Samhain (“summer’s...
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...
Diwali 2019: What is Diwali?
Diwali is the Indian “festival of lights,” a holiday that celebrates the triumph of good over evil...
Halloween always falls on the 31st of October. What is Halloween really about? How did it get...
Last-Minute Halloween Dinner
Cook up a Halloween dinner for something fun! Here is an easy Halloween menu with three recipes for...
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...
5 Traditional Halloween Crafts
Enjoy these fun, traditional Halloween crafts—from apple heads to cornhusk dolls to pumpkin-seed...
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,...
When is Election Day 2019?
In the United States, Election Day occurs on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Which states have made...
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...
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,...
When Is Labor Day 2020?
Labor Day falls on Monday, September 7, 2020. Unlike many holidays, Labor Day doesn’t have many...
Seasonal Crafts: Cornhusk Doll
In the Colonial Era, people painted faces on cornhusk dolls and made them into toys. Here’s how to...
Rosh Hashanah 2019
Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the year in the traditional Jewish calendar. Find out Rosh...
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...
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,...
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...
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,...
When is Kwanzaa 2019?
When does Kwanzaa begin in 2019? See our chart—and learn about the origins and history of Kwanzaa....
Yom Kippur 2019
When is Yom Kippur 2019? Learn about the meaning behind Yom Kippur, as well as the traditions...
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...