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How Halloween Works     View
Background about where Halloween customs and traditions come from. Topics include Celtic roots (Samhain) and Christian roots (All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day), trick-or-treating, jack-o'-lanterns, bobbing for apples, and costumes. Also includes li ...

Calendars Through the Ages: The Christian Calendar -- Easter     View
Answers to questions about how the date of Easter is calculated. The site notes that "the calculation of Easter is complicated because it is linked to (an inaccurate version of) the Hebrew calendar." Topics include the "golden number ...

Eric Weisstein's World of Astronomy: Easter     View
Explanation of why "[t]he commonly stated rule that Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox is not quite correct. Easter is actually the first Sunday strictly after the 'Paschal full moon' ... [which] may di ...

Easter Parade 2007     View
See dozens of photos of the whimsical and wild head adornments worn at the New York City Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival, which takes place along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets each Easter. Includes photos from 2006 and 2007. From a ...

Today in History: May 30, Soldiers' Memorial Day     View
Collection of resources about this holiday, "[established] in 1868, [when] Commander in Chief John A. Logan ... issued General Order Number 11 designating May 30 as a memorial day 'for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating ...

Passover Haggadah: The Feast of Freedom     View
An audio version of the Haggadah, a compilation of biblical passages, prayers, and hymns that accompanies the Jewish Passover Seder. Readings, which vary in quality, are available in English and in Hebrew. From the United Synagogue of Conservative Ju ...

United States Department of Veterans Affairs: Memorial Day     View
This page provides background on the U.S. Memorial Day holiday celebrated in May, covering history of the holiday (first celebrated following the Civil War) and the significance of taps and the poppy flower. Includes links to national cemeteries, vet ...

Making Valentines: A Tradition in America     View
This online exhibit "is designed to show the evolution of the Valentine's Day card." It features annotated images of early Valentine cards from before 1850, background about Esther Allen Howland (an innovator in Valentine card design and pr ...

Valentine's Day: Love and Romance Through the Ages     View
This exhibit on the history of Valentine's Day features images of early greeting cards (with 3D interactive views), symbols associated with the holiday (such as Cupid and flowers), Valentine's Day in history and literature, religious and spiritual tr ...

Today in History: February 14     View
Collection of resources for Valentine's Day, including brief history of the holiday and valentine cards, images, historic love songs, and other material from the collections of the Library of Congress. From the American Memory Project of the Library ...




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