Thanksgiving Origins: Myths and Facts

By | November 19th, 2016|Categories: Culture & Life, Events, Family, Food & Drink, Holidays, Women and Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is the time of year when the week of Thanksgiving truly eases us from fall into winter. Thanksgiving this year is on November 24, 2016, on the fourth Thursday in November. It's a day of gratitude and giving thanks for Americans, and coincides with the changing of the seasons from autumn to winter.

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Diwali Festival Celebrated Around The World

By | October 31st, 2016|Categories: Culture & Life, Events, Holidays, News, Women and Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

People all around the world celebrated the annual multi-day festival of Diwali over the last few days. From India, Nepal, Malaysia, to the UK, United States and Australia, the Hindu festival of Diwali is the most important Hindu festival of the year. Known as the Festival of Lights, this is a time of year especially dedicated to Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth.

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The Remarkable History of Halloween: Unique Origins of a Favorite Festival

By | October 29th, 2016|Categories: Culture & Life, Family, Featured Author, Holidays, Women and Culture, Women and Life|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ah, Halloween – my favorite day of the year. Halloween marks the transition between the light of fall and the darkness of winter, between the plenty of the fall harvest and the scarcity of winter, the transition between life and death. Halloween has become one of the most beloved holidays in American culture. Rooted in ancient lore, traditions and beliefs, it's origins and history go deep.

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Dia de los Muertos: More Than Just Mexican Halloween

By | October 26th, 2016|Categories: Arts, Culture & Life, Featured Author, Food & Drink, News, Popular, Women and Culture, Women and Life|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When I told a Mexican friend that I was writing an article on Dia de los Muertos, the national “Day of the Dead” holiday, her face lit up and she became animated. “This is really the most important holiday in Mexico,” she said.

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