Valentine’s Day Facts

The modern day celebration of Valentine's Day is believed to have begun in France and England. Cupid, which is the symbol for the Roman God of love, is one of the best known symbols of Valentine’s Day along with roses, hearts and doves. The heart is probably the most common symbol of romantic love. Ancient cultures believed the human soul lived in the heart. This is where Read More

Hanukkah Facts

It is an eight-day festival of religious observance by Jews across the world. Hanukkah celebrates the victory of Jewish troops led by Judah Maccabee over the Greek soldiers, the miracle of purified oil, which lit Menorah for eight days continuously, and the rededication of Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Hanukkah is spelled in several ways. Some spell it "Chanukkah" and "Hanukah" Read More

Thanksgiving Facts

Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada. By the fall of 1621 only half of the pilgrims, who had sailed on the Mayflower, survived. The survivors, thankful to be alive, decided to give a thanksgiving feast. The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate Read More

Cinco de Mayo Facts

Cinco de Mayo means 5th of May in Spanish. Cinco de Mayo is the anniversary of a battle that took place between the Mexicans and the French in 1862. Mexico had many rich natural resources and gold, which made them vulnerable to other nations that wanted to take advantage of these riches. The battle is known as the Battle of Puebla. This victory also marks a turning point Read More

Kwanzaa Facts

Kwanzaa is celebrated daily from December 26 to January 1. Kwanzaa (Swahili for "fresh fruits") is based on an African harvest festival. The karamu, or feast, is held on December 31 and one of the high points of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa was created by Maulana Karenga, a professor of black studies at California State University at Long Beach, in 1966. It is a nonreligious, Read More