Culture & Traditions

Cultures and Traditions takes a look at how people interact with each other. This might be through sub-cultures, relationships, fads or religion and spirituality.

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How Halloween Works

How did Halloween become the one day of the year when door-to-door begging for candy isn’t just allowed … it’s encouraged? Get a ghoulish glimpse into the surprising origins of everything from jack-o’-lanterns to trick-or-treating.

Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

Americans typically view Labor Day as the official end of summer and a free day off from work. But have you ever stopped to think about who was behind it? And why is it celebrated in early September?

What Does R.S.V.P. Mean?

What's the story behind the acronym R.S.V.P.? And what is the proper etiquette when you get an invitation that requests you R.S.V.P.?

How Easter Works

Easter's around the corner -- might be time to brush up on your holiday knowledge. Learn all about this springtime celebration, from its origins to the (often wacky) worldwide variations on its observance.

Is there a 50/50 chance that two in 20 people will have the same birthday?

Someone told me that if there are 20 people in a room, there's a 50/50 chance that two of them will have the same birthday. How can such a small group have two people with the same birthday in it?

What does Auld Lang Syne mean?

What does "Old Lang Sign" mean? I always hear people singing it on New Year's Eve, but no one seems to know what it means!

Which place on the planet was the first one to celebrate the new year on January 1, 2000?

When the clock struck midnight on December 31, 1999, Hawaii was one of the last places to celebrate the new year that year. Where was the first place to celebrate the new year that night? Find out in this article.

How do they determine what day Easter will occur on?

The Easter holiday seems to be on a different day each year. Have you ever wondered how they determine which day Easter will fall on each year? You can find the answer to that question here.

How Christmas Lights Work

If you've ever been standing in your living room with a strand of Christmas lights that just won't work, you'll love this article. Learn what's going on so you can fix it yourself.

How Valentine's Day Works

When did the Valentine's Day frenzy begin? Was there really a saint named "Valentine"? Why the flowers and chocolate? Learn all about the origins and symbols of Valentine's Day.

How Verbal Self-Defense Works

A fascinating article that explains the techniques and science behind verbal self-defense!


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