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 the Amish Work

No computers? No electricity? This lifestyle might seem tough to most of us, but to the Amish, it's the norm. Read about the Amish culture, see pictures and learn how and why the Amish live as they do.

How Urban Legends Work

OK, so a good friend of mine was driving down the highway and he picked up this hitchhiker… Urban legends are the basis for some truly spooky ghost stories. See how the tales get started and how they make their way to you.

Who came up with Mother's Day and why?

Mother's Day is set aside in many countries as a day to honor our mothers and grandmothers. The origin of this day can be traced back much farther than you might think. Learn about the history of this special day.

How does someone become a saint?

Becoming a saint in the Roman Catholic Church is designed to be lengthy and difficult process. What are steps involved in canonization?

Why is it considered unlucky when the thirteenth day in a month falls on a Friday?

We have all heard that anytime the thirteenth day of the month falls on a Friday that it is considered an unlucky day. Where did this notion come from? Find out the answer to that question in this article.

Why is April 1 a day to celebrate foolishness?

Why is April 1 a day to celebrate foolishness and play pranks on each other? How did this tradition begin?

How St. Patrick's Day Works

Believe it or not, there's more to St. Patrick's Day than beer and gaudy green attire. Learn about the story, the saint, the shamrocks and the famous Blarney Stone.

How Mardi Gras Works

Mardi Gras turns New Orleans into a hotbed of fun and reveling. This might make the festival's religious ties rather hard to imagine. Learn all about the roots, traditions and current practices of Mardi Gras.

How Mistletoe Works

Did you know that the word "mistletoe" comes from two Anglo-Saxon words meaning "dung" and "twig"? Learn how and why this romantic tradition came to be committed under an unfortunately named shrub.

How Christmas Trees Work

It's time to unpack the ornaments, string up the popcorn, and yes -- untangle those lights. Plan on piling it all on a fresh Christmas tree? Learn about the different types and how to pick the perfect one.

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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