Holidays

Everyone loves a good holiday, no matter whether you're commemorating a special occasion or just looking for a day out of the office. Read about important holidays in these articles.

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Bastille Day: The French Holiday Celebrating Peace and Revolution

The July 14 holiday celebrated by the French is way more complicated than the term "Bastille Day" might suggest.

14 Fantastic Facts About the Fourth of July

Which three presidents died on July 4? What's the Horribles Parade? And, should America be celebrating on July 2 instead?

Memorial Day in the U.S. Means Way More Than Barbecue

Today Americans mostly celebrate it as the start of summer. But the annual May holiday has a significant history that's worthy of acknowledgment.

How Cinco de Mayo Works

The Cinco de Mayo holiday is far more popular in the U.S. than in Mexico. Why is that and what does it celebrate?

How Do They Determine What Date Easter Will Occur On?

The Easter holiday is on a different date each year. But how is the date determined? Answer: Look to the moon.

How Did 4/20 Become the Stoner's Holiday?

Nope, it's not the police code for marijuana possession. It has a way cooler origin story.

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 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. So did how Mardi Gras get started?

Billions Celebrate Lantern Festival Across China

The annual festival of lights signifies the end of Chinese New Year and the beginning of spring.

Forget Thanksgiving! Lunar New Year Sees World's Largest Annual Migration

This mass migration totally dwarfs Thanksgiving travel in the United States.

The Cozy Icelandic Christmas Tradition You’ll Want to Steal

On Christmas Eve, Icelandic families traditionally settle down to a cozy night of exchanging gifts of books and reading. It's all part of jólabókaflóð or the Christmas Book Flood.

Santa Claus' 'Workshop Budget' Will Blow Your Mind

We tallied up how much dough it costs the big guy to give every kid in the world toys. And it's way more than we expected.

How Santa's Sleigh Works

Our theory on St. Nick's sweet ride: It's rustic on the outside and state-of-the-art on the inside. Learn more about the advanced technology we think runs Santa's sleigh (and those reindeer).

Don't Buy a Christmas Tree! Rent One Instead

Yes, you read that right. There are several options for renting Christmas trees. They're more eco-friendly and way more convenient.

How Much Will Americans Spend on Thanksgiving This Year?

Think you can feed your family of 10 at Thanksgiving for less than $50, total? The American Farm Bureau Federation says you can.

Can You Ace This Thanksgiving Myths Quiz?

The Thanksgiving holiday started out very differently from our modern celebration of gluttony. How much do you know about Thanksgiving history myths? Take our quiz and find out!

5 Halloween Myths That Will Not Die

Checking your kids' candy for poison or sharp objects? Locking up your black cat so it doesn't get snagged by a Satanist? Maybe you can relax after finding out the real stories behind these urban legends.

A Quick and Dirty History of Spring Break

How did spring break become a booze-fueled rite of passage for American college students? Can we blame this one on the ancient Greeks?

The Story Behind Those Christmas Carols You Can't Stop Singing

Parson Brown? Yuletide? Do you have a clue what the lyrics of Christmas carols are talking about?

The Many Faces of Santa: From St. Nicholas to Saxy Santa

The legendary jolly figure isn't exactly the same across cultures. In China, Santa totally plays the saxophone.

Christmas Traditions Around the World

Throughout the world, Christmas celebrations reflect local culture and traditions, and they all share in the wonder of the season. Learn more about the various Christmas traditions you'll find in countries around the world.

5 Fun Facts About the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City may be an iconic symbol of the holidays, but how well do you know this tree-dition?

Ridiculous History: When the Puritans Said 'Bah Humbug' to Christmas in America

Forget caroling, feasting and having any sort of fun at all on "Foolstide," the catchy but hateful nickname some Puritans gave Christmas in the New World.

10 Holiday Controversies

Whether it's the Nativity display in the public square, the store clerk who says "Happy Holidays" or the tacky holiday sweater, there's something to offend everyone in the season of goodwill.

Should We Rise Up Against the Elf on the Shelf?

Writer Robert Lamb wonders if the unblinking, judging eye of elfin surveillance is such a great idea.


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