Other Holidays

Looking for information on popular holidays and events celebrated around the world? Holidays profiled in this section include Mardi Gras, Kwanzaa, Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving and even Festivus!

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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!

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?

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.

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.

Though Few Admit It, National Fruitcake Day May Be a Fave Fake Holiday

The lowly fruitcake, dense and full of nuts and candied fruit, has marked its time as a culinary scapegoat. Now it has a day to call its own.

5 Ways to Celebrate National Bologna Day

National Bologna Day is no baloney. This annual October 24 "holiday" offers fans an unapologetic way to pay homage to the most democratic pressed meat of our time.

What Does Mother's Day Have to Do With the Civil War?

Though Mother's Day seems to be filled with sweetness and light, it has a surprisingly radical history, arising as a post-Civil War plea for peace. So how did it change?

10 Weird Ingredients People Put in Thanksgiving Dressing

We love pepperoni and mozzarella on our pizza, so why not throw it in the bird? Yep, stuffing (or dressing) doesn't have to be boring. Are you daring enough to mix it up?

10 Wonderful Scents Associated with the Holidays

Incorporate these scents into your home for a lovely seasonal fragrance.

How Passover Works

The story behind Passover is a classic one: of slavery and freedom, heroes and villains, unheeded warnings, horrific wrath and great rejoicing. It's remembered during an eight-day festival that begins with the meal called the Passover Seder.

10 New Year's Resolutions You Might Actually Keep

Let's take a break from pledging to lose weight and save more money and try some interesting and creative promises. Here are 10 suggestions.

Why do people make New Year's resolutions?

Even though we don't keep most of our resolutions, we still make them every year. Turns out, this practice has been going on for thousands of years. What compels us to do this?

Why are New Year's resolutions so easy to break?

Only 23 percent of the people who make resolutions will see them through. Why does our resolve vanish, and what can we do about it?

10 Historical Untruths About the First Thanksgiving

On the fourth Thursday in November, Americans will gather with their families to eat turkey and sweet potatoes, just like that first Thanksgiving ... Actually, not like that first dinner. Join us as we debunk some of the many Thanksgiving myths.

Holidays in the U.S.

Americans observe a variety of holidays, from Groundhog Day and Labor Day to Rosh Hashanah and Kwanzaa. Check out these pictures of U.S. celebrations great and small, as well as the people and events that inspired some of them.

Who is the modern crafter?

Once largely the realm of artsy women at kitchen tables, crafting has burgeoned into a full-blown industry. Who, then, is the modern crafter?

10 BFF Girlfriend Valentines

Here is a BFF Girlfriends Guide to Valentine's Day. All 10 ideas include a DIY alternative, so you won't necessarily have a wallet the size of Paris Hilton's to have a great time with your girlfriends.

Top 10 Unexpected Valentine Gifts

The folks at HowStuffWorks are here to help you get creative for your next Valentine's Day gift. So read on for their 10 Unexpected Valentine's Day gift ideas.

How Chinese New Year Works

Every year, more than 20 percent of the world's population plunges into a period of feasts, festivities and fireworks in celebration of Chinese New Year. How did this culture-rich, superstition-filled holiday get its start?

10 Valentines From Parents to Kids

How do parents show kids they love them on Valentine's Day without breaking the bank? Let HowStuffWorks and TLC give you tips and tricks to make this Valentine's Day a budget-friendly occasion with lots of heart.

How long should kids believe in the Easter bunny?

Many kids put a lot stock in the Easter bunny myth, and look forward to the arrival of their cotton-tailed friend all spring. But is it harmful for them to believe past a certain age?

Mardi Gras Slideshow

Mardi Gras fanatics will plan years in advance for the parades and parties held during the biggest week in New Orleans. See what all the fuss is about.

You may be taking Valentine's Day too seriously if ...

Does Valentine's Day stress you out or fill you with joy? People tend to get way too worked up about V-day. You may be taking Valentine's Day too seriously if a bouquet of roses and a box of chocolates isn't enough.

5 Things Your Man Won't Tell You About Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is the most romantic day of the whole year ... unless your man totally drops the ball. What's so hard to remember about picking up a dozen red roses and a bottle of wine on the way home from the office? Here's what he doesn't want you to know.

10 Best Thanksgiving Movies

After Thanksgiving dinner, some people like to watch a football game. Others like to watch a favorite movie. Can't think of any Thanksgiving-themed movie off the top of your head? No worries. We've got 10 for you right here.


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