Thanksgiving Day, a harvest festival

Thanksgiving Day is a harvest festival celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. I had three Aunts that lived close to us. Each year we would have Thanksgiving at one of their houses. If you went away hungry, it was your fault. There was always enough food to feed all of us […]

A spooky time of year

Here in the U.S.A, we celebrate Halloween (or Hallowe’en), otherwise known as “All Hallows’ Eve” and other names. It has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holiday All Saints’ Day.

As a child Hallowe’en was the night that I got dressed up and went out “Trick or Treating” for […]

Independence Day - 4th of July, USA

In the U.S.A., the Fourth of July is a national holiday celebrating the adoption of their Declaration of Independence. The celebration is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the […]

Memorial Day

Memorial Day in the U.S.A. is a holiday that commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. The holiday was formerly called Decoration Day and originally enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the Civil War), it […]

Saint Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick’s Day, also known as  St. Paddy’s Day or simply Paddy’s Day, is an annual feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick (circa AD 385–461), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland, and is generally celebrated on 17th of March. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide by those of Irish […]

Saint Valentine's Day

What do you think of when someone mentions Valentine’s Day? Candy, card, love, affection? All are relevant. The day is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 500 AD. Deleted from the Roman calendar of saints […]